affordable summer travel for families -or theres the option of (family) teaching in schools, south korea,yeh right!

What it is: A B&B on a working farm, where you get to help out as much as you like or just explore the area. This trend first took off in Italy, where they’re called agriturismi.
Why it’s a great affordable family travel idea: At a farmstay, a room that sleeps four usually goes for around $100 per night — and that includes farm-related activities and breakfast. You can help gather eggs or feed sheep at Leaping Lamb Farm Stay in Alsea, Oregon. The daily cost for a family of four starts at $125 — and the seventh night is free. A week at the Herds Inn at Hedgebrook Farm in Virginia is $750. Working Cows Dairy is a farm near Dothan, Alabama, that rents a cottage that sleeps six for $300 per week.
How to find one: Some states have farm associations — including Pennsylvania ( and Vermont ( — which make it easy to locate farmstays. Other states — such as California ( — maintain agritourism sites where you can find farms that rent rooms, as well as ones that only welcome day visitors. And you can always just Google your state’s name and “farmstay.”
Bear in mind: Not all farmstays are centered around kids, so be sure to inquire. 105 supersmart travel strategies
What it is: Our national parks are astounding, but most people don’t realize that many state parks have lodges and cabins that you can rent. In South Dakota, you can rent a rustic cabin — there’s A/C but no bathroom — that sleeps four for $35 a night or a lodge that sleeps eight for $150 ( In West Virginia, you can rent a modern cabin that sleeps four for under $100 a night (

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Why it’s a great affordable family travel idea: State-park land has been set aside for a reason — it’s beautiful. So besides relatively cheap lodging, you get easy-on-the-wallet activities like hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking and so on. Some even have golf courses! Plus, the rangers usually lead programs and activities designed for children.
How to find one: Go to your state’s state-park Web site (just Google your state name and “state park”) and look for “lodging,” “accommodations” or “planning your visit.”
Bear in mind: The lodging options vary in rusticity: Some include things like linens, and others don’t.
What it is: This is the classic summer-camp experience — you stay in a cabin and eat meals in the dining hall — but for the whole family. A week in a basic cabin for a family of four, including meals, at the YMCA Camp Hi-Rock in Mount Washington, Massachusetts, costs $870. A week at YMCA Camp Sea Gull/Camp Seafarer in North Carolina costs $2,100; a weekend stay is $820. A fancier option is Medomak Camp in Maine, where the average family of four spends $2,700 per week — and that includes all food and activities.
Why it’s a great affordable family travel idea: It’s the best way for families to experience the great outdoors without having to worry that the kids will fall off a cliff or get fatally bored. Plus, your kids will get to spend a lot of time with other kids. Too often, families think they need to spend every minute together, when we all need a break sometimes.
How to find one: The only real roundup I know is one we did ( 50 all-star family camps). Of course, you might also Google your state and “family camp.”
Bear in mind: This isn’t for parents who don’t want to be surrounded by kids. Also, some camps have religious affiliations; find out in advance how religious the experience is.
What it is: Ski resorts have learned how to make the most of what used to be the off-season. Besides outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, and swimming, the resorts host festivals and concerts, as well as arrange kid-centric activities like Frisbee golf, outdoor movies and arts-and-crafts sessions.
Why it’s a great affordable family travel idea: You don’t have to stay at the main lodge; condos are a great value — and perfect for families because they often have more than one bedroom, plus a kitchen. Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont is running a special right now for 20 percent off a summer-vacation package — meaning you can get a one-bedroom suite that sleeps four for about $200 a night. But the best deals are often at condos and other vacation rentals: On, a vacation-rental site, I found condos in Vail, Colorado, that sleep four for $150 per night — with access to a swimming pool and tennis courts.
Steamboat, Colorado, has three great options: Storm Meadows Club Condominiums ($175 per night, with access to a pool, tennis courts and a fitness center), Rabbit Ears Motel (a room with two queens is $159 per night, with A/C, a fridge and a microwave), and Rockies Condominiums (a two-bedroom, two-bath condo is $158 per night). They can all be booked via Steamboat.
How to find one: The ski resorts near your home probably have a slate of summer deals and activities.
Bear in mind: Some resorts also have kids’ clubs, so your kids can spend a chunk of the day hanging out with other kids while the adults do their own thing.
What it is: Just like ski resorts, hot-weather destinations such as southern Arizona and the Palm Springs area of California run deals in the summer. And kids don’t really mind the extreme heat, as long as there’s a pool.
Why it’s a great affordable family travel idea: There are two main options. The first one is full-service resorts: Two summers ago, I got a big room at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona for $100 a night. The resort was packed with families, because that’s a great rate for a AAA five-diamond resort. On the plus side, you get all sorts of activities (slip ‘n slides, fireside s’mores and nightly movies by the pool); on the minus side, you have to pay for some of them (and all meals, and parking and more). The best place to find these deals is on the resorts’ own Web sites; look for resorts’ Web-only rates. Also, it’s worth searching and
The other option is to rent a condo or time-share at a condo resort: You’ll have to plan your own activities, but the savings are substantial (and you get more space, including a kitchen). Also, there’s usually a pool and perhaps other amenities, such as tennis courts and a fitness room.
How to find one: In Palm Springs, McLean Company Rentals has condos that sleep four starting at $150 per night. There are even deals in non-desert hot spots. Vacation rental site has town homes in Orlando that sleep four for $161 per night. And you get access to the pool, fitness center, movie theater, kids’ play area and game room.

