By the time spring break rolls around, many of us in Wisconsin are ready for a reprieve from the Midwest winter. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to plan a spring break escape on a budget, and some options don’t even require booking a plane ticket.
Here are a few tips for planning your affordable spring break trip.
1. Avoid traveling to popular destinations during peak times.
Many spring breakers have the same idea: Beeline to the beach in late March. But if you’re flexible on timing and open to a unique destination, you could save money.
Look into destinations beyond the beach that may offer more affordable accommodations and flights. For far-away destinations, do your research to determine the best time to score a deal on flights—some experts swear by last-minute deals, while others emphasize the importance of tracking flight prices well in advance to jump on early savings.
2. Weigh the pros and cons of all-inclusive resorts.
All-inclusive resorts can be an attractive option for frugal travelers. By paying up-front for all your food, drinks and on-site entertainment, you never have to worry about a surprise bill throwing a wrench in your vacation budget.
On the other hand, an all-inclusive may not be worth it if you don’t think you’ll take full advantage of everything the resort has to offer; maybe you’re planning a lot of excursions away from the property, or you’re not much of a drinker. Look closely at the price differences and consider your travel priorities to determine whether an all-inclusive resort makes sense for your budget and your travel preferences.
3. Plan a getaway closer to home.
Maybe a warm-climate destination isn’t feasible this year for logistical or financial reasons. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck at home. Many indoor waterparks across the state and the region offer a drivable destination where your family can enjoy a taste of summer fun without requiring a long-haul flight.
Watch for deals and promotions that might be available for reservations made during the week (rather than weekends), deals for early booking or last-minute deals. You can also opt for a daytrip to a nearby destination to avoid paying for an overnight stay.