The holidays are over. Spring semester is in full swing. The school year is half over. Were fortunate to have thousands of miles of coastline and beaches, several mountain ranges, and numerous places to visit while you’re on break. With all the people who head to the beach it’s no wonder why it can become a costly vacation. There are ways to save money while having a good time however. Planning a spring break when your on a budget doesn’t have to be hard, just by using some common sense you can save a chunk of cash and have a great time.
Plan Ahead– Book your hotel, or beach house well ahead of time. Prices can be much lower when you book well ahead of your trip. This also gives you plenty of time to compare price and what’s available.
Control You Expenses– You’re a college student. You know how to each cheap and make do with spending as little money on food as possible. Keep that same state of mind while on spring break. Don’t make alcohol your main source of fun. While a few legal drinks to take the edge of while you’re on vacation is nice, it can get expensive, and quickly.
Last Minute Deals– Waiting until the last minute is a risky proposition during peak times in certain areas. Staying in prime locations in the main party spots, its probably not the best thing to do. However, in many resort locations deals can be found at the last minute when hotels and resorts haven’t been booked. These businesses will give nice deals on their rooms rather than have them sit empty, where they make nothing.
Vacation with others– Renting a beach house that sleeps numerous people can be a way to keep costs reasonable for individuals. Going in together with a group of friends can keep the sticker shock of lodging down. One other advantage of groups renting a house together is access to a kitchen where you can cook your own meals instead of eating out. If renting a house is what you’d like to do remember most rental companies require someone older to be responsible, and that some won’t rent to students at all for fear of damages and liability.
Consider Alternative Lodging– Consider staying at locations that aren’t right on a beach. Those properties are the most expensive. Stay a few block inland, and the price drops dramatically.
Think Outside the Box– Everyone likes to think of the typical spring break party locations. They’re expensive places to stay. It’s basic supply and demand. Look into other locations that are still nice places to visit. The United States is full of great places to see and have a great time and at reasonable costs. Just because it’s the typical spring break we all know doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do something.
Be sure to checkout our other tips for Traveling on a Budget and Planning a Beach Trip
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