For college students, life in Boston can be expensive. Transportation, textbooks, and take out – when you’re paying for stuff every day, it all adds up rather quickly. Before you know it, that secret spring break fund you had saved up is down the drain and you’re looking at a mid-March week of boredom instead of sun and sand with your college friends.
Fortunately, there are more than a few smart ways to stretch your money and ensure that one too many dinners in the North End don’t stop you from spending a week in paradise. Here are a few cash-saving tips to keep in mind when planning your Spring Break:
1.Frugal Flying: Use airline websites to find low-cost airfare or sudden drops in rates to your destination. The cost of flights can fluctuate in the months and weeks leading up to your trip, and can result in you saving a significant amount of cash before you even leave for your vacation. Most prices bottom out about 14 days from the date of departure, but don’t cut it too close – you don’t want to get stuck with a hotel reservation and no flight to get you there.
2.Hop in the Car: Unless you plan on leaving the country, any destination is accessible by car. It might take significantly longer and require a little more planning, but a few stops for gas pales in comparison to the cost of a round-trip airplane ticket. Don’t forget to make sure the driver has good taste in music.
3.Rebook Rooms: Similar to airlines, hotel rooms can shift prices based on demand and timing as well. Rather than book the first room you like, be patient and keep an eye on prices for a little while. If a room suddenly drops in cost, you just pocketed some extra cash that you can contribute to other parts of your trip.
4.Hit the Grocery Store: It’s not glamorous, but stopping by the grocery store and stocking up on some essentials can save you a significant chunk of change over the course of your break. Instead of paying $15 to $20 every time you want a meal, make something simple in your hotel room. That doesn’t mean you can’t splurge on dinners or interesting cuisine while you’re there – but a few meals in the room can really add up over the course of a week.
5.Take Advantage of Discounts: You’d be shocked at how many places will give you a discount (whether $10 or 10%) just for showing them your student ID, regardless of the school. Bring that lovely plastic card with you and don’t be afraid to give it a shot wherever you go. It never hurts to ask, especially if it saves you that last bit of money needed to get home!
Once you pull your trip together, lay out your budget, and pack your bags, there’s one last money-saving measure you can take: book your ride to Logan with GO Boston’s affordable airport shuttle! Why pay for parking or sky-high taxi costs when you can get 10% off our Spring Break shuttle service! To get started booking, visit our reservations page. We wish you a safe (and fun!) Spring Break.
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