Spring break is right around the corner. It’s time to break out the bathing suits and sunscreen! This year you might be looking to do something extravagant for a change, or maybe you just don’t want to spend your break sitting at home.
Spring break is a peak season for hotels, airlines, and beaches. You can sometimes spend $200 more on your flight, and don’t even get me started on the hotel rooms. While traveling during peak season is more expensive, we all still want to be able to experience the thrill of spring break adventures with our peers and families.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to still get your spring break trip! I know because I’ve done it. Is it more expensive than going during off season? Yes. But it doesn’t have to cost you your entire savings account either. Here are my tips to enjoy spring break on a budget!
Consider all-inclusive trips
Last year I spent my spring break on a cruise to the Bahamas. I went with my boyfriend and best friend on one of the best trips I’ve ever taken! The cruise cost us about $350 per person. We waited until 3 months before our trip to book and also chose Ocean View rooms, so it was a little more expensive. However, this price covered all our onboard activities and food for the entire trip! Plus we got to visit two destinations we’d never been to before.
We saved over $1,000 dollars on accommodations versus a hotel room for a week, and at least another $1,500 dollars on food versus going to restaurants for every meal.
Drive instead of fly
Driving to your destination will almost always be less expensive than flying, especially if you are in a group. A trip to Florida could cost you anywhere from $600-700 dollars if you fly, but driving would be almost $300 dollars cheaper depending on where you’re traveling from.
Bring your own Food/Alcohol
Stop by the grocery store and pick up breakfasts, snacks, even lunches for your trip. Eating out will be expensive and restaurants will be more crowded during spring break. Look for a hotel that offers a free breakfast and save even more!
If you know you are going to be drinking, bring your own alcohol. Skip the overpriced cocktails by the pool, and make your own instead.
Eat out for Lunch instead of dinner
Restaurants typically have cheaper prices for lunch than dinner. Consider going out for lunch and eating in for dinner if you’re on a tight budget.
Skip the Hotel Room
Unless you are prepared to pay $200 or more per night, skip the hotel room. Going camping and spending the week in a tent could save you $100+ a night. If you are traveling with a large group consider renting a house, or check airbnb to save money on accommodations.
The start of spring means something different to different people. For some it means time to travel. The good news is that if you are eager to travel and you follow these tips, you can ensure a cheaper trip and a week away from your couch at home!