How College Students Can Travel Cheaply This Spring Break
Taking a spring break trip doesn't have to bust your budget. There are plenty of resources you can use to make your trip cost-effective. Read this blog to get some tips on how to save money on your spring break travels.
Ways to Enjoy Your Spring Break on a Budget
Spring break is the moment college students look forward to more than anything (usually). After weeks of studying, the break provides a welcome oasis for your fried brain. But it can be difficult to travel on a college student's budget. With a few traveling tips, you can use the money you'll save on transportation for your actual vacation.
Websites like Travelocity.com, Hotels.com, Expedia.com and Priceline.com search the Internet for the best travel deals. They can get you savings on cars, hotels and flights with just a click of the search button. These sites also host last-minute bargains. If you and your friends are open to where you'll spend spring break, consider taking advantage of these to fill reservations for less.
Just as a discount site can offer you cheap destinations if you're open, so can other resources. Twitter accounts such as @Fly_com provide codes and links to discounted airfares. If your group is willing to adjust, you can get some good deals. You may also be able to save money if you're flexible regarding the day you fly out. Tuesdays tend to be the cheapest day to fly, but many search engines give the option to see airfares for three days before and after the date you give. This way, you can determine which days are cheapest for you.
Depending on how far you'll travel for spring break, it may be a better option to drive rather than take a train or fly. If you intend to vacation in an area that you'll need transportation, this can save you additional costs on a rental car. If your (or your friends') car is not reliable, renting one for the drive will still save you on airfare costs. Sure, you'll need to spend money on gas, but splitting that cost can still be a savings when compared to the price of individual flights.
If your group decides to rent a car, skip the additional insurance fees that the rental agency offers. If you own a car, you have insurance. Typically, regular insurance policies cover car rentals anyways, so don't spend the extra money for double coverage. If you have a credit card, you can check to see if your credit card company offers rental coverage when charging the rental through them.
Join the Club
Some clubs, such as the American Automobile Association (AAA), offer discounts on hotels and car rentals. At the very least, they'll provide free directions to wherever you're going. While they do have member fees, maybe one of your parents will spring for the cost to guarantee your safety on the road. If not, you can join for under $100. It may be worth it in the long run.
Pig Out on the Road
Okay, so don't necessarily pig out the whole trip, but if you splurge a little on lunch you'll save throughout the day. Most restaurants have specials or discounts during lunch hours. You can enjoy eating at nicer establishments just by taking the early bird route. Stick with ice water when you eat. Most soft drinks, even though they come with unlimited refills, go for at least two dollars each.
While traveling, load a cooler with soda, water and munchies. By making sandwiches and other snacks available, there will be no extra need to stop. In fact, you could skip stopping even for lunches. You'd be surprised how delicious a peanut butter and jelly sandwich tastes on the road.
If you want to save more over spring break, consider volunteering for a unique and cheap experience.