5 Tips On Road Tripping As A College Student On A College Budget

5 Tips On Road Tripping As A College Student On A College Budget

Grab your friends and hit the road!

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As a college student, my bank account is drastically dropping, whether that be because of late night coffee runs or student bills like tuition. This can be really depressing especially since this is the time of your life when you want to be adventurous and try new things. So, rather than scrolling on Pinterest for vacation destinations, take a trip! Now, I know you may be thinking, how can I do that when traveling is so expensive? Well, I got you covered.

1. Book a day trip or a long weekend vacation.

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This is something my friends and I do a lot actually! We will decide to go on a day trip to a cool spot a few hours away to go hiking or scout out new coffee shops. This way, you really only have to pay for food or chip in for gas. With a lot of friends, you'll maybe spend $30 and you'll make great memories for the day. Another option, if you have more time, maybe plan a weekend trip to a big city you have been wanting to visit! Personally, my friends and I usually stay with someone we know when booking a long weekend vacation, but Airbnb is always a really good option too. Plus, you can find some really cool places for really cheap.

2. Plan out your activities or "must-sees" beforehand.

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When my BFF's and I decided to go to California for the weekend, we planned out different restaurants, coffee shops, and activities that we wanted to go to. This helps you predict how much money to bring/spend and also keeps you on schedule rather than just sitting in the hotel or Airbnb all day. Go online and look up places with really cool reviews or places that make for really cute Instagram spots!

3. Check out FREE places!

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As a college student, you probably don't wanna be spending tons of money on your trip because the actual travel expenses can add up pretty quickly. So, look for activities like a local beach, state park, or even just sight-see for one day! These things are free and can be really fun when you make the most of it. For example, if you hit up a beach, bring a blanket, some snacks from home, and an awesome road trip playlist that you made. Chill in the water, maybe bring a ball to pass around, and make some fun, yet, cheap memories with your friends.

4. Do an Instagram photoshoot.

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Did you even go if there are no pictures to prove it? I know you were scrolling social media daydreaming of your traveling experiences, so why not take some cute pictures to show the world where you went? My friends and I like to get multiple outfits ready and hunt out cute photo opportunities. In LA, we stopped at the famous Pink Wall and snagged a few pics for the 'gram while we were there. So, get some props like an iced coffee or a pair of sunglasses and strike your best pose! This is a great thing to do on trips because taking pictures is free and you can make a whole day out of it.

5. Say yes more often.

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By saying yes, you will be open to more opportunities than you would've if you said no. This has been something that is HUGE for me in college. Before, if I didn't want to hang out or do something that was a little out of my comfort zone, I would just say no and forget about it. But, by saying yes to spontaneous things such as day trips or special activities, I may have a lot of memories. Skip class and go to the Grand Canyon? Say yes. Weekend road trip to Los Angeles? Say yes. Go hike 4 miles to see an incredible view? Say yes.

In order to have the "full college experience," you don't have to go across the world, or even across your state. Grab some of your closest buds, drive a few hours, bring food from home, and go explore. You'll regret it if you don't, so why not just go? Traveling doesn't have to break the bank as long as you are smart about your decisions. Don't go crazy, but splurge a little. You can always make back the money, but you can't always make back the memories.

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In case you haven't noticed lately, girls are all about that dad bod.

Girls have been dealing with body image issues since the beginning of time until recent (for those of you who consider yourselves to be "Thick thin") I hadn't heard about this body type until my roommate mentioned it. She used to be crazy over guys she claimed had the dad bod.

After observing the guys she found attractive, I came to understand this body type well and was able to identify it. The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either.

The dad bod is a new trend and fraternity boys everywhere seem to be rejoicing. Turns out skipping the gym for a few brews last Thursday after class turned out to be in their favor. While we all love a sculpted guy, there is just something about the dad bod that makes boys seem more human, natural, and attractive. Here are a few reasons that girls are crazy about the dad bod.

It doesn't intimidate us.
Few things are worse than taking a picture in a bathing suit, one being taking a picture in a bathing suit with a guy who is crazy fit. We don't want a guy that makes us feel insecure about our body. We are insecure enough as it is. We don't need a perfectly sculpted guy standing next to us to make us feel worse.

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We like being the pretty one.
We love people saying "they look cute together." But we still like being the center of attention. We want to look skinny and the bigger the guy, the smaller we feel and the better we look next to you in a picture.

Better cuddling.
No one wants to cuddle with a rock. Or Edward Cullen. The end.

Good eats.
The dad bod says he doesn't meal prep every Sunday night so if you want to go to Taco Tuesday or $4 pitcher Wednesday, he'd be totally down. He's not scared of a cheat meal because he eats just about anything and everything.

You know what you're getting.
Girls tend to picture their future together with their guys early on. Therefore, if he already has the dad bod going on, we can get used to it before we date him, marry him, have three kids. We know what we are getting into when he's got the same exact body type at the age of 22 that he's going to have at 45.


So there you go. A simple break down of why girls everywhere are going nuts over this body type on males. We like it. We love it. We want some more of it. So here's to you dad bods, keep it up. Men, confidently strut that gut on the beach because while you stare at us in our bikinis we will be staring just as hard.

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Why You Should And Shouldn't Pursue A Science Degree

From personal experience, here are some actual reasons, in my opinion, why a science degree is a really bad, yet really good idea.

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Since I was in maybe 6th or 7th grade, I've always dreamed of being a doctor. Don't ask me why, but for some reason, I just up and decided I wanted to pursue one of the hardest possible careers that exist. Anatomy, science, and math have always been interests of mine, but not necessarily strong-suits. These areas, for me, always take extra work and studying to excel on exams and homework versus English and history. Regardless, I ignored this. Why? I am dumb. I didn't pay attention to what my personal strengths are, but rather what my interests alone were. I guess what I am trying to say here is, through personal experience, I've learned that it's important to pay attention to what your personal talents and interests are and to find a good middle ground. This can apply to any degree, not just a science degree.

Interest in science has increased over time. As technology and medicine have advanced, people have recognized that there is a need for more people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field. There are more jobs available for people who pursue STEM degrees, and those jobs generally offer more money. According to Business Insider, non-STEM majors earn an average of $15,500 less per year starting salary than STEM majors. This is enticing to many but can be misleading. Science degrees are very difficult to earn, which is why they offer such high-earning salaries and give so many job opportunities after college.

If you are actually good at math and science and know the first 100 numbers of pi off the top of your head, by all means, feel free to become a neurosurgeon or aerospace engineer, but I had to learn my lesson the hard way. Just know that nobody's opinion matters but your own and this is your life. The decisions you make during these four years will affect your career for the rest of your life. Don't pursue a degree just because it will make you a lot of money. Pursue a career because you are good at it and you actually enjoy it.

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