Don't let spring break, break your pocket
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 01:03
Spring break is the one week in every student's lives where they get to travel to all kinds of places to have fun and party with their friends, or just relax and be able to take a break from school. Although spring break trips can be costly, there are some ways you can still have fun without burning a hole in your wallet.
According to the Travel Channel, the top spring break party destinations this year are:
- Las Vegas
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Vallarta
- Daytona Beach
- South Padre Island
- Panama City Beach
All of these destinations will allow you to have an amazing spring break as long as you budget your money wisely.
I'm pretty sure (I hope) that you've already booked your hotel room at your destination. If not, unless you find a deal, you're going to be paying more money the longer you wait. When searching for a hotel, it is all about finding one that is convenient and close to your destination, with it being reasonably priced as well. Also, it might not be a good idea to lie about how many people you have in your hotel room, some places give out wrist bands to make sure only the people that are accounted for can get in the hotel.
If you're flying to your destination, you have to consider Taxi or rental car prices. If you want to see how much a Taxi in your spring break destination will cost on average, you can use the taxi fare finder.
Everyone wants to hang out and party of course, but few will pay an abundant amount of money to get into a night club. I mean we are college students. A lot of places offer discounts before a certain time. Also, in places such as Las Vegas, women can get into clubs free if they find someone handing out wrist bands. Party promoters will be flocking the scene trying to get eager college students to come to their clubs and a lot of them offer discounts so just be alert.
If you know that you plan to spend a certain amount of money during your trip, then only bring that amount, or give emergency money to someone you trust, and they can wire you the money if it's possible. You can't spend what you don't have.
Eating is a necessity and food can be the most expensive thing you purchase during your trip. To save money, eat according to your budget. Maybe you can eat at a nice restaurant once a day and eat somewhere cheap for the remainder of the day. Saving money is all about sacrificing.
Packing is something that people (usually women) have a hard time of doing. However, it's better to over pack, then to spend extra money on buying things during your trip that you already had in your house. Also, if you're planning on flying out of Intercontinental Airport, expect to pay $23 for your first bag, and around $30 for the second bag you check in. You could always fit your items into a small carry-on suitcase if possible.
All in all, you can have a fun trip without damaging your pocket too much. You don't want to be that student who comes back from spring break not being able to pay your rent.