Spring Break Trips For Every College Student’s Budget

Going on a Spring Break trip during college is a like a right of passage these days. It is also common that college students have limited funds, so how can you find a trip that fits your budget and your desire for fun?

Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy Spring Break on a budget, whether you leave the country, travel in the states, or stay at home. It’s all about finding what kind of trip is right for you, your friends and your financial status.

Now before you go booking trips to Mexico, there is much planning to be done first. You must calculate available funds, round up your friends and budget with them, and pick an adequate destination.

The first step to planning your Spring Break is assessing your personal funds for a trip. While there are cheaper options than others, trips overall are not usually extremely cheap. So it is important to first evaluate whether you can afford it before you excite your friends about a trip.

Once you determine your personal budget, talk to your friends/boyfriends/girlfriends.

Figuring out who will be taking this trip with you will determine the rest of the planning process because everyone should have input and try to be accommodated.

Many hotels that have Spring Break packages give discounts to students especially if you have a big group, you can possibly get a lower rate.

For instance, Sun Splash Tours offers lower rates for groups of six students or more.  Other sites like Student Travel Services and Student City travel service also offer discounted rates and special deals on hotels, flights and V.I.P. party packages that give you exclusive access to the city nightlife, if that’s your thing.

Particularly when it comes to budgeting the trip, the person with the lowest maximum spending amount must be accommodated if you want that person on the trip with you. If not, you may consider rearranging your plans.

After deciding on a maximum spending limit for the trip, picking a destination becomes much less complicated and narrowing down is easier.

Especially if you book through a specific student travel site or company, low rates will be commonplace. Most travel services offer deals on destinations like Cancun, Mexico, Punta Cana in Dominican Republic, Paradise Island and Nassau, Bahamas, Negril in Jamaica and Panama City Beach, Florida.

However, one of the main concerns you must consider when booking a trip, no matter how cheap it is, is the safety of the destination. Unfortunately, sometimes the cheapest areas are also the most dangerous.

We have all heard the horror stories of students disappearing on Spring Break trips, or being drugged at bars without their knowledge. So safety is obviously a legitimate concern, especially for parents of students going on these trips.

But back to destinations, there are many foreign and domestic locations that serve as great areas for Spring Break vacations.

Check out these places based on your budget:

  • Low budget: On a low budget ($1,000 or less), Panama City Beach, FL is the perfect destination. Staying in the country for Spring Break is often cheaper than leaving the country because of flight prices alone. For instance, on www.expedia.com flights to Panama City, FL in March (common Spring Break month) cost $600-$700, depending on the airline and where you are flying from. Believe or not, this is a pretty good rate, even compared with other travel sites like www.hotels.com and www.orbitz.com. Panama City is an extremely popular student destination for a fun-filled Spring Break, probably the most common domestic Spring Break location. You will be surrounded by students, student-friendly activities and it is a safe place to be. It is a great choice for those traveling on a budget.
  • Medium budget: On a medium budget ($1,000-$1,500 spending limit), Nassau, Bahamas or Cancun, Mexico are great destinations that offer all-inclusive vacation packages to help you save more money. Hotels like Hotel Riu in the Bahamas or the Oasis Viva resort in Cancun offer great all-inclusive packages. If you have the money to travel abroad, in my experience it is definitely worth it; you essentially make your money back in all-inclusive amenities. Package deals for flights and hotels are also available on most travel and student travel sites for trips abroad as well.
  • High budget: If you are one of the lucky ones who are able to splurge more on a Spring Break trip ($1,500+), your options are truly endless. However to still get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to still consider student travel packages, all-inclusive deals and other available discounts. Because who doesn’t still love saving money, right? On a less-restricting budget, destinations abroad are likely your best option to truly experience the most for your money. Whether you travel to Jamaica, Mexico or Dominican Republic, still consider the safety of the areas, the deals offered and the popularity of such locations for Spring Break students. A word of caution to the big spenders: often times places that are more luxurious and expensive are not necessarily student-friendly or official Spring Break destinations and you could be surrounded by families and retired people the whole time. Let’s face it; no one wants that, so make sure you do your research.

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for thecollegehelper.com, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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