By Erin Posjena |Staff Writer|
March 24 is the start of CSUSB’s spring break and many students on campus are beginning to plan their ideal vacation destination.
I asked various students on campus where they thought their ideal vacation spot would be while on a student budget.
Student Ariana Gomez said she would love to visit San Francisco.
“You can drive up there and there’s plenty of good food places and attractions!” said Gomez.
San Francisco is a seven hour drive and offers visitors the chance to view the bay lights of the Golden Gate Bridge, take various tours of the infamous Alcatraz prison, and enjoy true harbor food in the historic districts of Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.
While Gomez envisions a week in beautiful Northern California, many students on campus picture themselves in the vivacious city of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is roughly a three hour drive and offers tourists the chance to party all day and night in the various clubs, pool parties and of course, the famous Las Vegas strip.
For those students who aren’t looking to live by the mantra of “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” the city also offers visitors the chance to zip line down the historic Fremont street or a chance to view the compelling Bodies exhibit that explores the human body by displaying real preserved human bodies.
Student Jackie Brown envisions herself spending a week in the self-proclaimed “green-minded” state of Oregon.
Oregon is about a 13-hour drive, but if you’re in the mood for a road trip it’s the perfect destination.
Oregon offers an array of camping, fishing and hiking along their volcanic mountainsides.
Brown says she envisions her spring break as a “cabin in the woods-type of vacation.”
For those students who are looking to spend their break in a more exotic location (and on a higher budget), they may find themselves taking a trip along the southern tip of the California peninsula, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Spring breakers will be able to enjoy top of the line fishing, exciting scuba diving excursions and laid-back beach life.
Student Shelby Hancock said, “My first choice is Cabo, it’s right on the beach, perfect for relaxing and it’s not super expensive.”
Saving money on trips like this isn’t as hard as students may think. Students can definitely take trips like this on a budget.
My first tip is to use the various travel sites that compare and help find the cheapest flights and hotels.
If you’re going as a group, staying in one hotel room and requesting roll-away beds is the most economical choice you can make. The hotel bill won’t look as scary if you’re splitting it!
Students should also look into bringing food and coolers so that dining won’t be as pricey.
Budget-friendly trips are all about being money conscious and only spending what you have to.
My biggest piece of advice is to bring a predetermined amount of spending money for activities and meals and emergency money for gas or cab fare and leave the credit cards at home.
It’s important to enjoy yourself on break without facing the harsh realities of how much you overspent during that week.
Spring break is fast-approaching and with a well-deserved break at our fingertips, all that is left to do is to pick a destination.