Spring break, the week long retreat most students look forward to after those stressful college midterms is almost here. Some students like to go home or somewhere close in order to save money. However, it seems as though college students are now looking for a change of scenery with new places to travel.
Winslyn Parrish, a pre-nursing student from West Palm Beach, is one of those students who are tired of going back home for spring break and would like to try something different.
“Being from Florida, specifically South Florida, it gets so boring. I’m not a tourist so I’ve explored everything there is to offer,” said Parrish as she explained how she went to Miami last year for spring break.
Broadcast journalism student and travel blogger Noella Williams shared her experience in New York City and gave tips on how to navigate around the city.
“You’ve got to force yourself to see the world beyond a social media perspective,” said Williams. “New York is the most affordable that comes to mind. Once you’re there, it’s easy to find delicious and low cost food with the help of appslike Yelp and Happy Cow. There’s a million things to do and see and all you have to do is hop on the subway,” said Williams.
New York City may seem like an expensive trip, however planning in advance is the key to making any trip inexpensive, especially with a group of friends. Hotel prices start as low as $50 per night with cheap excursions like riding on the Staten Island Ferry, $5 per person, or visiting the historical site at Sept. 11 memorial.
Williams also recommends students to use smartphone apps Hopper or Skyscanner to plan a last minute trip with a low budget.
While Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is known for its widely stretched beach, it is also popular in it’s large variety of mini golf courses. Myrtle beach has hotels starting around $200 six nights. Local favorites includeBig Mike’s Soul Food Restaurant and Broadway Grand Prixgo-kart track.
Another low budget trip with a beautiful beach is South Padre Island in Texas.
South Padre is on a barrier island with a resort-like environment. Though this city does not have resort expenses with rooms as low as $275 for six nights, including breakfast. You can also go on adventurous day trips like dolphin watching, $10 per adult, going in the Port Isabel Lighthouse, $4 per adult, and so much more.
If you want to travel outside of the country, Cancun, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico are some the most inexpensive spots to hit:
Cancun, Mexico is a traditional spring break trip where you can dance the night away or relax in the sun with your friends. Hotel prices are as low as $41 for a week’s stay with inexpensive excursions from snorkeling to exploring the Mayan Ruins to live music festivals.
College Consensus says San Juan is a great place to visit for spring breakers on a budget.
Hotel prices start at the price of $63 to around $350 for a week’s stay with affordable food restaurants like Kabanas or Red Mango Cafe. Excursions at San Juan are a bit more expensive than the rest as a tour to see Old San Juan is $40 per person or night kayaking on Condado Lagoon is $56 per person.
If none of these places fits your style or budget, you can always take a road trip with friends, family or even alone to places like Atlanta, New Orleans, or even Savannah.