Spring break is a popular time to getaway. Taking a trip from February to Mid-April means you’ll be paying higher costs for airline tickets, hotel rooms, and activities. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t travel. You just need to try and stick to a budget. Here are 7 ways to help keep your spring break costs low.
Book Airfare in Advance
Airfare is typically the biggest expense of any trip. Plane ticket prices tend to rise during the last three weeks before your departure. To get the best airfare it’s a good idea to book early. Look to buy your plane tickets from three months to 30 days before you want to leave. You can also use a travel search engine, which predicts prices based on trends.
Choose the Right Day to Travel
Booking your flight early is essential, but when you book your flight is too. The day of the week you fly can make a significant difference in the ticket price. If you are flexible with your travel dates, it will be easier for you to secure lower-cost tickets. Most experts agree that airfares tend to be lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The most expensive days to fly are Sundays and Fridays. Taking a red-eye flight, instead of leaving in the morning or afternoon, can also save you money.
Pick a Less Popular Destination
Super popular destinations like Fort Lauderdale and Daytona in Florida are costly during spring break. The higher the demand, the higher the cost. If you want to go someplace warm for less, consider less-traveled places like New Orleans, Belize or Puerto Vallarta. Think about what you’re looking for in your spring break trip. If you want to go to a beach, there are many more affordable options you can consider. You can also ditch the warm weather altogether and visit a fun, eastern city like Philadelphia or Portland, Maine. You don’t even have to leave your state to have an enjoyable trip. Traveling to a national park or city you’ve never visited can make for a fun adventure too. If you don’t limit your options you’ll find there are a variety of great trips you can take.
Search for Alternative Accommodations
Hotel costs will quickly set you back. To trim that expense it’s a good idea to look into alternate housing options. Temporary apartment rental services have become an excellent choice for travelers on a budget. Booking accommodations at a local’s home can also be a good way to get to know a city or neighborhood. Hostels offer another money-saving option. They are similar to dorm rooms that you share with other people. Hostels typically offer common areas and a community kitchen.
Book a Hotel Outside Your Destination
If you can’t find an alternative place to stay, or simply prefer a hotel, consider booking a place outside of the destination center. By staying a short drive or walk away from the action, you may save quite a bit of money.
Make Use of a Kitchen
If you’ve rented a place with a kitchen, make sure to use it. Eating at restaurants every day will add up fast. Cooking just a few meals during your trip is healthier and can save you hundreds of dollars. Be sure to research the local supermarkets, so you can get ingredients for meals, water, and snacks when you roll in.
Use Your Credit Card Rewards
Many credit cards offer rewards that you can redeem for flights, hotels and other costs. Be sure to check with your creditor to see what rewards are available and how many rewards points you may have already earned. Build your rewards by using your travel credit card for your everyday purchases before purchasing airline tickets or hotel rooms.