4 Easy Ways to Save Money on Spring Break
Believe it or not, Spring Break is right around the corner. For most, Spring Break occurs in mid-March, which is only about 4 weeks away.
To me, Spring Break is kind of like Christmas in that it comes around every year no matter what, and yet most of us never take the time to start a targeted savings fund for it. Instead we wait until it’s it comes around every year and then we curse ourselves for not having enough money saved.
If this is the boat you are in this year but you still want to go on a Spring Break getaway, here are 4 ways you can save money on your Spring Break vacay.
Hotels and airlines tend to charge higher rates for travelling and staying on the weekend. I realize if you have a 9-5 job it might be hard to take time off from work, or you may not want to use up all of your vacation days, but one of the easiest ways to save on any kind of vacation is by taking a midweek trip.
If you have limited vacation days, one thing you can do to help save some money and some vacation days is taking off a Friday or Monday to get a head start or delayed return on your trip.
Use Public Transportation
Depending on where you are going, you may not need to rent a car at all, which can be a huge money savings on your Spring Break budget. Most large cities with a public transit system will offer short-term passes for travellers to use while they are visiting the city.
Another option is to use a service like Uber or Lyft. The fares charged by these companies tend to be a little cheaper than a city taxi service, and they are still significantly cheaper than renting a car if you don’t plan to do much driving around.
A rental car for four or five days can cost hundreds of dollars, which is generally not a very good use of a limited Spring Break budget. If you need to rent a car and don’t feel like going with Uber, then check out services like Turo, which allows people to rent out their vehicles to others. It’s a great way to rent a car, but you can save a lot of money and not deal with as much hassle.
Consider Food Costs
Whenever I go on a vacation, I try to pack my own snacks. Part of the fun of a vacation is taking a step back from cooking and enjoying new types of cuisine, but that doesn’t mean you can bring along a few snacks to help cut your expenses.
Some travel-friendly snacks you can easily bring on your trip include granola bars, trail mix, pretzels, nuts, and dried fruit. If you don’t have to fly for your Spring Break vacation, you can easily take along a cooler in your car, which makes it even easier to bring a bigger variety of snacks. You might even be able to bring along some quick and easy breakfast items, which will help you save money on your food costs if your hotel or other lodging option doesn’t include a free breakfast. That brings me to my next point…
Look for Alternatives to Hotels
Hotels are certainly not the only option for lodging on a Spring Break getaway. There are lots of other options for lodging these days, like short-term condos, beach houses, and cabins, which are available in many popular vacation destinations. You can also find places to stay on Airbnb. Lodging is usually one of the biggest expenses of Spring Break getaways and other vacations. If you can find cheap lodging, you’ll be able to significantly cut back on your travel budget.
Taking a Spring Break vacation doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. There are lots of ways to save money on a vacation for you and your friends or family. Plus you can also opt to skip taking a Spring Break vacation this year and start saving up for next year instead.
Are you going on a Spring Break vacation this year?