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Staycation or vacation? 5 ways to save money on spring break travels and activities

Here’s how to save money on spring break.

Spring break is just around the corner, and it’s not too late to plan a fun trip for the family!

Kamree Price, from Our Family Passport, shares five specific recommendations for planning the perfect family vacation.


It’s Not Too Late

Kamree reassured all the moms out there that it’s not too late to plan a great spring break. Statistics show that 70 to 80 percent of women are the ones booking travel. With all the other responsibilities moms have, planning a vacation can feel like a lot.

“It feels overwhelming, and you can start to feel that mom guilt when you don’t have anything planned for spring break,” Kamree said.

But, she reassured us that there are still some things you can do to plan a fun spring break for your family.


The first, simple thing you can do is a staycation. You don’t have to go far to have a great time, and it checks the box.

“Sometimes we put this pressure on ourselves as moms to go big or go home, but you know what? You can do amazing things and make memories at home with your children,” Kamree emphasized.

It could be something simple, like going to Thanksgiving Point, the aquarium, or camping out in the living room and roasting marshmallows in the oven. A staycation is affordable and can be really memorable for your kids.

“We’re all in different phases of life. Our budgets are in different places. You can do a staycation and have it be simple, but you can still make those memories at home with your kids,” Kamree said.

If you’re wondering what to do in your city, Kamri recommended checking out Utah Family Faves and Utah’s Adventure Family on Instagram. They post tips on hikes, deals, and other things to do in Utah.

San Diego

If you want to get out of town, Kamree suggested San Diego as an affordable place to go. There are good deals on hotels, like the Hyatt La Jolla and Sheraton Downtown. They start at about $151 per night for a family. Additionally, Groupon is running deals for activities like the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Adventure Park. Plus, Delta and Southwest have some good flight deals right now.

“If you feel like you have a couple thousand dollars that you can spend on a trip, go to San Diego. You can get warm, have a beach break, and go do some fun things,” Kamree recommended.

When Kamree is looking for flight deals, she makes sure to look at the flexible date calendar.

“They kind of hide it, but if you click the little box that says ‘flexible dates’, you can see that if you were to fly out on a Saturday instead of a Friday, you could save upwards of $7, 500 per ticket,” Kamree explained.


Another idea that Kamree suggested is going on a cruise.

“You can almost always count on cruises to have last minute deals,” Kamree advised.

She said right now, the best prices are coming through Priceline for the end of March and early April. For example, one deal Kamree found is a seven-day, inside cabin Alaskan cruise on Norwegian for $199 per person.

Cruises are great for a family, especially if you want to go big, but don’t want to worry about anything. Everything is planned for you, so you can just show up and enjoy!

Kamree had another way to get extra savings on a cruise.

“It’s called Rakuten, and it gives you further savings. They’ll give you a four percent discount on anything that you book, if you book through them,” Kamree explained. She said it can be complicated, so if you want to look into it, reach out to her on Instagram.

Airbnb at Utah’s National Parks

If you want to stay in Utah but get away from home, Kamree recommended checking out Utah’s national parks. But, a hotel might not be the way to go.

“One of the downsides to Utah is our national parks are incredibly popular, which means they’re expensive. Right now, hotels are kind of out of the affordable range,” Kamree said.

But, there are beautiful, affordable vacation rentals near the national parks that are less than $200 per night.

“There are some that are centrally located, you can fit up to eight people in a room, and they are highly rated. Go down and take your whole family. Maybe grandma and grandpa too!” Kamree said.

Delta has a partnership with Airbnb, and she said hardly anybody knows about it.

“They have a website together, and if you book your Airbnb through Delta, it doesn’t cost you anything else. And, you earn sky miles on your Airbnb,” Kamree advised.

Earn Points

Kamree suggested booking smart to earn points and miles. If you have the right credit card, you can earn points for every dollar you spend on your trip. These points can then be used for flights somewhere else.

“If you’re paying cash on a trip or going on a cruise, you might as well earn three to five points for every dollar that you spend,” Kamree said.

For their flights to Japan this spring, Kamree spent less than $100 per person because she used their points.

Find more travel advice from Kamree on Instagram, @ourfamilypassport.

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