Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

By Maniyah Goodwine

Although it may not feel like it thanks to yesterday’s snow, spring break is quickly approaching. College students around the country are buzzing with excitement as it is the season for taking trips. Here are a few tips on how to save money if you choose to embark on a fun journey during the break.

  • Airfare
    • Try budget airlines for cheaper flights. Be sure to read the fine print regarding baggage and other fees.
    • If possible, try flying midweek because flights tend to be cheaper then.
    • Be sure to shop around to ensure that you get the best deal possible.
  • Road Trip
    • You and your friends could hop in the car and take a road trip somewhere local in lieu of a big trip. Road trips enable you to make lasting memories and sight see more than just the  end destination.
    • To save even more money, when you’re hungry, be sure to stop at grocery stores instead of fast food. Dining at restaurants or even drive-thru’s can add up.
    • Going with the flow is cool, but having a plan will enable you to stick to your budget and help you figure out exactly what you want to do.
  • Where to Stay
    • Make someone’s home your home, literally! Try rental services like Airbnb to find people that rent out rooms or their entire homes for travelers. This option is often time cheaper than staying in commercial hotels and resorts. You get the feel of being at home coupled with a lower price.
    • Find a hotel with free breakfast or another free meal to curb the cost of spending on food.
    • You could decide on a motel or inn instead of a hotel. This option works, especially if you don’t plan on staying in the room all that much.
    • Remember that the more people that come on the trip, the more lodging fees can be spread around.

Remember to…

  • Alert your bank that you will be out of state so that there are no hang ups once you get to the destination.
  • Make sure you observe local laws.
  • Keep an emergency stash of money in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Have fun!