Whether you're sitting in the snow daydreaming about the sunshine or texting with friends scrambling for plans, Spring Break is coming. College students and restless adults will soon be packing their bags for March and April getaways, and you don't want to be left out. Decide on a destination now before your top choices are booked.
Need some help? Several websites have suggestions for Spring Break trips to fit any budget. Here are a few of our favorite options, organized by how much you're looking to spend for your week away.
Luxury: If you have no problem breaking the bank for a great time, consider an all-inclusive vacation at a beach resort. One of TripAdvisor's top-rated spots is The Reserve at Paradisus Resorts in the Dominican Republic. It has a pool, a spa, a gym, golf, fine dining and transportation to the nearby beaches. One night in a master suite will cost you about $600, but it will be worth it for your killer tan.
Comfortable: Head south to the theme parks in Orlando, Florida, for fun in the sun and costs you can more or less control. Once you buy your ticket, which runs about $100 per park at Disney World and Universal Studios, you can choose what to eat and drink. Spring for butterbeer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, get Dole Whip at the Magic Kingdom or simply make yourself a PB and J. Carry a reusable water bottle to keep hydrated and pinch pennies.
Cheap: U.S. News and World Report suggests heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a good deal and a great time. Find an oceanfront hotel and share a room with friends or select a resort that has a buy-two-days, get-one-free sale running, like the Palace. Once your accommodations are set, explore the shore, go shopping, check out a vintage car show or tour a battleship.
Frugal: Take a hike — no, really. Borrow a tent, pack a bag and lace up your boots on your way to a place like the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There are five campgrounds, and getting the permit is free. It's $22 a night to stay and explore, according to Greatist. Make sure to stop by the Jenny Lake Overlook for some great Instagram fodder.
Free: If you want an inexpensive and relaxing spring break, go on a staycation. LivingWellSpendingLess recommends setting up some rules for you and your friends, like no smart phone or no laundry, and trying new activities like geocaching or paintballing. Or, more simply, just take lots of naps and drink lots of yummy spring cocktails. Your wallet will thank you.