Three Reasons Why You Should Start Planning For Spring Break NOW

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You may be consumed with the not-so-distant holidays lately, but there may be something else you want to keep in mind. Being surrounded by snow, cold weather and warm cups of cocoa is the perfect winter scene, but when the snow melts and the weather warms up you don’t want to be left behind at home. That’s why NOW is the perfect time to start planning your spring break getaway. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘the early bird gets the worm’ and in this case, the worm is sweet – and much cheaper than waiting until the last minute. Here’s why:

1) The earlier you book your airfare, the less expensive it’s going to be: There’s no surprise in saying that waiting until the last minute to buy your airfare is going to cost you big bucks. Sure, you may be able to find great deals on a seat here or there, but it’s going to be whatever is leftover on the plane and is probably right next to the bathroom. And, if you’re traveling in a group, it’ll be hard to get seats together, let alone on the same flight. Try looking at sites such as Cheapo Air or Priceline. If you sign up for their emails, you’ll even get discounts and price drop alerts sent to your email. One of my other favorite channels is Travelzoo – they always are offering deals on flights for short periods of time.

2) First come, first serve. Get your pick before you get stuck with what’s left: You know that one room you stayed in two summers ago with the full kitchenette, king size bed and gorgeous view of blue sparkling water? That will go quickly. Booking your reservations early will ensure you have the top pick of rooms and spaces available. And, it will allow you to pay for the room earlier so you have time to save up more spending money for your trip!

3) Adequate timing to schedule around your school work or put in time off at work: Don’t be that person that puts in for vacation time a week before you plan to leave. Give your teachers, homework, and coworkers the courtesy of planning around your absence. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting your shifts covered last second and will have enough time to get assignments/work done that may be due when you’re away. And, this will give you a chance to possibly pick up a few more shifts and save some money aside to spend on your vacation.

Wherever you decide to go for spring break, remember earlier is better!

Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Spending Spring Break At Home

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Spring break is a time of excitement, relaxation, and, exactly as it sounds, a break from school. Many students believe that the only way to spend spring break is to go on some exotic vacation with a group of friends, but I am here to tell you that they are wrong. Sure, an exotic vacation sounds fantastic, but I believe that spending spring break at home is the best option. Why?

1. It’s affordable. Spending your spring break at home is the easiest way to save money-plain and simple. Although it may require a plane ticket in some cases, you do not have to pay for hotel rooms or other accommodations that are necessary when traveling. You can stay at home in the comfort of your own bed for free.
2. Plenty of family/friend bonding. Staying home allows you to not only save money, but to see your family and friends that you do not get to see at school. Although some college students go on spring break vacations with their families, most go with their friends. Students who travel for break do not get to spend quality time with their families and/or friends from home. Breaks were made for relaxation away from the busy college life, so what better a way than to spend it with the people who know you the most?
3. Home cooked meals. Mmm Mmmm Mmm. Is that my mother’s wonderful lasagna that I smell? I know more than anyone that nothing beats my mother’s home cooked meals. No matter where you go, you will never find the same comforting quality that home cooked meals give you. Sure, the setting of an exotic location can be fantastic, but can you say the same about the food?
4. Catch up on sleep. The life a college student is crazy and hectic. Sleep is often put on the back-burner in order to finish up that last-minute paper. Spring break is a great time to catch up on sleep. If you spend break away, however, you will most likely not be able to do this. Nobody wants to spend an exotic vacation sleeping when they can go to the beach or shop! Spending break at home allows you to catch up on the much needed beauty sleep that you could not get anywhere else.
5. Get ahead on your reading. Although spring break was made for students to get a break from academic life, some professors still expect reading to get completed. This would be extremely hard to accomplish on a vacation. No one wants to read while on vacation; it is just not appealing. If you go home for break, you are not distracted by the setting and are able to get some homework done or get ahead on your reading.
6. Get a jump on jobs/interviews. Break is a great time to fill out applications and interview for summer jobs. Going home allows you to visit potential job sites, fill out applications, and interview with companies-all of which you could not get done if you went on vacation. Also, spring break, which usually takes place in March, gives college students a jump on the summer jobs over high school students, so why miss out on the opportunity?

I hope that this list of pros helps you to realize that going home is still a great destination for spring break!

It’s Spring Break!

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It’s that wonderful time of year when, in the middle of projects and midterms, a whole week of free time suddenly opens up. The birds sing, the flowers bloom and, in some states, the snow melts.

So, you have a whole week of freedom! Your friends want to go roadtrip, your parents want you to fly home, your aunt in Germany wants you to stop by. All of this makes you realize….

You’re on a budget.

Don’t fret! Since this is my third college spring break, I’ve come up with a few things to help you have an awesome spring break without taking a punch to your wallet.

  1. One-day road trips. I know, you’re probably trying to figure out how to get from Texas to New York in one day now. By one-day road trips, I mean road trip within your state. Just Google “Fun things to do in (insert state here)” and bam! Tons of concerts, museums, sights and places pop up! These little mini road trips will keep you from worrying about spending half your savings on gas, food and hotel stays. Plus, you get to discover more about the state that your attending college in.
  2. Budget wisely. If you think $200 will get you through a week-long stay at Cancun, you need this tip. Some people get hyped up about the trip to their destination….but forget to plan on the costs coming back to campus. Friendly apps like Mint will help those of you with smartphones budget out your entire week by subject (food, hotels, entertainment, etc) and will warn you if you go out of your preset amount. Don’t have a smartphone? Just go to mint.com and work on it from any computer.
  3. Pick one thing. Planning on flying to New York to see a concert and then jetting off to California to go the beach before flying back to your hometown to see your parents and then flying back to school…that’s a lot. Pick one destination spot and focus on activities in that area. Don’t drive halfway across a state for one concert and halfway back to get to your hotel; that wastes money. Check out what’s going on in the city you’re heading too. Chances are, there’s a lot of fun events in that one area.

I hope this helps! Happy Spring Break everyone!