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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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We Woke In a Bedouin Tent as the Sun Rose Over the Dead Sea…

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My own life-changing trip – and some journeys that might turn out to be yours.

By Guest Blogger Rachel Freeman I SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY Undergrad degree – cum laude – in communications. Currently pursuing a master’s in broadcast and electronic communication arts. Not-so-secret passion: Baseball (go, San Francisco Giants!).

So I just got back from the trip of a lifetime – a free 10-day trip organized by Birthright Israel for Jewish students and young adults between the ages of 18–26. It was a life-changing experience, and one of the greatest aspects of the trip was participating with 44 complete strangers.

We met with musicians and other important Israelis. We went wine tasting. We floated down the Jordan River, visited the holy sites of Jerusalem, and rode camels (you know I wouldn’t skip the camels). We slept in a Bedouin tent, waking at 3 a.m. to hike Masada — the ancient desert fortress that today is one of the Jewish people’s greatest symbols – to watch the sun rise over the Dead Sea. And these were just the highlights of my experience in Israel.

The trip got me thinking: What other summer travel opportunities are out there for people my age? For Birthright Israel, being Jewish is a requirement. But I knew there must be other awesome trips that were open to anyone.

Here are some trip organizers whose offerings sound like an epic way to spend summer break or gap year abroad:

1. EF College Break has trips of different lengths to many different parts of the world. You can sign on for a 7–10 day journey or travel for 35 days. The company offers a menu of great destinations like Australia, Turkey, Africa, and Spain, with well-planned itineraries that have plenty of free time built in so that you can explore the local scene on your own. Trip prices include airfare.

2. Projects Abroad provides internship and volunteer opportunities for university students, recent grads, and anyone else who is interested. Whether you’re planning a summer break or taking a gap year to explore the world, the organization offers you the chance to be part of a wide range of international service projects in fields as diverse as law & humans rights, performing arts, archaeology, and journalism. Great in-country support from an international staff.

3. Ever wanted to visit the Incas? Or explore Vietnam? Gap Adventures, another student travel organization, has these trips and others. The company’s slogan is We Love Changing People’s Lives, and they do. With these folks you can tour the catacombs of Paris, ride a yak in Sikkim, or – right here at home – mountain bike the Grand Staircase of Bryce Canyon. If festivals are your thing, Gap Adventures can get you there: Think Germany and Oktoberfest, Rio for Carnival, and the Zanzibar International Music Festival.

4. The last place I checked out is Contiki, an outfit that will take you to six of the seven continents (who wants to go to the Arctic anyway; it’s cold!). Contiki offers trips every month of the year. Trip lengths range from 4–45 days, so even if you work or go to school full-time, there’s a trip for you. The company says its mission is to “create hassle-free vacations with an unbeatable mix of sightseeing, culture, people your own age, and free time” – not a bad combo.

Through a trip organizers or on your own, where would you go if you could pick anywhere in the world?

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