Enjoy local fast foods prepared fresh, hot, and delicious for very little money. As a pitifully poor college student, I dined on souvlaki in Athens, bagels in Jerusalem, artisan cheese in Sweden, pizza outside the Vatican, panini in Rome, falafel in Amman, roasted pistachios in Istanbul, and baklava on Crete. Don’t forget about those little grocery stores and farm stands either. I once spent a precious $2 for a breakfast of yogurt, local fruit, and fresh crusty bread as I watched the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee. It was one of the finest meals I’ve ever eaten.

Finally, consider traveling with a large group. A good way to reduce travel costs is to share them. A crowd can travel with us affordably because everyone shares the price of a private bus and driver. Hotels often give discounts for larger groups, and set-menu meals can be arranged in advance. Even site guides can be hired more affordably. If the same trip were taken by a little group it might cost an additional $500–1,000 per person, and the group would require several more days of travel to see the same sites. Having a dedicated local bus driver means we lose very little transit time and we get dropped off at the front gate.

Trips abroad will make your family powerfully thirsty for knowledge, history, language, and adventure. Learners come home inspired to take on bigger challenges. You’ll return equally inspired and triply blessed as parent, fellow traveler, and educator. Warning: Travel is a thirst not easily quenched with just one trip!

Amy Barr is a homeschool mother of three and a full-time instructor of other home-educated students as co-founder of The Lukeion Project.  As an archaeologist, she spent more than a decade excavating sites throughout the Mediterranean and teaching Classics at the college level.  Now she and her husband, Regan Barr, offer their expertise through live online workshops and college preparatory high school courses about the Classical world, Latin, and Greek.  The two of them lead annual family tours to the Mediterranean.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: May 1, 2013