Spring Break Travel Deals
January 21st, 2011
We’ve published a few articles aimed at helping you save money when you’re booking your Spring Break trip, so we thought we’d gather all the links in one place to make it easy to find all of them at once.
In addition to those links, you’ll also find some more Spring Break travel tips below – all together, we hope this information will help you have the best (and best value) Spring Break ever!
>> Dates for Spring Break vary by year and by what school you go to, but for most people Spring Break is the first or second week of March.
Your plane ticket is likely to be your biggest expense at Spring Break (besides the bar tab, perhaps), so if you can find a good deal on airfare you’re ahead of the game budget-wise. These tips will help you save money on your Spring Break airfare.
>> Read more about finding cheap Spring Break airfare
No matter where you’re going, you need to make sure you’re planning well in advance and booking your airfare and accommodation early. This is especially true if you’re going to a particularly popular place, as prices will go up dramatically closer to the date – if there are even any hotel vacancies left.
Early birds will not only get the best deals, they’ll get the pick of the litter when it comes to the best hotels or resorts. So even if you’re a laid back person, channel your inner Type A personality and get on the planning thing pronto.
Oh, and if you’re traveling with friends, consider booking a condo or rental apartment for the week to save even more money.
Because these places rank among the most popular each year, it’s harder to find discounts on trips to any of them – but if you’ve got your heart set on any of them just make sure you do your research properly about how to find deals and you might be able to score a great price on a trip.
>> Read more about the most popular destinations for Spring Break
Some places are absolutely Spring Break magnets, and it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t want to spend a week in the sun and clubs of South Beach? But any place that’s popular for Spring Break is bound to be more expensive. So the resources in this article will point you in the direction of money-saving tips for some of the most popular places to spend Spring Break.
>> Read more about travel deals to the best Spring Break destinations
Do the Math on Vacation Packages
There are lots of student Spring Break travel packages out there, and it’s easy to be simultaneously overwhelmed and excited by them. They all look like fun, and the pictures of all the pretty people having the time of their lives is enough to make you want to book all of them. And of course the companies selling them will tell you they’re giving you a deal. But are they really?
Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is to dust off a calculator and do a little math. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t sound like much fun – but until you know how the package prices compare to booking things individually you won’t know whether you’d be wasting or saving money.
Your goal is to find out how much the individual items that the package is selling cost – even if it’s not the same hotel or flight or whatever, try to find the best prices on hotels and flights that you can. Then compare those prices with the price of the vacation package.
Take into consideration whether the package is offering extras (meals, transportation, excursions). Extras are fun, but if they’re either things you wouldn’t be interested in paying for on your own or you think they’re not worth the cost of the package, that’s important to know.
Try Something Different for Spring Break
Not every Spring Break has to look the same. If you’re looking for something a little less traditional for your week off, consider one of the following options.
- Volunteer Vacation – There are always places where you can spend your week giving back, whether it’s building homes or teaching someone to read or cleaning up after a natural disaster.
- Road Trip – A week-long road trip could be a cheap way to get a little break away from school while still having some pretty entertaining experiences.
- Family Time – Sometimes the best way to save money on holiday is to spend it with family and let them pick up the bill!
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