Spring Break on a Budget

By: Sydney Newcomb

Spring Break always seems like a fortune, but it doesn't have to be! You and your family are saving up for college, and of course you want to go somewhere this summer for one last hurrah. Whether you’re looking for the clear waters of Forida, the mountains of Tennessee, or even a simple week under the trees at a campground, you can do all of these with a budget in mind.

Of course somewhere like Jensen Beach, Florida won’t be free, but for a week you could stay there for just $700. If you went with another family and split the cost in half you would both only pay $350 for a whole week. Being such a small, quiet town, Jensen beach is a great family-friendly beach. Not only can you soak up the sun and salty air, but you can enjoy the many boutiques and shopping centers. Remember to keep that budget in mind while shopping though!

Townsend, Tennessee is another great location to go on spring break. Just $20 more than Jensen Beach, this location would be about $720 for the whole entire week. Townsend is referred to as “the peaceful side of the Smokies.” You can enjoy the beautiful scenery the mountains have to offer on your relaxing trip in Tennessee. Townsend being only a 51 minute drive from Gatlinburg, you and your family can get into so many more fun adventures. Whether it’s the aquarium, the skylift, or zip lining, you’ll have a blast. The worst part about the trip is definitely going to be remembering to take it easy on that wallet.

If you’re looking for something for a little less, maybe think about taking a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For only $55 a night you could stay at the Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort. Being only a 1 minute walk to the beach and only a 10 minute walk to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, it makes this hotel very family friendly. You’ll still be able to splash in that salty water and get a nice tan, but on a little bit better of a budget!

Looking for something a little closer to home? Maybe Smith Mountain Lake is the place for your spring break destination. Only about an hour away, SML has so much fun to offer with its beautiful mountains, neverending waters, and unforgettable memories waiting to be made. Whether you stay at one of its many campgrounds or even rent a house, either way you’ll have the time of your life soaking up some Virginia rays.

The most budget friendly spring break trip is taking in the great outdoors and going camping. Whether you’re at a campground, or even in your own backyard, make the most of it. Middle Creek, Jellystone, and Shenandoah Acres are some great places besides your backyard to have the best spring break ever. Camping offers so many activites such as going fishing, going for a swim, eating some smores, and just relaxing. There’s just something about sleeping under the stars, next to a fire that you just have to do every once and awhile.

Spring break being right around the corner, it’s time to start planning, if you haven’t already. Remember all throughout the week to keep a budget in mind and don’t even think about going over it. Everything seems so expensive nowadays, so planning a trip on a budget should be a key part of the trip. That doesn’t mean you can’t do what you want while you’re there or mean you can’t take a trip at all, it simply means keep a budget in mind all the time. Save up some money by not eating out as much and not buying that cute new shirt you saw, once you do save up you’ll be able to splurge and your next spring break vacation!