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Spring Break Tips for Students

March 17, 2011 by

Traditionally, spring break is a time for students to get away and enjoy a break from studies for a week. Often, this break means college students, specifically, enjoying time away from parents, school, and other responsibilities. However, it is also tradition that college students do not have a great deal of money to spend on such a vacation. If you are looking for money saving tips to enjoy your spring break, then here are a few things to consider.

Plan Early

You may have a habit of procrastinating on that research paper assignment, but when you are planning your spring break, you do not want to wait until the last minute. This is because most accommodations and flights will charge more if you try to book at the last minute. If you can, booking your stay at least a month in advance can save you a great deal of money on hotel and flight.

Check for Student Discounts

Many travel discount sites include packages designed just for students. These packages will often include discounts and packages that will save you money. You may want to use the Internet to search for student discounts or student coupons that include accommodation, travel, and even tickets to events or clubs. This is something you will want to do in advance as well, though, in order to find the best deals.

The Hostel

If your budget is severely limited, then you may want to consider the hostel instead of staying in a hotel. At a hostel, you will pay much less to share a dorm style room. Bathrooms and kitchens will be common areas, usually shared by the whole floor. You will not have as many amenities at a hostel, but the savings is immense when compared to hotel fees.

Use Public Transportation

Instead of renting a car or depending on cabs to get you around while on spring break, you can save money with public transportation. If you are in a larger city, you should be able to get a weekly pass to use subways, buses or rails. Be sure to determine which will give you the best discount, a daily or a weekly pass, and you can save a great deal of money on your transportation needs while on vacation.

Save Money on Food

Food is the second most expensive part of any vacation and saving money on it can help you out a great deal. Look for discounts and coupons to area restaurants online before you go on your trip. Additionally, consider finding a hotel with a mini fridge and bringing your own food. If you can cut your food costs in half, this can help take a big weight off of your vacation budget without limiting the fun of your spring break.

Spring break should be a fun time for students. However, if your budget is limited, then you may be wondering if you will be able to afford your trip. However, if you consider the above tips, you can make your spring break affordable while still fun and exciting.