We know that you have many choices in where and how to take your summer vacation so we thought we’d give you a quick comparison that may help you make a decision for this year’s trip. We’ve tried to keep these comparisons as ‘apples-to-apples’ as possible. We have not included the additional costs of airfares or optional excursions in our comparisons either. The prices below are for a family of four.


We chose to compare an RV trip with two popular destinations. The first trip we chose to compare is the quintessential family vacation, a trip to Disney World. Disney is now promoting a vacation special that is offering 3 nights free accommodations in a one week package. Their package includes one week’s accommodation, 7 day park passes, full meal package and ground transportation to/from the airport. The cost for an early June 2009 trip is approximately $4,950.


The second vacation package we chose is an early June 2009 sailing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to the Western Caribbean. We chose Royal because when you Google ‘family cruise’, they were #1. This cruise to the western Caribbean is 7 nights and departs Miami for Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. A junior suite, including meals, to accommodate a family of four would cost approximately $7,650.


Now in comparison to these two vacations, we think that a Tracks & Trails driving adventure is not only a better value, but a better vacation since it gets everyone outdoors and appreciating the natural beauty of our National Parks. We chose for this comparison our most popular trip last year. For $3,950 you will visit Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks over a one week trip. The cost of this adventure includes first night’s hotel stay, RV rental for six nights, campgrounds, fuel costs (assuming $1.75/gallon), groceries/meals for a week (assuming $500 for a family of four) and a National Parks pass.


So when you are getting ready to plan that fabulous vacation for this summer, we think that when you look at your budget and the experience that you will have as a family, that a Tracks & Trails RV vacation will be a great choice!