There are few college students out there that don’t know the struggle of pinching pennies while still trying to have an active social life. With spring break approaching, striking that balance feels almost impossible, especially when all your friends seem to be talking about their upcoming extravagant getaways. If you still want to ring in the spring season and enjoy your extended break but don’t have the cash to go all out, we’ve got some ideas for making it work.
Stay Close and Travel by Bus
For most trips, the plane ticket is the most expensive part. Traveling to Cabo around spring break? Yeah, you and everybody else – and that demand is only going to drive costs way up. Try going somewhere closer by and taking the bus instead. Bus tickets cost only a couple of bucks and can take you pretty much wherever you want to go (within reason).
Crash with Friends
If you’ve been wanting to visit that one friend from high school who moved to Boston or have a cousin in New Orleans, see if they’ll put you up for a week. That way, you have lodging for the cost of taking them out to dinner or buying them a nice gift. Don’t have friends to visit? Get adventurous, try Couch Surfing. Bonus: you can have your host show you inexpensive things to do in the area.
Monitor your Meals
One of the best parts of travelling is the food, and of course, you want to have some nice meals. Try cutting it down to one per day or less. Restaurant portions are usually huge, so you can save some of your leftovers for a late night snack. Throughout the day, you can snack on granola bars or fruit – even stock up on some muffins from the hotel’s continental breakfast, if you’ve got access to that. Get creative and save your pennies for the meals that are worth it.
The obvious destination for spring break is the beach, but staying on a resort is extremely pricy. See if a group of your buds would be interested in camping near a river or lake – you can get the same outdoors experience without singing your life away to Sandals. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of beach towns that allow you to put up your tents and have fires right on the sand. It’s the best of both worlds.
Watch the Bar Tabs
Planning on going out every night of your vaca? That’s fine – but bar drinks are extremely pricey. Go in with your friends on some drinks to keep where you’re staying and have a few at home before going anywhere. You’ll save yourself tons of money over the course of your trip.