If you ever get the chance while in college, I highly recommend taking a road trip for spring break at least one time. I just did my first college road trip this spring break out east with my best friend, and I have some tips and recommendations for how to make it possible and fun. First, we decided where we wanted to go. To even be a possible road trip, your destination has to be relatively close. We’re a little more crazy and decided we wanted to hit almost the entire east coast, all within four and a half days. Like any typical college students though, we wanted to save as much money as we could-so we made sure to do just that. First, we looked into ways to avoid having to stay in a hotel. We were very lucky because my friend had a sister out in Maryland, as well as a friend just outside of Boston, both people who happily offered for us to stay the night. With that accomplished, we managed to have to spend only two nights in a hotel, which we also made as cheap as possible (without ending up in one that was questionable of course). Our next major expense was then gas, which we split equally in half. To be clear, we decided from the beginning to split the entire cost of the trip (minus personal things you bought for yourself, such as souvenirs).
The last major cost was food. We bought groceries beforehand, which only summed up to paying just under $25 on both of our parts. Some of the food we bought-oranges, bananas, oatmeal (I made 2 batches of oatmeal muffins), granola bars, different nuts and dried fruit for out own homemade granola, bread, peanut butter and jelly for sandwiches, tortilla chips, and quinoa (a meal we prepared beforehand and kept in our cooler). I guess it’s also fair to say that combined we are soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten- free, so your own food list would probably be quite a bit different and maybe easier in some aspects. With just those groceries, we somehow managed to only eat out twice.
Apart from costs, we split the driving. Seeing as we went to Boston and then all the way up to Maine, not to mention the fact that we went out of the way a couple times just knock other states off our lists, this trip consisted of much time spent in the car. On the trip, it helps to have one person who is very good at paying attention and navigating/informing the driver when to turn, etc. Taking turns is essential because you both need to have time to rest and you’ll make more distance this way.
Overall, just have fun with the trip. My friend and I planned this trip very last minute, and it went even better than expected-so don’t doubt your abilities to make it happen. Keep in mind, the more people you have on your road trip-the more costs that will be split and more overall money that will be saved in addition to less driving time! So if the opportunity arises to take a road trip-go for it! The experience is more than worth it!