Spring Break / Vacation on a Budget
How to break free from the cold without breaking the bank.
Are you tired of shoveling snow yet? I know I am. If you’re anything like me you probably spent too much money on snow removal this winter, and can’t begin to think about plane tickets and hotels. But, after the Winter we just experienced, I think we all deserve a "Spring Break".
Whether you’re a college student planning a last minute Spring Break, or a family looking forward to April vacation, the following tips will help you plan your getaway on a budget.
Snag a Cheap Hotel Room
When I think cheap hotel room I tend to think it will be lower grade. I recently discovered this doesn’t have to be the case. Bankrate outlines “5 Ways to Score Hotel Rooms”, such as using your AAA membership to find a nice room at a discounted rate. If you’re already a member you should definitely take advantage of the benefits!
Consider looking for hotels that offer additional amenities, such as a continental breakfast or swimming pool that add value to your purchase.
Choose Budget-Friendly Transportation
Search for airlines that will allow you to check at least one bag for free. Southwest Airlines allows you to check your first AND second bag for FREE (Ladies I know most of us would like to take advantage of that second bag).
Bring what you can in your carry on and pack lightly for your checked baggage. You'll save money by not paying for heavy baggage or extra bags. (And you'll have room for souvenirs and keepsakes).
Continue to keep the cost of transportation down once arriving at your destination by walking instead of renting a car, or research shuttle bus options. Mapping out your travels beforehand will help you determine what alternatives are available. By determining which attractions are close in proximity, you can plan to visit them on the same day.
The travel itinerary app, TripIt, allows you to store all of the plans for your trip in one place. Use TripIt for weather updates and directions, or to confirm the time of your reservations. It’s called Spring “Break” for a reason. Avoid the added stress of getting lost or arriving late by planning the details ahead of time.
Search For Group Discounts
Many popular destinations have group discounts or family packages. If you're traveling somewhere with many tourist attractions, this can save you a lot of money.
Groupon offers family and kid friendly deals, such as free lodging for kids! That in itself could save you quite a bit of money if you’re booking more than one room.
Looking for a romantic getaway deal for a party of two? Don’t worry, they also have deals for that!
Be sure to check date restrictions and blackout dates on deals before buying. Also, don’t forget to read the fine print and confirm whether the deal is all inclusive or lodging only. If you’re lucky, you may be able to save on lodging, airfare, and dining accommodations.
Planning a Spring Break vacation doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. If possible, plan ahead to take advantage of all of your options. By doing your research ahead of time you can enjoy a worry-free vacation, without the added price tag. Bon Voyage!
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