When you're stressed out about money, how can you possibly plan a relaxing family getaway? It's not as impossible as it may sound. Test your vacation saving savvy -- and pick up a few ideas -- with this budget family vacation quiz.
Which strategy is most likely to appeal to young teens -- and your budget -- on long drives?
Teach them a new song or game.
Encourage them to notice and talk about the passing scenery.
Let them bring a few favorite games, books or magazines from home.
Which is most helpful for finding an inexpensive eatery while staying at a motel?
the brochures for guests in your room
the reception desk clerk's advice
a cruise along the town's main eating strip
Which is the best way to feed kids while on the road?
Try to stick to their regular mealtimes and snacktimes.
Buy snacks along the road for continuous grazing.
Use the fast-food drive-through to save time.
Which statement sounds like an economical driving plan?
We'll aim for 400 miles a day but settle for 375.
What's the hurry? The Grand Canyon isn't going anywhere.
We'll be there by noon, not ifs, ands or bathroom breaks.
Should you rent a car with the idea of letting your 18-year-old drive part of the time?
Yes, if it it saves money over taking your own car.
It depends. Some states allow teenagers to drive only their own car or their parents’ car.
Probably not. Most car rental contracts require drivers to be over 18.
Statistically speaking, what’s the most dangerous way for kids to travel?
Should you bring your infant's car seat to use on a plane?
No, car seats aren't allowed on a plane.
Yes, if it's FAA-approved for airplane use.
It's your call -- an infant is just as safe on a parent's lap.
Should you use a baby crib provided by a budget hotel?
Only if you're willing to pay the added fee.
Yes, but inspect it for safety first.
No, a budget hotel is apt to provide an unsafe, budget crib.
Which days are usually the cheapest to fly?
Wednesday and Thursday
Monday and Tuesday
Sunday and Monday
What are the “dead weeks” of U.S. airline travel?
the last half of March
the middle of February
the first weeks of December
How do low-cost carriers keep their airfares low?
They use older planes.
They don’t offer pillows, snacks and other amenities.
They offer only overnight flights.
Suppose you’re going to share the burden of driving while using a rental car. To save money, who should be your second driver?
any adult in the car
anyone with a driving permit
On average, how many vacation days did the American worker receive in 2010?
How can flying in and out of alternative airports, which are smaller and futher away from attractions than larger airports, save money?
Airfare may be lower compared to flights to airline hubs.
They have package deals for lower rates at nearby hotels.
More flights go to these airports than to larger airports.
How do weekend rates at hotels compare to weekday rates?
Saturday and Sunday rates are highest.
Late weekday rates are highest.
Rates will vary with the hotel's location.
Who's the best person to ask to get lower-than-listed hotel rates?
the reservation agent at the chain's nation customer service center
the manager of the hotel where you're staying
someone at the destination city's convention and visitors bureau
What’s the advantage of enrolling your 6-year old in a frequent flyer program?
You can transfer her miles to your account, or vice versa.
You get bonus miles for signing up family members.
There’s no advantage unless the child actually is a frequent flyer.
What is the "shoulder season"?
the weeks leading up to major holidays
cycles when frequent flyers rush to use miles before they expire
the time just before and after a destination's peak season
Where are you most likely to find free, legal overnight parking for your camper?
a church parking lot
a highway rest area
a city bus parking lot
What’s one advantage of traveling with children by bus compared to flying?
Families get free priority boarding, avoiding long waits in line.
Bus lines are more likely to offer discounted children’s fares.