We are in the depths of despair. Okay, maybe not despair, but the depths of the winter blahs at the very least. You may be fantasizing about an escape to warmer climes soon. Fear not, the opportunity is coming. For parents, Spring Break offers an obvious time to plan a beach vacation. Even if you don’t have kids in school (or at all) March and April are coming up, so plan now to get the most sun for your mon(ey – wanted to make it rhyme).
- Coupons! Check out Groupon, restaurant.com, Living Social, etc. for deals in your destination city. Buying meals and activities ahead helps you avoid the big credit card bill after vacation and gives a little structure to your trip.
- Make it partially a service trip. Google Volunteer Vacations to find a variety of opportunities to travel the world for less and give back while you are discovering a new culture. Great for kids and adults alike.
- Look for a cheap cruise. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea. My sister fears rogue waves and I fear annoying dinner companions. On the other hand, I’ve heard from many snobby travelers that a Disney Cruise is the best vacation ever. For the deal minded, cruising can be a great way to visit (albeit briefly) multiple beachy destinations while only unpacking once. Plus, the food is plentiful and included in the price.
Bring on the sunscreen. Last tip, Doc Martin’s sunscreen (available through Amazon or at local stores in Hawaii) is the best on the market!