By: Amanda Rizzuti
Spring Break, we see you.
Spring break can be a mix of different events. From going out with your friends to spending time with your family to even sitting on your couch doing absolutely nothing. As long as you’re not sitting in a classroom, does it really matter what you’re doing?
Spending Spring Break on the beach has been a norm for millennials for a little bit now. But, how do students even afford this trip with their students loans they are racking up? Aren’t they supposed to be “broke college kids?”
Here are 5 days to not break the bank this Spring Break (and how to not turn to your parents).
The excitement is going to kick in and you’re going to want to just pick the first option you see. DO NOT DO THIS. Instead, look up all the places you want to stay at and read up on the reviews. Yes, your hotel has an outdoor pool, but does it have Wi-Fi?
Pro Tip: If you are going international, you’ll have to see what your phone company does when you’re out of the country.
Not only researching your hotel/resort is a good thing to do, but also researching airfare will help with your costs. Did you know that buying your flight on certain days is cheaper than others? Heck, if you leave on certain days your flight could save you, on average, $75!
Get a group of friends to go on the trip together. You and your friends can split costs for basically anything. Obviously, your flight, passport, deposit and personal items cannot be split. However, being able to split a room charge will save you a lot of money. Some places even offer group rates if there is a party of more than 6 people.
Let’s face it, going with a group of people will not only save you money, but will make the trip more memorable.
Buy at Home
If you don’t have an all-inclusive vacation, you’ll want to buy everything back home. Trust me, it will be a lot cheaper than if you were to buy while on vacation.
If you are staying local, or driving, do your grocery shopping and beer run(s) before you leave. The costs in a tourist area will, without fault, be more expensive than at home. Even if you are staying in an all-inclusive, you’ll still want to pre-buy your necessities.
Pro Tip: Sit down with your group and make a menu of what you want to make, or have, on your trip. Before you leave, go to the grocery store and split the bill.P
As much as you don’t want to think about school while on your break, bring your school ID. Why? Because some places might offer student discounts. This is actually smart for hotels and resorts. Think about it, if they offer discounts for students, isn’t it more of a bonus to go there? It’s a win-win for everyone.
Don’t feel embarrassed to use coupons. Let loose and hit up sites like Groupon and RetailMeNot. These sites offer coupons and deals for traveling, dining and all kinds of activities that are perfect for Spring Break. Saving any amount of money is better than nothing, right? Heck, that extra $20 could pay for another round of Pina Coladas.
Spring Break is the time to have a great time. My friends and I went all out this year being that it’s our Senior year. Make the most of it and enjoy the heck out of your trip.
Where are you going on Spring Break?