Spring Break Planning
With a little bit of planning, it’s possible to plan the perfect Spring Break family vacation on a budget. The good news? There are plenty of options just waiting for you to explore!
For thousands of families out there, the thought of Spring Break planning and travel is on their mind. Rightfully so. It’s the one time out of the year that is a true “break” for everyone in the family and signals that summer months aren’t all that far away.
I was recently featured on Atlanta & Company sharing some of these Spring Break Planning tips.
Tips To Stick With a Budget For Your Spring Break Vacation
When it comes to the upcoming Spring Break, my family and I are very much looking forward to it this year. Typically, we take some sort of family vacation during this time. This year we have plans to visit Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – our home away from home and only a short 5-hour drive from Atlanta.
1. Find a friendly but affordable destination
The thing about finding a spring break destination for the family is you need to do it now or never. Spring break locations fill up fast. I do not advise booking the month before or even weeks before. The rates typically go up for last minute planners. (and that’s one of the quickest ways to bust a budget!) I tend to start looking six months in advance, at a minimum.
Also, I like to find different destinations that are family friendly while still being affordable. Locations like the beach, amusement parks, and so on are great locations for families, especially the earlier you book.
Because we have a large family, I usually look for an affordable condo or house to rent out for the week. I like my space and privacy. I always check first with Wyndham Vacations, AirBnB, HomeAway or VRBO. They offer affordable rental options which require a deposit and some give you options for making payments.
2. Stick to your budget (no matter what)
To be honest, the only way you can keep a spring break trip affordable is to make a budget and stick to it. I like to pay for my vacations with cash. The last thing you need is to put your vacation on a credit card or take out a loan for it. Make this family spring break trip as affordable as possible. I budget to the very last detail when it comes to our family spring break trips and I stick to it.
The quickest way to say up your budget for your Spring Break vacation? Set aside a set amount of money every single paycheck. Whether it be $20 or $200, that money that you set aside is then reserved for your trip. It’s such a nice feeling to know that you already have a stash of cash waiting rather than having to scrape and pull from savings.
3. Teach about experiences versus “things”
Our kids know that a family spring break trip means we can’t buy them everything they want. We try to spend our money on experiences rather than things. For example, take them kayaking or fishing instead of buying them stuffed animals at the souvenir store. They’ll remember the activities forever and quite possibly may break or lose the “things” that you bought along the way.
4. Plan out as many details as you can
Something I have learned over the years is to plan as many details as you can. This vacation planner is the perfect planner to have for planning out your vacation. I have learned that the more unplanned things we do, the more expensive it becomes. I try to plan everything down to the meals we eat and the things we do each day. You wouldn’t believe how much this helps us stick to our budget!
It’s those impulse buys that get you every single time…
Best Budget-Friendly Spring Break Family Vacation Destinations
If you’re looking for some great Spring Break family-friendly destinations, check out the affordable options on this list!
1. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
This mountain resort is located just 5 miles outside of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and is a truly amazing place to visit. Pack your hiking shoes and get ready for a fun, family adventure.
2. Gulf Shores, Alabama
3. Panama City Beach, Florida
4. Orlando, Florida
5. Atlanta, Georgia
6. Chattanooga, Tennessee
7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
8. Book a Cruise
9. Anna Maria Island
With 7 miles of beach views to explore, how can you not love Anna Maria Island? The locals love it, as do the visitors. When you need a break, you can visit all the adorable shops in town (candy shop!) as well.
10. Jekyll Island, Georgia
11. St. Simons Islands, Georgia
12. Savannah, Georgia
13. Tybee Island, Georgia
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