3 Winter Break Alternatives

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Winter is not just for relaxing after finals (although that’s all you’ll be thinking about after finals week!). There’s a lot of great opportunities to fill your winter break, but you have to start planning them now! Everything from plane seats to movie tickets sells out quickly during the holiday season, and especially if you’re going to try to coordinate a group effort on a college kid’s budget, you need to start planning … yesterday.

Study Abroad!

Many programs offer small “winter session” programs that you can do over the holidays. Yes, you could probably do this at your own university, but that wouldn’t be nearly as exciting. If you do study somewhere else over winter, it can be a great way to both be productive and travel.

It’ll also cost significantly less than a whole semester abroad. There are definitely benefits to spending half a year in a foreign place; most importantly, you have more time to learn about the culture, the people, the language, and just explore. However, not every place is for every person. Maybe you can’t stand to be cold or hate humidity, or just don’t want to be away from home for that long. Studying abroad during winter intersession can be a great alternative.

Additionally, just because it’s cold in the US doesn’t mean it’s cold everywhere else. The seasons are flipped in the Southern Hemisphere, so places like New Zealand are 50-75 degrees during December. That’ll seem like heaven after going through winter at school! Take advantage of the time and go somewhere a little warmer than where you are at.

Something like traveling abroad takes a lot of planning and precautions.  You need to get your passport, apply for the correct program, and get your health affairs all situated.  It takes time to get your vaccines up to date and verify your insurance coverage.  So it’s important to get started as early as possible if this is something you’re interested in! Go down to your study abroad office now and get this started, even if you have to wait until spring break or next year!

Travel in the US

There are plenty of great places in travel in the US as well. This has the benefit of not being quite so plan-intensive or expensive. Sure, you’re unlikely to practice a new language while you’re traveling locally, but you will still learn something! Depending on the snowfall where you live, a road trip might not be possible, but you can still travel in the nearby area or by plane.

And because you know the country, you might have a better idea of what’s available to do in each location. Lots of universities have community service programs over winter intersession, and they are hosted in nearby communities or across the nation! If this sounds more up your alley than just planning a relaxing trip willy-nilly, then ask your student council if they offer any programs like this.

Job Shadowing

What? Who wants to work over winter break? That’s why it’s a break, right?

That’s true, and you can certainly spend the entire three or four weeks sleeping in and watching Netflix. If that sounds appealing to you, then this section might not be very useful to you. However, if you want to get ahead in your future career or just get a better idea of what you might be getting into, then consider interning for a company briefly or just shadowing one of their employees.

Now, obviously, not all companies offer these sorts of programs, so it’ll behoove you to call well ahead of winter break and set that up. Not only will this give you a definite plan, but it will also give the company some time to consider what to showcase. It’ll give you a great experience, and it will look stellar on your resume. Winter break might not be when you want to think about resume building, but the sooner you start thinking about it, the better. No one wants to submit only a few lines as a resume.

Winter break is the perfect time to relax, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t accomplish anything over those few weeks. Whether it’s discovering someplace new, helping out your community, or even gaining career experience, you shouldn’t waste the whole break. The only part of it— make sure to sleep in a little!

How to Have a Productive and Fun Summer

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It’s finally summer. And since you know that you only have so many summer vacations left, you’re prioritizing relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family! It’s time to fit in everything that you couldn’t during the school year when you were too busy to even sleep. Now, everything is a little slower paced.

Except, soon enough it’ll be August, and none of your goals will be accomplished. This isn’t to say that you don’t have anything to fill your time now. You probably have a summer job or internship and are visiting old friends. But that doesn’t mean you have no chance of achieving some long-procrastinated goals. The truth is that you can have both, with some careful planning. Summer is the perfect time to have your cake and eat it too. You can read those books you were supposed to in high school (and now realize weren’t just a waste of time), travel somewhere new (so you’ll have something interesting to say to your new roommate), or lose that freshman fifteen (or sophomore 20, we don’t judge).

