Spring Break is almost here, which means it’s time for students all over the world to start preparing and planning for the awaited vacation. Of course, many students are on a tight budget, but that doesn’t mean they have to stay home. Here are a few pocket-friendly ways to enjoy your vacation.
- Plan ahead! It’s no secret that the key to cheap travel is usually early booking. While there are some destinations that have nice last minute deals, if you’re on a strict budget leaving plane and accommodation fares up to sales and fate can backfire. Start researching as early as possible!
- Don’t be too picky with the destination. One of my favourite websites to look for flights is com because of its travel anywhere at any time search feature. From your home airport, or those close to you, you can see what flight prices are like at certain dates to destinations all over the world. It’s a great place to start planning for an affordable trip. The cheapest flights are sometimes in locations you’d never expect. A great deal can easily be found with an open mind to unique locations.
- Stay away from hotels! Unless you can afford it, of course. While hotels give you more privacy and can be more spacious, they aren’t particularly budget-friendly. Hostels are a cheap way to travel and probably the most fun. You have the chance to bunk with tons of new people and make friends, which can be super helpful if you’re solo Airbnb, Couchsurfing and house sitting are also great, affordable alternatives that will make you feel more like a local.
- Stay close to home! Now, this can manifest in different ways. If you have the budget for airfare, then the cheapest flights will usually be to destinations close by. For example, in North America popular spring break spots for students are Mexico, The Bahamas and Dominican Republic. However, staying close to home could also mean not leaving your country at all. For example, many US students choose to spend their breaks on the beaches of Florida or California. And if international or out-of-state travel are not in your budget, there are still numerous ways to enjoy spring break. You can go camping or go on a short road trip with friends, or alternatively, take a train or bus to visit a friend or family member somewhere near-by.
Travelling and enjoying an amazing spring break is incredibly doable on a budget so long as you’re conscious and always open to trying new things. So crack those knuckles and get to planning some spring adventures!
By Leah Symmone