Ideas and Tips for Booking Cheap Spring Break Trips

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Spring break might seem far away, but it is right around the corner. When it comes to booking trips, it's better to do it early. Spring Break trips can be a ton of fun, but booking flights during college spring break weeks can be pricey. You don’t have to break the bank to have an amazing week off of school.

US Cheap Destinations out of Rochester 

  1. Orlando Who says you can’t be a kid for a week? Orlando is home to one of the greatest amusement parks in the world, Disney World. If you go to Epcot, your cheap Florida vacay will feel like an expensive trip around the world!
  2. Miami If you’re looking for somewhere warm, this is your spot. Miami is a beautiful city in South Florida. It is an amazing destination to relax on the beach. 
  3. New York The concrete jungle has endless things to do. If you choose to spend a week in New York, you certainly won’t run out of activities. For starters, try catching a Broadway play; they're incredible!
  4. Nashville Whether you’re a country music fan or not, Nashville is an exciting city with a unique culture in Tennessee. Although you might not find yourself baking in the sun, the weather will be warmer than the Northeast! 
  5. Boston If you’re looking for something more low-key, Boston might be a perfect getaway for you! From exploring rich history to shopping, you’ll find yourself refreshed and relaxed in Boston. 

Disney World Castle with a blue sky

Tips for Booking Flights 

  1. Book the flight at least 30 days in advance or check flight price predictors if you’re hoping to get one last minute. Booking last minute flights can pay off, but it’s also risky. It’s safest to book your flight AT LEAST 30 days in advance to secure the best price. However, if this isn’t possible for you, some flight booking websites have pretty accurate flight price predictors. They can tell you if you might be able to get a better price, or if you’re doomed if you wait. 
  2. Don’t forget about vacation packages. All vacation packages are different, but you might be able to find one that suits you! If you're hoping to do as little planning as possible, these can be great. They often include transportation, flight, and hotel accommodations - less for you to worry about!
  3. Flexible flying can save you money. Sometimes it’s only possible to fly in one airport and out of another. But, if you’re able to make your way to other nearby airports and travel to your destination by car, this could save you money! Also, if you don’t mind spending some extra time in airports, see if layover flights are available. 
  4. Try searching for flights on an incognito browser. Because browsers remember your data and interests, it can affect what a website is showing you. It's worth a shot to see if flight prices decrease when the data isn't linked to you. 
  5. Friday and Sunday are the typically the most trafficked (and pricey) flying days. Try flying on a weekday or Saturday, to reduce the cost of the plane ticket. For our spring break, if you fly back on a Saturday, you’ll have the full day on Sunday to catch up on work. 

An airplane grounded outside, about to leave the terminal of an airport

Tips for Making the Most out of Your Trip

  1. Have an open mind! Listen, you might not be able to backpack across Europe or go to a luxurious resort on an island. But, there are a lot of cool, underrated cities that you’ll have a blast in if you keep an open mind! 
  2. Plan out your trip. The worst thing you can do is go on a vacation with little to no activity plans. Do your research, and create a list of things you want to do while you’re there. It will make it so much easier to get the most out of your trip! 
  3. Try finding a cute Airbnb. AirBnb’s are great not only because you can typically get more for your money than a hotel, but they are also great to enhance your experience! A lot of AirBnb’s are either in super convenient locations, or in totally underrated places you’d never know existed. 
  4. Give yourself enough time to get around. When you’re planning a trip, you might see a million different things that you want to check out. Remember to leave enough down time for eating, traffic, getting ready, etc. You especially want to leave extra free time on your last day so you can get to the airport in time.
  5. Do as much homework as you can before you leave. I think we can all agree, doing homework on vacation is not fun. Unfortunately, spring break falls during a busy time of the semester, so your professors might assign some work to do over the break. If you can plan ahead and try to do the work during the week before break or within a day or two before you leave, you’ll be much more relaxed all vacation long. 

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