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  • 6 Tips For a Better Spring Break


    Ah. Spring Break. It’s that magical week in the middle of second semester for students, or the mid-point between winter holidays and summer vacation for adults. It’s a week just meant for travel.

    These six tips will help you be safe, spend less and have more fun during your precious week on vacation.

    • Consider an off-peak place. Disney World is the No. 1 tourist attraction in America—and it feels that way during spring break. If you want to spend more time having fun and less time waiting in line with the thousands of other spring breakers, consider a slightly less popular place for spring break and save Disney for another time.
    • Try before you pack. If it’s been months since you wore that pair of shorts, take a minute to do a test fit before you toss them in the suitcase. This goes double for kids. Those shorts may have fit your 5-year-old a month ago, but that doesn’t mean they will fit the growing boy now. There’s no point in schlepping around clothes you won’t be able to wear.
    • Do the free stuff. Unless you’re a member of the 1 percent for whom money is no object, it’s important to find ways to stretch your vacation dollars. Find the free museum or attend the free concert or visit the free street fair. (It’s no surprise that Free in the 50 States is our most popular feature on
    • Be careful out there. Wear sunscreen. Buckle up. Swim where the lifeguards are. Look around before you step up to take cash out of the ATM.
    • Book the right place to stay. Consider all of your options—home swaps, condo rentals, hotels, motels, campgrounds—and choose the one that will give you the most comfort for your cash. If you book a hotel room, aim for a room on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th floors. Why? Because the first floor is most vulnerable to a break-in and anything above the 5th floor is most vulnerable in case of a fire.
    • Pack right. Put everything you want to take on the bed. Then put back anything that cannot do double duty—a scarf that doubles as a beach cover-up, pants that go with two (or more) tops, shoes that work with pants and skirts. Then pack it all into one carryon. Even if you have a free checked bag, you still have to drag that big, heavy suitcase in and out of the hotel and wait for it to be found if it’s lost by the airline.


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