Bear in mind: Drink lots of water! When it’s hot and dry, you don’t even notice yourself sweating, so you have to drink, drink, drink!


If a spouse does not have a degree then he/she will not qualify for a work visa for teaching. Likewise, if your spouse has a degree but doesn’t have a passport from one of allowed countries then then he/she will not qualify for a teaching visa. There are no exceptions.

Your spouse’s options are to apply for a spousal visa or to enter Korea as a tourist. If you are a tourist then will have to leave Korea every three months to renew your tourist status.
A child can obtain a dependent child visa based on the work visa of the birth parent, or the married parent. You have to provide marriage and birth certificates. You would have to complete all visa processing before going to Korea and you would have to prepay air travel costs for yourself and your child. Only your own air ticket is refundable from the employer.
The Korean state school system is not suitable for foreign children. There are a few international schools but they are expensive and only within the main centre of Seoul. Alternatively, you could arrange correspondence lessons and supervision of you child. Childcare facilities for foreign children are also expensive and hard to find.
Because of the issues involved with the placement of families, we are reluctant to accept applications from people intending on taking dependent children with them. Especially if both the parents intend to be working.
Unfortunately, many school directors are not very open towards employing teachers who have children. Especially if the person is intending to works as well as take care of the child. They think it is impossible to raise your child correctly and also be available for the hours you will be required to work. Your teaching timetable will be changing frequently. This makes it is difficult to plan childcare on a 9am-5pm schedule. You could still be at the school at 9pm! Also, there is concern for the child’s health. There is no allowance in employment law for a parent to take leave to look after a sick child.
The number of children is also very important. If a person is intending to bring 2-4 children of various school ages then the odds of getting a job are practically nil. If a couple want to travel together with one baby or young child, and only one parent will be working, then the likehood of getting a work offer and suitable housing from an employer is much higher.
If both parents intend to work and they wish to arrange childcare and schooling in Korea then this can make it extremely difficult to get a job offer. As far as an employer is concerned they have to look at the most economical option, hiring a single person without family is always the first option.
In many cases it is unacceptable for a married couple and child to share an apartment with other single teachers.
The school will not pay for a family to live somewhere other than the housing provided. Only if the employer has a single unit available will it be possible to not share with other teachers. In this case the apartment may be a very small Korean style studio with only one bedroom and lounge area. Getting accommodation separate from the school can very expensive and hard to find.

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