How to Adult: Having a debt-free spring break

Traveling to the beach for spring break is more affordable than you may think. Photo from BestDeals.com. 

TAYLOR THOMPSON | STAFF REPORTER | tgthomps@butler.edu

Spring break is all about traveling, whether you’re going home, staying in Indianapolis or going on a beach vacation with your best friends. It’s important to keep up with the latest deals to have the best and cheapest spring break adventure possible. It’s a hard task finding a reliable, yet cheap, resource for your travels, so here’s the research done for you:

Trips: Package deals and cheap stays

Finding a cheap and reliable place to stay during spring break can be stressful.

JusCollege, a company that makes student trips easier to organize and more affordable, offers several spring break options at reasonable prices. Trips range from a five-night hotel package in Cancun for $500 per person to a trip to Las Vegas for a four-night hotel package for just $300 per person. Broke college student stigma goes out the window with these prices.

Even if this may not have ideal travel plans for you, that’s okay. There are sites where you can choose any location and find a reliable, cheap place to stay.

AirBnB is a traveling service where hosts across the globe rent their homes to other aspiring travellers. Type in where you want to go, when you would be arriving and leaving, who all is coming with and search. Not only does AirBnB offer places to stay, the traveling platform also shares experiences and activities you can do all around the world while showing reasonable prices.

If AirBnB is not for you, there are also sites that show cheapest hotel prices close to your ideal location. Websites like Expedia, Trivago and Kayak can help students find the dependable hotel rooms for the best price offered.

Hannah Burry, a sophomore strategic communications and entrepreneurship and innovation double major, will be traveling to Charleston, South Carolina with her best friends, boyfriend and older sister this spring break on a budget of under $500.  

“We are driving to save money and found an AirBnB near downtown that is only $200 per person for the whole week,” Burry said. “It took awhile to find, but we made it work and are excited to go and hang out.”

Going Home: Cheap travels

If you’re going home for spring break, plane and bus tickets can vary in prices just because of the time of the year. But these websites will make traveling stress a thing of the past, and your wallet won’t be emptied because of the cost.

Orbitz airline tickets can help with your flying needs. Not only does Orbitz help you find discount flights, it can also help you find hotel rooms and rental cars that may be needed.

Another website for cheap flights that’s worth checking out is Priceline. The discount site also helps you find the cheapest flight to your destination along with hotel rooms and car rentals.  

For cheap international flights, Vayama is the site to use to get reasonable prices for leaving the country.

Not everyone needs an airplane to get home and may simply just need a bus ride or car service for close-by travels.

An easy bus-ticket-booking service to use is redBus. The bus ticket site is an instant-booking site that searches for the best prices for travel according to your location.

Staying at Butler: Fun things to do in Indy

If you’re either a local or you won’t be going home for the week or your friends and family are coming to visit you instead, there are plenty of free to cheap things to do in the Indianapolis and Broad Ripple area.

Take a stroll along the Central Canal Townpath, whether it’s a walk or a ride on your bike. The path stretches over 5 miles across Broad Ripple and even visits Butler’s campus.

The Circle Centre Mall not only has shopping and eatery, the mall also has laser tag, glow-in-the-dark putt putt and an arcade. All activities are at reasonable pricing, and you could spend an eventful day at the mall doing various activities.

Located in Broad Ripple with free admission, the Indianapolis Art Center is a 12-acre campus that offers art classes, exhibitions and community outreach. The location has plentiful art and garden at the art center to see.

The Broad Ripple Winter Market is open every Saturday until April. Another fun place to view things being sold by venders including plenty of food options to fulfill your needs. With 40 vendors participating, there are lots of things to see and eat.

If you want to reach new heights, Climb Time Indy can fulfill your needs. For just $18, experience an indoor rock climbing with up 10,000 square feet of climbing to experience.

No matter how your spring break plans will go, there are fun and affordable things to do wherever you visit.

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