4 Places To Go On Your Spring Break In Hampton Roads That Won’t Break The Bank

4 Places To Go On Your Spring Break In Hampton Roads That Won’t Break The Bank

It's always a great day to be in the 757

Hampton Roads is a fantastic area for spring break, whether you’re looking for a vacation or staycation. The natural beauty of the area guarantees plenty of activities for the wildlife enthusiast or avid trail-goer, while the coastal location means tons of tourist activities. Southeastern Virginia is also the home of countless historical cities and landmarks that make it hard to go anywhere without learning something if you’re from out of town. As both a Hampton Roads local and broke college student, here’s my list of favorite vacation spots that are actually fun and affordable.

1. Hang out on the Boardwalk

For us locals, the Oceanfront Boardwalk probably the location of many childhood memories. A typical tourist trap, walking around the boardwalk is scenic and fun. With several shops, great food, and plenty of ice cream shops there are plenty of ways to spend the day. The boardwalk also features a bike lane and a fishing pier. The great thing about the boardwalk is that it’s totally free unless you want to grab a bite to eat or pay a small fee to fish off the pier. The only downside here is that parking can be a nightmare and even if you can find a spot within 3 blocks, it’ll set you back around $15. If you don’t mind spending a few bucks, there are also plenty of bars and clubs that make it easy to transition from soaking up the sun to painting the town. Local or here for the break, the boardwalk is a tried and true spot whether you’re looking for a relaxing day in the sun or a day of fun activities. Don't forget to check out the Neptune statue!

2. Got to Colonial Williamsburg

One of the greatest things about Hampton Roads is the rich history located here. Colonial Williamsburg is a popular area for history buffs, school trips, or a nice vacation. There are several historical shops and attractions that vary in affordability, but colonial Williamsburg itself is completely free to see and explore. Merchant’s square is a retail village in Colonial Williamsburg that features specialty shops, eateries, and clothing stores that are great for a day out with the girls or just window shopping. Whether you’re looking to spend $100 or $0, a day at Colonial Williamsburg is never boring.

3. Go to the beach

And by the beach, I mean the real beach: Sandbridge. For many locals, this is the only acceptable beach for actual sunbathing and swimming because the oceanfront can get a little dirty and overwhelming at times. While it’s great for walking around and grabbing an ice cream, not so great for actual swimming. Sandbridge is located just southeast of the Red Mill are of Virginia Beach, meaning it’s in the middle of nowhere. I guarantee it’s worth the trek. Located adjacent to the Back Bay Wildlife refuge, beautiful scenery, tranquil beaches, and cleaner water means an altogether great experience. Sandbridge is also farther south of the Chesapeake Bay, which means slightly cooler water and usually less jellyfish. If you go during the week it’s pretty easy to find a parking spot you won’t have to pay for. Sandbridge is the place to be for a perfect beach day, and all for free! If you don’t mind spending a bit on lunch, however, Margie and Ray’s on Sandbridge road is on the way down to the beach and is the perfect spot for a late lunch.

4. Visit the Eastern Shore

Not technically Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia is close enough to make a day trip and have some fun. While there are many opportunities for shopping (Chincoteague is home to its own wine, fresh oysters, and many local artists) and tour cruises, it’s possible to spend the whole day visiting historical landmarks or exploring the great outdoors. If you’re lucky, you’ll run across some of the wild ponies that call the Eastern Shore their home. For normal two-axel, four-tire vehicles the toll you’ll encounter for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is $12 there and $5 on the way back. While the toll is a bummer, the sight from the bridge is worth the drive and gives you a glimpse into the natural beauty of the Bay and the Eastern Shore.

While it’s a short list, each area is full of fun and relaxing possibilities that will make spring break in the 757 one that you won’t forget anytime soon.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.


If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.

1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.

I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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