Budgeting for Spring Break

Right now, millions of Americans are looking to trade in the snow and cold for sun, sand and surf.  Unfortunately, tropical escapes don’t usually come cheap.  If you are seriously considering jetting off on a beach vacation this spring, consider the following money-saving tips:

Travel with others:  Group deals are ideal for families or friends looking to save cash on travel while enjoying each others’ company.  Typically, group rates are offered to parties of six or more people; however, a number of travel companies offer deeper discounts to larger groups.  For example, if you can gather a slew of extended family and friends your savings can add up to 25% off regular rates.

All-inclusive resortsSpring break is designed for you to recharge your batteries after enduring a long, cold winter.  If you don’t want to worry about expenses adding up at every corner, consider checking into an all-inclusive resort, such as Sandals or Couples.  These types of properties charge a single price that covers lodging, meals, beverages, activities, tips, and in some cases, air and ground transportation.

Student savings:  College students can save big on spring break getaways.  Many travel agencies offer special discounts specifically for college co-eds looking to take a memorable spring break adventure.  Some of the most popular online companies that offer significant savings to college kids include STA Travel, Student Universe, STS Travel and Student City.

Package deals:  Bundling your airfare, hotel and rental car fees can help you save some serious dough, especially on spring break travel.  Depending on when and where you book, you could save up to 60% on package deals that combine airfare and hotel accommodations.  If you were to pay separately for each element of your trip, the total could have you taking a staycation rather than the beach vacation of your dreams.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.