Write Down Your Goals!

It might seem useless, but writing down your goals makes it more likely that you will achieve them. Writing them down not only shows more commitment than simply envisioning it, but it also ensures that your goals will be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely). While it’s easy to think things like, “I should read more this summer,” or “I should work out more during the summer, since I don’t have to get up early,” it’s a lot harder to come up with actionable goals. When you’re writing goals down, you’re forced to confront the fact that your goals aren’t very SMART. Instead, you’re more likely to write down something like, “I will read three novels this summer” or “I will work out five days a week for an hour.”

Perhaps most importantly, this will let you know see whether or not you’re overburdening yourself. If you have a goal list 10 pages long for the summer, this might not be a summer vacation, and that’s a priority too!

Plan Trips Ahead of Time

You’ve only got a couple more weeks until the end of summer, but you’re scheduled to work some extra shifts. That’s okay you’ll make some moolah right before the start of the semester — no problem, right? Until your friends call you about an impromptu camping trip, and you’re stuck between scrambling to get your shifts covered or missing out on one last hoorah with your friends.

It’s a crappy situation and one that too many ill-prepared college kids find themselves in. It’s even worse if you’re only in town for the summer because then the pressure is really on to both make money and spend as much time with friends as possible. It’s much easier if you plan out your trips in advance. Obviously, this can’t be a reality in all circumstances, but you should do with as many summer trips as possible.

Also, planning ahead for trips will let you account for your goals! Everyone accounts for work schedule changes, but keep in mind whatever schedule you have built around your goals as well. Of course, it’s not impossible to stay fit while traveling, and learning a language while traveling can be ideal! However, there might be some goals that you have that are more difficult to do, like making money to pay for tuition. Plans you have for those sort of goals might need to be accelerated when you consider travel plans.

Pad Your Resume

If you don’t have a job or internship, there are other valuable ways to gain experience. You can volunteer for various organizations, write for online magazines, or do online classes. The experience you’re looking for will depend on your niche, but this summer doesn’t have to be completely useless. You can use it to get ahead.

With this step in particular, though, make sure that this is an experience you will enjoy. Summer should be at least somewhat relaxing, and no one wants to start fall semester already burnt out. It’s important to pad your resume with experience, but it’s also important to take a moment to enjoy yourself.

Summer shouldn’t be a productivity wasteland, but deciding how productive you want to be is up to you. Some people see this as a great time to get ahead. Others just need to take a month and reset. However, don’t fall into the trap of getting absolutely nothing done. It can be easy to fall into the habit of doing nothing, but accomplishments and experiences will make your summer, not Netflix binging. Focus on the end goals, and you’ll have your best summer yet.

Starting College Late After Gap Year

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Gap years, a period off between high school and freshman year of college, are becoming more popular in the United States. Even the former President’s daughter, Malia Obama, is currently taking one before starting Harvard next year! This gap can be used to relax and recharge, travel, save up money for tuition, etc. But what happens when your gap year is up and you’re ready to re-start at your college of choice? This advice on how to start college late after gap year will help you feel like you haven’t missed a beat.

 

Ease Into College

It can be tempting for gap year students to try to jump right into college at full-force. Some make the mistake of taking on too much because they feel they need to play “catch-up” with the rest of their age group.

Don’t buy into this! Stop comparing yourself to those who took the normal track. Instead, remember that you’re a freshman too, and no one would advise a freshman to take more credit hours that they need or to enroll in the most advanced class possible. Ease into college with a schedule that matches your academic needs at the time — not what your friends who didn’t take a gap year may be doing.

 

Go to Orientation and Freshman Events

Being a year or two behind may make you the oldest in the class, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Your first-year experience is important, and so is going to all those fun orientation events your college has set up for you. They are valuable for many reasons, but, first and foremost, they are an opportunity to make some friends with peers that will be in the same level classes with you.

