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Spring Break Travel Tips

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Who’s ready for Spring Break?! I know I am. It is right about this time that it feels as though the semester has been dragging on and on for so long that a break is much needed. For the lucky ones who will be honoring the long-time tradition of traveling to a gorgeous beach, here are some tips for your travels.

1. Spill-Proofing Liquids

Packing lotions, sunblock, perfume, shampoo? These are the things that can break in your suitcase and cause a big mess. On my last vacation, my liquid eyeliner cracked and spilled while in my suitcase. Lucky for me, I had followed my own advice and packed all liquid items in separate Ziploc baggies and so all of my clothes were safe. It’s a quick thing to do while you’re packing and it can save you lots of potential trouble. Just make sure you zip them tightly!

Individually Packing Liquids In Plastic Bags Travel

Photo © Cheap O Air

2. The “Just-In-Case” Carry-On

If you’ve ever flown anywhere and discovered that your suitcase has been lost, you know what a nightmare this can be. It can take a few days for the airline to track it and get it back to you so you always want to be prepared for the worst. One thing I always do is pack at least one change of clothes in my carry on, a swimsuit (if traveling to a hot spot) and anything else I may potentially need for the first day. This way, if your other suitcase gets lost, you at least have the essentials you need for a day or two to enjoy your vacation.

college student with carry-on bag for spring break travels

Photo © She Knows

3. Tips for Tipping

When traveling to a different country, especially to all-inclusive resorts, tipping goes a long way. I’m not saying to drop a $20 every time you get a drink at the bar or have a meal at a restaurant, but everyone appreciates being appreciated. A good tip when it comes to tipping is to carry around a few singles with you at all times.

Tipping

Photo © Daily FInance

4. Drink A Lot… Of Water

Let’s be honest, we all know what Spring Breakers (of legal age of course) like to do on their Spring Break. But large amounts of alcohol and a strong hot sun quickly leads to dehydration and a ruined vacation. So remember to drink a big glass of water every once in a while to keep up your energy and to prevent feeling sick.

Drinking Water From Glass

Photo © Worklife & Wellness

5. Plan Ahead

Before you leave for your Spring Break vacation, search for activities you’re interested in near the area, as well as any restaurants you’d like to visit. This way, you have somewhat of an idea as to what you’d like to do once you arrive and so you won’t spend your vacation time trying to figure out what’s where. This saves you both time and money.

Restaurants Near Miami Vacation Google Maps Planning For Spring Break

Photo © Mr. Zonbu

Have a great Spring Break! No matter what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be going, enjoy your time off! And remember to pack the essentials, especially sunblock!

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Spring Break Alternatives for the Broke College Student

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While most people may be partying it up in Vegas, Cancun, or Miami, the broke college student may feel as though they are just sitting at home staring at the wall. Well don’t! Do these cheap alternatives for spring break:

1. Tourist

Join in on a tour guide or visit a museum in a city you would like to learn more about. Visit (or re-visit) local landmarks! Spark up a conversation with someone while you are there! It’s fun to meet people from different states or countries. You could even exchange fun travel guide tips or even learn about local food hot-spots.

Tourist Digital Camera
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2. Groupons

If you’re looking for something to do, check out the groupon page in your area. They have tons of “now! deals” which include deals for a variety of options. There are some pretty awesome deals such as paintballing, sky diving, and even a deal for cooking class. Whether you’re looking for a new place to eat or if you’re looking for some entertainment, groupon is a great way to go. It’s great for students who are on a budget!

Groupon.com Website

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3. Picnic

If you can’t afford to splurge for spring break, you and your friends can still have fun party outdoors! Get all your basic picnic necessities (cups, soda, plates, etc.) at the dollar store for less than $10! Next, hit up the grocery store and shop clearance items. Though these items are on “clearance” they’re actually NOT expired! The products are still good, it just means their expiration dates are nearing and the stores need to sell them fast. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, have your picnic at a nearby park so you can do other fun outdoor activities like play football or volleyball.

Outdoor Picnic Food and Table Near Lake in the Park

Photo © KFoodaddict

4.  Volunteer

You can also do volunteer work at surrounding communities or in other countries. Many different organizations have  sponsor programs which helps students to send them to various locations to do volunteer work. Students would have to just raise X amount of dollars through donations to be provided with food, boarding, and transportation during the duration of their volunteer period. For more information on volunteer work visit Volunteer Alliance or United Way’s Alternative Spring Break.

