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Ways to save during Spring Break

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Area travel agencies were busy when we called them on Wednesday. Students and families are preparing for break, but many will have fewer frills than in the past.

"A couple of my friends are going to Mexico, and getting some good deals," said UI Junior Jake Brown. "I'm a little jealous of that, but you know." Instead of an extravagant vacation, Brown plans on going home, "and getting some homework done."

If bad economic times have got you down, that may be your best option.

Like many of her friends, freshman Katherine Shadle plans to go home. "Marengo, Illinois, but nobody knows where that's at," she said.

Travel consultant Kirsten Fairweather, with Cedar Valley World Travel, says while many students will go home, she still sees plenty of them, with friends and family in tow, flying south.

"People are still travelling out of the country to Mexico, Jamaica, those places, but they might have scaled back a bit on the types of hotels," said Fairweather.

Some of her clients are booking flights a few weeks before departure, rather than several months, which can save money. She's also been selling plenty of one and two-day bus trips for under $100.

"We do trips to the Henry Doorly Zoo, we also go to Minneapolis, we go all sorts of different places."

And, believe it or not, there are some getaways right in your own backyard.

"The Amana Colonies are kind of a fun thing to do that's close to home," Fairweather told us. "Galena, Illinois, actually, is an old historic town, and lots of people seem to enjoy that. It's about an hour and forty-five minutes from Cedar Rapids."

Also keep in mind that Chicago is only a few hours to our east, which is another popular destination for those not wanting to plunk down the cash for plane tickets.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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