Orientation is also great at helping you get around. You’ll learn where the restaurants are, who your academic advisor is, where the best shops are off-campus, etc. Never underestimate the value of orientation, even if it all seems a bit cheesy to you. Attend and learn!

 

Use Your Gap Year to Your Advantage

All colleges and universities are different in how you must declare your major. Many have no problem with you going in as “undecided” for a year or two. Others will need you to declare right away. If that’s the case, then your gap year can help you decide at least where you may want to head.

Think of your break in the real world. Did you really enjoy working in the restaurant business while you saved up tuition? Were there activities that you enjoyed doing every week (or the complete opposite)? Did you pick up any new languages while you traveled or networked with some interesting people during your post-high school internship? Sit down and spend a couple hours (or several days) going through what you loved and didn’t love about your year off. It can really make the difference in showing you where your heart is.

 

Get Support Early On

A year off is unlikely to ruin you academically. If you were a good student before your gap year, you’ll probably remain so when start up school again. You may be rusty on those studying or test taking skills, but a few weeks into classes and you’ll be back to your old self.

However, if you took off time to recharge after a difficult senior year, then it’s important you set up support systems early. Check out your college’s tutoring center. Often, these are free services that help provide you with professional, experienced math teachers, writing experts, and student aids. Teaching Assistants (TA’s) can also be valuable for classes you feel you may struggle in. The important thing is to ask!

Getting the right support, setting yourself up for success, and easing back into college life after gap year can make all the difference!

8 Unconventional Ways to Spend Your Summer Break

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Our final papers are done, our exam notes are prepared, and we’re already busy packing up the dorm for the year. Summer break couldn’t come any sooner for us! But we don’t plan on spending it lounging around home. Instead, we’re putting our weeks off to good use by trying out these eight unconventional ways to spend your summer break.

 

  1. Going to School

Say what…? No, we’re serious. The summer is the BEST time to catch up on classes or get a headstart. Most universities allow you to take and transfer a certain amount of credits from other classes. With local community colleges open year round, you can save time and money by getting a basic biology gen ed out of the way or retaking a communications class.

 

  1. Volunteering Abroad

There are so many programs out there looking for college students to work and volunteer abroad. For example, you could work on a farm in exchange for room, board, and a small stipend. Or, you could spend your summer volunteering at summer camps in Europe or Asia.

 

  1. Couchsurfing

Now that our old friends are scattered throughout the US, it’s the perfect time to go on a road trip. Couchsurf from one friend’s place to another and see how far you can go before you need to reserve a hotel room. Recruit friends to meet new friends along the way. It’s affordable, challenging, and so much fun.

 

  1. Banking for the Next Year

College is expensive. We all know that. That’s why we have no shame in admitting that we will be side hustling our butts off this summer. From mowing lawns, babysitting neighbors, and making money freelancing, there are tons of opportunities for short-term, low-pressure jobs geared towards college students.

 

  1. Backpacking America

With your student discount, you can go or do anything for so much less. Amtrak trains offer student fairs, and many hostels require you to show student IDs to use them. In other words, with a small budget, you could see the country without breaking the bank.

 

  1. Making a Difference in the Community

Your time matters, especially when you put it to good use. This summer, give back and add some new skills to your resume. A few great ideas include working at a local animal shelter, tutor English language learners, or help out with charity races.

 

  1. Sticking Around Campus

Sure, it would be awesome to go home, but there are so many reasons why living on campus during summer break rocks. For one, you’ll be one of a few. Colleges empty out for breaks, so you’ll rule the roost. But there’s also opportunities to work in a professor’s lab, take on a campus job, or catch up on coursework.

 

  1. Interning for Future Career Points

Interning can seem intimidating, especially compared to relaxing on the beach, but it’s a huge deal for college students, and it could make or break your career path. Some popular college summer internship programs include working on a cruise ship, through the Disney program, or with nonprofits in your area. If you’re not yet up to interning, consider shadowing or requesting a mentor instead. It’s less pressure and more time to enjoy your break.

