Planning A Trip To The Beach
As students, extravagant holidays are usually off the table thanks to a limited budget. But there are a lot of ways to take a vacation that is affordable and fun, even when you’re in university. The first thing to do is to find a place to stay, one of the most expensive parts of a vacation. Ideally, a person in the group that has family in that area can arrange a free place to stay, even if four people have to sleep in a single room. This way, you’ll have more money for the activities that will keep you out of the house anyway. Otherwise, you can look into privately owned homes for rent or backpacking lodges. The private homes are usually much cheaper than staying in a hotel and they will be comfortable.
Backpacking lodges are always the cheapest option, but the downside is that you’ll often have to share rooms and there will likely just be one communal bathroom, kind of like staying in a large dormitory. If you’re fine with this (and it’s not bad for the price, most of the time) it’s a good way to go.
The second biggest drain on your money will be the money to get there. Picking a beach close to you is ideal, but if that is still a few hours away, try to get as many people to go with in a single car as possible. For example, if the gas there is going to cost $100 and it’s going to cost $100 back, taking four people in your car means each of you only need to pay $50 in total for gas. If two of you are going, that amount doubles, cutting into your spending money.