With a little planning and budgeting, a Spring Break road trip won’t break the bank. Before you begin planning a Spring Break trip, you should set a budget. When you have a budget, it’s easier to plan and you won’t over spend. Below you will find some basic money saving tips.
When planning where to go for Spring Break or on vacation, think about the less traditional destination and lodging. While most head to the beach and a crowded hotel room, you could be in a cabin or even use a time share. Less traditional locations, will be cheaper and not so crowded.
When you decide on a location, call them directly and ask for additional discounts. Often there are discounts on your reservations, local attractions or meals. If you don’t ask, chances are they won’t just give you.
Before you leave home, research your destination. Look online for discounts and coupons. While online, get a map and directions from places like Map Quest.
Before you leave home, be sure to have your vehicle properly checked. Proper maintenance will keep you from spending your Spring Break on the side of the road. Also, fill with gas the day before you leave. That way you don’t forget and have to pay more at a tourist geared gas station.
Make sure you have any tickets, coupons and discount codes for places you will be visiting. Some places charge a fee to replace tickets. Also, when checking into your hotel, ask for coupons and discounts to local places.
Save time and money by skipping the convience store. Plan ahead with snacks and drinks, so you won’t pay more at a convience store. If you need to stop for gas or food, go where the locals shop. Convience stores near the freeway, tend to have higher prices.
Save money on your hotel room by deciding how much time you’ll be there. Will you be at the hotel enough to use the pool? Think about what you really need in a hotel room and rent accordingly. save money by not paying for what you don’t need.
Save money on Spring Break Meals by eating brunches, many are all you can eat. If you’re traveling with a child, look for places they eat and sleep for free. You can also save money on meals by sharing. Portion sizes vary from place to place, take a look around the restaurant before placing an order.
Avoid using the hotel phones, vending machines and the wet bar. They might be convient but they add up quickly.
Expect the unexpected. Make sure you have an emergency kit, a first aid kit, emergency numbers and contacts. Don’t let an unexpected expense ruin your Spring Break.
When visiting attractions such as the zoo or theme parks, ask about multi day passes or group discounts.
Look for free things to do such as a beach, museums, concerts in the park and other things. Look at a local newspaper and see what is going on. Hang out with the locals, save money and make friends.
It’s easy to plan a lot of things to do, however, make sure you plan some “down time” and really take time to enjoy your trip. You shouldn’t return home feeling like you need a vacation, again. Be sure you take some time to rest and relax. It’s a good idea to arrive home a day early, so you have time to get ready for work or school, again.