How to Plan a Spring Break Trip

How to Plan a Fun and Memorable Spring Break

Spring break gives weary students the opportunity to take time off from their studies and travel to exotic destinations where they can rest, relax, and recharge their batteries.  Although many cities like Panama Beach and Cancun, Mexico get a bad rap as being “party capitals”, there are a number of low-key locations that offer just as much excitement without being overrun by enthusiastic coeds.  In fact, from the beautiful landscape of our national parks to the untouched beauty of our rivers and lakes, there are plenty of ways to spend your vacation without wreaking havoc on the beaches of the Bahamas.

The key to scheduling a fun and memorable spring break relies on your ability to be flexible.  Although the vacation itself occurs during a specific time of year, usually before Easter, there are easy ways to gain an extra day or two by playing it smart and doubling up on homework before your trip.  This will give you the flexibility needed to plan the getaway of your lifetime.

Determine Your Destination

The first step in planning your dream vacation is to determine where it is that you want to go.  There are a few ways that you can do just that.  The first involves researching different areas of the globe that interest you.  You can do this by surfing the net, picking up a travel guide at your local library or ordering brochures from a convention center.  Having this information on hand will help you get a better feel for the city that you want to travel to, the type of activities it offers, and the costs involved with transportation, dining, and accommodations.

Decide How You Are Going to Get There

Depending on distance, there are a number of ways to arrive to a destination quickly.  You can choose an airline, book a flight, and be virtually anywhere in the world within a day’s time.  If you have a little more time to spend getting to where you need to go, you can take a boat, ride the rails, catch a bus or even schedule a road trip by car.  Remember that there are costs involved with driving and a flat tire is enough to put a damper on anyone’s day.  If you want to avoid unforeseen emergencies like this and save money on fuel, find another method of transportation.

Make Reservations

Making reservations far in advance is a wise idea.  Hotels, restaurants, and attractions book quickly during Spring Break.  This can cause you to rethink your destination because you will lose precious vacation time looking for another place to sleep, eat, and entertain yourself at.  The general rule of thumb is this.  Once you have determined where it is that you want to visit, make all of your reservations.  Most places will put a hold on your credit card but not charge you until you actually arrive.   This makes it easier to cancel in the event of an emergency.

Create a Travel Checklist

What you need while you travel will be determined by where it is you choose to go to on your vacation.  The easiest way to obtain this information is through a travel guide or website.  For example, people often believe that places like California and Florida are warm all the time.  This is not necessarily true as both states have their fair share of unpredictable thunderstorms, cool breezes, and lower temperatures.

Creating a travel checklist will help you keep tabs on the things you pack and gives you ample warning of the things you will need before departing on your journey.  You can create the list by hand or print one off the internet for easy use.

Pack Your Bags

While checking off the items on your list, be sure to pack them in your suitcase or overnight bag.  Make sure to label each piece of luggage with your name, address, and phone number.  This small step will save you time if your suitcases are lost.  If they are recovered, they can be easily identified and returned to you quickly.

Going on a Spring Break trip gives you the opportunity to recuperate from the stresses of everyday living.  This will open your eyes to different experiences and ultimately provide you with something to look forward to in following years.  Whether your destination lies within your state or takes you to another country, this statement rings true.  A break from your studies is often what the doctor ordered.  Now go out there and make the most of it!  We promise that you won’t be sorry.

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