We all have that one place we imagine going to someday while we’re sitting in class, bored out of our minds, wishing we were lying on the beach and soaking up some sun. However, the problem is always the same. You don’t have the time, the money, or the friends to go with. Well, I’m here to tell you that you need to stop believing all of those doubts and give you reasons to just go!
This weekend, I was invited by a family friend to attend the West Point Military Ball in New York. This prestigious event is a formal celebration for the upper-classmen cadets of West Point to recognize their achievements as a class. Along with myself and my date, cadets and their guests from other universities around the country were able to spend the weekend in a house by a nearby lake and take some time to relax, party a little, and just get away. It was such an amazing experience for me. I was able to meet so many incredible people who I would now consider friends, explore a part of New York that I had never seen before, learn the history of such an amazing school, and take time off from school for a weekend to be myself.
Because of my great experience, I was shown how amazing a quick, three-day trip can be, especially during the stress of college. I know, I know, trying to go on a mini vacation might bring you more stress! However, a weekend getaway might be just what you need, so here are some tips to help you get to that place you’ve been wanted to get to.
1. Look for a three-day weekend!
The best time to go on a trip is when you aren’t skipping a day of school (unfortunately, I had to). BUT, if you have to skip a day, don’t worry about it! I barely missed anything at all when I skipped on a Friday and was quickly able to jump back into school the following Monday. Presidents Day is coming up in a couple weeks, giving you a perfect opportunity! Get your friends together and see what they think about a getaway!
2. Ask your friends!
A vacation isn’t complete without fun people to go with! Ask your closest friends if they would want to go on this trip with you and come up with a fun place to go. Not only will it make your trip fun, it can help cut the cost on things such as hotel prices, Uber costs, and so much more!
3. Finding the money!
First things first, don’t worry about it! I know we are a bunch of “broke college kids”, but it really isn’t all that bad. Saving up can be as easy as putting a quarter or a dollar in a jar everyday or choosing to not have that grande white chocolate mocha from Starbucks today. Saving is easy once you put your mind to it, and as I said before, bringing people along for the ride can cut the cost of any trip.
Everyone deserves a little bit of adventure in their lives, so get out there and enjoy the world!