 

 

Why You Should Definitely Spend Summer Break Backpacking

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Summer-Break-College-Travel-BackpackingSummer is here, and it’s time to lock down your plans. For many, it means taking a timeout for a long and relaxing vacation. However, if you’re more like us and in need of a great big adventure outdoors, backpacking may be for you. Whether you’re a beginner or clocked in hundreds of miles already, here’s why backpacking is the perfect way to spend your summer.

 

What is Backpacking?

For each person, backpacking means something different, but the basic definition is that you take everything you need for your trip in one bag. Trips are usually longer, such as a week or more, and require an extended period on your feet hiking, walking, climbing, etc.

Pro hikers use special, very expensive backpacks that are made to carry a lot of weight on your back. They may also have compartments for tents and sleeping bags, along with tools and food. Other, more casual backpackers, get away with basic packs that are more lightweight and made for short-term, mixed-use trips.

 

Where to Backpack

The best part of backpacking is that you can do it anywhere! You could even spend your summer backpacking the local state park, if you wanted. The destinations are unlimited, and even urban backpackers are welcome! If you’re looking for summer backpacking trips, here are top destinations in each region:

  • East Coast:

    • Appalachian Trail
    • New York City
    • Adirondack Mountains
    • Acadia National Park

 

  • Mid-West:

    • Sleeping Bear Dunes
    • Dakota Prairie National Grassland
    • Obannon Woods
    • Chicago Lakeshore

 

  • South:

    • Bartram Trail
    • De Soto National Forest
    • Florida Trail
    • Ozark National Park

 

  • Southwest and West Coast:

    • Crested Butte
    • John Muir Trail
    • Pacific Crest Trail
    • Grand Canyon

 

Going Beyond

With all those destinations, you could be traveling for summer after summer trying to cross them off your to-do list. But if you’re looking for a real adventure, why not save up for a trip of the lifetime by crossing the border.

Many college students are at the perfect point in their lives where they can travel internationally by backpacking. It’s affordable, safe (in most places, but always check travel alerts first), and the perfect way to see some spectacular, off the beaten path destinations.

Take a month and go to Europe using backpacks, hostels, and trails (or trains) to hit up your favorite cities. Visit South America to see ancient ruins from tribes long extinct. Or get a real culture shock from seeing Asia outside the major cities and tourist hubs.

 

Why You Should Backpack While in College

Backpacking is a great distance exercise. It requires a lot of strength to carry around enough food, clothes, tents, and supplies to last you. And you’ll be pushed to your limits if you take it up a notch by selecting a trail that’s elevated or headed through forestland.

In addition to exercise, you’ll save cash on gas, plane tickets, luggage fees, and more. You’ll just need to get to and from your destination, and the rest can be extremely affordable. Use friends or sale sites to source your camping gear or backpack needs to save even more!

However, the main reason to backpack is to see the world from the outside. When you’re able to take everything you need on your back, you’re not tied down by suitcases or expensive flights. You can see and do what you have always dreamed of with just your two feet.

6 Weirdest Roadside Attractions to See on Your Summer Break Roadtrip

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Hitting the road during for an epic road trip is always a great idea — especially when you’re on summer break. Whether you’re going a few miles or traveling North America from east to west, there is so much to do and see. There’s especially no shortage of quirky and unique destinations for you to pull over and stretch your legs at. These are our favorite weirdest roadside attractions you absolutely must put on your map this summer.

Spend Summer Break Checking Out These 6 Unique Roadside Attractions

  1. World’s Largest Ball of Twine — Cawker City, Kansas

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The name pretty much says it all: it’s a giant ball of twine. But here’s the kicker — it isn’t really the biggest. The competition is apparently fierce in the twine ball world, and in Darwin, Minnesota is the largest twine ball… rolled by one person. Why not see both and decide which one is best?

