I just got back from an overnight family vacation, which was a trip from my near Toronto, Ontario home to Palmyra, NY. There's an outdoor pageant there which I've wanted to bring my family to see for a long time, and we finally decided to do it. Aside from being lots of fun, entertaining, bonding (kids first time in a hotel), it was inexpensive to boot!
Total cost: About $230
Here's how I did it.
First - some fixed costs which I couldn't change: