Spring Break Options for Spontaneous Students

Spring Break Options for Spontaneous Students
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    You've got your entire spring break mapped out, right?

    Some students have had their plans in place for a long time while others may suddenly find their week-long break upon them and are not sure what they will do.

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Spring break provides a terrific mid-semester pause for many students and a diversion from a long winter. If your plans are not in place, take heart: a little spontaneity can provide a fun and restful break with little notice.

Get outdoors. Make the most of a week off by heading outdoors. If you live near ski slopes, get in a week’s worth of skiing. If you’re close to a beach, then catch some rays. Spend the week hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, surfing, hunting or taking in some other outdoor activity that is big on fun, but doesn’t require you to travel far. If you travel with a group you might receive a discount.

Take a bus ride. As with any travel, if you book early you will get a better deal. For many students, airfare is too expensive even for a short trip. Another option is to take a bus ride, such as Greyhound, and head to a vacation destination. With Greyhound, you can get a 20 percent discount off of the standard fare when you show your student advantage discount card. When you arrive at your destination, stay at a hostel to save money.

Enjoy your local culture. While many students do get away for the week, a significant number stay put. If you stay in your dorm, you’ll likely find many others who are doing likewise. Make a point to take in many of the local cultural happenings during your week off. Learn which museums are free or have heavy discounts for college students. Take in a matinee or two to enjoy a cut-rate new feature film. Head out to a concert, a playhouse, or other fun event. Find friends to go with or go it alone.

Shop until you drop. There will be big sales during spring break: count on it. Come to think of it, there are always big sales. Get a car load of people together and head to the mall or make the longer trip to a regional outlet. Shop for your spring and summer wardrobe, enjoying huge discounts with your many terrific finds.

Head back home. Perhaps you have had your fill of your campus environment and need a break away from school. If possible, head back home for the week and spend that time with family and friends. Enjoy home cooking, the company of people that love you, and the chance to get under the skin of your younger siblings for once. Help out around the house and head back a few days early to readjust to your campus.

Volunteer your services. If sitting still or idling away the time is not right for you, then take that energy and apply it somewhere else. This could mean volunteering your service with a local nonprofit organization such as church, a community organization or some other group. Your energy and talents may be most welcome, making it possible for undone work to get completed. You’ll come away from the experience feeling personally rewarded. Who knows, you may get a hearty thanks and a recommendation from the executive director.

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You can also use your spring break to plan your remaining weeks on campus before summer break. Spring break is also a good time to look for a summer job or plan that warm weather vacation you’ve been putting off.

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