Last Minute Spring- Break Getaways


This photo is of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. It is one of the possible destinations you can go to for a decent price.

Gabrielle Reyes, Features Editor

Spring break is a time for spending time at work gaining money or traveling with your friends to a nice getaway. If you’re thinking about the second option and haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry you still have time! Finding a trip on a budget is not easy. Luckily, I have done all the work for you. A getaway can mean many different things. It can mean a trip to a tropical island, staying in a cabin in the forest, flying to a different state, diving to a different city in your own state, or sailing the seas. I had found a deal for your desired place to go. Remember that any place you plan to go to entails money. You can’t expect to go on a getaway with no money or spending into the hundreds. Having said that, let us look at some deals. 

The first one we will look into is a 7-day cruise from New York City to the Bahamas. The sailing date is March 8th which is right on time for spring break. You would be visiting 3 different islands on your trip. Cruises are all-inclusive which means it comes with food, drinks, the activities on board and everything else they have to offer. They will ask you if you want upgrades for drink packages, certain dinners and the excursions (activities) on the islands. This is entirely up to you but are additional things you don’t really need. 

If you hate cruises or anything to do with water because titanic traumatized you, you still have options for tropical places. I had found a spot in Puerto Rico for nearly the same price. It is a beach resort with beautiful rooms, pools and a beach next door. It has a high rating from past guests which makes it more trustworthy. It is not all-inclusive so this means you will have to pay for food and drinks yourself. The flight is not that long. Having been to Puerto Rico in the past, it is one of the most beautiful places to see. This price includes the price of the hotel and airfare.  

If you do not wish to go too far, I found a place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The dates are from March 8th to the 12th. Again, perfect for you to getaway for a few days and still have time to relax at home or get a few days to work. This rate is for a group of 4 people. The room would be suitable for 4 guests comfortably. The resort is water front and near the shopping outlets as well. The resort is equipped with a heated pool, gym and more. 

If you have no plans to take an airplane anywhere, you can stay getaway by driving out of state. Taking a road trip to Baltimore, Maryland DC area might interest you. I found good rating hotels in good neighborhoods for the cost of $82 per night. There were some hotels cheaper but were not in the best neighborhoods. Remember, just because it is cheap, doesn’t mean it is a good deal. 

Lastly, for those who don’t even want to leave the state of Pennsylvania, I found a beautiful cabin in Hawley, PA. This cabin sleeps 10 guests! This place is called “Nana’s Lake Nest- an Upstate Treasure”.  You will have the pleasure of using the indoor fireplace, free parking, and outdoor facilities. This place seems like the perfect place to unwind and relax from your hectic days. 

If these deals didn’t meet your expectation or are not exactly what you are looking for, there are tips for staying on budget and finding the best price. When looking for air flights, you should try to avoid leaving on a weekend. Weekends are more expensive. Some options can be leaving Thursday and coming back on Monday. Another option is to leave on a Monday and come back on Thursday. These would be ideal to get the best price. 

If you are planning a group trip, put into the website the number of people. Certain places will offer you a group rate if it is big enough. When planning your trip, try to pack light. This is easy if you’re going somewhere tropical but hard if the place is cold. Packing light will reduce the amount of fees you will end up paying. Lastly, when looking for a deal, use more than one website. This takes time but is worth it in the end. Write down all the rates that also pleases your other demands. These can be having a pool, being close to the beach, all-inclusive, or shuttles from the hotel. Everything should be considered when arriving at a decision. 

Spring break is approaching which means you have to decide soon. I will provide some websites that are trustworthy to look-up good deals. If you decide to or not, spring break is a time to relax. So don’t forget to do that!