Spring Break Vacation Money Savers
March 10, 2009
Spring break vacations are always something to look forward to after the long dark winter months. Spring break for college students is already beginning, and spring break for public secondary and elementary schools will begin in the next few weeks.
When I was a college student in Florida, we took full advantage of the beaches we lived near all throughout our spring break. The best months to visit Florida are February, March, April, and May, because our spring feels like the north’s early summer and early fall weather. Of course, being in college we were always looking for the best deals to save money on spring break.
I imagine most people that can afford to go on vacation this year will be looking for spring break deals and money savers in this struggling economy so here are a few tips on ways you can save money on your spring break vacation:
Student Travel Websites
Here are some good travel websites to check out for deals if you are a college student
My wife and I used STA Travel a few times to look for discounted airfares for students. We got a great rate from Florida to Los Angeles, and we also found good deals on hotels. You can also check out some of the best travel websites.
Hotel Room Without an Ocean Front View
If you’re at the beach, you’ll save a lot of money by choosing the room that faces the courtyard or the pool. Why bother getting the best room available when you’re only in your room to sleep anyway? Also, try looking for a hotel that was recently renovated or brand new to the area. They often cut deals to boost sales.
Hotel Room With a Kitchenette
Okay, I know that I just told you to save money by going for the cheaper hotel room, but hear me out on this one. One of the biggest expenses when you travel, other than your transportation to get there and back, is food and drink. One of the best ways to save on eating out and drinking is to bring your own snacks and booze. Bring food for breakfast and lunch, and save your money for a nice dinner every night.
Avoid Popular Vacation Spots
I am always amazed that Destin and Daytona Beach are the most popular spring break destinations in Florida. They have good beaches, but there are so many other great places you can visit in Florida without getting bombarded and ripped off by tourist traps.
Clearwater beach near Tampa, FL and St. Augustine Beach are great options with plenty of stuff to do during the day and at night. St. Augustine is touristy, but it’s definitely cheaper than Daytona and Destin. What are some other great spring break destinations that aren’t tourist traps?
Travel During The Week
If you leave on a Monday and return on a Friday, you could save some money on airfare and hotel stay. Businesses know that their biggest business is on the weekends, so they’ll discount their weekday rates to attract more vacationers.
Use common sense and look for bargains wherever you can, because we all know that the economy is bad right now and we’re all looking for ways to make our dollars go farther. Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts and most of all, make sure you stay safe!
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