It's been a rough winter across much of America, with cold temperatures and heavy snowfall that have left lots of folks feeling trapped. Even if you live where the weather's been warm the last few months, you still might have the itch to escape for Spring Break, especially with the kids off from school for a week.

Whether you find yourself without plans or if you paid your deposit months ago, we've come up with some good tips to make sure your Spring Break warms you up, by the beach or by the fireplace, after a plane ride or in your own backyard.

1. Relax

No matter where you go or what you're doing, it's enough to give yourself and your family a fun respite from the day-to-day. Just make sure you're not going anywhere popular with college beer busts, 24/7.

2. Drive

With gas prices lower than they've been in a long time, it's cheaper than flying. And the more people you take, the bigger the savings (compared to buying more airplane tickets). Plus, who doesn't cherish childhood memories of road trips with the folks?

“If flying to the beach isn't your main goal, consider other American icons: New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Orlando…" suggests Melissa Sutton, a travel agent in South Dakota. “These wonderful cities and more may offer off-peak deals before the summer rush."

3. Unplug

Consider leaving those smartphones, tablets and laptops at home – and ask the kids to do the same. Not only will it help the family members engage with each other and appreciate their surroundings more – but it'll also keep you from wanting to check on office emails all the time. And your Facebook updates can wait. More and more travelers are hoping for time away from home and all the constant reminders and distractions gadgets can bring, says travel agent Lori Herren of Las Vegas. “You can go for a few days without your phone," she adds.

4. Stay

Spring break at home can be an adventure in its own right. No matter where you live, there are sites and attractions nearby, probably some you've always mean to check out. “Look for unique historical sites, a new restaurant you haven't tried, a museum or art gallery," Sutton adds. “Or try something that you always thought was only for tourists -- and become a tourist in your own backyard." Alternatively, volunteer with a local charity, service organization or your place of worship.

5. Camp

Find a campground far enough away to make it a journey, but close enough to keep it casual. The kids will remember Dad snoring in the tent for the rest of their lives.

6. Budget

Whether you're staying close to home or flying to Maui, remember to add 10 percent to all your expected expenses. You'll be glad you did when the credit card bill arrives.

7. With Kids

Make little travel kits to keep young ones occupied during long flights, Herren suggestions. Fill an inexpensive backpack with crayons, paper, lip balm and other low-cost treats can be more entertaining to youngsters than an iPad. “Just don't give it to them till they're on the plane," she says.

8. Without Kids

Travelers without children can make a quick getaway to adult playgrounds like Las Vegas or New York City – or, with enough notice, book time at an adults-only resort.

9. Splurge

Maybe you planned ahead and have a fabulous trip in store – plane tickets, resort reservations and the works. Good for you! Now: Enjoy it. Don't fret over unexpected costs, delays or bumps in the road. Someone might get an upset tummy; you might take a wrong turn; a waiter might be in a lousy mood.

When you get back home, it’ll soon be time to apply what you learned this year to next year’s Spring Break. “Summer isn’t too early to start planning,” Herren advises.