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It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Spring Break

As most are back in school or enjoying their last few days of vacation, college students across America are dreading their cold walks to class or dreaming of warm weather and beaches. While winter vacation may be over, spring break is only two months away and it is time to start planning.

“But two months is so far away and it’s too early to start worrying about that.”

-The Misinformed Person 

Two months is not a long time at all. Think about it, college students. Two months ago, you hadn’t had your Thanksgiving break, taken your finals, or stepped foot in 2014. Time flies and the longer you wait to do something, the harder it will be to accomplish and the more difficult it will be to succeed. While I have made the concept seem much deeper than it actually is, not waiting and planning ahead of time applies perfectly to planning your spring break.

Why Now?

You aren’t that busy.

It is the beginning of the semester and you don’t have any exams or papers due. In two weeks, when your friend sends you a text, while you are in the middle of a library cram session, asking if you would plan spring break, I want you to remember this. You will either send me an email telling me you love me or threatening my life. Please don’t take your stress out on me in two weeks and get this done now.

Flights

If you are a college student, you most like have friends (well at least I hope so). Trying to find 4 seats on a plane to the same place at the same time is not an easy or cheap thing to do if you leave it to the last minute. When you schedule your flights months in advance, not only do airlines have more seats available, but they also are a lot cheaper.

As an example, I searched Expedia to find out how much a flight from NY to LA would cost today vs. 2 months from now.

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As you can see, not only are the flights $100 cheaper on March 8th, but none of the January flights go to LAX (Los Angeles’ main airport) and instead take you to smaller airports in the Los Angeles area. Save yourself the money and trouble and book them now. 

Hotels

You think you are the only college student going on spring break? Well, if you do, you are wrong, and you are missing the point of my article. There are thousands of students getting ready to go somewhere foreign to them over spring break and hotels are going to be packed. The earlier you plan, the better chance you have of accommodating all of your friends at a quality hotel at a decent price. However, if you are looking to stay in a hostel, ignore this and let me know how it works out for you.

A website I recently learned about is www.Airbnb.com. People rent out their homes or apartments to people at the a rate equal or lower than nice hotels. If you want that homey feeling at a low price, plan early and get yourself into one of these.

”More room for activities”

If you plan your trip early, you will be able to schedule everything you want to do during your break. The longer you wait and scramble, the less time you have to think about what you can actually afford and want to do.

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Get a head start on planning for your spring break so that you can enjoy it as much as possible. You don’t want to have to worry about this during midterms or exams. Just imagine yourself walking out of your exam onto a plane that is going to take you and your friends to a place where you will have great amounts of fun. Don’t be the person who is too stressed to do well in finals and enjoy their spring break just because you were too lazy to plan right now.

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About The Phroogal Max

Max Martinez is co-founder at Phroogal. A recent Cornell University Graduate, ex-football running back and entrepreneur. Max believes in doing social good by helping increase people's knowledge and access to financial resources and tools. Follow him on Twitter.

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