Spring Break, Not Spring Broke
- By Tishya Robertson, Staff Writer -
Whether you’re going abroad, another city stateside, or staying home for spring break, there are ways to save money and still make memories.
Have realistic expectations. Don’t splurge on an international trip when you’ll be in the air most of the time. Spring break is also an opportunity to rest, and that’s hard to do when you spend hours next to snoring strangers and babbling babies.
Look up cheap eats in the area. TripAdvisor is a great resource to check out restaurants before you go somewhere. Lunch is usually cheaper than dinner, so keep that in mind as you plan to treat yourself to fancy meals.
Walk or use public transportation. Ubers can get pretty expensive, and renting a car is often a hassle. Walking is always free, and public transportation lets you pretend to be a local while spending less.
Hit up Rick Steves’ guides. As the most popular man in the Office of International Programs, he is on the bookshelves of many travelers. Although he writes more about international travel, he has a lot of stateside tips online as well as in print.
Explore your city some more. Raleigh has so much to offer, and there’s always something new to see. Take some friends to explore the city you’ve been in for a while, or find a unique place in your hometown.
Visit anywhere you want to…mentally. Catch up on that reading list you didn’t complete during winter break. Tell people you went to England in the nineteenth century or dystopian North America. For some recommendations, the Herald has book reviews from many genres and the library always has interesting books on display.
Just sleep. There is nothing wrong with staying home with your family or friends and taking some much-needed time off. While the FOMO (fear of missing out) may be real at first, your wallet and sleep schedule will not miss out.