One thing students look for each year is Spring Break! A full week of no classes is a great way for students to regroup, get out of town, and spend some extra time with friends and family. It is a reminder of how close to the finish line is in their academic carrer. Many of my own spring break vacations included me, friends, the beach, and a small amount of cash I earned from my part-time job. My parents always worried when we piled up and headed to the coast. Luckily we were a smart group of kids who always came home safely with nothing but a ton of pictures and great memories. Spring Break isn’t about spending more money on the vacation than your college tuition, it’s about having fun and having a week away from the books. Keep in mind to be responsible, have fun, and relax.
Here are some ways to have save a little cash while enjoying your week off of school….
Go somewhere close
Instead of flying or driving somewhere far, decide on somewhere close. If you live near a big city, there are plenty of tourist attractions you have probably never seen. Spend your week as a tourist in your own town. If you are having trouble finding things to do, ask your city’s visitor bureau for a list of attractions. Try hitting all of the bars in one day, it’s much harder than you’d think.
Find student discounts
Student discounts are abundant during spring break, especially in locations that get a heavy influx of college students. When deciding on a place, call around and ask what kind of discounts they offer.
Get the best price
Groupon and Living Social have been featuring a high number of vacation getaway packages for 50-75% off. If you missed a great deal, you can always check Lifesta for daily deals that have already passed. Also compare travel sites if you need a flight, hotel and/or rental car.
Alternative sleeping arrangements
Housing costs are usually the highest expense when planning a vacation. Even low-rated motels can charge over $100 per night in popular spring break locales so find a cheaper alternative. If you’re going to the beach, you can usually camp in a tent or you car for a small fee or even free. State parks also offer cheap or free camping, whether it’s in a tent, your car or a big RV. Speaking of RV, ask your grandparents if you can borrow theirs – maybe they’ll trust you enough to let you take it.
Load up on restaurant coupons
Scour the web for coupons and gift certificates. Restaurant.com offers great promotions all the time to get a $25 gift certificate for $2 instead of the normal $10. Stock up on these and you can still eat out and drink for cheap.
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