Coupon destination provides tips for booking cheap spring vacations
Austin, TX, February 25, 2015 — Many college students dream of taking a spring break that would rival the party scenes in “Spring Breakers.” But when they look at their bank account they realize the only vacation they’ll be having is a staycation on the sofa watching reruns of MTV live broadcasts from Daytona. To help every student book a vacation they deserve, leading digital offers destination RetailMeNot (www.retailmenot.com) put together a list of the top ways students can save money on spring break travel.
VISIT TRAVEL SITES THAT SPECIALIZE IN STUDENT VACATIONS TO RESEARCH AFFORDABLE DESTINATIONS
StudentUniverse provides deals on activities for college students, including discounts on tours, rail passes and events like winery tours and snorkeling. The site even has a travel blog with tips and advice written by fellow students and a free mobile app that keeps track of your itinerary.
StudentCity lets users search by the type of trip and even offers StudentCity packages where they will coordinate your group’s flights, hotel reservations, parties (including VIP access to clubs) and activities.
Kayak has a feature called “Explore” that allows users to enter their departure city and preferred travel dates, and the site returns a map with the prices of round-trip flights to major cities around the world. This is a great starting place for the student who will go anywhere as long as it fits within his or her budget.
CONSIDER BOOKING A VACATION RENTAL HOME VERSUS A HOTEL
Instead of booking a hotel for your group and packing everyone into close quarters with rollaway beds, consider using a website like HomeAway.com to search for houses and other residential properties to stay in.
“For students on a budget, renting a whole house and splitting the costs is the most affordable option for spring break,” says HomeAway.com Senior Vice President Jon Gray. “On average, vacation home rentals are half the cost of a standard hotel room, which enables your group to not only save money but to stay together, relax and create the ultimate spring break memories.”
In most of the country, gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos* on behalf of HomeAway.com, 25 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 are planning to take a road trip over spring break due to low gas prices.
If you don’t have the budget for airfare, find a friend with a reliable car and plan a road trip to a nearby destination. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, use an app like Hotel Tonight to find same-day hotel deals in whichever city you end up.
UTILIZE MONEY-SAVING APPS AND WEBSITES
To save on everything from travel and hotel arrangements to spring clothing and luggage for your vacation, visit coupon destination RetailMeNot.com or download the free RetailMeNot Coupons app to access thousands of online and in-store offers for all the stores you love. The app uses geofencing technology to show you nearby offers, and if you login as a member you’ll receive exclusive access to restaurant deals—just show the offer from your phone at checkout!
Before you book, check RetailMeNot for travel discounts for sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire and others. For more information on how college students can save money, visit the college section of The Real Deal by RetailMeNot.
*This survey of more than 1,000 Americans was fielded by Ipsos on January 23 through 25, 2015.
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