7 Budget-Friendly, Last-Minute Spring Break Ideas

Want to have fun over spring break, but don't have an unlimited budget? Try these unconventional, budget-friendly spring break ideas that you can plan at the last minute.

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 11, 2016

7 Budget-Friendly, Last-Minute Spring Break Ideas

While it’s natural to want to get away over your spring break, many students find that their strict budgets don’t allow the typical spring break experience.

But, budget constraints shouldn’t stop you from getting that much needed escape. There are plenty of things you can do to have fun with friends without breaking the bank.

Here are seven budget-friendly spring break ideas to try, which can all be planned at the last minute:

1. Road Trips

Road trips are a great way to get out of town on a budget, especially while in college. Consider planning a spur-of-the-moment road trip with some friends. You can save on costs by sharing in gas costs and save on accommodations by planning to visit some pals and staying with them. It’s a great way to bond with your friends and have a great time without great costs.

Remember, it’s not where you end up that’s the fun part; it’s the journey it takes to get there. Stop places that look fun or interesting and be spontaneous! It’s a great way to make memories you’ll never forget.

2. Rent a Place with Friends

With affordable options on websites like Airbnb, you and some friends can split the cost of renting a place.

Whether it’s a cabin that’s a few hours away or somewhere a little further, splitting the cost of a rental home or cabin will be much more affordable than any hotel accommodations. Plus, you’ll be able to grocery shop on a budget rather than planning expensive meals out. All you need are some friends and a good time is pretty much guaranteed!

3. Visit a Friend’s Hometown

If you have a friend that’s going home for spring break, think about joining them! Surely, you have a friend who lives somewhere you’ve never been – and bunking with them will allow you to stay on budget. Ask them to show you around town as if they’re your tour guide.

Sometimes, a simple get-away, no matter where you go, is all it takes to return to school refreshed to finish out the semester.

4. Visit Friends at Another College or Location

While you’re in college, you have the advantage of visiting friends at other schools and couch-surfing. Plan a drive or look for low airfare – you just need to get there. Staying with friends takes care of the rest of the cost so it’s a quick, easy way to get out of town on a budget.

5. Plan Some Day Trips

No matter where you live, there are sure to be some attractions within a day’s drive. Whether it’s going to the nearest city to visit museums, exploring local tourist attractions you’ve never been to, hiking some nearby trails or driving to a nearby theme park, there are options for pretty much any location.

The best news? You won’t have to pay for any lodging since you’re not traveling too far from home.

6. Plan a “Staycation”

A surefire way to escape the monotony of daily life – without the expensive costs – is to plan a “staycation” with friends. Whether you all chip in and split a hotel room for one night or camp in someone’s backyard, you can have a great time without ever leaving town.

7. Utilize Family & Friends

Your family or a friend’s family may own a cabin, cottage or perhaps even a timeshare somewhere. Talk to your friends or family about planning trips that utilize places they have and may not be using over your spring break. They’ll likely be happy that someone is taking advantage of the property and, of course, it won’t cost you a dime to stay there!

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