Planning a Winter Break Day Trip: 5 Money Savers for an Adventure

By Parth Parekh - Bergen High School

Fall semester is almost done, which is why it will soon be perfect to take a day trip with your friends over winter break. Below are 5 tips for planning the best adventure yet! 

Where to Go on Your Day Trip?

Over winter break, day trips are a great way to get out of the house and go on an adventure with your friends. Try things like hiking in Watchung Hills or checking out the Great Swamp. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take the train into New York City to see a Broadway show or go to the new Whitney Museum of American Art. If you’re a senior and heading off to college soon, this might be one of the only times you get to go on a day trip with your high school friends.

Avoid Awkwardness: Set a Group Budget for the Day

Before you go anywhere take 15 minutes to plan out a group budget for the day which includes your travel (there and back), your food, and the cost of any activities. A relative estimate per person, would be $50 to $75 per person depending on your activities. You can use apps like Venmo to easily transfer money between group members.

Prepping for the Road

Check that there is a full tank of gas in your car (or ask your parents to fill it up so you don’t have to pay for it!). If you are taking the bus, try cheap options like BoltBus.com or Megabus.com

Snack Packs All Around: Food Costs

Once you start your adventure, you will inevitably get hungry. Bring things from home like a PB&J, chips, gatorades, and other snacks so that you don’t have to stop on the way and spend $15 on “hold over” snacks.

Avoid Tolls: Use Google Maps

If you’re driving, make sure to quickly pull up directions on your phone. If you take 5 minutes to view different routes, you can usually avoid toll fees - anywhere from $4 to $15 depending on where you are headed.

In conclusion, the best way to save money is to prepare in advance. The internet exists for your benefit, so use it to find out how to save as much money as possible.  Good luck on your next long trip, and I hope that this article will help you!