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How To Spend Your School Vacations Right!

August 28, 2015 in Campus Life, Travel

College Spring Break

College Spring Break

Like most college students, University of Rhode Island Rams are excited for spring break, Thanksgiving break, and just about any excuse to have off from school. Most students will travel home during breaks, but some will choose to travel with their friends. At URI, students usually travel to Mexico for spring break or even Florida (if they’re over 21). Whatever the destination may be, traveling during breaks seems to be a must. In addition to the destination, transportation is just as important. Please be reminded that URI is in the middle of nowhere and is sometimes a hassle to travel to and from. This is true for a lot of universities therefore planning ahead of time is really important. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a horrible seat or even traveling at an unreasonable time because you waited too long to book your traveling arrangements.

This spring break, students will be traveling to Mexico (most likely) with other college students. This includes students from URI, but also from 10-20 other colleges and universities. From personal experience, if you have not had the opportunity to go on one of these spring break trips…DO IT! You won’t ever get the chance to sit by the beach with hundreds of other college students, soak up the sun, and drink yourself into a week of unforgettable memories. It’s not always fun and games, but if you go with a good group of people and are there to enjoy yourself (be prepared to get five hours of sleep total), you’ll have a blast.

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break

There is also an alternative spring break option for most students at colleges and universities, which I do not think is taken advantage of. Sometimes programs like Habitat for Humanity host alternative spring breaks where they bring groups of students to areas around the United States and build homes and/or schools for underprivileged families and communities. I think this traveling option is productive and a great way to get involved in and around the community. Besides, if you choose to travel somewhere else in the US, you won’t technically be going home. Isn’t that what school vacations are all about?

For other students who are just traveling home for breaks, make sure you purchase your plane, train, or bus tickets in advance. I’ve heard of people waiting until the last minute to purchase tickets and they’ve either missed out on going home or have had to pay a ridiculous amount of money just to get home. Know your exam/work schedule well in advanced in order to book your tickets. Luckily for us Rhody Rams, the Amtrak is a five minute drive from campus. These trains go to just about anywhere and are a convenient way to travel home. Public buses area also available on campus and travel to the city of Providence multiple times a day. The best piece of advice I have for students trying to travel home during breaks, is to book their tickets and reservations a few weeks or even months ahead!

Traveling while your in college is a great time to explore and learn about yourself and others. As much as I encourage people to study abroad, if some are unable to, traveling during school vacations is a great idea. We are lucky enough to have breaks that range from two weeks to five weeks during Christmas time, therefore we must take advantage of it all. Whether its going to Florida and having some fun at pool parties or going to Cancun with the rest of your university, traveling during breaks is a great idea and should be enjoyed by all college students!

Getaway Spots for College Students

April 15, 2015 in Alive Campus, Travel

Taking weekend trips is ideal for college students looking to break free from the stress of school. There are so many different and exciting places FSU students have the option of visiting when they wish to escape from the beloved city of Tallahassee for just a few days. I personally love to travel during breaks or simply for a weekend trip when my wallet is intact. Here are a few suggestions for affordable and exciting getaways:

Universal: Universal Studios has recently expanded their attractions significantly by adding an entire new Harry Potter section, which connects via train ride from the Islands of Adventure Harry Potter side. I went recently for my spring break and was baffled by how realistic they’ve made these attractions in comparison with that of the movies, so be sure to visit! Florida residents and FSU students receive discounts on tickets, and hotels are always generally reasonably priced. If you stay at the on-site hotels, you receive express passes all day to skip the regular lines. It’s certainly worth the extra money!

Harry Potter World

Harry Potter World

Disney World: Disney is probably my favorite place in the entire world, despite all of the little kids running around screaming for Mickey and ice cream. Florida residents and FSU students often receive discounts on hotels and tickets depending on the time of year, so take advantage while you can, because those Disney prices certainly are not going down! But I promise, it’s still worth it. It’s only about a 3 and a half hour drive from Tallahassee, which calls for a long weekend getaway.

