You may be consumed with the not-so-distant holidays lately, but there may be something else you want to keep in mind. Being surrounded by snow, cold weather and warm cups of cocoa is the perfect winter scene, but when the snow melts and the weather warms up you don't want to be left behind at home. That's why NOW is the perfect time to start planning your spring break getaway. I'm sure you've heard the saying 'the early bird gets the worm' and in this case, the worm is sweet - and much cheaper than waiting until the last minute. Here's why:

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1) The earlier you book your airfare, the less expensive it's going to be: There's no surprise in saying that waiting until the last minute to buy your airfare is going to cost you big bucks. Sure, you may be able to find great deals on a seat here or there, but it's going to be whatever is leftover on the plane and is probably right next to the bathroom. And, if you're traveling in a group, it'll be hard to get seats together, let alone on the same flight. Try looking at sites such as Cheapo Air or Priceline. If you sign up for their emails, you'll even get discounts and price drop alerts sent to your email. One of my other favorite channels is Travelzoo - they always are offering deals on flights for short periods of time.

2) First come, first serve. Get your pick before you get stuck with what's left: You know that one room you stayed in two summers ago with the full kitchenette, king size bed and gorgeous view of blue sparkling water? That will go quickly. Booking your reservations early will ensure you have the top pick of rooms and spaces available. And, it will allow you to pay for the room earlier so you have time to save up more spending money for your trip!

3) Adequate timing to schedule around your school work or put in time off at work: Don't be that person that puts in for vacation time a week before you plan to leave. Give your teachers, homework, and coworkers the courtesy of planning around your absence. That way, you don't have to worry about getting your shifts covered last second and will have enough time to get assignments/work done that may be due when you're away. And, this will give you a chance to possibly pick up a few more shifts and save some money aside to spend on your vacation.Wherever you decide to go for spring break, remember earlier is better!

Dec 13, 2013
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