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Vacationing On A College Budget

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We all have those Facebook friends who post tons of pictures of their amazing trip to Europe or somewhere else amazing. Not all of us can go on an extravagant vacation, but with a few tricks, anyone can have a great weekend getaway! Over the years I’ve found a few key ways that have allowed me to enjoy summer on a budget.

1. Shop The Deals

Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are built so that people can find great things to do for a great deal, so take advantage of it! There are some out of country trips if you have some money saved up for that, but if not, there are so many local hotel deals for a few days away!

LivingSocial Website Online Coupon Deals

Photo © Money Crashers

2. Travel By Car

If you cut out the flight, you cut out the majority of the cost. The best way to vacation is to get a group of friends, split the gas, and hit the road. Next month I’m going to San Francisco with friends and we are driving the eight hours together while splitting the gas and hotel costs, which is making it such a cheap trip!

Driving Across The Country Open Road Outdoors Adventure

Photo © Business Insider

3. Plan Ahead

It’s hard for us sometimes to make plans in advance, but if you can book a flight, or book a hotel, it’s much more beneficial to you if you can book it at least a few weeks out. Every time I want to go home, and have to book a flight, I make sure that it’s at least a month out because the prices are much cheaper.

Female Student Looking Online On Laptop For Hotels Vacation

Photo © sirvoy

4. Landmarks

Find cool places to go that don’t require you to spend a lot of money to see them. Once you are on your way, find bars, local shops, and restaurants to make it an adventure along the way!

Girls Posing And Taking Pictures With Local Louisiana Landmarks

Photo © thetowntalk

To have a great summer, you don’t have to have a lot of money, or go to another country. Get a group of friends, or your loved one, and start making plans!

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Vacation Mishaps: Lessons Learned

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Family vacations, though absolutely wonderful, are notoriously well known for all the things that fantastically go wrong.  On my recent family vacation to Florida, my family learned this in a rather massive way.  And thanks to our happy misfortunes, I have compiled this list of necessary pre-cautions to take when preparing to hit the road or the friendly skies with family members. Grab a pen and piece of paper, you are going to want to write this down.

1. Who Has The Key?

We just arrived at the airport and no one had thought to bring the key to the house we were staying at on our family trip to Florida. After dropping my sisters and mom off to check the bags, Dad and I high tailed it back for home to get that key. Thankfully the plane was an hour late.  We got home, got the key, and made it back in time to enjoy 30 minutes of waiting in the terminal.  What lesson did we learn here?  Make a list of all the things you need and check it before you leave. Most importantly, remember the stinkin’ key.

Brass House Key

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2. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

It took about 2 hours to get to this beach by boat and we had all been spraying ourselves with sunscreen.  We walked the beach, put on more sunscreen, picked up shells, put on more sunscreen, swam in the Gulf, put on more sunscreen, and got back on the boat and put on more sunscreen.  Yet despite our slightly obsessive manner of applying sunscreen, we all managed to still get sunburn.  What lesson did we learn here?  Protect yourself from the sun as much as possible, it is a lot stronger further south.

Girl Applying Sunscreen On Her Back At The Beach

Photo © Skin Cancer Foundation

3. Lots Of Card Games

When preparing for our family vacation, we were completely aware that the weather was not supposed to be very favorable. So we rented Red Box DVDs and played card games. Instead of going to the beach, fishing, or just being outside, we played cards and re-watched The Avengers and Rise of The Guardians about 15 times. What did we learn from this? Always have a back-up plan.  And make sure you know how to play more than one card game… it gets old fast.

Pile of Game Playing Cards

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Family vacations are not always perfect. But it’s the things that go so wrong that make the best memories. Always be prepared and don’t let mishaps get you down!

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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and classes are winding down. Do you know what that means? Summer is in the air and on its way. I do not know about you, but I am thrilled. And what is the best way to make sure you squeeze every ounce of fun out of your summer? By creating a summer bucket list! With the help of some imaginative friends, I have compiled this list of summer must do’s for you and all your friends for when school is out. Let the summertime festivities begin!

1. Night Time Scavenger Hunts

Break out the flashlights and get ready to go hunting! Get about 10-15 people together and divide into 2 or 3 groups. Let each team contribute 5 things to the scavenger hunt list, combine, and then go! First team to find everything on the list wins a prize! Way too much fun!

Night Scavenger Hunt Flashlight Search Outside

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2. Road Trip

Last summer, my group of friends decided that we would take a trip to a new amusement park every summer. It is so much fun and a great way to spend time together. Find something you love, like spending a weekend on a lake, and make it a tradition!

3. Water Wars

Reach deep down for your inner child, buy some water guns, fill up those water balloons, and have fun! It will probably be cheaper than going to a water park and will definitely be just as much fun!

Water Gun Fight In The Summer

Photo © buelow

4. Face a Fear

This is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Go sky diving, kayaking, or white water rafting. Or just face a simple fear, like jumping off the high dive. Whatever it is, you will feel incredible knowing that you conquered a fear that you never imagined conquerable. As Nike says, “Just do it!”

5. Night Rides

This is one that I absolutely love! Get some old bikes, skateboards, scooters, or anything with wheels, and then grab some glow in the dark paint.  Now spray down your wheels and hit the road whenever the sun goes down! Do not forget to bring a camera with you because this is a memory that you are absolutely going to want to remember!

Glow In The Dark Bike Riding At Night

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Make this summer something worth remembering! Write your own bucket list and grab a camera. This is a summer you are never going to want to forget.

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5 Affordable Spring Break Ideas

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

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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Making the Most of Student Jobs

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Being a college student means wracking up a pretty big education bill. With the costs of tuition, housing, food, and school books – students usually find that they cannot break out of the “broke college student” stereotype. For some college students the amount of time outside of class required for a major can make having a job during the school year impossible. School break is a great time for this because students can work 40-hour weeks at internships or minimum wage jobs.

I know that I have spent time between jobs and internships during college breaks to gain experience and extra cash. Below are some of the best types of jobs I’ve held as a college student that I would recommend for other college students looking for ways to get extra cash.

Server

Although any customer service job is good, being a server means raking in tips that you may miss as a busser or host. Serving is a hard job but it is well worth it if you can handle staying polite with even the rudest customers. If you live in a popular vacation town or talk to a potential employer then it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a seasonal serving job in a restaurant.

Waitor Serving Meal at Restaurant Job

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Nanny

If you can handle children and possibly over-protective parents then being a nanny is a great way to earn some money over the break. Working as a nanny means that you can sometimes choose your own hours and almost always set your own price per hour or child. If you want a position outside of your hometown, a lot of websites offer nanny programs in other countries or states that will provide a place to live as well.

Nanny Babysitter Job

Photo © Merrilan

Entrepreneur

If you are having trouble finding a job or a company that is willing to hire someone for a seasonal position, you can always find odd jobs in the town instead of a normal minimum wage job. Mowing lawns, walking dogs, raking leaves, and painting houses are all jobs that will give you a paycheck and allow you to be outdoors!

Dog Walker

Photo © Amy.Herbs

It takes a little time to research for potential job opportunities but with enough digging, I have always been able to find something. If you are returning home from college, then plan ahead and try to go home for a weekend to scout out potential employers. Even to just get your name out there a month or two in advance could secure a good seasonal summer job.

 

Happy Hunting!

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