Are you looking for ways to bond with family this spring break? There’s nothing like a nice spring vacation to remind everyone that spring is here. However, if you’ve considered this you’ve probably also asked yourself if there’s any way around astronomical hotel, airfare or gasoline costs.
If you have, you’ve come to the right place because that’s exactly what we’ll be covering in today’s post, stay tuned!
Method of Travel
When it comes to vacationing, especially during spring break, travel will be one of your biggest expenses. This is especially true if you’re booking airline tickets for three or more.
Here are a few alternatives that can get you there under budget and without an airplane.
- Your Own Vehicle (the cost of gas and maintenance) – The first is your own car. If you go this route it is recommended that you get a tune up, change your oil and check your tire pressure before getting on the road.
- Rental Car ($27 to $40/day) – Another affordable way to reach your destination is to rent an economy sized car from a rental company. While you won’t save as much as you would with your own vehicle this still represents a substantial savings over airfare.
- Driveaway Car (the cost of gasoline) – As long as you have a good driving record, can pay the $300-$400 refundable deposit, deliver it in the condition that it was in when you picked it up and agree to deliver the vehicle to it’s original owner on time and by using the route suggested by the driveaway company you can travel for free!
Saving on Gas
When planning your road trip, don’t forget to budget for the cost of fuelling your vehicle. Although some costs can easily be estimated, beforehand, gasoline costs aren’t as easy to predict due to daily price fluctuations.
- Gasoline Calculators – To make a sound estimate of your fuel costs, you can visit online gas calculator websites or mobile apps. They can help you map out the cheapest fuel prices, along your route, while also making it easy to estimate your costs.
- Other Ways to Save Gas – In addition to using gasoline calculators, two other tips that can come in handy are to minimize or turn off your air conditioner and to use cruise control as much as possible.
So far we’ve looked at how to save money on fuel and on your mode of transportation, but by far the biggest expense that you’ll incur when vacationing is the cost of lodging.
A hotel room during spring break to a major city can easily cost over $100/night. However, here are a few ways to avoid hotels altogether while minimizing costs.
- Campgrounds ($15-$25/night + food) – You could rough it out, in the outdoors, by going camping. You’d have to bring your own food and cooking utensils but that will save you money in itself.
- Rooming with Family (cost varies) – Alternatively, if you have family or friends in your destination city you could negotiate staying with them for a modest sum that includes lodging and food costs.
- Hostels ($10-$20 per night) – Hostels provide you with a low cost accommodation that usually includes a bed, shared bathroom and kitchen or dining area. They are very similar to college dorms in appearance.
You’ve just read three ways to drastically cut the cost of your spring vacation. However, by no means is this list mean to be exhaustive. However, if you were able to do nothing else but keep an eye on the three areas that we discussed today you’d be able to save yourself over $800 in gasoline, hotels and airline ticket costs.