Volunteer Help Alternative Spring Break

Photo © ahbrooks

Utilize this time to de-stress from all of those late night study sessions. Whether you’re partying up or giving back by volunteering, just try to make the most out of your spring break!

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5 Tips for Planning Spring Break

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Put your studying on pause for a second and start planning for Spring Break! The sooner you book your trip, the sooner you can go back to focusing on school. Plus, having a trip to look forward to will give you great incentive during midterms!  Here are my top five tips to consider while planning your spring break.

Spring Break in Sand with Sunglasses

Photo © Mayan Explore

1. Research

When choosing a hotel or resort for your Spring Break trip, research each place thoroughly.  Read the reviews people have posted about the hotel/resort on TripAdvisor.com and consider all of the different places in the area before booking your trip.

2. Book Early

If you’re planning a trip that requires a flight and/or hotel rooms, plan your trip early on and book well in advance of Spring Break.  Usually, sites like Expedia.com and Orbitz.com offer lower prices when booking early. Plus, you don’t want to wait until last minute because you’re not the only college student in the country going on Spring Break at that time and hotels and flights get booked up quickly.

3. Package Deals

Don’t book your flights and hotel separately. It is usually less expensive if you book your hotel and flight in a package deal through sites like Expedia.com. If you’re planning a trip to Mexico or any Caribbean place, check out CheapCarribean.com for some great packaged deals. They also offer great all-inclusive packages so that you don’t have to worry about wasting money on food during your trip.

4. Share Rooms

Going with a larger group can really benefit you all. When booking your hotel room, book a room with two double beds or any room that sleeps four. If you and your friends don’t mind sharing a room, the trip can be much cheaper for all of you. The more people splitting the cost of the room, the less you each pay.

5. Find Free Activities

Just because it’s a vacation doesn’t mean you need to empty your wallets! Type the city you will be in during your Break into Google.com and the words “free activities” and you’re bound to find something fun you can do for free. You can keep busy and have fun and still hold onto your money.

Spring Break Group of Friends Playing Volleyball on the Beach

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Keep these tips in mind and get to booking!

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5 Affordable Spring Break Ideas

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Spring Break is coming up fast – do YOU have plans? Spring Break is usually hyped up to make you think you have to go somewhere fancy and exotic, but since most of us are frugal college students living on budgets, sometimes that trip to Cancun just isn’t feasible. Don’t fret! Here are five affordable options that will provide you some fun, and save you some money.

1. Beach House

Spend a few days lying in the sun, hitting the waves, and hosting delicious barbecues. Spend a day or two checking out the shops in town, or even rent a boat to go whale watching.

Beach Houses

Photo © Tim Phillips Photos

2. Road Trip

Break out the map and see if there are any cities nearby you’re interested in checking out. Take a dip in a hot spring, learn to ski or snowboard, or take a wild lesson in skydiving, glassblowing, or some other funky hobby. There are bound to be a few inexpensive hotels, or you can couch-surf with family and friends; just think of the stories you’ll return home with.

Carmel Valley California Group Road Trip

Photo © Leigh Dameron

3. City Tour

How many of the restaurants and recreational sites have you actually been to in your own town? Take this break as an opportunity to tour your own city, making it a rule to only eat, shop, and hang out at those places you haven’t been to.

Shopping Zürich Trendy Quarters City Tour

Photo © Zürich | Zurich | Zurigo

4. Camping

Another affordable option, all you have to do is grab your gear, pick a location, and head out! By the beach, by the lake, in the middle of nowhere in the woods – wherever you go, it’ll be nice to just relax with friends and goof off. Don’t want to sleep in a tent? See if a log cabin is available!

Camping Out With Two Tents

Photo © squitten

5. Volunteer (ASB)

Do something different this year and plan an alternative Spring Break! Place like the American Hiking Society, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way are accepting volunteers for different projects over Spring Break. Not only will you see a new place, but you’ll get some great experience, and you’ll have something to list on your resume.

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Work

Photo © Imagine Canada

Planning on flying somewhere for vacation? Check out StudentUniverse for some great student discounts on flights! And check out this Spring Break Travel Guide for more advice and tips.

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