In the midst of these winter doldrums, spring break may seem a long way away. But take heart, your vacation will be here before you know it. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that vacation will probably cost you some money, and if you haven’t prepared for it financially, well, you may not have as much time to do so as you think you do.
To start preparing for a thrifty and enjoyable spring break, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be enjoying affordable afternoons in the sun in no time.
It’s what’s on the inside that counts.
When looking to book a room for spring break, you may think it’s all about location, location, location. Not necessarily. Don’t get us wrong, location is important, but the room you choose can also save you some serious money.
Look for rooms with a built-in kitchen — or at least a microwave — as these will allow you to cook “at home,” saving on restaurants.
And free meals offered by the hotel are always a plus. You should also look for rooms with spacious sleeping accommodations. Bunking up for a couple of nights could save you a lot of money.
Book your flights early.
When it comes to booking your flight, time matters. The worst time to book a flight is within a week or two of your departure. Booking earlier than that can save you a lot of money, and you may also be able to find good savings by booking last minute through websites like Travelzoo.
Lastly, if your final destination is reasonably close, don’t be afraid to embark on a great American road trip. Add a couple of friends and the journey could be almost as much fun as the destination.
Spend smart and save big.
If you’re going to save for an amazing spring break trip, it helps to know that the money you are spending is going in the right direction. Utilizing a prepaid card can help you budget before your trip by allowing you to set a fixed amount on the card. Stick to the budget you set for yourself using the card and you’ll have more money left over when it’s time to travel.
Think outside the box.
When you think of spring break you naturally think … the beach. Here’s the problem: So does everyone else, and that makes a trip to the beach more expensive.
Instead of joining the masses, you can dramatically reduce your costs — and the amount of money you have to save for your trip — by heading somewhere else instead. Popular landmarks, hiking excursions or camping can all create lifelong memories at a fraction of the cost.
Creating an affordable and memorable spring break trip is about being smart with your money before you go and making the best buys while on your trip. Employ the tips above and you'll be on your way to a one-of-a-kind spring break vacation in no time.