It’s that wonderful time of year when, in the middle of projects and midterms, a whole week of free time suddenly opens up. The birds sing, the flowers bloom and, in some states, the snow melts.
So, you have a whole week of freedom! Your friends want to go roadtrip, your parents want you to fly home, your aunt in Germany wants you to stop by. All of this makes you realize….
You’re on a budget.
Don’t fret! Since this is my third college spring break, I’ve come up with a few things to help you have an awesome spring break without taking a punch to your wallet.
- One-day road trips. I know, you’re probably trying to figure out how to get from Texas to New York in one day now. By one-day road trips, I mean road trip within your state. Just Google “Fun things to do in (insert state here)” and bam! Tons of concerts, museums, sights and places pop up! These little mini road trips will keep you from worrying about spending half your savings on gas, food and hotel stays. Plus, you get to discover more about the state that your attending college in.
- Budget wisely. If you think $200 will get you through a week-long stay at Cancun, you need this tip. Some people get hyped up about the trip to their destination….but forget to plan on the costs coming back to campus. Friendly apps like Mint will help those of you with smartphones budget out your entire week by subject (food, hotels, entertainment, etc) and will warn you if you go out of your preset amount. Don’t have a smartphone? Just go to mint.com and work on it from any computer.
- Pick one thing. Planning on flying to New York to see a concert and then jetting off to California to go the beach before flying back to your hometown to see your parents and then flying back to school…that’s a lot. Pick one destination spot and focus on activities in that area. Don’t drive halfway across a state for one concert and halfway back to get to your hotel; that wastes money. Check out what’s going on in the city you’re heading too. Chances are, there’s a lot of fun events in that one area.
I hope this helps! Happy Spring Break everyone!