Spring Break Ideas for Families on a Budget


While it might still feel like winter, it’s a good idea to get a head start on your spring break plans now to save money. Review our spring break budgeting tips below to ensure that you stay in your budget when planning your fun getaway.

Spring Break Ideas

Stay Close to Home

An enjoyable getaway doesn’t require you to go far from home. Research beaches, state parks or camping grounds near your area that are wallet-friendly. When you’re looking for local attractions, consider the fun activities you can do at these locations for free. Flying a kite on the beach or camping under the stars doesn’t force you to reach for your wallet. By choosing to stay local, you can save more money than booking a destination vacation.

Consider a Road Trip

If you’re traveling out of state, consider slicing your travel expenses in half by opting to drive instead of fly. Before hitting the road, it’s important to plan everything out by creating a budget. Having a budget in place will help you stay on track and will also prevent you from impulse spending. Another way to help you stay on track with your budget is to reduce out-of-pocket costs where you see fit. Stock up on snacks prior to leaving the house so you won’t be tempted to spend money on them along the way.

Look for Deals

Sign up for email alerts to receive notifications to be the first to know about price drops on airline tickets and hotels and even the best places to eat for less. When you’re searching for the best deals, consider buying your tickets and passes ahead of time if you’re heading to a location such as an amusement park. Tickets tend to be cheaper than paying the same-day price at parks, and you may incur extra fees once you arrive at the gate.

You don’t have to plan an expensive trip to have a memorable spring break. Search for budget-friendly alternatives to have an enjoyable getaway with your family.

Erin Elis 
Erin Ellis
Accredited Financial Counselor ®
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union