Spring break is finally upon us. For some college students, this means warm weather and traveling for the next seven days. For others, it means going back home because we couldn’t afford to go anywhere else. If you fall into the category of “broke and going home”, then here are some budget friendly activities you can get into over break, that can still make you feel like your vacation wasn’t wasted.
Day trips are probably the most underrated forms of traveling of all time. Taking a little road trip to a town or place you’ve never been to with some friends can turn into an unforgettable adventure. While you’re there, you can check out the local parks and shops, festivals, eat at diners and restaurants you’ve never been to, discover a museum, have a photoshoot, etc. You never know what you might find. And if you end up finding new places you love, at least you know it won’t be too expensive or far to go back and enjoy it again.
Do you love the outdoors? Do you love a little risk? Then Car camping might be a fun activity for you to do with friends. If you live in a place where it’s too cold to go camping with just a tent, car camping is great alternative to avoid having to buy a cabin or lodge. All you need is a car you’re comfortable with sleeping in, and supplies that will keep you warm throughout the night. If you’ve never done this before then I recommend keeping the car in someone’s driveway and keeping the car there. If you want to be a little more bold then take the car wherever you feel. But be careful with where you take car, and how you keep warm. Certain states have laws about sleeping in cars, and it’s not safe to keep your car running all night to use the heater. Before doing this please do some further research. Youtube has many great videos on how to safely sleep in your car.
Rent an AirBnB with Friends! –
This one may sound a little expensive but if you’ve ever browsed through AirBnB, there are many selections that can range from super cheap to extremely expensive. But depending on where you wanna stay and go, it can turn out to be even cheaper when you split it with friends. And for one night (however many nights you choose to stay), you and your friends can live it up and get away, without breaking the bank.
Get Back Into Your Hobbies
Have you ever wanted to try something but just didn’t have the time to really get into it? Now that you have the free time you can finally start that youtube channel you want, or thrift flip those old clothes you’ve had sitting in your room. You can write or tap into your art or maybe start playing that instrument you’ve wanted to. You can finally learn to ski or knit or whatever it is that your heart desires! Who knows what undiscovered talents you might find within yourself.
Self Care + Love
With spring semester being the fastest and shortest semester of the school year, our professors love to pack on the work. And sometimes we can forget about taking care of ourselves. If you’re looking for something to focus on over break that is inexpensive or maybe just looking to feel better, then maybe try channeling into what your body needs. Maybe work on your skin routine, catch up on the sleep you’ve been deprived of, hydrate, work out, start eating right, etc. If you’re looking for more ways to take care of yourself check out this article.
Get Your Coins
The whole reason you’re stuck at home for spring break is because you didn’t have the funds to make moves and travel. Which is okay! A lot of college students are in the same position, so don’t sweat it. But If you’re not happy with the fact you’re home for break, then make a game plan so you’re not in the same place for next year. Try picking up some extra hours at work, or finding a job that pays more. And if those aren’t options that work for you, try selling things you don’t want online or to local stores in your area that exchange old goods for money (pawn shops, consignment shops, etc).