10 Ways for College Students to Save Money This Spring Break
Jan 12, 2012
Each winter college students around the country look forward to spring break travels that will take them to another part of the country, or even the world. Unfortunately, traveling over spring break can really hurt your bank account. For students without the cash or free time to get away, these ten staycation ideas can help ensure a fun, low-cost spring break experience.
1. See local landmarks.
What's special about where you live? Local landmarks can reveal unique insight into the place you call home. Visit historical markers, cultural heritage sites and oddball tourist attractions for a greater appreciation of the area you live in.
2. Tour museums near you.
Going to museums is a great way to explore your interests in art, science, history and other areas of human achievement. While a heavy courseload may largely keep you from enjoying museums during the school term, spring break provides ample time to visit these institutions.
3. Explore the local nightlife.
All night test-cramming and marathon paper-writing sessions can keep you from enjoying the entertainment your town or city offers. Use spring break as a time to get better acquainted with local live music venues, restaurants and lounges.
4. Take a hike.
With the weather turning for the better in spring, there's no better time to go hiking. Pack a picnic that you can dine on at a halfway point. Wherever you might live, picturesque routes are sure to be found.
5. Do some camping.
If a mere hike won't satisfy your appetite for time spent outdoors, go a step further and plan a camping trip. Area parks are likely to have sites where you can pitch a tent, make a fire and prepare delicious campout foods. Stay for one night or longer.
6. Get lost in a book.
If you don't have the funds to physically go to a distant locale, travel to that place in your mind. Reading a great book about a site you'd like to go to can ignite your imagination about a place. Books offer explorations for every kind of traveler.
7. Two words: Movie marathon.
If picking up a book doesn't appeal to you, you might instead focus on watching movies or TV shows you're interested in. While your interests can dictate choices, consider films or shows about places you'd like to visit.
8. Visit with family.
Staying with family is a cheap spring break option that can be inspiring and fulfilling. Being at school, you might be separated from family members over long periods of time. Spring break can be a great time to reconnect and make family ties stronger.
9. Offer a hand.
Just because you're on spring break doesn't mean the time off should be all about you. Many college students use breaks to complete volunteer or service projects. Consider donating your time in support of a cause you believe in.
10. Take a daytrip.
Just because you can't afford a week away doesn't mean you can't leave for a day or so. Consider a daytrip to a nearby place that interests you. Whether it's exploring an urban location or a wild natural refuge, you'll have the opportunity to take in some new sights.
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