Spring break “staycation” ideas

It’s spring break time for college students! If that doesn’t spell white sandy beaches for you this year, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to have fun without planning a lavish week-long trip.

No doubt you’ve heard of “staycations” – where instead of traveling, people stay home and play tourist in their own town.  As a college student, this approach is great way to unwind and save some money over your spring break. So, what is there to do on your staycation?  Here are few quick ideas for you:

Make a wish list for your own city. Let’s start with the traditional staycation: acting as a tourist in your own city. Start with a wish list of places you’d like to explore. Are there local museums, parks or tourist attractions that you’ve never visited? Now is your chance to check them out. When buying tickets, ask if they offer a discount for college students. Then it’s time to see the sights! Pack a lunch and some snacks if you’re feeling frugal, or treat yourself to lunch or dinner at a new restaurant—after all, that’s what tourists do!

Do a day trip. Maybe you live in a town where you’ve seen it all, or really doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a staycation. Try a day trip to a nearby city. See if you can gather a friend or two to join in the mini-adventure—it makes the road trip part of the fun!

Treat yourself. Sometimes a simpler change of pace is all you need to feel refreshed on a holiday break. If you’d rather not take the hometown tourist approach, try treating yourself in other ways. Go hiking or biking on nearby trails, try a new restaurant, go to the gym, get your nails done—anything that feels like a special treat to you.

Stay home and put your feet up. If relaxing is your top priority for vacation time, then by all means, literally stay home and put your feet up. Order takeout and watch movies.  Sometimes pure relaxation is just what you need to take on the world (and your classes!) again.

Visit a friend. Catching up with a friend can be great way to spend your break. Take some time to go visit a friend that you don’t see very often—especially one in another city.

Volunteer. Busy college students don’t always have time to volunteer. Consider devoting some of your spring break to a cause you care about, whether it’s an animal rescue, hospital or homeless shelter. Volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and achievement that may just energize you to the end of the semester.

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.
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