We love spontaneity, but unplanned fun can come at a cost. A successful and cheap spring break trip requires some research and planning. College students are always looking for ways to save money. Luckily, we’ve come up with a few ideas.
Be Smart About Hotel Booking
There are plenty of apps and websites that will help to keep you from ever paying full price for a hotel room. Check Hotwire for great deals on last minute hotels. With a little crucial intel, you’ll figure out just how low you can name a price on Hotwire and Priceline. Also, look for stay-free deals. Often, if you stay a certain number of nights, you can get one night free.
Be Smart About Airline Booking
There are some rules about getting good rates that are pretty well known these days. It’s pretty common knowledge that Tuesday is the best day to check prices, as the airline industry updates prices that day. Also, there is such a thing as booking too early. The sweet spot for domestic destinations is around 21 days. Be creative—try booking two one-way flights. They may be cheaper, and you might actually get your desired flight times.
There are definitely deals to be found at all-inclusive resorts, but be sure to understand exactly what your money is buying, and more importantly, what it’s not buying. Assuming alcohol will be a decent portion of your bill, make sure you can get what you want without paying extra. Groupon and LivingSocial can be great resources to help you find package deals for all-inclusive hotels.
Don’t Rule Out Far Away Destinations
It can cost nearly as much to go 500 miles as it can to go 5,000, especially if you hunt down a deal. Asia is a hot travel market right now, and if you do some research, you can get a deal on a flight. Backpacking in Asia can be done on the cheap, and still be nice. Look at Thailand and Vietnam in particular.
Book a Hotel with Free Breakfast
Even if it’s not decadent, a little toast or a bowl of oatmeal for free is a good way to start your day. And of course, the free coffee will be consumed. When you travel, the free breakfast (and a banana snagged for later) can get you through to mid-afternoon. Then a big meal lasts for the rest of the day with maybe a little snack at night. This way, it’s possible to keep your food bill under $20 a day.
The theme? Research. The Internet makes it easier than ever to get the lay of the land for spring break. And SideMoney will help you earn gift cards that can be used to make your spring break trip one to remember!