How To: Vacation for Less

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by Nicole Allen

With the end of the semester coming soon and the summer fast approaching, vacationing to a tropical island or renting a beach house with friends seems ideal for summer. However, when living on a college budget it could get a bit pricey. With these four tips, even the thriftiest spenders can vacation on a dime.

Tip 1: All inclusive is ideal

When traveling outside of the U.S. on vacation, airfare, hotels, food, drinks and partying can get pretty expensive. However, sites such as Cheapcaribbean.com and Kayak.com can give you hundreds of different travel deals that are all inclusive for less. The sites both have ratings and comments from past costumers. The site Cheapcaribbean.com offers many different tropical vacation spots from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands and much more. Prices for these all inclusive tropical locations range from $500-$1000.

Tip 2: Location, Location, Location

When traveling on vacation prices can vary by the location. Take Florida for example; places like Key West and Miami are extremely expensive to vacation at because there on the gulf coast. However, places like Panama City Beach and Fort Walton Beach give you the same gulf coast feel for a fraction of the price.

Tip 3: Driving versus Flying

Driving is a better option if your travel destination is not very far away. If traveling with friends, one way to cut down a long agonizing drive is make small day trips on the way. Research the route of travel, and see if there is any interesting things in the towns that are on the way to the destination. Even if the day trip only is to a place that’s known for selling the best cheesesteaks, at least it beats being cramped up in the car.

Tip 4: Renting a house versus staying at a hotel

There are both pros and cons to renting a house and staying at a hotel. Renting a house can be expensive because of the rent. However, it can be cheaper on food costs because most houses come with a full fridge, stove and grill. Renting a house might be a better option when vacationing with a bunch of people because the cost of rent and supplies can be divided evenly. Staying at a hotel can be relatively cheap because the rates split between a few people can equal a small amount each night. However, it can get expensive to go out to eat, drink and party. Also, the room can get cramped easily, so it’s best to only share a hotel room with 3 other people if staying for a long period of time.

With summer coming up in only a short few weeks, vacation is on almost all students’ minds. Even living on a college budget, vacation can be cheap when finding the right deal.