Money Saver Monday: planning for Spring Break travel

Extreme winter weather has left many people thinking about how to get away, and with spring break right around the corner, it may be the perfect opportunity for families.

Popular destinations always include warmer temperatures, but travel experts say some of the best deals this time of the year, are ski trips.

"We're doing a lot of skiing in April, which is unusual. But people are staying closer to home," said Sandra Dobrucki, a travel manager at TCU Travel.

In order to plan for the best trip for your budget, a financial educator says know what you can afford, and save early.

"First and foremost, you need to know how much you have to spend," said Linda Curley an HHS educator at Purdue Universtiy Extension. "Know what you want to do and then find the cheapest way to do it with your family."

Experts suggest saving as early as possible, but if you haven't already, start now. Any gifts that come into the house, like tax returns or holiday checks, can be put toward a family trip.

Other tips for travel planning:
-Drive instead of fly
-Consider renting things like golf clubs and strollers to avoid extra expenses at the airport
-Look for hotels away from the main strip and try an efficiency room
-Stay with family, instead of in hotels, if possible
-Try taking trips closer to home
-Book in groups

On vacation:
-Give your kids a budget to avoid exess spending at gift shops
-Eat breakfast and snacks in your room
-Make a budget before you go

If you'd like to learn more about travel from TCU Travel, visit the website.

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