Whether you’re a family of five or a single college student, there’s a chance you are looking to get away from it all for a few days during the spring break period from early March through late April. Below are some quick tips on how to make your spring trip a little more affordable.
1. Prioritize planning.
You may have missed the boat on being able to thoroughly plan your spring break trip this year, but try planning ahead as much as possible. This means deciding on how many days you plan to be away, how much of a budget you have for yourself or your family, and what you’d specifically like to do. Don’t forget to make a list of everything you want to bring as well so you aren’t buying things you already own but forgot to pack. If you don’t plan adequately, you may wind up spending more money than necessary.
2. Search for savings opportunities.
Opportunities to cut costs are often right under your nose. Just take the time to actually look for them and use the ones best suited for your spring swing.
Check discount websites for airfare, lodging, meals, and excursions. Look for promotional codes and other discounted offers. Picking up just a handful of savings can save you hundreds of dollars on your trip.
3. Immerse yourself in your vacation destination.
If you visit a place you’ve never been before or in awhile, a simple savings strategy is literally using your mouth. Ask those who live in the area where the best – and most affordable – restaurants or clubs are. Find out where the fun – and inexpensive – activities can be found. And, of course, make a list of those off-the-beaten-track places that only local residents know about.
4. Get a group together.
If you round up a group of friends or family members, you can significantly reduce your spring break bill. Instead of going somewhere with just one friend, find a few others to share the costs of gas, airfare, lodging, meals, tickets, and anything else on which you’ll be dropping some dough. By the time you’re back to school or work, you may have only spent a fraction of your potential vacation price tag.
5. Take advantage of your mobile device.
Whether you’re a Samsung or iPad user, your mobile device can offer savings as well. Use its GPS functionality to find the fastest route to a location. Use it to look up attractions in the area. Snap your own free photos to post on your free social media accounts instead of purchasing pictures from a photographer.
6. Consider a trip to an affordable international location.
You may not have the money to travel to Europe, Asia, or New Zealand, but there are plenty of affordable international hot spots very close to the U.S. Consider looking into safe destinations in Cancun, St. Thomas, St. Martin, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Destinations in some South American nations can also be fairly inexpensive to visit.
7. Walkable locations are always a great option.
Choose a vacation spot where you would be able to walk to most locales in the area. This can help you save on renting a car or having to pay high taxi or Uber fares to travel a distance. Consider bike or Segway rentals as well.
8. Road trips can be a plus.
We all know how pricey airfare often is. So, if you aren’t too far to go somewhere by car, make it a road trip this spring. You can also find ways to save on gas by using certain mobile apps to find the cheapest gas prices along your route.
9. If you’re flying, look for the best fares.
Seek out deals when it comes to flying. If you catch a flight during the week or even an all-nighter, you can often cut your airfare by a large fraction. Also, some travel packages that combine airfare with lodging can be more affordable.
10. Use Airbnb or other sharing services.
Hotels can take a bite out of your wallet. But being a little creative by looking at alternative housing options is wise. Consider using Airbnb or another similar service to find a single room, apartment, 4-bedroom house, or whatever you’d enjoy staying in during your getaway.
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