Affordable Spring Break Trips and Tips
Spring break is the one week of the year where I can actually relax and not have to think about all of my homework crawling up on me. The only issue is, I really don’t have a lot of money to spend on this glorious week. No matter how much I try and save up by eating $1 cheeseburgers from McDonalds, I can never seem to save enough to go on an extravagant trip to Bora Bora. But no worries! Through experience, I have learned that you can still have a great spring break on a budget. Here’s a few trips and tips for your upcoming spring break.
- Look around your area: Now, I know what you guys are thinking. “Spring break is my chance to get out of town, I don’t want to stay here!” But give your community a chance! Many times, there are hidden treasures that you just haven’t come across yet. For example, if you are from the Northwest Florida region, Ponce De Leon State Park is an excellent spot that many people don’t know about. It is a beautiful area that has crystal clear waters that you can jump into and feel like you're at a luxurious secret area in a different country. There’s no need to drive for hours and hours or take an expensive flight to a far destination. You can ask around your community or google hidden secrets that may be right there in your area! Click here to check out our blog about local day trips to get inspiration about some cool places you can visit for spring break.
Ponce De Leon State Park. Photo from https://floridapanhandle.com/panama-city-beach/things-to-do/ponce-de-leon-springs-state-park/
- Enjoy a solo trip: School can be really overwhelming with hundreds of people constantly crowding around you. Use your spring break as a chance to get away and have some alone time. Not only do you get to relax but you also save tons of money. When you travel with friends, there will always be moments where you have to spot them on a meal or pay extra to get a ride to a destination. When you travel solo, all of the money you spend directly benefits you and you only! New Orleans can be a great place to visit for a solo trip. You can walk around the French Quarter and explore all of the stores and restaurants they have to offer.
French Quarter in New Orleans. Photo from https://fineartamerica.com/featured/french-quarter-new-orleans--6-larry-mulvehill.html
- Book your trips early: If you really want to explore a new area, its important to book your trips as early as you can. A lot of destinations are aware of the large number of people visiting their area for their spring break trip and take advantage of it by hiking up their prices as the time gets closer. Would you rather use up all your money trying to book a trip last minute or keep your money to eat good food? I know it can be difficult to figure out a trip's itinerary while trying to finish up your never-ending piles of homework and exams — but try your best to map out your spring break early. You can at least figure out the core parts of your trip including a destination, dates, a place to stay and travel. It might be a little late to get the best deals on Spring Break 2022, but it's not too early to start planning for next year!
You can still have a fun and relaxing spring break without having to use up all your hard-earned money. Enjoy the break from school on a budget! Although $1 McDonald cheeseburgers are great, by using these tips you can enjoy better meals and still have a great spring break.
Lisa is currently a student at the University of West Florida and is a marketing intern with Gulf Winds Credit Union. She spends her time writing and updating financial blogs that tend to focus on the younger generation and those that attend college.