Plan Spring Break on a Budget

Spring Break.

A time of year when college students everywhere head for the beaches to celebrate a vacation from school work. If you are like me, you hear spring break and instantly think about all the money that is going to be drained from your wallet. Fear not, I have a way for you to plan spring break—cheap.

plan spring break on a budget

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored.
I am currently studying hospitality management and found these websites to be the most helpful
for my personal money saving desires! 


plan spring break! Flights

Odds are, you will need to take a flight for your trip. The best way to get a good deal is to be flexible with your travel times. Because spring break is 9 to 10 days long, you can plan a week long trip with flexibility of dates. Follow these simple steps:

Step One: Search for the flight with three day flexibility on Kayak!

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Step Two: Look at the chart, and find the best days to travel!

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Step Three: Select the dates that work for you, and book! As you can see, the dates I selected aren’t the very cheapest, but they work with my class schedule.

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Comparison: If I were planning a trip without this Kayak feature, I would have chosen to travel Saturday the 19th until Friday the 23rd. This would have been $488 dollars. With the feature, I save $132 dollars by simply shifting the trip a day, which is amazing!

Step Four: Select your final flight details. After you select the price, it shows you all the flights at that price point so that you can pick the times that are ideal for you.

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Picking a good hotel is critical. If you pick only based on price, you could end up in a seedy area with all inclusive food poisoning, so be careful!

plan spring break cheap with fabulous hotels

I personally, love I like this site better than the many other online travel agents, such as expedia, kayak, and hotwire. That said, you can really that give you the exact name and location of the hotel. The reason this is important is so that you can look up reviews on Tripadvisor. One of the hotels my friends and I almost booked had multiple reviews of food poisoning. We quickly decided to spend an extra $20 a day to make sure

Story time: Spring break of my freshmen year, I went to Istanbul with my parents. It was an amazing trip full of sightseeing and adventure, but somewhere along the way all three of us got food poisoning. When I look back on the trip, before I remember all of the good times, I instantly think of the three of us being sicker than ever. If you are spending your own money on a trip, it is worth an extra $20-$30 a day for better facilities and food.


life hacks to plan spring break without breaking the bank on food

Depending on where you are going, you may not choose a hotel with an all inclusive option. If you don’t, here are my tips to save money while eating on vacation:

  1. Split entrees with a friend. Usually an entree is too much food anywhere, so load up on bread and then split your meal!
  2. Buy snacks to eat between meals. Snacks can be a huge expense that you don’t plan ahead for. Make sure to bring some with you!
    Order an appetizer as a meal. I do this all the time, even not on vacation! It is less expensive, and still plenty of food.
  3. Look up coupons. Last spring break, my friends and I went to Disney world. They had amazing coupons and we used them at almost every meal! You have less flexibility in where you eat/what you eat, but it was worth the savings.


As always on Sophistication and Sparkles, my goal is to help you get great deals! For under $1,000, you can plan spring break. As a college student, I know the budget struggle, so I always want to share options that are fabulous, yet affordable. This post is especially near and dear to my heart, because I love to travel and am always looking for new tricks to do so on a budget. I aim for things to be well below your average price range, so you too can be like me—ballin’ on a budget. 

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  • Great info for planning Spring daughter is in college, so I know how important a budget is! Thanks for sharing this! I love the pic of the plane and the scenery below…so pretty!
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  • Kari Guastella

    These are some great tips! I am always looking for a way to save money!

  • Great tips! I really love to do airbnb to save money – and get flights with points! So key!
    So excited for your trip – I hope you have a great time!

  • This is incredible! I’m taking my first “Spring Break” vacay in april even though I’m out of school. I was going to budget out my trip today so this came right on time!

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