How To: Plan Your Spring Break Getaway on a Budget

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Don’t have plans this spring break? It is not too late to plan a last minute trip! Break begins March 15 so you have about three weeks to plan. We’re all sick of this polar vortex and endless snow, so why not get away for a week (maybe someplace warm)? Vacationing does not have to cost a fortune because websites like LivingSocial and Groupon offer trip deals that are too good to resist. Deals vary week by week so signing up for a free membership for either LivingSocial or Groupon will ensure that you are the first to know about a great getaway deal.

Quick tips for the LivingSocial/Groupon virgin:

  •  Act quickly on deals because they are limited time offers (they expire after a few days)
  • Look for “All-inclusive” deals; they usually include meals, drinks, and other activities that would otherwise mean extra expenses when you get there
  • Most of these deals are for two people
  • Make sure to read the fine print! The price featured on the home pages of these websites may not be the actual price of the vacation package
  • Look out for date restrictions and other resort restrictions
  • Look up reviews for the accommodations through other sources because the pictures featured may not be what the actual resort looks like
  • The cool thing about LivingSocial is that if you are traveling with others, you can possibly get your deal for free! (“Buy the deal first, and then share a special link. If three friends buy, yours is free!”)

Keep these tips in mind as you read this week’s deals below and other future deals:

For the Jet-Setter….International Deals:

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic  --  $480

“Four-night stay in a superior room from Now to April 20

All Inclusive of Unlimited Meals, Snacks, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Non-Motorized Water Sports, and All Taxes and Fees

Complimentary Access to VIP Beach and VIP Sunday Party

Combine Unlimited Vouchers for an Extended Stay."

 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – From $349

“A Four-Night ($349), Five-Night ($436), or Six-Night ($523) Stay for Up to Three Guests in a One-Bedroom Garden-View Suite Between Now and June 15, 2014

Two-for-One La Princesa Romantic Sunset Tour or Snorkel Tour

25% Off Massages at The Spa at Marbella Suites

50% Off Cabo Adventures”

Honduras – From $339

“$339 for a 4-night stay (up to a $636 value)

Daily breakfast

Airport transfers

Tropical welcome cocktail”

Negril, Jamaica – From $585

“An All-Inclusive Four- ($585), Five- ($729), or Six-Night ($873) Stay for Two in a Superior Room

All Meals, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Activities, Taxes, Fees, and Shuttle Service to Sister Property

20% Discount on Spa Services”

No Passport Needed Here…Domestic Deals:

Miami Beach – From $159/night

(*Tip: Checking in from 3/16 is cheaper than checking in from 3/15)

“Stay for two in a queen or king room, or for four in a two-double room”

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA -- $429

“A Two-Night Stay for Two in Room 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, Sundays through Thursdays ($429) or Fridays and Saturdays ($495) with an In-Room Breakfast and $60 Spa Credit Per Person Toward a One-Hour or More Service

Or, a Two-Night Stay for Two in Room 8, 9, 10, or 11, Sundays through Thursdays ($609) or Fridays and Saturdays ($679) with an In-Room Champagne Breakfast and $60 Spa Credit Per Person Toward a One-Hour or More Service (Include Upgrade to Quintessential)

Bottle of Central Coast Wine: Red, White, or Sparkling

Complimentary Wine Tasting at Up to Five Wineries

Daily Afternoon Wine and Cheese Tasting

Complimentary In-Room Sherry”

Kaui, HI – From $175

“A One-Night Stay for Two in a Garden View Room

Or, a One-Night Stay for Two in a Deluxe Ocean Front Room”

Enjoy and I hope that some of these places give you ideas of where to spend your spring break, if you did not previously have plans. Even if you can’t afford to go on a trip this break, there are always killer deals for future trips! Never overspend on a vacation because it should relax you, not stress you out over how much it puts a dent in your bank account.

Happy travels!

Katrina Labayen

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