How do I go about planning a vacation on my student budget? If it helps, I don't care much where I go...
I'm a college student who has been in the school/full-time-job-over-the-summer cycle since my junior year in high school, and I've decided that a vacation would be really nice. I'd be looking to leave for around a week sometime in mid May or early June, and I wouldn't want to very spend very much money. My student budget says $200 would be pushing it, but I might be convinced to spend a little more.
How do I even start planning this? I keep hearing about ridiculously cheap plane tickets ($30 and the like), but they always seem to be from "major cities", which doesn't seem to include Milwaukee these days. Can I get better deals due to the fact I'm planning this out a month in advance? I suppose driving is always an option, but I don't know if I'd consider driving an hour away to be a vacation.
Also, is there any way I can stay somewhere for a week without paying $100/night? I'm not very well versed in any of the travel deals sites.
Finally, what do people do on vacation? (Don't laugh) This will obviously be governed by my budget, but once I get wherever I'm going, I'll need things to do. I think ending up somewhere like the east coast would be fun, because there could be lots of museums and monuments to see, but wherever I go, I'll need things to get my moderately introverted self out of the hotel room.
I've done some research so far, but a lot of these questions
are pretty stale, including some
that have answers full of broken links, so any tips on places to find travel deals or planning tips would also be appreciated.