 

  1. Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum — Weldon Spring, Missouri

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Sure, it’s a little morbid to think about, but you’ll be entertained for at least an hour or two on this outdoor path and museum. It chronicles a shutdown nuclear waste site from World War II and educates the public on what the dangers of atomic weapon manufacturing.

 

  1. Fountain of Youth — Lewes, Delaware

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You probably don’t need it now, so stopping here isn’t a necessity unless you’re interested in folklore and a bit of weird mystery. Legend has it that the fountain was discovered by Dutch colonists in the 1600’s, but after it was given designation three hundred years later, the well went dry. Even the shell used to drink from the fountain is missing.

 

  1. Cadillac Ranch — Amarillo, Texas

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You’ve probably seen the iconic pictures of this attraction, so why not check it out? You’ll feel better about yourself knowing that it’s a work of art created by an art group called the Ant Farm. The artists took old cadillacs, spray painted them, and then placed them so that they are at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

 

  1. World’s Only Corn Palace — Mitchell, South Dakota

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From afar, it looks a bit like an old-world palace for a duke or king. But in real life, it’s a structure in which, yearly, someone painstakingly glues corn, wheat, grass, and other agriculture to the outside. Every year is a different theme, so you can always come back for more.

 

  1. Lucy the Elephant — Margate, New Jersey

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This elephant is a bit more impressive than ones you’d see at a zoo. At six-stories tall and built in the 1880s, it is not only a giant, but it is the oldest roadside attraction in the United States. It went from being a restaurant, viewpoint, marketing ploy, and even a summer home. Today, you can still climb aboard.

 

5 Unique College Spring Break Trips

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Now that March has finally arrived, we have one thing on our mind: Spring Break! Whether you’re a senior and an expert in all things rest and relaxation or a freshman about to embark on your first major college vacation, we could all use some unique college spring break trip ideas! We picked our top 5 that will leave you saying in awe (and will be light on your wallet).

1. Washington, D.C.

Sure, you may have visited the US Capitol on your 8th-grade field trip, but we promise that DC is so much cooler than that. Whether you’re into politics, history, or city living, the working center of the States is calling for you to visit again.

The food scene in D.C. is why you go. With so many great bakeries, in particular, you can spend an entire week tasting famous cupcakes and donuts. But outside food, there’s museums featuring an almost endless amount of things to see and learn for FREE! Use your college ID to get a huge discount on other, paid museums when necessary. It’s the main reason why D.C. wins our vote as a top frugal destination.

 

2. South Padre Island, TX

Fans of the popular HGTV show already know about South Padre Islands and how its residents and Texas locals love it. For newbies, here’s the rundown: sandy beaches, surf-worthy waves, warm weather, and tons of cute little boutiques and shops.

It’s easy to see why it’s a college student’s dream destination when you just want to get away from it all. If you have a big group, such as a sorority, consider renting one of the many homes listed on Airbnb or similar sites. Many include access to water gear like jet skis and even fishing boats if you sign waivers.

 

3. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

It’s pretty much every college student’s dream to spend their spring break somewhere exotic and outside the country. But for many, the huge price tag to fly and stay is out of bounds. The time is now for Mexico where everything is cheaper, and the resorts are more welcoming!

Puerto Vallarta is one of those spots south of the border where you can get a big bang for your buck. Take a walking tour downtown, visit one of its many islands for a day trip, go on a wildlife tour, and sit back and relax in some of the world’s top all-inclusive resorts for ultra pampering.

 

4. Los Angeles, California

We give a lot of attention to other cities in California, like San Francisco or San Diego, but L.A. keeps calling our name. It’s perfect for those who love to go out dancing late at night or celebrity stalkers who want to take in the sites.

But why we love L.A. is for the extra perks. L.A.’s food scene is insane, especially for Asian cuisine fans and those who would travel the extra mile for the perfect taco truck. Walk it off by taking a hike to the Hollywood sign or rent a bike and cruise along The Strand for a sunset view. After taking it all in, relax poolside or trek to one of the eight distinct beaches.

