The most popular Spring Break destination is a white sandy beach with bikinis and beach balls and parties galore. However, this year, with the state of the economy, everyone is hurting financially. Many people are having to sacrifice their extravagant Spring Break vacations because of their lack of funds. Don’t let this ruin your week off from school; Miss Macy is here with ideas and suggestions to spice up your Spring Break at home!
Taking a road trip to somewhere not too far away with a group of friends is almost an even trade with the beach. Although the cost of gas could burn a hole in your pocket, with a large group of people, you can easily split the cost of gas and hotel prices up between everyone. Over night trip still too much? You can easily get to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a day trip in just a few hours. Another ideal destination relatively close is the Smoky Mountains. To drive up to the mountains takes only a few hours, and will give you plenty to do.
Love the city experience? You can head to downtown Atlanta for either an overnight stay, or just a day trip. There are many attractions in Atlanta such as, The Coca-Cola Factory, Underground, Georgia Aquarium, and for a hint of education added into your week, The Fernbank Museum of Natural History. All of these attractions are reasonably priced, and well worth the cost.
Volunteering may not be first on your To-Do list, but can be a lot of fun, and looks great on college applications. There are many places in the Canton area that always need volunteers. Look in the paper for current volunteer opportunities available during the week of Spring Break
This one is something your teachers and parents would love, read a book! Do some research, learn something new. You’d be surprised how fun reading for pleasure can actually be. Students are often pushed away from reading because of the drab reading we are required to read for school. Go to the library and find a subject that really interests you. If you are falling behind in some classes, it also wouldn’t hurt to study for those courses; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being ahead. This will only help you in the long run, and give you an immense amount of confidence when you return to school.
Don’t become a couch potato during the week off. Get outside, and stay active. Get a group of friends together for a game of volleyball, or any sport of your preference. Go on a walk; many neighborhoods have designated trails throughout the neighborhood. You can either walk the trails, or ride your bike. This can be very relaxing, and it’s good for you. On cold or rainy days, rent a movie and play some board games with family and friends inside. (But don’t let that turn into your whole week.)
There is so much available for you to do during the week of Spring Break, even if you’re not going to your ideal beach for vacation. So, in conclusion, don’t sit on the couch all week! Do something; help someone, learn something new, help your parents around the house, or go on a mini-vacation of your own. Don’t let your tight budget ruin your week; get creative, and have fun!