Whether you are a parent, student or simply work too much, Spring Break is something we all look forward to. It is a chance to reset and recharge, but many of us won't have the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved break from our routines due to a lack of cash. In today's uncertain economy, the budget for vacationing and entertainment has shrunk down to a fraction of what it once was for many Americans.
But don't let all that get you down. Like we have with other holidays, we've gathered a few of our favorite, low-cost ways to enjoy a fun and relaxing Spring Break without having to resort to using a credit card or a car title loan.
While it's not for everyone, a staycation can often be the perfect option for those who want to prioritize relaxation over everything else. How many small projects have you pushed down the road throughout the year because you didn't have the time? Finishing a book you started, binging on a TV show you've been meaning to watch, picking up a new hobby, or even giving your home a thorough spring cleaning. All of these are activities that can help recharge you for the rest of the year.
Taking a staycation isn't for everyone, but if the idea of having time to do anything you want without interruption sounds appealing, don't let yourself be pressured into doing something "fun" that could end up costing you money.
While New England isn't known for its tropical beaches or crazy Spring Break parties, taking a day trip to the beach in the off-season can be a fun way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the coastline. Take a walk along the shore, or simply find a comfortable place to sit and soak in the view. If you have young kids, simply having the opportunity to walk the shoreline and get out of the house will be enough for them to enjoy themselves, especially if they get a tasty treat to top off the fun.
One of the great things about Spring Break is that pretty much everyone is looking to have a good time. This means that most larger metropolitan areas, college towns and even smaller municipalities will have will have some type of free or low-cost Spring Break events taking place: art festival, concerts, local bands, even plays are all great ways to get out of the house to enjoy some culture without spending a bunch of cash.
If you want to be a tourist in your own backyard, checking out local points of interest on a day trip can be a lot of fun. Often we'll spend hundreds of dollars and travel thousands of miles to visit landmarks in other parts of the country, all while taking our local tourist attractions for granted. This Spring Break, why not learn more about your local history and culture? New England is one of the oldest and most history-rich parts of America, and there are all kinds of points of interest to keep even the busiest Spring Breaker occupied.