 

5. New Orleans, LA

Mardi Gras may be over, but in New Orleans, the party never really stops. But the best part about this city is that it’s out-of-the-box, totally different from the typical beach vacation.

Take the excursions. There’s pretty much something for everyone in your group. From art tours to fantastic cajun food, you can spend your day walking around the downtown without ever getting bored. For those more adventurous travelers, take a swamp tour or a haunted walking tour to up the adrenaline.

Top Places to Study Abroad in 2017

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One of the biggest and most rewarding adventures you can have as a college student is to study abroad. There are so many programs you can choose from like studying opera in Italy or politics in China. But with all those options, how do you find a destination that’s perfect for you? This list of the 7 best places to study abroad in 2017 will give you ideas of where you should book your flight to in the new year.

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

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Romantic, charming, modern, and vibrant — Spain really has it all. However, what really makes Barcelona, in particular, shine is its eccentric and quirky architecture, multilingual citizens (most speak Spanish and Catalan, and many can speak English and French as well), and tasty food culture. Spend your days visiting historical sites and art galleries, and at night, treat yourself to a round of tapas!

 

San Jose, Costa Rica

 

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Nature lovers and natural science majors absolutely must visit Costa Rica at least once. It’s rainforest, ocean, and urban environments make it perfect for those studying engineering or development or take on a project such as constructing hurricane-safe homes or studying fish populations along one of its many beaches. Added bonus: the cost of living is low and flights are relatively inexpensive!

 

Cape Town, South Africa

 

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Just like Costa Rica, in Cape Town you’ll experience a rugged landscape full of mountains and oceans as well as an urban oasis that’s both friendly and relatively safe to travelers. It’s an international hub which means you’ll get the opportunity to work and study next to students and professors from all over the world.

 

Sydney, Australia

 

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For those intimidated by learning another language or living in a country where English isn’t spoken widely, Australia is a perfect place. There’s so much focus on wildlife, indigenous culture, and marine studies that you’ll have a million of options to fit your major.

 

Tokyo, Japan

 

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If your ideal place is an urban landscape, there is no better place to go than Tokyo. Ideal for business majors and those wanting to learn a valuable new language in a growing global economy, you’ll feel right at home with the millions of people who call Tokyo home

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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With world-class music, art, fashion, and history, Buenos Aires is inspiring travelers and visitors from around the world. Because much of the city is influenced by Italian language and culture, you’ll feel very European without leaving the Western Hemisphere. And who doesn’t want to learn a little tango while dining on farm fresh steak?

 

Shanghai, China

 

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Shanghai, the most populous city in the world, will completely change what your definition of “foreign.” From its street markets to its late-night scene, Shanghai boasts a culture completely its own. You’ll walk away with an understanding of the Eastern world and, hopefully, the use of Mandarin language which looks killer on many resumes these days.

 

Unique College Winter Break Trips in the U.S.

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We’re loving winter break. The last few weeks have been spent filling up on mom’s food, avoiding the recommended reading for next semester, and catching up with old friends. But now, we’re getting a little restless and we’re thinking a winter break trip is a must-do to spend our last few weeks off. These unique college winter break trips in the US are on our destination wishlist.

Nature and the Great Outdoors

No winter break trip list is complete unless you mention skis and snowboards. The weather is perfect for it, even if you just plan on riding the ski lift and sipping hot chocolate in outdoor lounges.

 

Where you should go: When we think of snow, we think of Colorado. Denver is both affordable, easy to get around, and full of ski slopes. If you need more adventure and have the money to drop, trade in typical Colorado for Alaska wilderness. You’ll get to see the world famous dog mushing while skiing during a moderately busy season.

 

Beach Reading and Swimming Pools

On the other hand, this list would also be pretty empty if we didn’t talk about the warm weather and sandy beach options. Much of America isn’t quite ready for swims in the ocean, but you can still warm your toes, soak up some sun, and save big on off-season prices at a few US hotspots.

