If you’re planning a spring break trip with your friends, now is the time to crack down on your planning. Finding an affordable trip is easier than you might think. Here are a few tips to help you get started!
1. Do your research.
Look into every deal you can find for the places you’re thinking about going. Check Groupon, Airbnb, Expedia, Priceline, etc. Make sure you find the best deal for the kind of trip you want. Really explore your options so you can find the trip that’s right for you.
2. Set a budget and stick to it.
Make sure you know how much you have to spend and plan accordingly. Include any potential spending money you’ll need while you’re there. If you’re not going to an all-inclusive resort, factor in your food and beverage expenses. If you’re doing any non-free activities, make sure you’re prepared for the costs.
3. Read the fine print.
Some hotels and getaway deals have extra and hidden fees. Read everything before you book your stay/trip to make sure there are no surprises. Be certain of the costs before you agree to anything.
4. Be open-minded.
Don’t be too set on a specific place. Just know the type of vacation you want to have (i.e. warm weather, beach resort, city, ski/snowboard trip, etc.) Depending on the popularity of the place, the dates you’re going, and the amount of people you’re travelling with, some places/hotels will be more expensive. Being open to different places can help you find a more affordable trip.
5. Split costs where you can.
Find rooms that sleep more people. Split the cost of the rental car or gas if one of you has your own car that you can take. Go in as a group on snacks and/or groceries. Anything that can be a shared cost, share it.