Classes are about to end and all of your friends are heading to exotic locales to enjoy a couple weeks off. Unfortunately, you might lack the funds to have the ideal spring break you had in your head. While you might not be able to stay in a five-star resort in the Bahamas, that doesn’t mean you can’t let loose and really enjoy this time off! Here are some tips for having a fun spring break while on a budget.
Choose a Low-Cost Destination
Just because you can’t afford to spend your spring break in Cancun or Nassau doesn’t mean it won’t be memorable. While staying in certain areas of Florida’s coast tend to hike up their prices during this time, making it difficult to afford a hotel on your own, there are other places in Florida that are often more affordable. For example, you can stay in Sanibel Island and choose one of the modest resorts that aren’t right on the beach. This is a fun place to spend time with your friends and enjoy time without classes and books, but still get the spring break experience. If you are on the west coast, you can’t go wrong with Seattle, Washington. You avoid the high prices of staying in California, but still enjoy the warm weather, interesting culture, and exciting nightlife.
Ask About Student Discounts
Regardless of where you go for spring break, make sure you bring your college ID. That ID is often good for discounts when renting a car, booking a hotel room, or even going to nearby clubs and attractions. You will often get some amazing discounts by being a student, especially during spring break time. These establishments want your business and know you are on a student’s budget, so many of them are more than willing to accommodate you. That way, you aren’t spending your entire savings on drinks during a single night of the spring break vacation.
Stop Eating Out Every Meal
While it can be fun to try some of the local food, that doesn’t mean every single meal you eat needs to cost a lot of money. Consider having some smaller meals in your hotel room, such as eating breakfast before you leave for the day’s adventures, and spending a few nights in your room while you and your friends enjoy a pizza. If the room has a refrigerator and microwave, there are many foods you can prepare in the room, from storing milk in the refrigerator for cereal in the morning, to heating up leftovers for lunch the following day.
Get Your Own Booze
Another thing that costs a lot during spring break is drinking. You will likely spend most nights at local bars and clubs, or want poolside drinks during the day, but keep your budget in mind when choosing drinks. One good idea is to pack some of your own booze. When you get to the hotel, take a trip to the local supermarket and buy some alcoholic beverages you and your friends will enjoy. Stock up your room’s mini-fridge with the drinks and make sure to get plenty of cups and ice. You can make a drink or two before heading to local clubs, reducing how much you need to spend on expensive bar drinks.
Take a Road Trip
While gas can get pricey, traveling with friends in a vehicle to the destination instead of each of you paying for your own airplane ticket can save a lot of money. Either bring just a few friends and your mom’s SUV or rent a van for a few more people. Split the cost of gas and maintenance during the trip. Part of your spring break will be the fun and adventure you have during the road trip itself. This also reduces how many days you actually pay to stay in the hotel when you arrive.
When planning your spring break trip, remember that many of the costs can be split up between you and your friends, including the cost of the hotel room. Think about low-cost destinations and other ways to save money.