It is officially the mid-semester season of increasing temperatures, mid terms, and job recruiting—and obviously, Spring Break is right around the corner. ‘Tis the season for college students to create those embarrassing memories, soak up the sun, and have the best times of their young lives. Unfortunately, the huge hype of Spring Break comes with a fat price tag and dangerous risks. Here are a few tips to keep your wallets fat and your face not on the 6 o’clock news.
1. If you go abroad, know the exchange rates
Luckily for most American students, the prime foreign destination for spring break is Mexico, where the peso is fiscally dominated by the US dollar. However, if you are passing more than ten time zones, the US dollar may not stand so strong. Avoid exchanging currencies at the airport where they are notorious for ripping off travellers. You are best off exchanging at the local bank, through your credit cards, or an ATM (which may be subject to a fee). Regardless, check the newspaper or a currency converter to at least gain the accurate information, and always do a mental double check before buying anything, to make sure you’re getting a good deal.