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5 Relaxing (Affordable) Spring Break Activities

As the end of the quarter is approaching, we have two things on our minds: finals and spring break. And, if we’re being honest, we’re really only thinking about spring break, that precious week separating winter and spring quarter. February’s nearing its end, and your dreams of going to Cabo are not looking too realistic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy yourself! Here are a few spring break activities that will help you relax, have fun, and maybe even get a good tan to show off for spring quarter:

Go to the Beach

Chances are, even if you’re staying in Davis, you’re not too far from a beach. Grab your favorite celebrity gossip magazine, some sunscreen (or tanning oil, but be careful!), a towel, some good snacks, and your iPod, and you’re in for a treat.

Catch Up on Fun Reading

The quarter system has us reading novels and text books faster than we thought possible, so by the time we’re ready to wind down at night, we have absolutely no energy to read anything for pleasure. Now’s your chance. With a week without school commitment, curl up in bed with a New York Times bestseller, or that John Green book that’s been sitting on your desk for months.

Have a Girl’s Night In

There’s nothing like a girl’s night in. Ingredients: a movie (preferably a chick flick released in the early 2000’s), popcorn, cookies, and wine.

Go Hiking

No matter where you are for spring break, I guarantee there are some beautiful hiking spots nearby. Even if you’re not so active, hiking allows you to get outside and enjoy some incredible scenery. If you’re staying in Davis, check out the trails at Lake Berryessa or Auburn’s Hidden Falls.

Have a DIY Spa Day

Grab a few girl friends and have your own spa day. Create your own face masks, fill up your bathtub with some bubbles, and take turns giving each other manicures and pedicures. Or, if you feel like splurging, check out Groupon for a two-for-one spa day and relax with a professional massage.

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