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The Best Places To Travel This Spring Break

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The days are getting longer and the snow is disappearing, which means spring break is right around the corner! To relax during spring break, you may want to go on the trip of your lifetime with your friends, who doesn’t? But this can be tricky for a college student on a budget. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a memorable time.

Visit these locations if you’re looking for a spring break destination that won’t break the bank:

1. The Dominican Republic

Here you can find towns boasting luxury beaches and mega-resorts with all inclusive spring break party deals, but there’s also more low-key and affordable options as well. You can find hotels for around $200 dollars a night for two people. And during the day when you aren’t enjoying the nightlife, consider taking a guided kayak tour through the Los Haitises National Park. The park is located on the northeast coast and is covered in mangrove forests and hosts a wide array of wildlife, like sea turtles and many types of birds – some of which are only found on the island.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is great because the prices aren’t that bad and travel fees should be less than travelling to another country. Myrtle Beach is a popular area in South Carolina with many resorts and other tourist friendly attractions. It is consistently warm and sunny and boasts fantastic food, 60 miles of beaches, over 100 golf courses, and a vibrant nightlife.

3. Great Smoky National Park, Tennessee

Not only is the Great Smoky National Park affordable at about $100 dollars a night, it features fantastic fishing, hiking, and scenic drives nestled in the Appalachian Mountains along the North Carolina and Tennessee border. It’s America’s most visited national park and is known for its diversity of wildlife and I’ts only about a half an hour away from Dollywood.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a somewhat popular spot for party-goers for Mardi Gras, but afterwards it is slightly less crazy. It is a historic city lined with cobblestone streets. In New Orleans, you can have it all: world renowned food, the birthplace of jazz, and an electric nightlife are just a few of the things this city as to offer. Be sure to check out the French Quarter Festival if you are there between April 7th and 10th.

5. Montreal, Québec

Most people think of warm places with sandy beaches for spring break, not Canada. But one day in Montreal and you’ll realize it’s one of the most magical cities in North America. It’s affordable, yet feels luxurious! The culture is a perfect blend of American and European and it’s reflected in the delicious food and surprisingly active bar/club scene. Then of course, there is hockey. If you’re a hockey fan, Montreal will feel like home; and if you’ve never seen a game before, you may fall in love with it during your stay. The people are friendly and are more than happy to talk to anyone looking for some good company.

Wherever you go during your spring break, even if that’s just back home to be with family and friends, hopefully it is a restful and relaxing one.

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Making The Most Of Winter Break

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 Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

This is my fifth winter break from college, and I’m prepared to make the most out of it. When I first started college, I didn’t value the break as much as I do now as a senior coming off of an 18 hour day semester. The main thing to remember is that this is your break, so do some things for you!

Here are a few suggestions for how you can make the most out of your winter break:

1. Spend Time With Family

I know this isn’t applicable to everyone because we don’t all live close to our family, but now that I’ve moved back to Texas, I’ve realized how important it truly is to spend as much time as possible with them. Life is incredibly short and semesters are incredibly long, so take some time to get some quality time in.

2. Have Some Alone Time

As important as it is to spend time with the people you love, I’m a big believer in spending time alone too. I frequently have “me” dates at the movies, or at a good dinner. Being alone to be peaceful with your thoughts and to do something you enjoy can be very calming (which we all can need at the end of a semester). This gives you time to regroup, recoup, and relax.

3. Do Some Reading

This has turned into a tradition of mine, and one that I cherish. Every year before winter break begins, I pick one novel that I’m going to read. I’m not a huge reader, so I set my goal realistically with just one book. It’s a great way to keep your brain active, and a great way to make sure you aren’t glued to the TV all break. This year my novel is Animal Farm (for the third time). This also allows me to remember the entertainment in reading, and not to just think of reading as “studying” or homework.

4. Volunteer

During the last four of my winter breaks, I have always gone and worked at the homeless shelter for a few days. This year, I will be working a lot so I figured out another way to give back to the community. I collected unwanted purses and backpacks from friends and family and filled them with essentials (toothbrush/paste, deodorant, snacks, etc.). I now keep them in my car to hand out to any homeless people I may see over the break!

These suggestions are just a few things that I like to do during my break. But, like I said, this is YOUR break. You have to figure out what you can do to make the most out of it because before you know it, we’ll be back in class.

What are you doing this winter break? Share with us in a comment below!

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10 Winter Break Activities That Won’t Break The Bank

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Sylwia Baran

Winter break is about half-way through! If you haven’t taken advantage of your time off from school yet, it’s time to start getting serious about having some fun! Here are some suggestions to make sure your winter break is all you could ask for before starting the new semester.

1. Snow Tubing

This doesn’t have to cost a single penny. All you need is snow, a hill, and a garbage lid. Grab some family members and/or some friends and you’ve got a great day ahead of you!

2. Netflix

Winter break is the time to lounge on the couch and binge on your favorite shows and movies. Make some hot chocolate, put on your fuzzy socks, and really get into it – this is the time!

3. Baking

Take this time out of college to try out a few new recipes. The internet is filled with some great ideas, some are even winter festive! If you already know how to bake, try baking something new, if you don’t know how to bake, this is your chance to learn! Once you are done, you will have some delicious snacks to munch on later.

4. Museums

Many museums have “free days” on which you do not have to pay an entrance fee. Take advantage of these! If you go with a couple of friends, it is actually a lot of fun!

