I love to travel. I also love planning trips but restricting my passion in both of these areas has been budget. We are a family of 5 on a modest budget, so extravagant family trips are just not always doable for us.
My children, the boys especially, could live outside. I love being outdoors but I’m not so sure I would be ok sleeping in a tent and far from home for more than a night, if even at all. So recently we rented a cabin and camped in Tishomingo State Park. It was lovely. I just happened to stumble across this state park’s website and saw they had cabins and booked our stay. I hadn’t known anyone who had stayed before, but after a quick glance at the TripAdvisor reviews I decided to take a chance.
For $140, my family was able to book a 2 night stay (talk about budget friendly) in a one bedroom cabin. The cabin itself was plenty spacious for the 5 of us and also included a kitchenette. Truthfully the kitchenette could use sprucing up, but overall my family was very happy with our trip and would do it again.
We left the cabin once over the two days, we grabbed some firewood and breakfast one morning, and then quickly returned to the park. It was nice to get a break from life’s usual obligations. We ate s’mores and drank hot chocolate by the fire. We hiked, climbed rocks, discovered waterfalls and splashed in creeks. We took our time and explored. We found a sandy spot on the side of Bear Creek and my boys spent 4 straight hours splashing and playing in the sand. The park has gorgeous rock formations as well as a large swinging bridge that crosses a very wide creek; my kids loved giving mom a heart attack by jumping on the bridge as we were crossing.
The truth is it doesn’t take much to make kids happy. Having their family with them and exploring a new place is really it all it takes.
My family has also made a goal to try and support and visit more state and national parks. It’s an inexpensive way to teach our family about the Earth and this gorgeous and geographically diverse country we live in.
Finding parks and researching their accommodations online has been one of the bigger challenges honestly. I was happy when I finally found a website that seemed to be a centralized database of these parks with photos and information on lodging options. ReserveAmerica is the largest provider of campsite reservations in North America. I will certainly be booking us more quick cabin trips in the future.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and book a trip for your family. Let us know how it was. Or have you taken any cabin trips you could share with our family? We are excited to get out and explore our next destination!