5 Unique, Budget-Friendly Spring Break Stays

26 February 2019

second line parade in New Orleans

Want to try someplace new for Spring Break in 2019? Forget the over-crowded beaches and expensive hotels and make your getaway to a unique U.S. city instead. Whether you want to spend your time off relaxing in the sun, eating good food, or just living like a local in a new environment, we’ve got the right spot for you.

Los Angeles, California

beach in santa monica los angeles

If you’re dreaming of replacing days in the classroom with afternoons at the beach, Los Angeles is the place for you. Specifically Santa Monica, a beautiful beachside community on LA’s West Side. There’s plenty to keep you busy in LA for a full week of holidays, and by skipping the fancy hotel and staying at HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel, you’ll have more of your budget left for tickets to Universal Studios, surf lessons in Venice Beach, or endless BBQ in Koreatown.

New Orleans, Louisiana

bourbon street new orleans

The Big Easy is the perfect place to escape your everyday: the city feels like it’s always celebrating something, and its unique local culture makes for an immersive experience. Best of all, HI New Orleans hostel is opening on the edge of the French Quarter in Spring of 2019, so lucky spring breakers can be among the first to stay at this gorgeous, brand-new property.

New York City, New York

nyc guggenheim museum

Think NYC is outside of your student budget? It all depends on how you travel. From food, to shopping, to nightlife and theater, there are endless ways to blow through your savings in New York. But your accommodation doesn’t have to be one of them. Gather your friends and book out a dorm room at HI New York City hostel and get a great deal in a central location, plus free tours and activities that will show you the best of the city without breaking the bank.

Nashville, Tennessee

woman walking in Nashville

If you love live music, dancing, and great food, there’s no better place to spend a few days than Nashville. Feast on BBQ by day, dance to the country and blues bands packing the local bars by night, and lay your head in between at HI Nashville Downtown hostel.

Austin, Texas

lady bird lake austin

Another excellent choice for food and music lovers, the capital of Texas is just plain fun. Shop for crafty local finds on South Congress Street, stuff yourself silly on tacos from the countless local food trucks, and show off your best dance moves at one of the city’s many live music venues (we particularly love the Buzzmill, just a few minutes’ walk from HI Austin Hostel). If your idea of the perfect spring break also involves getting outdoorsy, be sure to book a stay at HI Austin hostel. It’s located on Lady Bird Lake, just steps from kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals, and is an easy bike ride from Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool.


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