By Chris Dato • April 08, 2015
There is a special feverish excitement with Spring Break that seems to distinguish it from other school off times. I don’t know if it is the increase in the temperature, or the scenic infusion of color as a result of blooming plant life, but there is an atmosphere of vitality making the urge to go out and explore unbearable. After being stuck inside all winter break (Southern California readers excluded), this Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to experience something new no matter what the size of your budget is. Here are some saving tips for whether you decide to explore your own backyard, or see the other side of the world.
Keep It Small
If the cost of tuition and books has left you with limited funds, there is still plenty of adventure you can fit into your time off. For instance, many people take for granted how much there is to see in their own state, or even neighboring towns. Why not take this opportunity to take a road trip a local landmark or tourist attraction? Sure, these sights can sometimes be kitschy or dated, but that is often the charm of them. Also, be sure to check out these road trip tips before you hit the highway!
Keeping the details of your trip flexible is another good trick for traveling on a budget. As you are driving, let the course of the vacation happen organically when it comes to specifics like where you are going to stop or where you are going to eat. This will allow you to make sure that the scope of the trip remains within your means. However, when it comes to where you are going to stay, remember to book your room online. You will often be able to find special rates or discounts with just a little effort, even for same day booking.
Do It Big
On the other hand, why not go big on the last real break from school until summer? There are still plenty of ways to save on your trip, even if your destination is halfway across the world, starting with how you go about making your flight arrangements.
One trick is to look for smaller airlines when booking last minute plane tickets, as you can sometimes get a great price for flights that need to fill the remaining seats. Also, if possible, try to fly on non-peak days. According to Southwest Airlines, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday through Thursday.
Another way to save is to look for special booking packages. Many destinations offer special savings during Spring Break, such as beautiful The Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. As part of this Spring Sale Promo, by booking before April 15, you will get a $250 airfare credit, as well as free admission to the Atlantis Water Park and Dolphin Interaction! This Atlantis promo code is a great opportunity to take advantage of. You get to go somewhere exotic without going broke! No matter what you choose to do or where you decide to go, be sure not to squander the time. Seeing a new place or trying a new activity is what makes life exciting, and what ill turn your time off this spring from a break to a vacation.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'