Spring break is right around the corner and you’re probably wondering how you can make it through without spending too much money. Staying at home doesn’t sound like much fun —after all, who wants to keep little ones cooped up in the house all day? There are plenty of options that involve spending money, but a fun getaway doesn’t have to cost a small fortune.
Here are 5 budget-friendly ideas for a spring break that won’t break the bank.
- Take a week long visit to a local lake. If you live near a lake, call around and find a reasonably priced hotel room for the week. Bonus points if you find a room that includes a kitchenette. With these tasks completed — all you would need to do is pack up your family, make a grocery store run, and prepare yourself for a quiet week of relaxation. This is perfect for those who avoid the beach, but still want to be around water.
- Make your own theme park or campsite at home. Sure, you could take the kids to Disneyland, but we all know that theme parks cost an arm and a leg. What about challenging your kids to build their own park at home? If the weather’s nice enough, make an obstacle course like this parent did for their toddler, or set up a tent and go camping in your own backyard. Stock the “concession stand” with personal size popcorn, or roast some delicious s’mores.
- Check out Groupon. This website has fantastic deals for specific dates advertised on their site. A quick local search is sure to show you several deals for places like Myrtle Beach, SC at rates between $40 and $60 a night. Just a quick caveat —be sure you’re informed of the terms, conditions, and dates before making your purchase.
- Buy a CityPASS. CityPASS has been all the rage for the past few years, and it’s easy to understand why. Cheap and convenient, it’s widely used by travelers across NYC, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, and Toronto. You can also save over 50 percent off the admission price of local attractions in these cities. For example, Atlanta discounts include the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN, Zoo, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Fernback Museum of Natural History.
- Savings in numbers. If you want to splurge and head out of the country or travel to a pricier location, ask friends, family, and acquaintances to see if anyone else wants to join you. Group rates are usually priced to beat the rates of single families because more people means more business. If you want to head down to Orlando or some other popular destination, call several locations to see what type of rate your group can score. You can also save by sharing transportation and boarding costs.
As you can see, a spring break trip can fit into just about any budget with a little creativity. If all else fails, you could plan a staycation and visit local attractions in your own city.
Do you have any other tricks up your sleeve for doing spring break on a budget? If so, share your ideas in the comments below.