5 Things To Do Over Spring Break If You're Too Poor To Travel

5 Things To Do Over Spring Break If You're Too Poor To Travel

How to have a fun, relaxing spring break wherever you are.
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A college student's ideal spring break typically consists of a beach in Florida, good friends, and an amazing time. For many of us, however, that type of spring break is only a fantasy. Airfare, hotels or house rentals, and gas get very expensive very quickly. Between rapidly increasing student loan debts and working 20+ hours a week just to get by, an expensive vacation simply isn't feasible. Even if you can't party on the beaches in Florida this spring break, there's no reason why you still shouldn't have a great time from where you are now. Here are five things to do this spring break if you're too poor to travel.

1. Catch up with old friends from home.

Spring break is one of the few times during the semester that your hometown friends will all be in one place, making it the perfect opportunity for a reunion. Get together with all the people you've missed while you were away at college and catch up on each other's lives. No matter what you decide to do, you're bound to have a good time filled with plenty of laughs and nostalgia.

2. Go on a mini road trip.

Just because you can't go on an elaborate vacation doesn't mean you have to stay at home. Get some friends together and drive to a city that has fun things to see or do, but is close enough for a day trip. This way, all you have to pay for is gas, and the cost can easily be split among each other.

3. Go hiking somewhere with nice scenery.

With the weather finally getting warm again, spring break is the perfect opportunity to go hiking. Hiking is a great way to enjoy the sun and warmer weather while getting a workout in. Many cities have parks fairly close by, and it's always fun to go somewhere new and soak up the beauty of nature. To find a national park near you, check out National Parks and for general hiking and biking trails near you, check out Traillink.

4. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

This year, many college students were lucky enough for St. Paddy's day to be during their spring break. That being said, you can finally enjoy the festivities of the holiday without the guilt that comes with skipping class. If your city is as fun as mine is, you can catch the St. Patrick's Day parade, which turns into a huge, city-wide party. Sure, Florida probably has some great St. Paddy's day parties, but you don't need to be on a beach to enjoy the holiday.

5. Netflix and nap.

After a long half of the semester, all we really need to do is relax. Traveling is an amazing experience and a great way to unwind, but catching on sleep and missed shows can be just as relaxing. It's okay to be lazy over spring break, and sometimes, being lazy is the best way to spend a break. Let your mind and body take a week off to sleep, binge-watch, and de-stress; it's the cheapest method of relaxation that we all desperately need.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


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The Importance Of Passion

Without it, you'll never get where you want to be.

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I've been told time and time again that I'm "pigeonholing" myself.

I've been told what I want to do with my life makes no sense.

I've been told that my desired career field is small, and therefore unrealistic.

I've been told not to set such a specific goal for myself, and that having my heart set on something makes me narrow-minded.

I've been told that keeping my goal in mind is just closing myself off and that it's therefore obsessive.

Although it's important to keep an open mind, it's also important to keep in mind what makes you happy. You'll go nowhere if you aren't passionate about what you're doing. If your heart isn't there, you won't be fully present. Passion is the fuel to your fire; it drives us to better ourselves each and every day. It makes us more determined, and more willing to rise to challenges. Passion can take you extremely far, and help you bring something entirely new to the table.

In my opinion, passion is one of the most vital character traits one can have. Passion is what sets you apart from others. It's clear when you're discussing something you're really into, and it's often commendable. It gets people invested in your conversation and really helps drive home the point you're trying to get across. It's something people will remember when you walk away.

As a college student, I am well aware of the fact that I need to keep an open mind. And I am keeping my mind very open. There's a difference between closing oneself off and having a goal to work towards, although many seem to believe there is a very thin line (if any line at all) between the two. There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting a goal for yourself. Having a "grand plan" is a great way to keep yourself motivated. I know that I need to take what I'm given, and that's what I plan to do... but I see anything I do prior to reaching my goal as a step to really get there.

I'll leave you with a quote... anyone who knows me will not be surprised that the quote that immediately comes to mind is from my all-time favorite musical, A Chorus Line. As stated in the show by Cassie, "I want to do what I love as much as I can and as long as I can. But at least, now - I'm doing it for me. Who are you doing it for?"

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