 

Where you should go: Florida is perfect this time of year, especially Miami and Daytona Beach. It may not be that hot, but it’s still warm enough to pull out the beach chair at a resort. California coastlines are equally great, albeit a bit chillier. If you can afford to fly, make your way to Puerto Rico. You won’t need a passport, but you’ll still get that tropical paradise feel.

 

Museum Tours and Cultural Events

Who says you can’t get a little education on your winter break? You can take your days off to see the sights and experience what a big city has to offer for you. Luckily for you, if you’re heading to some major cities, you can get good deals on winter tourist passes so you can see more than one sight at a time.

 

Where you should go: New York is always top of the list, but you shouldn’t forget about Chicago where they have the top ranked art museum in the world or Washington D.C. where you can visit multiple US history museums at zero cost all year round.

 

A La Carte Paradises and Road Trips

You can get all of this and more from beaches to culture to the outdoors and more. You just have to do a little work and think out of the box when you’re looking for the perfect winter break trip spot. By staying away from top tourist cities or busy resort locations, you can have a unique experience.

 

Where you should go: New Orleans will give you great weather, fantastic art and city legends, along with loads of opportunities to see wildlife or take authentic boat trips. Texas too has island life, cities full of museums, and spas for a great massage or facial. All of it is within reach with a short flight or an epic road trip.

 

 

7 Emotions When Traveling Home For Winter Break

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OMG, guys, we did it! We survived finals week, an early start to winter weather, and horribly drafty dorm rooms to make it to this day — the day we traveling home from college. If you haven’t been home for some time, you’re probably feeling some pretty conflicting emotions. Have no fear! It’s all normal, and we’ve found just the right words to sum it all up.

 

1. “YASSSSSS!”

Easily, the first feeling that pops into our mind is just how excited we are to be hitting the road. There will be old friends to hang with, mom’s cooking to eat, and lots of time curled up in our own bed like old times. Just get us on the road already!

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2. “The Countdown is ON!”

Right along with excitement is anticipation. We’ve basically planned out every day of our vacation down to the hour. But with anticipation comes a little bit of fear of the unknown. What if we get stuck at the airport and miss the tree lighting we always go to? Will our holidays totally fall apart? The wait till our leave is really the worst part of this.

 

 

3. “I Will Make This Parka Fit In My Carry-On!”

We all know this, but there’s nothing like a two-week plus trip home to remind us how much traveling can really get to us. Even the most zen traveler would break down at the thought of going through a major airport during the holiday rush or hitting traffic during winter rush hours. And don’t get us started on packing! Our suitcase just keeps taunting us.

 

 

4. “No? Maybe? No?”

We occasionally complain about dorm life and we’re always feeling just a little bit homesick… so then why are we feeling a bit sad about leaving our college campus behind? Maybe our college roommate has grown on us or we’ll really miss the JELL-O in the cafeteria. Whatever it is, it’s really making us wish we would have booked our ticket home for a later date.

 

 

5. “I’m Not Looking Forward to Stepping on the Scale”

Between all the late night coffee with our high school BFFs and our parent’s cooking, we’ve probably packed it on. But do we have any regrets? No way! These winter break pounds are so worth all the love and joy we feel being with our family and friends again. Pass me another cookie!

GIF via Pluckers

 

6. “Wait… How Many Days Till the Next Semester?”

By the end of the first week, something has dawned on us — spring semester is just around the corner. That means we only have a few more weeks to buy our books, check our professor’s ratings, solidify our class/activity schedules, and map out the routes to our new classrooms. I thought this was supposed to be a break!

 

 

7. “I’m Leaving on a Jetplane…”

It always seems to creep up on us just at the right time when we start to really miss being on campus, but it’s here. It’s time to go back. Our parents seem more upset about it, but that’s okay. We are just looking forwards to what comes next… spring break!