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Being an adult can kind of be a drag sometimes. You know, bills to pay, responsibilities, yada yada yada. But maybe if we took a few things from our childhood, like spring break, adulthood wouldn't be such a drag.
I don't know about you, but I think a lot of people just stop taking spring break when they're adults, because, unless you're a teacher, you're not scheduled to have those days off. So, why not take your pile of vacation days you haven't used yet, and make spring break an adult reality?
I woke up on January 1st, jazzed about a new year and started searching for cheap flights...it's what I do. When I found $390 round trip tickets to Aruba....Ding Ding Ding. By lunch time we had flights booked and a hotel reservation and were dusting off our swim suites for an awesome spring break trip, even though we're in our 30's...because we can...and because everyone needs a break from winter, even those of us on the Oregon Coast who don't really get winter.
Anywho, I digress.
So, I thought "why not pull together some other cool trip ideas and tips for an impromptu spring break trip"
Tip #1: Pick places not favored by college students
Or at least not these college students. I'm not knocking this type of spring break behavior. It is indeed a right of passage for many. But let's be honest, as you get older, hangovers seem stupid, and you really don't want to end up with a tramp stamp that you can't remember how it got there.
The top spring break destinations favored by college students are:
Panama City Bach, Florida
South Padre Island, Texas
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Sping Break Cruise: Inception at Sea
Freeport, Bahamas Party Cruise
But what if you really want to go to one these destinations?
Tip #2 Don't go during peak Spring Break time
Spring break tends to be mid March-ish - early April. That's not too scientific, so here's a list of several college's 2016 Spring break calendars.
By going when it's just before or after spring break means that you won't wake up to find vomit outside your room door or be lulled to sleep by the gentle sounds of a twerking contest by the pool.
AND you'll likely find slightly cheaper rooms and plane tickets and still have awesome weather.
If you're thinking about going to Nassau, and want a quite stay during Spring Break, I'd suggest The Orange Hill Inn. Pat and I have stayed here twice. Once during Spring Break while we were in college and once for our wedding. It's super quite and away from where all the college students stay. And trust me, the hotels where a lot of students stay get LOUD and gross. Just trust me.
Tip #3 Think like a kid
One of my favorite first travel memories was going off to summer camp. I was on my own, free from adult supervision, and I had a great time. Guess what, you can still go to camp!
Or maybe Space Camp was the thing you always wanted to do as a kid, but didn't get the chance. Yeah, you can still do that at Adult Space Camp.
Sometimes it's a good idea to break out of the typical "this is what spring break looks like" and think about what you've always wanted to do, and go do it!
Tip #4 Emphasis the break in Spring Break
One of the points of Spring Break is to get some much need R&R. So, make sure you're fully relaxed and recharged by the time you go back to work by using your Spring Break for a spa retreat, yoga camp, or by going somewhere that will force you to be off the grid a bit, like Cuba.
There's a ton of options for a really relaxing getaway. That's why we chose Aruba. Pat's still going to be rehabbing his knee, so we wanted something 1. Warm 2. Beautiful 3. Relaxing 4. Somewhere we haven't been before. Check, check, check, check!
Plan a lot of time sleeping in hammocks, drinking coffee/mimosas in bed, and getting to a point where you don't know what day it is anymore.
Tip #5 Don't delay
Now is the perfect time to start booking flights, particularly if you are flying international. One of my favorite things to do is to use Skyscanner, and put in my departure airport and select "everywhere" as my destination. It then spits out the best deals to everywhere. That's how I found my tickets to Aruba. You might just find the inspiration you need to book that Spring Break trip.
Where are you going to go? Let us know in the comments! And no matter where you go, don't forget to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz