It may seem impossible to stick to a strict budget when going off for spring break or any type of family getaway. However, saving while on vacation is easier than you think. All that’s required is a little bit of planning and some know-how.

How You Can Spring Break on a Budget

Do Your Research

Some destinations are naturally going to be cheaper than others. If you do your research beforehand, then you won’t be surprised by $8 beers or private beach fees. A few fun places that are easy on the wallet include:

  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Sanibel Island, FL

Find Your Home Away from Home

Thanks to sites like Airbnb, finding reasonably priced vacation homes is easier than ever. From shared rooms to giant mansions, this site and others like it have endless options. Many times, you can stay in the most popular parts of town for a fraction of the price.

Buy Groceries

An added bonus of booking an Airbnb is that it’s easy to find a property with a kitchen. While you may not want to cook on your vacation, this is one of the biggest money savers, as going out to eat quickly adds up. To make cooking easier, create a meal plan before you leave for your trip that consists of quick and easy recipes.

Be Prepared

Make a list of everything you might need before you start packing and stick to it. Including a rain jacket, sweater for chilly nights, and other necessities in your getaway bag means you won’t have to purchase anything while you’re there. Essentials also include Tylenol, Band-Aids, and sunscreen.

Make It a Road Trip

The thrill of flying is unlike anything else, but so is the price tag that comes along with it. Pick a destination that’s within driving distance from your home and enjoy a good old-fashioned road trip. It’s also a great opportunity to indulge in a couple of new podcasts or audiobooks.


If your budget can’t handle going to a new destination this year, no worries! You can have just as much fun exploring your hometown. Visit the parks you never frequent or that museum you’ve been meaning to check out. You’ll get to see a whole new side of the city you call home.