Spring Break Destinations That Won't Break the Bank

Feb 8, 2024 1 min read

For busy families with school-age children, the prospect of spring break often serves as a light at the end of the cold, dark tunnel that is post-Christmas winter. But trying to plan a spring break trip that doesn’t cost a fortune can feel nearly impossible these days, especially when you’re beholden to school schedules and seasonal demands. To help, we’ve compiled a few of the cheapest places to go for spring break.

4 Cheap Spring Break Trip Ideas

Whether you want to soak up some sunshine, explore a new city or revel at the wonders of nature this spring, these cheap spring break destinations make it easy to plan a trip without racking up mountains of debt. 

  1. Under-the-Radar Beaches

After months of snow, rain and freezing temperatures, few things are more enticing than the thought of warm sand, lapping waves and clear blue skies — but a week at a popular beach destination can get costly, especially if you have to fly to get there. 

Rather than jetting off to Cabo or Cancun this spring, look for lesser-known and closer-to-home beach towns. Stateside, places like Gulf Shores, Alabama and Virginia Beach, Virginia offer miles of stunning coastline, while under-the-radar Caribbean destinations like the Dominican Republic and Curaçao make for a less-expensive tropical vacation.

  1. The Call of the Wild

From the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies to the stunning slot canyons of red rock country, there’s so much to discover throughout the West, and one of the best ways to soak it all in is by exploring the country’s system of national parks. 

Take a road trip to discover Utah’s Mighty 5, camp out under the vast desert sky in Joshua Tree National Park or marvel at Yosemite’s giant Sequoia trees — just be sure to invest in an America the Beautiful pass to save money on entrance fees.

  1. Think Globally

Sometimes the most affordable spring break trip destinations are the ones farthest away. For epic beach vacations, Asia offers a plethora of options that are widely affordable once you get there. 

In the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao is an island known for blue skies, warm weather and crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling, while Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site island off Malaysia’s northwestern coast, offers budget-friendly restaurants and accommodations alongside pristine beaches.

  1. Rediscover Your Own Backyard

When was the last time you explored the museums, restaurants and shops in the closest major metropolitan area? To save on travel costs, consider snagging a vacation rental in a nearby domestic destination and fill your days with cultural experiences and sightseeing galore. You’ll likely be surprised by how much there is to do so close to home. 

Budget Now, Travel Later

Want to see the world? Smart financial planning can make it happen. A Farm Bureau advisor can help you develop a sound financial plan that accounts for both your short-and long-term goals.

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