Some things to think about before you invest in spring break this year.
Spring break is right around the corner. As the Covid vaccine rolls out, there is continued uncertainty when it comes to making travel plans. As a college student, your budget is tight, and losing money on bookings that you have to cancel because of circumstances out of your control sucks. Even if you get your money back, having your plans canceled is rough. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t lose money and a few ideas that are great last-minute backups.
Read the fine print
Cancelation policies change all the time. Before you even book, make sure you know what time frame you have to change your mind and what the possible repercussions of doing so may be. Services like Airbnb and VRBO allow the hosts to make some of their own choices when it comes to cancelations. The rules you had last time don’t necessarily apply this time.
Dare to be different
One way to save money is to avoid popular places. That’s also a great idea as the pandemic continues. The typical spring break hot spots are possibly Covid hot spots, too. Sure the party might not be as big, but that’s kind of the point. It’s been a rough year and traveling some place that’s going to take weeks to recover from isn’t the best idea.
Cancel spring break
Some schools are opting out of having spring break this year and replacing it with a few shorter breaks during the semester. If your school did this, well, you don’t have much of a choice. Some schools are mandating testing and quarantine for students who travel. If that is too much for you, there’s nothing wrong with staying put for a quiet week with your mostly normal routine. Not going somewhere for spring break might seem like a big deal right now. In a few years, however, you probably won’t remember if you went or not.
Planning your week
If you do decide to go on spring break, check with the local communities first. Some popular destinations are planning to deter an influx of spring breakers by closing popular locations or limiting access to them. Avoid getting stuck in an expensive room for the week and research the destinations before you go.
If everything does fall apart, that doesn’t mean you have to be annoyed all week. There are a few things you can always do on the cheap to enjoy break:
In the end, be careful. Both with your money and your health. The finish line for ending the pandemic is in sight.