yurt2Welcome to the second installment of my five part series on unique Family Budget Accommodations. My travel philosophy revolves around budget-minded innovation. Money can get you a traditional family vacation at a resort with a buffet that doesn’t offer much cultural or culinary flavor. But traveling on a budget takes real creativity. 

Keep the great outdoors within reach with a luxury yurt packed with all the amenities.

If your family’s idea of camping is staying on a hotel floor without a vending or ice machine, consider this glamorized camping option. A yurt typically consists of a weather-resistant tent with solid flooring and an open ceiling to gaze at the stars. Most are circular and are designed as a semi-permanent structure. Look for options that suit your needs from bare basic accommodations to the fully equipped with luxury amenities including electricity, refrigerator, air conditioning, and comfortable bed.

Turn your yurt lodging experience into an engrossing history lesson for the kids. Yurts weren’t always designed for the lap of camping luxury. These tents were originally used by nomads across Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey and were traditionally designed for easy mobility and easily collapsed. But they weren’t without their creature comforts. Nomads gathered around the fireplace inside to warm up and trade stories after a long day overseeing the livestock and working on the land. The United States and Canada altered the traditional design and yurts became less mobile and more about luxury. During the 1960’s William Coperthwaite was compelled to design the modern style after reading about Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s visit to Mongolia. You can learn more about ancient yurts at SpiritMountainYurts.com.

Yurts can be found around the world at a variety of prices. The more luxury you’re looking for, the more expensive the pricetag. But you can find comfortable budget yurt accommodations for roughly $70 a night. Many state parks offer yurt lodging alongside traditional tents and cabins. Others can be found at eco friendly hotels, lodges, resorts, and beaches around the world.

The downside to a yurt is also it’s upside. It’s not quite a modern hotel room and not roughing it outdoors. So if you’re looking for an excuse or the kids to unplug, traditional camping might be a better option. And if you want room service and a jacuzzi tub, head to your favorite hotel. As a compromise, considering a day of hiking or spending the day outside fishing and cooking your own food. Afterward retire to a comfortable bed and some soft music inside your yurt.

Start your yurt search at Odd Inns and UncommodationsRead more about unique lodging at Budget Accommodations: Convent and Monastery Stays.

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