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5 Cheap Spring Break Ideas

With spring break less a week away, now is the perfect time to start making those last minute plans to get away. If you are like me, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a small vacation.

While some places can be a little more expensive depending on how far you are willing to travel and how nice a hotel you want, it’s still possible to have a great vacation for a great price.

Here are five Spring Break destinations that are great for a college student on a budget. Gas prices are based on a car that has a 16 gallon tank and gets 26 miles per gallon in the city.

Daytona Beach, Florida

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Daytona Beach, FL (Photo by Trip Advisor)

Daytona Beach is the perfect place to get together with friends and a road trip is a great way to start off spring break. Daytona is about 1,255 miles from Quincy, based on Google Maps. The fastest route takes 18 hour and 8 minutes driving. Gas prices will vary depending on the states you decide to fill up in, but by using a gas tracker, the amount of money you would need to set aside for the trip would be around $161. Through Travleosity.com hotels that are available March 6th-10th ranged in price from $70- $120 a night. While in Daytona make sure to go Kayaking or check out a ghost tour.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, SC (Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach)
Myrtle Beach, SC (Photo by Visit Myrtle Beach)

Myrtle Beach provides 60 miles of beach and is known for its amazing golf courses, so be sure to bring your golf clubs. If golf is not your cup of tea, then no worries because the boardwalk is packed with arcades, restaurants, shops and one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels. Hotel searching is simple using Travelocity, and prices are as low as $43 per night. Gas Buddy has estimated a round trip to cost a total of $115 in gas money.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Outerbanks, NC (Photo by Visit NC)

OBX is always a good time with beaches, shops and food that will never disappoint. However, hotels in the Outer Banks can be a little pricier. If you look hard enough you can definitely find more reasonable prices that fit your budget. Hotels typically go for about $ 65- $110, depending on how close you want to be to the beach. However, you can make up some of that money by only spending around $90 in gas, according to Gas Buddy. While at the Outer Banks, the historic museum and fishing sites are must sees!

Virginia Beach, VA

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Virginia Beach (Photo by Visit VA Beach)

Virginia Beach has a 3-mile boardwalk and the nightlife is extraordinary. At Virginia Beach, there are always street performers along with great places to pick up some sweet old fashion candy. The Aquarium and Marine Science Center is a great day trip activity. The total amount of gas for a round trip comes to about $80 and the hotel prices at Virginia Beach vary widely from $35-$140 a night. Make sure to bring some extra spending money for the street performers.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Niagra Falls, ON (Photo by Trip Advisor)

Niagara Falls is a beautiful destination, but this trip could be a little harder if you do not already have your passport, as obtaining one takes on average 4-6 weeks — you can always stay on the U.S. side of the border! The drive to Canada is about 7-8 hours depending on traffic and will cost about $70 for gas.  Hotels are from $45-$130 per night. Make sure you visit the Falls and go on tours while you are there, and don’t forget to get your money exchanged!

I hope this list was helpful and a little eye opening. There are a number of great things you can do without spending much money for Spring Break so get a group together and do spring break right!