Planes, Trains, and Spring Break $ Saving Tips

You endure late night cram sessions, bust your butt all semester long, and when Spring Break rolls around, all you want to do is chill on the beach with a frothy drink in hand! Unfortunately as we all know- Spring Break vacations can be expensive (to say the least!)

If a Spring Break escape is a must-do on your calender, the good news is there are lots of ways to save money. Here are a few ideas to enjoy Spring Break on a lean budget:

  • Plan Early. Prices on airfare and accommodations go up closer to the date of departure- so be sure to plan your trip as early as possible to avoid a future money pit situation.


  • Be flexible and creative when it comes to the destination. You don’t have to drop thousands on a tropical get-away. There are plenty of options that are affordable and just as fun! Did you ever consider camping? Fishing, rafting, hiking, beer, and the good times around a campfire; the experiences that come with a small price tag are priceless!


  • Use a Student Travel site or Local Agency. Travel agencies that cater to college students tend to focus attention on affordable packages that can save you money.


  • Plan Ahead. Do research and explore deal sites such as Groupon, Living Social, and Trip Advisor, etc. to compare rates and catch every travel deal that comes along.


  • Travel in Packs. Travel with groups of friends to take advantage of cost sharing opportunities and discounted rates.


  • Road Tripping. Hop in the car and drive! Share the expenses of gas and lodging. Some popular, fun, and affordable road trip destination are: Panama City, Daytona Beach, and South Padre Island.


  • Grocery Store. Do NOT eat every Spring Break meal at a restaurant. Once you arrive at your Spring Break location visit the local grocery store to buy cereal, other easy breakfast foods, and snacks. This will save boat loads of money. Meals out can really add up. And try and take it easy on the alcohol (Yeah, right!)


  • Don’t Shop. Have fun while away, but avoid buying trinkets. Souvenirs may seem like a good idea at the time but, once you get home, they will likely collect dust at the bottom of your closet.

Be safe, be smart, and Spring Break won’t break your budget! - Rent or Buy Textbooks Great alternative to textbook rentals, saves students a lot of money