Music Festivals: I attended the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend, which consisted of country bands playing all day on the sunny, sandy beach. It’s a two-day event in which singers such as Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen take the stage. Beer and food is sold all day long, but be prepared to wait because it gets absolutely packed. Music festivals are great for the spring and summer months, especially for college students who enjoy the party scene and dressing in funky clothing.

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

Cruises: Several students will go on cruises during their spring break, usually on Carnival Cruise Line since they offer great prices and the food is all-inclusive. I have been on Royal Caribbean cruises during my spring break quite a few times and would highly recommend it to other students. The cruises usually leave out of Tampa, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, so you will have to drive if you choose this route for summer or spring break.

New York: I always go home to New York for winter and summer breaks. However, several students who live in Florida fly there around Christmas time to see the tree/ lights/ etc., which is always a great choice for vacation. New York City never gets old. There are two airports to fly into in NYC, making it easy to find an affordable price if you search hard enough. My suggestion is to drive to a city like Jacksonville or Orlando since the Tallahassee airport has sky-high prices.

New Orleans: While I have never personally been to New Orleans, I know several FSU students that have gone for sorority and fraternity retreats, or just for the weekend. Mardi Gras is a huge event that students will take advantage of during the month of March.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Panama City Beach: This is only for those who enjoy the party scene at its best. At about a 2-hour drive from Tallahassee, students will go for either spring break or spring weekend. Spring weekend occurs in the middle of April and is basically just a weekend full of students drinking on the beach.

Transportation: FSU students are always open to carpooling in order to save gas money. There’s even a page Facebook specifically for FSU students looking for rides to south Florida for those who want to go home for the weekend or fly out of another airport. The Red Coach bus is also a convenient way of traveling to and from south Florida. It has free wifi, outlets, and tvs for entertainment during the long ride, in addition to recliner chairs. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it.

Red Coach Bus

Red Coach Bus

With a variety of options to choose from, it’s time to start planning your next getaway! Next stop: summer!

Spring Break Destinations

March 6, 2015 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Events, Travel

In the spirit of spring break being this coming week (for some college students) or the following week, I have decided to write about popular destinations for spring break. Here are the top 4 places that college students must go, at least once, before graduating from college.

Spring Break 2015!

Spring Break 2015!

Miami, FL: I know that for some college students this may be an overrated place to go for spring break, but if you want to experience the feeling of a real spring break then this is a must go destination. Going to the beach, enjoying the nice weather, especially if you live in a state where it is cover with snow (I live in Boston, MA). Miami is also a place where the night life is active. If you enjoying going to the clubs, drinking (if you are 21 or older) or enjoying the music and environment then this is a great place to go. If you want to have a great time without going to the clubs then going to theme part like Islands of Adventures or Disney Downtown is a great way to spend some of your spring break.

Acapulco, Mexico: This is another popular place to go during spring break. Some may say not to go to Mexico because it has become a dangerous country, and it is true, but if you do decide to travel to Acapulco, just travel with cautious. Despite its dangerous environment, Acapulco, is a wonderful place to travel to. It has wonderful beaches and the weather is great. Since this is a popular destination for spring breakers, then there are a lot of parties and events happening during the month of March, for college students to enjoy. Acapulco is also tourist friendly, so it is okay to travel to Acapulco without speaking Spanish.

Las Vegas, Nevada: If you want to have a great time then going to Las Vegas is another must go. I know some of the people reading this might had already traveled to Las Vegas before with either their family or with other people, but going to Las Vegas for spring break is another unique experience. There are the casinos, clubs, and other activities that are fun and enjoyable to do. If you want to have a once in a life time experience then go to Las Vegas for spring break.

Puerto Rico: This is another destination to go to for spring break. Like Miami, Puerto Rico has wonderful beaches and at night, there are many clubs and activities to do that will make you wonder why you have not travel to Puerto Rico before, at least that’s what the reviews say, but like every review they can be wrong. So just go to Puerto Rico and experience it yourself!

There are many places to travel to for spring break, but deciding which one is the most fun to experience is difficult. As a college student, it is necessary to travel to one of these four destinations at least once before graduating because you will have the wonderful experience of a college spring break. 

