It’s that time of the year again! SPRING BREAK! Wahoo! Time to go nuts! It’s the week of relief when you wake up when the moon rises above the earth and you fall asleep when it tiredly departs from the horizon. Well only sometimes. Sometimes you don’t have the time, money, or…friends…to do the typical foolish partying that is usually associated with this time of year. So instead of just making Sweatpants Sunday every day while eating ice cream and binge watching seven shows for the whole week, you can make spring break your own fun, bizarre, and inexpensive entity. So, whether you are in the beginning of your spring break, the end of your spring break, wishing it was spring break, middle aged and living vicariously through their child on spring break, or shivering in December wrapped up in a blanket next to your heater and just wishing it was spring, you can take these interesting alternatives to the week:
Have an “Alternative” Spring Break
It’s 2015 and the spring break for the new millennium is starting to become less about beachin’ it and more about spending your own free time helping those in need. The Habitat for Humanity organization has terrific options for you like helping to build a house for someone else. It will even give you a new skill to show off to the friends and family. If building a house isn’t your thing, they are plenty of charities around your area that would love for your assistance. There can be SO MANY charities that you may need some more guidelines on how to make your spring break helpful and self-satisfying. Cross-Cultural Solutions is just the thing to get tips and to participate in great volunteer work.
Find a Last Minute Deal
Let’s say you do have friends. You can still go on a vacation with them and spend very little money. Yes, it is possible. No, we’re not kidding. There are companies such as Priceline and Last Minute that specialize in helping you find that perfect last minute deal. Get the lowest prices of vacant hotels, the cheapest cars to rent, and the most inexpensive airline tickets. If you are in the college demographic, the company Contiki has last minute specials such as an Alaskan trip, a European bus tour, or a week spent traveling some of Europe’s most popular cities. Even if it is a week alone driving around unseen places and sleeping in your car, you can easily make the most of your experience with the right deals, and it’ll be a great story to tell at the next dinner you go to.
Pitch a Tent and Star at the Stars
Nothing is as fun and costs the least amount of money than spending a few days in the great outdoors. While this year has been particularly breezy, that isn’t something a fire and some warm jackets can’t fix. Most sporting goods stores have everything you could possibly need for the trek out. From sleeping bags to tents to lights to stoves, pitching in with a group of your friends for the necessities keeps the costs low and not much planning needed. So, bring on the bug spray and take a hike!
Explore Your Own Town
Next time you are lying in bed, grumpy and on Netflix, complaining about how boring a spring break you’re having because there is nothing to do in your town, how about spending a night in the town. Yes, your town. Even the seemingly dullest of towns has a few hidden pieces of gold in it. Maybe not literal gold, per se, but metaphorical gold. From trivia nights at a local hang out spot, to an unexplored path in a woods near your house, to a well-liked restaurant you never took time out to go to, to a night at your town’s spooky cemetery, to karaoke night at the hopping town bar, to bingo night at the town church or fire station, to a special presentation on an interesting subject at your town’s public library, there are TONS of cheap to free activities to keep you busy.
For more information on last minute spring break ideas, you can read the full Travel Channel article here.