Can you keep a secret? Shhhhhhh, don’t tell my kids but we are heading to Great Wolf Lodge in a few weeks! It is going to be so refreshing! If you caught my Instagram post, then you know why I’m planning this trip so late. Life has truly been busy! But what can I say, we are blessed!
As I former couponer, I LOVE to save money! It was very important for me to make this trip happen AND to save money while doing it. I am going to share my money-saving secrets with you! Let’s jump right into it.
Step 1: Search for the BEST deal!
While researching, you will find that it is best to travel to during the off-season. Hence the reason why we are going in November.
I found an amazing deal on Groupon but you have to be ready to pay upfront if you choose this option. Great Wolf Lodge also has savings options available through their website! In order to unlock those options you must sign up for their email list as they send out multiple options and you don’t want to miss the deal that works best for your family! When you book directly through Great Wolf Lodge, you have the option to pay using Affirm, which is a monthly payment plan.
Step 2: Save Money
Great Wolf Lodge can get expensive quickly! Very early in planning you must decide what is most important for you to spend your money on. I am most interested in enjoying the full experience this time around; especially since my oldest was so young when we went that. I plan to purchase the Paw Pass so they can enjoy the games.
Great Wolf Lodge also offers suites with full kitchens! This gives you the opportunity to save MORE money while enjoying cooking for your family even on vacation! Plan to grocery shop either when you get there or prior to and pack easy food choices to cook.
Simple meal ideas:
Hot Dogs & Chili
Step 3: Pack 1 Week Before the Trip
Sorry moms, travel prep includes our least favors chore: LAUNDRY! I make sure we have clean clothes and I plan ahead so that I know what we can live with or without for a week. Don’t forget to pack your swim gear: suits, towels, sun screen, etc. You will need them!
Step 4: Create an Itinerary
I am a ’planner’ by nature and I want to make sure everyone traveling knows where they are going and when. I have high expectations that we will have a safe and fun trip with a schedule! Creating a schedule allows things to run smoothly and to help ease burnout! I always plan down time as well because you will need it and never forget to leave a little wiggle room because…life!
Step 5: HAVE FUN
You are on vacation! There is no room for stress. You’ve done all of the hard work to plan for a fabulous vacation and now it’s time to enjoy!
I would love to know what trips you have coming up and how you stay on task to make it easy and fun for your family! Be on the lookout for an update once we return!