It’s the middle of winter and you are already dreaming of warm beaches and palm trees. Not to mention that you really want to show off that new bathing suit that you got for Christmas. But while the majority of students are heading off to Panama City Beach or Cancun, why not take the road less traveled and go on an alternative spring break. Spring break destinations are only as limited as you choose to allow your mind to wander. There is no end to great places you can go, and wonderful things you can do. Why not volunteer somewhere exotic, like Islandmorada, FL, or take a kayaking adventure?
- Volunteer: What could be more fulfilling than helping people or the environment while having fun? Instead of lying on a beach, why not spend the week at a beach helping marine animals or working to build homes for disaster victims? Head down to the Keys in Florida for some fun in the sun and some amazing marine animals. There are lots of National Parks, beaches, cafés, and a great art scene. Plus, if you work there, you will get a “local look” at life in the Keys.
- Go Underground! Forget the beach, head underground and go caving! Check with your school for a club that is centered on outdoor pursuits or extreme sports to find something catered towards beginners. Very often, clubs will organize extended trips for spring break. If you can, head to the Yorkshire Dales in England to explore some of the caves there. They have a training facility as well as caves for all levels of subterranean adventurers.
- Stay Local: Sometimes the coolest things are found right under your nose. If you go to school in a large city, or are near one, go exploring. Many times college students don’t get a chance to do touristy things, so take this chance to go discover why people actually visit your city. Check out the internet to find great student deals and rates on local attractions. Go somewhere without a map and get lost to see what you will discover. Sample local food and visit the markets. The nice thing about staying close: you will save money by not having to pay for a hotel!
- Become a History Hunter: Take off and discover some of a nation’s history! So many people never get to learn the history of their country, so take this chance to do so. If you are in the United States, visit Washington DC or Williamsburg, VA. If in Europe, take advantage of student rates and visit castles and historical sites and learn the history behind the walls. Discover the history of a monarchy and learn about kings and queens. Who knows, you might discover something amazing!
- Go Camping: Hit the wilderness with a few friends and discover the great outdoors. Find a National Park near you and spend the nights roasting marshmallows and the days hiking. Check with friends living locally and see if you can scrounge up any camping gear to borrow. If not, everyone can pitch in to get low-cost camping gear. Cannoning, biking, hiking, and fishing are just some of the many fun activities there are to do.
Spring break options are unlimited, all you have to do is think big and be creative.