5. Re-Organize Your Closet

After four months of piling your laundry all over the place, take a day out of your winter break to clean up a bit. Organize your closet. Go through clothes that no longer fit or you will not longer wear and donate them. Do some laundry and get everything back into place. Doing this always gives me the feeling of a fresh start, which is great for the upcoming Spring semester.

6. Read

Even though you’re probably sick of books by the end of each semester, use your winter break to do something you may not get the chance to do during the semester: read for pleasure.

7. Re-connect With Friends

While classes are in session, it’s hard to keep up with all of our friends in between midterms, finals, and papers. This is the perfect time to re-connect with some of those friends and make some lasting memories.

8. Rent A Cabin

Gather a larger group of your friends and rent a cabin for a couple of days. When you split the cost between all of you, it is not that expensive. If you really want a challenge, do this without the iPads, laptops, and cell phones. Sometimes it is nice to get back in tune with nature.

9. Earn Some Extra Cash

Use the few weeks you have off to earn some extra spending money for the upcoming semester. Find a temporary gig, work in the catering hall, or pick up some extra shifts at your current job while you have the time off.

10. Relax

Whether that means taking a bubble bath or going out dancing, remember to relax this winter break! You deserve to relax before the upcoming semester.

What have you been doing for your winter break? Share with us in the comments!

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Making The Most Of Your Winter Break

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In case you haven’t thought of what you can do this winter break, here are some fun and hopefully rewarding things you can do this to keep the boredom at bay.

1.  Go Outside

Yes, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! If you live up north, like myself,f there will generally be a lot of snow. Sure, shoveling off the driveway isn’t always the ideal winter activity but snow can be just as much fun as it can be annoying. Snowball fights, making snowmen, building an igloo, or snowshoeing and enjoying the scenery are just a few ways to make the best of the snow.

2.  Reach Your Fitness Goals

One of the biggest reasons people don’t practice good fitness is because they feel that they just don’t have enough time in the day. Well now you have all the time in the world, so what’s stopping you? Even if it’s miserable outside you can still exercise indoors. Go to a gym, get a Wii, or if you have your own treadmill and weights gathering dust, then go use them! One way I stay in shape is by ice skating. Ice skating is a fantastic workout for cardio especially. Five minutes of hard skating and you’ll be panting.

3. Read

Read those books you’ve been telling yourself you’d get around to eventually. There’s not many things better than sitting by a roaring fire with a good book and a winter beverage like egg nog or hot chocolate. If you do this once a day for an hour every day you might even make it through an entire trilogy; or at least one book of the Game of Thrones series. Though this activity isn’t the most social one, it’s nice to share the fire and the relaxation with one or two other readers.

4.  See A Movie

Winter break is the best time to go see a movie. Whether to go on a date, to go with friends/family, or even by your lonesome, a good movie night is usually the perfect end to a busy day full of winter activities.

5. Community Service

There is nothing more rewarding than putting in your time and effort to help those less fortunate than yourself. For many of us the winter is a time of holidays, family, and relaxation. But for others who can’t afford to heat their home, or who don’t even have a home, it is a time of hardship and struggle incomparable to any other time of the year. Lend a helping hand by volunteering at a food pantry, participating in Toys For Tots, donating warm clothes, and donating any food you can spare. No matter what you do, I can guarantee that you’ll feel great about what you’ve done and you might even make someone else’s holiday season.

Hopefully now you feel like you will have a busy winter break if you didn’t think so already.

What are you most looking forward to doing?

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Must-See Movies of Summer 2013

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You may have noticed temperatures across the country are warming up! A great way to cool off, or just take a break from work or summer school, is to see one of this summer’s big movie hits:

1. The To Do List (7/26)

This romantic comedy stars Aubrey Plaza as recent high school graduate, Brandy Clark. When she starts to feel pressured to become more sexually experienced before going off to college, Brandy makes a list of things to accomplish before the summer is over.

2. 2 Guns (8/2)

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington get themselves into some trouble in this action comedy. They star as a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer assigned to investigate each other only to find out they’ve been set up by the very people they’ve been stealing money from.

3. Elysium (8/9)

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are back in the movie business with this film set in the year 2154. The rich live on an expensive space-stay while the rest of the population lives on a desolate and poor Earth. Damon stars as the man given a mission that could bring equality to the two worlds.

4. Planes (8/9)

Who doesn’t love an animated movie? The lovable Dane Cook is the voice of Dusty, a lowly crop-dusting plane dreaming of competing in a great race. There’s just one little problem: he’s afraid of heights. But, with Skipper, his mentor, and some new friends, Dusty finds out his dream of flying high may be possible after all.

5. The Butler (8/16)

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, so it’s fair to say he had a special front-row seat as history was made. The all-star cast includes Oprah, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Mariah Carey.

6. Jobs (8/16)

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” In Jobs, Ashton Kutcher gets the privilege of playing the esteemed tech genius Steve Jobs. The movie follows him from the time he dropped out of college to his ascension to one of the most creative entrepreneurs ever.

There are some great movies out this summer, so head on down to your local theater to escape the heat and indulge in a good movie and a bucket of popcorn. Just make sure you aren’t putting off any homework for summer classes!

What’s on your must-see movie list? Tell us in a comment below!

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