It’s almost that time of year again…SPRING BREAK! You’re tirelessly trying to stay focused so you can pass all your exams, but instead your mind keeps wandering off to the fun you will have in the next couple of weeks.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t really have the funds to go anywhere I want anytime I want. If you haven’t planned your spring break yet, I have a few tips that can help you decide where to go and how to stay on a budget.
1. Go somewhere near.
Have a staycation somewhere close like a beach town near you! I recommend San Diego, Santa Barbara or Newport Beach. OR bring the beach to you, by laying on a beach towel near a pool and whipping up some piña coladas or strawberry daiquiris for yourself and a few of your friends. Sometimes it’s not about where you are, but whom you’re with.
This is a list of suggestions for your staycation if you live in Southern California.
Los Angeles= Santa Monica Beach, Manhattan Beach, Elysian Park, Malibu
San Diego= Coronado, Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, Downtown San Diego
Orange County= Newport Beach, South Coast Plaza, Disneyland
Total Cost= $40 (gas, beverage ingredients)
Instead of paying for an expensive ticket consider driving to your destination. There are plenty of beautiful destinations you can get to by car, such as, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Mexico, San Francisco or Las Vegas. Split the gas between the people you are with and it will definitely be cheaper than a plane ticket.
Cost = $40-$150 (depending where you go)
3. Go camping instead of staying in a hotel.
Another way you can decrease the cost of the trip is to go camping. There’s nothing more fun than spending time with a large group of friends in nature. And, of course, you can’t forget s’mores! My favorite part is cooking over a campfire. It’s so much fun roasted marshmallows. Campsites usually rent out between $20-$45 depending on where you go. If you’re in California there are multiple places in Joshua Tree National Park, Big Sur or Sequoia National Park.
Total Cost= $40-$100 (gas, rent for campsite, food)
4. Stay in an Airbnb or couch surf instead of a hotel.
If you would like to stay somewhere inside instead of being one with nature, Airbnb and couch surfing is another option. Couch surfing is completely free and all you have to do is sign up online to a host who will allow you to sleep on their couch. Airbnb is also an online service that allows you to stay in someone’s home or guesthouse for a much cheaper price than a hotel. You can find rooms for less than $100 a night anywhere you go.
5. Use online deals for cheaper airfare.
There are certain promotions going on right now that you can purchase for a cheaper flight to your desired destination. Companies like One Travel offer cheap one way flights to certain destinations. For example, San Francisco to Las Vegas is $44 right now. Also keep in mind that purchasing a ticket that leaves on anytime on Fridays and Saturdays will be more expensive because they are considered a weekend. So, if you’re leaving on a Friday, move your departure to Thursday and you can arrive back any day after Saturday. It can decrease your flight by $100 if you do this!
Cost= depends where you go, but you can save up to $100
Wherever you decide to go, I hope these tips can help you have a fun and budget friendly vacation! Let me know if any of these tips worked for you.