At some point in our lives, we have all been overcome by the urge to pack up our bags, hop on a plane, and travel to some exotic destination for spring break. (This moment can probably be pinpointed to when the first season of The O.C. aired, and ultimately sparked our interest in exploring the gritty Mexican city known as Tijuana.) But we’re always instantly struck by the reality of our situation—in other words, our bank accounts. Not everyone can afford to go on a big trip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in other ways. There’s always something fun (and affordable) to do in every city, even the ones that cater toward the big spenders.
Before you and your friends go all Spring Breakers on us and rob a diner in your matching pink ski masks, here are a few tips on where to go and what to do, including the average cost of flights and hotels per city from our friends at Cheap Tickets, Trip Advisor, and Kayak.