College Travel Guide: What to do During Breaks

September 5, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

map of the world

map of the world

Fall Break- Fall break is awesome because although it is short, it is a time to take a quick vacation to break up the semester.  Some students like to go home, others like to go to beach houses to relax with friends, and others like to take short trips to get away from studying.  Another fun activity to do during your fall break is to go to a concert, museum, or visit another friend who lives out of your home state.

Thanksgiving Break- Thanksgiving break is usually a time students take to spend with family.  It is usually a short break; so many students decide to go home.  But, if you like to travel, this break is a great time to possibly take a small trip.  Students can also utilize this time to do some intense “Black Friday” shopping.

Summer Break- Summer break is basically a free-for-all.  Students will do anything from an internship, a study abroad trip; take a summer class, or just work.  Also, students will take this time to go on vacations or spend time with family.  Possible summer trips could be:

Winter Break- Winter break is also a time that students can go home, study abroad for school credit, or just go on other vacations with family.  Study abroad during the winter intercession; allow students who are looking for a short study abroad experience, as well as a way to knock out some class credit during winter break.

Spring Break- Longwood University offers a program called Alternative Spring Break for students.  This program allows students to sign up for service projects, in the states and abroad.  Many students utilize this time to help others, as well as make lasting memories during their week-long break.

  • Here is a link to Longwood University’s Alternative Spring Break Page: http://www.longwood.edu/leadership/14166.htm

For me, typically I go home on spring break, or I go visit my family.  Last year, I surprised my cousin on her 21st birthday, and stayed with her to celebrate during my spring break.

Need Transportation?

Some good methods for transportation to get to and from somewhere for a break would be possibly a bus system (if you school has one), that takes you home to your local area.  You can also hitch a ride with a friend or someone else from your school that lives close to you.  Another way you can find transportation to and from school for a break would be to go onto your school’s “ride board” and post where you are going, when, and your contact information.

Spring Break: A Time to Explore

August 30, 2014 in Alive Campus, Reviews, Travel

When you think of Spring Break in college, images of wild parties on Panama City Beach are conjured up. College kids blowing off steam from the stress of the work load, and spending a lot of money to do so. Girls Gone Wild running up and down the beach coercing drunk girls to flash their boobs. (I’ve never been to PCB, is that still a thing?) But sometimes being able to do something different than that is a good idea for your Spring Break, whether it is a mission trip, and trip with a purpose or just to explore a different part of our country, or the world. On my first Spring Break of college, I accidentally found where I want to live after graduation.

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA

I had decided to use my Spring Break to visit my good friend who attended school in New Orleans. My break lined up perfectly with Mardis Gras that year, so I was very excited to see just how crazy the celebration would be down there. So, it could be said that initially, my intentions were to have the party of a lifetime, not much different from the intentions of those same kids on Panama City Beach. And it probably wasn’t all that different; sans the beach. There was a lot of drinking and yelling and there were a lot of exposed boobs. But through this trip, I took away a culture that I had never experienced in a place I had never traveled to.

I live in Marshfield, Massachusetts, a small town south of Boston. I have lived here my entire life. I grew up here. Everything I know is here. Going to New Orleans was a huge culture shock – it didn’t even feel like I was still in the United States. I once heard the city described as a “northern annexation of Haiti,” and I don’t think there could be a more accurate description. The food is in its own category. I once ordered a ham and cheese sub from a deli, and it tasted nothing like one I would get in Mass. How? It’s a ham and cheese sub. They put their cajun spice on literally everything, and I think they’re helping make the world a better place because of it.

The people of New Orleans are incredible. They are friendly and willing to help, especially to first-time visitors of their city they are so proud of. The houses look like nothing you’ve ever seen before; old architecture and funny colors of houses make it hard to keep your eyes on the road while you’re driving. There is so much to see in a city that has so much history. Had I not used my break wisely, I would never have realized how much I loved that city, and would never have had the idea to try living there. Picking up your life and moving cross-country is a huge feat and a scary one, no doubt. But my senior year approaches, Life is knocking at my door, and I have to answer it at some point. If I look back and regret this decision because I decided I don’t like living in New Orleans, so be it. I only lost a year of my life, and I’ll still only be 23. That’s something I can live with. I just have to be willing to take that first step.