In tough economy, survey says college students scrubbing spring break

By Dan Wells - bio | email

A new national survey says 78 percent of college students are still planning to enjoy spring break 2009 despite a tough economy.

But according to STA Travel, 53 percent of those students say they only plan to spend $500 or less.

Spring break traditionally provides college students with some winter relief, but this year a lot more students say the economy is causing them to make more modest spring break plans, and some might just simply stay at home altogether.

Even with tough economic times, spring break is a college tradition some students say they aren't giving up.

"It's a free for all for me," said University of Cincinnati student Ashley Morgan. "I work too hard to not have fun for a week."

Whether it's to Mexico, the Caribbean or here in the U.S., beaches will be full of college students this March.

But the way these students pay for it is apparently changing.

Several UC students say this spring break will include working within a budget, which includes driving, instead of flying, escaping for fewer days, and choosing more affordable hotels when they're on vacation.

On the other hand, as we all know, not everyone is so lucky!

"I actually don't have the cash flow for the luxury of spring break this year," said student Mike Price. "I spent most of my money last year on spring break in Arizona, so that was pretty much it for me.

"If I did have the opportunity to go on spring break, I would conserve and go somewhere cheaper and warm," added student Martika Ballman.

"All of my friends, actually because of the bad economy, are worried about getting a job out of school so they have save up some of their money," said Price.

Still, most college student say that regardless of what they do or where the go for spring break a break from the book is always welcome.