It’s April and spring is in the air! It also means spring break. For many of us, that is a time for family vacations. Are you planning to travel? Heading to Disney? Are you feeling overwhelmed on flight pricing? I know I am when I plan vacations during school vacation weeks. My advice? Travel when it’s not school vacation!
No matter what your plans for school vacation activities, there is no reason for them to break the bank. A little up front planning can help you save some money. It makes cents — er, sense.
Here are some of my favorite ways to keep spring break from making you spring broke:
- Share the fun. Planning a road trip? Consider inviting close friends and family. Splitting costs, such as gas and housing, can make travel affordable.
- Pack meals. Make some sandwiches for your travels and store a cooler in the car. Not only will this save you money, but it will free up time for more sight-seeing!
- Make a budget. Know what you are willing to spend on your travels and then break it down into a daily budget. Communication and planning ahead is key. Let your family members know what the budget is, and allow them to get involved and make decisions about when meals will be homemade and when to enjoy a meal out. Planning together means less arguing.
- Save money on meals. If you are staying at a hotel with a microwave and refrigerator, it can be easy to make morning oatmeal or frozen dinners. Check, too, to see if your hotel offers free breakfast or outdoor grilling options.
- Hit the great outdoors. Hiking trails, bike paths, beaches, local playgrounds and national parks offer no-cost to low-cost afternoon fun for all ages. If your hotel has a pool, plan an afternoon to enjoy it. Taking an exercise break with a family walk or swim can be a welcome — and money-saving — break from an action-packed family vacation.
Lastly, have fun. Fun, after all, is free!