Over the past five years, the Bartletts have put these tricks to use each summer on a two- to three-week vacation with their family. In 2004 they spent 18 days visiting historical sites in the eastern United States.
"The total cost for that trip for all six of us, believe it or not, was just under $800 for everything," Bartlett said.
"I've had camping trips that cost us almost that much."
Before they learned the tricks to inexpensive travel, their vacations meant driving to more local destinations.
"We have always taken little trips with our family by car," Michelle said.
"Maybe to Colorado or Washington. Not too many exotic places."
But she was always hoping that her children could experience the world through travel.
"I would gather travel brochures and drool over them and then throw them away thinking it was too expensive," Michelle said.
"We started home schooling our kids and decided that it would be fun to take them to the places and actually walk where some of the famous people in history have walked."
Her husband started looking for ways to make that happen.
"In February 2000, I found some inexpensive airfare to London but then she [Michelle] reminded me of all the extra cost of hotel fare," Dale said.
"So I started researching where I could find free places to stay, free transportation and a lot of free places to visit."
They used what he had learned to take their first trip to Europe in 2001. Their friends wanted to know how they did it and eventually Bartlett decided to pass along all that information in the form of a book.
"There are a lot of people like us who never imagined that they could travel to such wonderful places and we wanted to share with others the reality that they can," Michelle said. "And they don't have to be the rich and the famous to do it."
Those interested in ordering the book can visit www.havekids-willtravel.com or call 435-245-3208.
The Bartletts can be contacted through their Web site by clicking the "contact us" link.