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How to Make the Most of Your Spring Break

Happy hour at the PAMM. (Photo by Miami New Times.)

Happy hour at the PAMM. (Photo by Miami New Times.)

Spring Break season is here and that means one full week of partying and relaxing away from the stresses of school life. Students anticipate this time of year and usually set their sights out on traveling to party destinations or exotic vacation spots. If you still have no plans for your break, you might feel like it’s too late to start planning and the only adventure you’ll partake in is watching Netflix Originals. But what if I told you it doesn’t have to turn out this way? Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your spring break.

If looking to travel outside of the US, places like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Cancun have been accredited the go-to Spring Break hot spots because of their inexpensive event prices and beautiful beaches. Planning and financing a trip overseas doesn’t have to be one big headache. Websites like StudentCity provide students with a list of Spring Break destinations and its highlights, event calendar, inexpensive budget costs, plus travel and housing booking, so everything is laid out for students to have the time of their life.

Not looking to travel far or overseas? Then take a road trip to neighbor cities or states. Have you been to historic St. Augustine before? Then this spring break is a perfect chance to take that five-hour drive from Miami to the oldest city in the US. Always dreamed of visiting New Orleans or Atlanta? Well, you can reach either city in less than twelve hours if you live South Florida! There is always something fun and interesting to do within your state and country’s border. With some research and a little help from your friends, you can end up having the road trip of your life!

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If you want to travel but are working with a tight budget, there are various ways to save money while on the road. After all, saving money while on vacation should be just as much of a priority as enjoying the break. Rather than blowing out your financial aid check or your parent’s wallet, save money by avoiding hotels and stay at an Airbnb or find a couch to crash on through the app CouchSurfing. Instead of going out to eat, make your own food for a cheaper and healthier option. But if you don’t feel like cooking and you must eat out you can find an infinite amount of coupons online or through certain restaurants’ apps. Fast-food places like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Panera have apps that offer coupons and ‘rewards’ that you can cash in for free food. You can also save money on food by using your student ID card in many restaurants. Another money saving tip is to stay on track with apps like Dollarbird to keep track of your balance and the effect certain expenses will have on it.

If travel isn’t at all compatible with your budget and schedule, then don’t fret! One can still enjoy themselves in their own backyard. If you’re having trouble finding local events and parties, apps like Groupon or Eventbrite will definitely help. One full week of no schools is the perfect chance to visit your local museums, botanical gardens, or zoo. Plan to spend a day visiting the downtown area, where there’s more of a chance for events to take place, or perhaps you can invite your friends to a huge picnic or beach day with homemade food and party games. Your staycation doesn’t have to be boring and you can try something new like camping in the Everglades, or even in your own backyard, where you can spend a night telling stories, playing board games, and eating s’mores with friends until 4 in the morning.

Whether or not you plan to do some traveling, students have endless opportunities to enjoy their Spring Break vacation, so why not take advantage of it? It’s ultimately up to you to make the most of this break!

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