While some are looking forward to having the crisp fall air blow through State College, others are already putting down payments on their spring break trip. After surviving the long, hard winter, college students from all over will descend on beach destinations for a week of crammed hotel rooms, tanning and endless memories. However, in such close quarters with so many travel details, arguments are bound to happen if you don’t plan. Take VALLEY’s advice and take these steps before going on vacation with your friends.
Be Picky About Who You Go With
Spring break is a commitment of your time and your money, so it should be spent with people that have your likeminded interests in mind. For example, if you plan on going out every night, don’t bring your friend that you know would rather stay in watching Netflix. Traveling is stressful and to make the trip enjoyable, even the least fun things should be able to be enjoyed simply because of the people you are with.
Plan Out the Budget Ahead of Time
Everyone has different budgets, and you don’t want your spring break getaway to be overrun by arguments about money. In order to avoid this, it may be a good idea to discuss ahead of time how much you are willing to spend. If it is really important to one person to do a certain activity, then there should be a discussion about what everyone wants to do with some compromise.
Spending your money where it counts will make each dollar go as far as it possibly can. The pricier the location, the more you will feel stressed about how much money you are spending on all the fun things that make spring break such an enjoyable escape. Book through a student travel agency to get the best possible deals!
Remember Hotels Aren’t Your Only Option
Where to stay while on break is one of the most stressful parts of planning a vacation with friends. When traveling with a group, one of the best options is to book an Airbnb. Make an account and then search for homes and apartments in your destination. The prices are often much cheaper than a hotel or resort, especially if you are splitting the price with friends. Lastly, because you are often renting out someone’s actual house, you have a chance to really get away and immerse yourself in the culture.
Set Aside Time to Spend On Your Own
In order to keep your zen, it may be a good idea to spend a little time away from the group. Especially if there is something that you definitely want to do while on vacation, such as a morning yoga class or a surfing lesson, other people shouldn’t stop you from doing what you went on vacation to do.
The best stories come from the missed trains, getting caught in the rain and the hole-in-the-wall restaurants you never expected to love. Enjoy life’s imperfect moments and the people you are with instead of trying to force the perfect vacation — that’s how to have the best spring break.