Old Man Winter has nearly left your city. For some, winter has overstayed its welcome. For others, winter has just arrived. In either case, citizens are looking forward to the triumphant return of spring. Warm temperatures, sunshine and a better posture all await us.
The best way to welcome spring is to celebrate spring break (or March break). How does one do such a thing? Well, going on a vacation is the simple answer to such a confounding question. Whether it’s on the other side of the world or within your comfortable metropolis, allowing yourself to embark on some sort of a trip will start your sunny ways on a high note.
Winter Hibernation Overstays its Welcome
You and your family may have discussed the possibility of going away for a few days this spring. However, you or at least one member of your family is hesitant because you’ve been accustomed to the winter hibernation. Being a hermit in winter is an easy habit to fall into, but breaking out of it is a lot more difficult.
Let’s face it: it’s nice to be lazy when it’s too cold and snowy outside.
In order to break out of that winter slump, you first have to prepare yourself for spring. Here are a few winter hibernation habits to break before flowers start to bloom and everyone removes the eight layers of clothing from their body:
Dress up; toss aside that sweatshirt and throw it in the laundry bin for next year.
Turn off the television (or Netflix) and go for a walk outside, even if it’s still cold.
Reject the offers of a hot beverage and increase your intake of water.
Start moving; everything from walking to pushups, get your body back in shape.
Improve your diet by undergoing a cleanse or begin cooking healthy meals at home.
All of these tips may be easier said than done. However, they’re essential not just for a spring break vacation but to enjoy the best that spring and summer have to offer. Stop being lazy!
How to Travel Without Going Broke
With that being said, now you have to explore your spring break vacation options. Indeed, the various trips at your disposal are endless. But you don’t want to break the bank, go broke or file for bankruptcy because you went nuts on a European vacation.
Here we go:
The Road Trip You Always Wanted
When you were in your late-teens and early-20s, you always wanted to go on a road trip with your best friends. Whether it was across the state/province or across the country, a road trip was your dream. Unfortunately, due to work, school or starting a family, your dream trip never came to fruition.
Well, what’s stopping you right now? If you have kids then all the better. No one will ever forget a road trip. Plus, it’s inexpensive (just be sure to bring plenty of snacks and beverages). Of course, before you head out on the open road, plead with your kids to avoid asking the question: “are we there yet?”
With gas prices as they are today, a road trip is probably one of your best options for a vacation.
Peruse Social Media for Airline Discounts
Are you interested in going somewhere more exotic? Venice? Paris? Bangkok? Rio?
Traveling to somewhere far away from your hometown is exciting and something you’ll never forget. At the same time, this memorable vacation is very expensive. This is why you should always stalk social media to find out if an airline is offering a discount.
Head on over to an airline’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and sign up for their email newsletters. Moreover, sign up for separate alert emails at sites like Google Flights, Airfare Watchdog and Kayak to be instantly notified if fares are lower.
Doing the Ski Trip Thing With Your Family
Indeed, there are still only a few more weeks left of winter. But if you haven’t gotten your fill of subzero temperatures, blizzards and the delicious aroma of hot chocolate then a skip trip may be something to consider for you and your family.
A ski trip, much like a road trip, isn’t very expensive. In addition, the memories created from something this fun will last a lifetime. Besides, if you have a lot of fun it may be something to do every single year. It could be like a family tradition or anything along those lines.
Flight Network’s Kathy Buckworth offers an array of tips to use before heading down a slippery slope, especially if you have children:
Check out the Kids Ski Programs at the mountain.
Rent from a ski resort as they’ll have specific packages.
Always be sure to keep your kids warm and comfortable.
Ensure you have downtime if you’re going for a multi-day trip.
Go for free skiing time with your family after the rigorous lessons.
Watch people ski and just take it all in.
“Above all, remember that the ski trip is a family vacation, not a working holiday. Have fun and good luck on the slopes! (I won’t tell you to break a leg),” she wrote.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
When you’re in Venice, everyone is on a gondola or walking. When you’re in Paris or Amsterdam, everyone is on a bicycle. When you’re in Toronto, everyone is on public transit. Do you see what’s in common? These are all more affordable options for tourists.
The best way to save money on a vacation is to avoid renting cars. At the same time, there are a lot of other things you can do while you’re away on a holiday:
Buy your own food and prepare something in your hotel room.
Always bring enough snacks and water with you on your journey.
Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste and other hygienic products.
Be sure to bring enough underwear and socks to avoid doing laundry.
It’s the little things like these that can save you a fortune on your trip.
All-Inclusive Packages Make You Read the Fine Print
All-inclusive deals can be great when you’re on a budget and you want to have a lot of fun. These types of all-inclusive hotels or resorts promise an inexpensive package that includes food, alcohol and tourist adventures. These resorts also come with elusive fees, hidden charges and exclude certain amenities in very tiny print.
“For spring break, this is my number-one tip,” said Jamie Beckman, senior editor at Budget Travel, in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. “If you decide to opt for an all-inclusive resort, make sure you know what the package includes.” If you decide to have champagne in your room every night, it might not be included in your “all-inclusive” umbrella, and you’ll be stuck paying for it at the end of your stay.”
Grab your magnifying glass and take the time to read the fine print.
Millions of people will spend billions of dollars this year on a spring break vacation. Students will head to Florida for some fun in the sun. Families may head up north to take it easy in a snowy scenery. Everyone else in between will either embrace a staycation or an exotic trip to the Caribbean, Australia or Southeast Asia.
Stay on budget, perform your due diligence and, most important of all, have a lot of fun.