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Cheap Spring Break 2010 Packages For College Students

Cheap Spring Break 2010 Packages For College Students

Cheap spring break packages can be found if you know where to look. The internet, magazines, and flyers pinned to bulletin boards around campus are a great place to start. As with most vacations, research is the key to finding the best deals.

The internet is often your best choice when it comes to finding the best spring break trips. Their are many packages out there, so let’s start with the basics.

1) What is my per person price limit? Get together with your friends and agree on a max. per person price you are willing to pay for your spring break vacation. This will eliminate many options right from the start. Don’t forget to factor in spending money while your there. Many students make the mistake of not adding their food allowance and general spending money into the max. price and find that they are broke half way through the trip.

2) Pick a destination. Keep in mind that spring break destinations that are far away typically cost more. It goes back to the old saying “cheaper to walk than drive, cheaper to cruise than fly”. While not always the case, this holds true in most cases. College spring break students in California may find that it’s cheaper to fly to Hawaii instead of the Bahamas, while east coasters typically choose the Caribbean if they want to keep cost down. A happy medium is often a cruise package. For example, students can cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas for a fraction of what it cost to fly to the Bahamas. The bad news is that this does not hold true for west coast students cruising to Hawaii. This is largely due to the fact that the Bahamas not very far off the coast of Florida. California to Hawaii is a much greater distance which means more fuel and in turn higher cost. Depending on the package, it can sometimes be cheaper to fly from California to Florida and take a ship to the Bahamas.

3) Decide on what type of package you want. Does everyone want to drive to a spring break destination, cruise, or fly? Do they want an all-inclusive package that includes airfare/cruise ticket, hotel accommodations, food, drinks, club entry, etc…? Would they prefer a semi-inclusive package that includes only airfare/cruise ticket and hotel accommodations? Most college spring break students prefer an all-inclusive package. They don’t want to worry about how much they will need while on the trip, however, they are typically turned off by the high price of full all-inclusive packages. It’s very important to keep in mind that each person can often spend as much or more if they buy food, drinks, and everything else separately. If your group plans on eating at fancy restaurants and hitting the clubs every night, it may be wiser to pay for everything up front and go with an all-inclusive plan. If everyone has decided to eat at fast food restaurants(not recommended) the whole time then the …

Vancouver Winter Olympics: Five Tips to Travel to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games by Amtrak

Vancouver Winter Olympics: Five Tips to Travel to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games by Amtrak

Vancouver, British Columbia is an ideal location for the Olympic Winter Games.  It is a major metropolitan area with significant infrastructure, close to world-class mountains and in a country that loves winter sports.  The city’s international culture embodies strong elements from both the East and West.

Another feature of this location is its proximity to the United States.  Situated approximately 40 miles from the US/Canada border, Vancouver will be easy to reach by land.  You may wish to consider rail travel as a relaxing and affordable method to travel to the Games.  Given the elevated demand for airline seats into Vancouver around the time of the Olympics, a land alternative may be the most enjoyable way to get to Vancouver.

Here are five tips/hints for effectively traveling to/from the Vancouver Winter Olympics by Amtrak:

One:  You must first decide your gateway city.  Seattle and Portland, Oregon are the logical choices.  Although both cities enjoy great air service, you may wish to take the Empire Builder from Chicago or Minneapolis/St. Paul to either gateway city.  You will experience the vast Northern plains and the scenic Rocky Mountains (including Glacier National Park) along the way.  Alternatively, you can fly into California and take the Coast Starlight north from Los Angeles or Oakland.  Like the Empire Builder, this train has Superliner sleeper accommodations.  Finally, there is Amtrak Cascades service five times a day between Portland and Seattle. 

Two:  Once you reach Seattle, you have multiple means of transportation north to the Olympic Games.  You can travel on one of two Amtrak Cascades trains that include a stop in Bellingham, Washington before arriving in Vancouver.  Alternatively, you can connect to an Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach that only stops in Surrey and Richmond, British Columbia before its arrival in Vancouver.  If you really want to explore numerous modes of transportation, you can take the Victoria Clipper high-speed catamaran from Seattle to Victoria, BC and the Pacific Coast Lines bus service from Victoria to Vancouver.

Three:  The next decision is where to stay.  Most people will elect to find lodging in Vancouver.  The Pacific Central Station, Amtrak’s depot in Vancouver, is two blocks from the Main Street – Science World station on TransLink’s SkyTrain service.  Four TransLink and two Coast Mountain bus lines run close to the train station.  You will want your hotel to be close to a transit lines since there will not be any private automobile parking at the Olympic venues.  The good news is that your Olympic event ticket gives you unlimited, free access to the TransLink system on the day of that event and the early morning of the next day.

Four:  Two alternative bases for the Olympic Games are Bellingham, WA and the Whistler, British Columbia areas.  Bellingham is about sixty miles from Vancouver.  Both Amtrak Cascades and Greyhound bus service are available to Vancouver many times a day.  If mountain sports are the focus of your visit, you may wish to stay in the Whistler area.  There is Greyhound Canada …