Packing. Snacks. Itinerary. Saving. The list goes on and on when trying to plan the perfect spring break vacation. Your next trip doesn’t need to be hectic and you don’t need to break the bank in order to have fun! Check out the tips below on making spring break travel a breeze.
- Stick to your budget
Plan ahead—determine how much money you want to spend on your vacation and stick to it. Consider which items during the trip you would be willing to spend more on, like experiences, food or souvenirs.
- Pack what you need, skip what you don’t
We all know it’s easy to over pack for a trip. Don’t waste space in your luggage with items you won’t use each day, and try to be mindful of how many pieces of clothing you’re packing. To prevent packing clothes that you might not end up wearing, plan an outfit for each day and pack it together so it can be easily reached.
- Travel on less popular days
Most of the expenses in any vacation are racked up by travel and lodging. To cut costs on airline travel, try to book on less popular travel days. Airline tickets generally cost more on the weekends. If you can make it work with your schedule, try to travel midweek to lower flight costs.
- Book a travel package
Different travel websites offer discounts when you buy both your hotel and airfare in a single package. Before buying, use websites like Travelocity.com, Expedia.com or Kayak.com to compare prices and get the best deal for your travel plans.
- Don’t reveal too much over social media
Burglars aren’t only searching for houses that look empty. They also use social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out who will be away from home and when. To prevent this, CBS News suggests travelers adjust their privacy settings and think before checking into places on social media.
- Be wary of marketing labels
Some websites will label certain airlines and hotels as “top picks.” However, this does not mean they have the best reviews or are a superior quality/value. Most of the time, the company is a business partner of the booking site, and for this, the company will be placed at the top of your search list, according to Real Simple.
- Have a plan, but be flexible
Before traveling, try to create a loose itinerary or have an idea of which sites you’d like to see and which restaurants you want to eat at. If you have any popular tourist spots on the agenda, check if you need to make reservations in advance or book tickets beforehand.
Even though a plan keeps your trip organized, delays or changes are inevitable. If there is an interruption in your plans, don’t let it irritate you and ruin your day. Adjust accordingly and have fun!