For many college students, spring break means more than just a reprieve from busy school schedules. For some, it means saving money, packing up and heading toward warmer weather.
Panama City Beach is one of the most popular and well-known spring break destinations, as over 1.5 million college students migrate to the coastal city to spend a week with friends and strangers alike. South Padre Island, Texas and Cancun, Mexico are also popular places among students.
As PCB offers over 16,000 lodging options, students can choose from condos, hotels, beach houses or campsites, but booking directly through the hotel or lodging facility saves students more money than going through a third party, like a travel agent.
Students can also save money by carpooling or road-tripping to their destination instead of flying if at all possible.
Flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Panama City Bay County can cost as little as $1,200 round-way as opposed to $250 in gas for a road trip.
Students also find other ways of saving money during travel include: buying groceries instead of eating at restaurants, packing all the necessary items instead of buying them at the destination and travelling with friends.