12 Spring Break Vacation Ideas That Actually Cost Less Than Staying Home
Think your budget can’t handle a destination vacation? Think again! We’ve found amazing deals, discounts, and value getaways that will actually cost you LESS than trying to entertain everyone at home with a “staycation” (think: the cost of movies, museums, eating out, car and gas, home utilities, and groceries). Check out these super cool ideas, and then pack your bags for a real vacation that won’t break the bank.
New generation hostels
If you haven’t stayed at a hostel recently, banish all thoughts of sterile barracks full of bunks. Instead, a new generation of posh hostels (or “poshtels,” if you will) are popping up around Europe and the United States, with modern designs, comfortable family rooms, and fun communal areas all for a fraction of what you’d pay at a full service hotel. One of our favorites is Generator, a group of “design-led” hostels in prime locations around Europe, and now in Miami and Washington, D.C., too. In Venice, Italy, you can stay on super chic Giudecca Island (home to the 5-star Belmond Cipriani Hotel) for less than $70 a night.
Tip: Download the GenFriends app to get special deals and discounts. Here are 16 more affordable spring break destinations you should book now.
Ski for free in Utah
Want to get your kids out on the slopes but prime time skiing is too pricey in mid-winter? Try swishing down the slopes in spring, when the sun is shining, the weather feels less Arctic, the snow is soft and inviting, and you can ski for free! At Snowbird Ski Resort, about 35 minutes from Salt Lake City, book a room for at least two nights (starting at $125 a night) and get free daily lift tickets for the adults, and kids 12 and under ski free, too.
Tip: Have 5th or 6th graders? They can try out all of Utah’s resorts for just $45 (total) with the Ski Utah Passport. Read on for the best spring break idea in every state for even more inspiration.
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