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Dream Big Photo Contest Week 5

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Adventure is out there!

Often the most memorable part of the summer is the travel. It doesn’t have to be exotic. Just leaving where you are is enough. How do you convey a spirit of adventure and exploration?

Snap a photo of you or your friends and family out and in action, Instagram it with the hashtags #BookRenter#DreamBig and #myadventure and you could be one of four winners of a $25 Visa gift card every week. It’s that simple.

Subject inspiration: The Northern Lights, standing on glaciers, hiking a mountain, desert cacti, stairways, motorcycles, scooters, ziplining, parasailing

Congrats to @stuntmanmike718, @barananita and @xmagsterx, winners of last week’s #selfportrait theme:

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To read more about how to enter our contest, see our previous blog post below, and don’t forget to read our Terms and Conditions for more information.


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Guide to Summer Romance on a Budget – BookRenter Infographic

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In summer, the world is a college student’s proverbial oyster. You can go anywhere, see anything, and meet anyone. It probably helps that summer is oyster season, too. BBQ’ed oysters, YUMMM.

Food cravings aside, we created a guide summer romances, along with some interesting stats on meeting that special someone who will make your heart flutter. Keep these tips in mind to keep a new romance afloat, or it may fizzle (unless that’s what you were going for – which is OK, too). Good luck in the love department!

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Dream Big Photo Contest Week 4

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Yes, we realize that the photo above here is a little off. Of course dogs cannot take their own self-portrait. They have better things to do with their day, like roll around in grass and gnaw on your shoes.

Lack of opposable thumbs aside, this week’s Instagram photo contest theme is to take a self portrait of yourself. Focus on you. Literally.

Capture…you – #selfportrait: What are the things in life that help you create new moments, and discover more about yourself? What about yourself are you proud to convey to the world?

Snap a photo of you or your friends and family out and in action, Instagram it with the hashtags #BookRenter#DreamBig and #selfportrait and you could be one of four winners of a $25 Visa gift card every week. It’s that simple. 

Subject inspiration: Photo of yourself doing something awesome. Underwater snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, rope swinging, skydiving, surfing…or just being you.

As always, take a look at our terms and conditions on further details about the contest.

Take a peek at last week’s #skysthelimit photo contest winners, for their cool cityscapes: @catacarryon @jayymorid and @barananita

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Summer Break Destinations That Don’t Break the Bank

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Summer movies almost always include a scene with a group of friends driving down on a highway on a road trip with a cliché sunset in the background. Getting a driver’s license in the US is a rite of passage for teenagers and college students. Holding that license is like a ticket to freedom.

Summer road trips with my college friends are echoes of drives taken by previous generations. In 2009, I took a road trip with a friend, whose dad had driven the same route 30 years earlier. Road trips are also a great way to travel cheaply. A couple of mixed-CDs, a cooler of snacks, a roadmap, and a full tank of gas will make the world your oyster.

But summer break vacations can be expensive without travel included. Having to pay for meals and board can quickly add up. For college students, outdoor activities can be active or relaxing, and offer the biggest break on your wallet.

National Parks

State and city websites will list national/state parks or federally protected land located nearby. These parks can have picnic or camping areas and are beautiful scenic destinations. They may ask for a daily parking fee, but it’s a small price to pay to protect from forest fires and support upkeep of the land.


If you’re lucky enough to live near one, beaches are a great summer destination. Even a couple-hours drive or weekend trip can be worth feeling the sand between your toes. Physically, visits to the ocean are good for your body and anytime out in the sun will up your D3 intake.

Concerts & Festivals

If you are able to throw a few extra dollars aside, then concerts and festivals are the way to go for music lovers. Sasquatch, EDC, and Coachella are all opening acts to the line-ups over summer on the West Coast. All across the US, major summer festivals include Bonnaroo, Identity, Warped Tour, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.  A quick search online will give you the websites for all of the above concerts and many more.

Happy summer traveling! Don’t forget to keep those windows down!

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Cool Dinners for Hot Days

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“It’s too hot to cook.” How many times have you heard this from your friends or family when it’s time for dinner? It can be easy to use this as an excuse for not cooking a real meal when the weather is warm and cooking requires using the oven, but – surprise, surprise – there are actually meals out there that are perfect for warm weather, and don’t require the use of an oven!

Fruit Salad

Besides being totally healthy and thirst-quenching, fruit salad is super easy to prepare and put together! You can either cut up a lot of fruit the days leading into hot weather, or put the salad together the day of for a fresher taste. For a twist on the traditional “just fruit” fruit salad, try adding some yogurt, walnuts, coconut shavings, or raisins. For an extra special twist, add marshmallows.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Rachael Ray’s recipe for black bean and corn salad doesn’t require too many ingredients and it takes less than half an hour to prepare. Add some tortilla chips on the side and you’ve got a meal!

Tapas Plate with Marinated Chickpeas

Sounds fancy for a college student, right? Take a look at Real Simple Magazine’s recipe and you’ll see that although it has a fancy name, it’s super easy to throw together.

Creamy Shrimp Rolls

Getting hungry yet? If you love seafood, this recipe is for you, and there’s no better time to have it than during the summer! You can add some chips or salad on the side, but from the photo, the shrimp roll might be pretty filling on its own.


I’m not talking PB&J here, kids. Ham, tuna, and chicken are all healthier choices and they all taste great with fruit; this is the perfect time to get creative! Try Tasty Kitchen’s Fancy Chicken Salad or the super easy Hearty Apple Sandwich. If you don’t feel like taking the time to cook chicken, buy some already cooked from the store and chill it for a bit.

Feeling inspired? Cop a few recipes from your mom, ask your friends what their favorite hot day meals are, or do some experimenting in the kitchen on your own. Whatever you do, leave a comment letting us know what you recommend!

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