Washington, D.C. and the word "frugal" probably shouldn't be used in the same sentence together, right?
As our family began to plan "the best homeschool field trip ever" - a trip to Washington, D.C. - I frequently read that it would cost a fortune to spend time in our nation's capitol.
People mentioned to me how expensive meals are in Washington, and how it's almost impossible to find safe lodging under $200 per night.
Over the next few months, I'm going to be sharing with you about my family's recent trip to Washington, D.C., what we did to save as much money as possible in order to make this trip, and how we saved money during the trip.
I'll also be sharing a 7-day travel itinerary so you can have an idea of how much you'll be able to see in one week's stay in Washington, D.C. Of course, you can adjust this to fit your own needs and the amount of days that you'll be staying in D.C.
We saw an amazing number of memorials, museums, and historical sites within seven days' time. When we've mentioned to our friends all that we saw, they're surprised! I'm going to let you know how we did this, and the order we did it.
Of course, your mileage may vary, as you may have some different factors within your own family, should you plan a trip to D.C. on your own:
Just to give you a taste of all that we saw in our week-long adventure to Washington, D.C., here's a list of what we did:
I'm going to let you know right up front that if it wasn't for our friend, Joanne, coming on this trip with us, we would never have been able to see all that we were able to see and do in one week's time. Joanne had previously traveled to Washington, D.C. FIVE TIMES (!!!), so I had jokingly asked her if she wanted to be our tour guide.
She said, "Yes!" We were very excited to have Joanne along for the trip, not only for her friendship, but also for her knowledge of the DC area. It was so helpful to have someone along who had navigated the big city before and knew it well. I'll be sharing with you many of Joanne's tips for having the best week ever in D.C.
If you think your family may never be able to finance a week away from home like this, with airline flights involved, that may be true. We were able to do this, by God's grace. Our children, at ages 13 and 15, had never flown on a commercial airplane, and the last big trip (driving by car) we took as a family was in 2008 (five years ago). I'll let you know how we managed to make this trip. Maybe some of our tips will work for your own family! Stay tuned for more. :)
Read all of my helpful tips about staying frugally in Washington, D.C.!
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