Consumer business by Denisha Maxey
SPRING BREAK is on the horizon and students, as well as families, are planning ways to spend their week-long vacation. Traveling to a tropical or sun-filled destination for spring break has always been the first option for enjoying the week. However, some people choose to enjoy it right in their own backyards.
Whether you choose to travel or stay close to home, your top priority is to have a vacation that minimizes stress and is budget friendly. There are several ways you can keep your sanity and keep your wallet happy, while still enjoying your break.
Start your planning in advance. This does not simply apply to travel arrangements but also to local activities you might want to enjoy. If traveling is on your agenda, booking hotels and airfares in advance can save you money, especially if you plan to travel to a popular destination. Businesses typically will increase prices during spring break to boost their revenue but you can still save money by booking sooner rather than later.
Travel websites or travel agencies are definitely an option, as they can do all the planning for you. Make sure you use a reputable business and that you check business reviews and ratings on BBBhou.org. Do not forget to check The Post’s Coming Soon feature for happenings around town. There will be tons of fun things to do during spring break in our local area. Museums, Galveston’s pleasure pier and Kemah Boardwalk are great local options for enjoying the week and the Houston livestock show and rodeo, now in town, is another great destination not too far away.
Do your research. This is essential to keeping your spring break stress free. To help save money, search online for coupons or discount codes you can take advantage of. When using them, however, make sure you read the fine print. Business often alter their usual policies when offering discounts. There might be time limits or group restrictions on special deals and you definitely do not want to let unexpected restrictions ruin your fun.
If you are traveling, research as much information as you can about your destination. You want to know in advance what the weather is expected to be like or what events might be happening during your trip. This allows you to pack accordingly and budget for any extra activities that might be of interest.
Researching local activities and their cost, as well as your dining options, can help you create a realistic budget. For example, you might decide to save money by taking your own lunch or finding a cheaper alternative.
Do not expect everything to go perfectly or you will find yourself with a headache as soon as something goes wrong! Unexpected issues can arise but, if you have planned ahead and done your research, you will be prepared. Whatever you decide to do this spring break, I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful time.
Denisha Maxey is director of dispute resolution at Houston Better Business Bureau.