Spring break is just around the corner – but don’t go anywhere without reading our tips on how to have the best trip ever.
Be flight smart.
Fares will rise the closer it gets to your travel date, so try and book your tickets as early as possible. Be aware that prices may be higher because of the increased number of people traveling at this time of year, and don’t forget about local airports either, like Lehigh Valley International, where you can find cheap flights to sunshine hotspots like Orlando and Myrtle Beach.
If it’s big, expensive and you can’t stand to lose it, don’t bother taking it. You don’t need to spend your entire vacation worrying about locking your laptop away or where you left your expensive hair straightener, and that way you have more room in your luggage for souvenirs!
Check your vehicle
If your getaway involves you taking a long road trip, make sure your car is in good condition before you leave your driveway. Getting stranded on the side of the road in a town you’ve never been to before isn’t a fun way to start your break. If you plan on using a GPS to get you to your destination, look up the route beforehand to give yourself a clear idea of where you’ll be going. Traveling with friends and splitting gas money is a great way to keep costs down, just don’t forget a road trip playlist!
Make a budget and stick to it.
Only you know how much money you are realistically going to be able to spend on your trip. Plan ahead, and make a list of all the things you will have to pay for – hotels, transportation, food, attractions, and gifts. Make sure you keep some money to the side for emergencies, such as a cab back to your hotel or an unexpected ER visit.
If you’re planning on leaving the U.S. for spring break, make sure you inform a family member or friend about your trip itinerary. Research the customs of the country you’re going to visit and make sure you know what emergency number to call in case you need help – 911 won’t work outside of the States.
Watch your alcohol intake. Eating a good meal before you start drinking and alternating alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages such as water or soda will stop you from getting drunk too quick. It is also a great way to avoid a hangover the next day. Make sure you know how you will be getting back to your hotel safely BEFORE you have your first drink, and keep an eye out for your friends who are drinking.
If you plan on engaging in sexual activity, plan ahead and make sure you take your own contraceptives. Even though its spring break you’re still at risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.
Take your student ID.
Many attractions, clubs and restaurants offer a discounted rate to current college students. Make sure you take your ID with you and do some online research to check out student ticket prices before you go.