Relaxation means sun, fun, and money. For most students, money doesn’t come easy, and spring break is a great way to drain the bank account out of the black and into the red.
So, wow can you still have fun on spring break, but avoid going broke? Here’s some ideas:
Staycation: Staying home might not seem like a great way to spend spring break, but give yourself the week of, while enjoying your own city. Take the time off of work, put away the books and enjoy what your town has to offer. Visit the local hot spots, museums, parks, recreational activities and restaurants. Give yourself a spa day and allow yourself to relax at home. Avoid email, phone calls and the books and give yourself a staycation.
Camping: Camping is a great way to have a fun time without spending a lot of money. Many outdoor stores will even allow you to rent the essentials such as a tent and sleeping bag rather than purchasing your own. Overnight fees in most canyons are free, or less than $20 for the night. All you need is a group of friends, some firewood and a cooler and you’re good to go.
Road Trip: Road trips are slightly more expensive than camping, but definitely cheaper than airfare. If you can, borrow a larger SUV or van and fill it with friends in order to split the cost. Try to stay in hotels that have kitchens so you can make your own breakfast and pack your own lunch.
Use your network: Do you have a friend or family who lives somewhere else, or has a timeshare or a beach house? It can’t hurt to contact anyone you think might have access to a cost-cutting option. Staying with relatives might not seem appealing, but it might be a great way to get away without spending your savings on a hotel.
Vegas: There are few places that you can get a cheaper room than Las Vegas. Spring break usually offers great vegas packages, and if you can road trip there, you can save on airfare. If you’re able to avoid losing cash on slot machines, you can have a great week away without breaking the bank.
Avoid the Weekend: If you plan on traveling, try to fly on a Sunday and come back on Thursday, before the weekend rush. If you’re willing to adjust your travel plans by just a little bit, you can save hundreds by traveling on less-busy days.
Start Saving: If you have big dreams of spring break week in Cabo, prepare now. Save enough money in advance by budgeting, planning for hotel, airfare, food and misc. travel expenses. Put aside a little money each month so you’re not spending the rest of the semester living off of ramen noodles and pancakes.
A great holiday can create memories that last forever, but it’s not worth going broke or blowing your student loan money on one week of entertainment.
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