Old Man Winter has been walloping the nation with blizzards, brutal cold and blistering winds. Consequently, it’s no surprise that so many people are looking to escape to warmer climates. If you are in search of sun-kissed shores and sizzling hot temperatures, but are worried a beach vacation will blow your budget, consider the following tips:
Book early: If you want to save money on spring break travel, don’t procrastinate. Many of the best deals are available for a limited time only. Waiting for deeply discounted last-minute deals may cost you. Remember, as planes and hotels fill up super savings fizzle and you may be left out in the cold.
Pack efficiently: Luggage fees can put a real dent in your vacation budget. Learn to pack efficiently so you don’t get hit with unwanted baggage penalties. Bring items that can do double duty. Mixing and matching is key when you are looking to travel light.
BYOF: Bring your own food items to help reduce costs. If it’s possible, try to stay at a property that includes a kitchen. This will allow you to make your own meals and avoid dining out at high-priced restaurants. If your hotel doesn’t come with a kitchen, pack non-perishable foods that you can snack on in between meals.
Consider camping: You don’t have to stay at a fancy resort in order to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. The United States is home to hundreds of parks with access to rivers, lakes, oceans and plenty of warm weather. Many of the country’s most popular National Parks offer reasonably priced camp sites, plus a host of other family-friendly amenities perfect for hiking, biking and kayaking. Choosing to camp in a tent or RV is a simple way to save money. In addition, you can enjoy the added benefit of not worrying about tipping valets, concierges and bellhops.