After weeks of cold weather and gray skies, you deserve to swap your down coat for a swimsuit. But alas, your spring break travel funds are severely lacking. No worries. Inexpensive options for spring break abound. With a bit of planning, spring break on a budget can be just as fun and adventure-filled as a trip to an exotic locale. And DexKnows listings can help you plan.
Commit to a “stay-cation”
The secret to a successful “stay-cation” is to really treat yourself like a tourist in your own town. This isn’t the time to clean your closet; this is the time to explore. Try sushi for the first time. Break out of your routine. You’ll want to make a list of the hotspots no tourist to your town misses, and then make plans to go to them. We’ve all heard of the New Yorker who hasn’t been to the Statue of Liberty or the San Franciscan who hasn’t ridden a cable car. Don’t be that person! Use your spring break stay-cation to cross off the hometown items on your bucket list, or—as they say on NBC’s Parks and Recreation—to “treat yo’ self.” Splurge on a mani-pedi — this bit of pampering costs far less than a night at a hotel.
Take a road trip — and split the gas
If spring break just isn’t spring break for you without a road trip, find some pals willing to split the cost of gas and choose a destination that won’t cost you a bundle. Consider camping at a nearby state park. If you use equipment you already own or borrow some from a friend, then your costs will be low. A road trip doesn’t necessarily have to be an overnight trip, either. The right tunes and the right picnic lunch can make for a great afternoon. (No one will know your tan didn’t come from the beach.)
Find hot deals in the city
If you do your homework (and this homework is far more fun than cramming for a midterm), you can easily plan a budget-friendly spring break in a major city. For instance, a Boston CityPass purchased after March 1, 2013, will set you back only $51, and it includes admission to five attractions: the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, Skywalk Observatory, the Museum of Fine Arts, and either the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Old State House. That’s nearly half off the combined regular admission prices. Many other cities have similar deals.
Go for an alternative spring break
If you still have the wanderlust despite your empty wallet, consider a volunteer spring break. Nonprofits, colleges and universities, and churches often organize alternative spring breaks where you can volunteer for a good cause and make friends while you are helping people. Here’s one great opportunity: for spring 2013, the United Way is coordinating National Alternative Spring Break. Participants are responsible for getting themselves to the destination, but once they’ve arrived, food, lodging and group transportation are covered in one fee. For instance, the cost for the 2013 trip to Biloxi, Miss., is only $250. Since United Way’s Alternative Spring Break began seven years ago, participants have contributed more than 77,000 hours of volunteer service.
Don’t let a lack of cash dash all of your spring break dreams. With some research, including DexKnows searches, your cheap spring break ideas will turn into priceless memories.