By Samantha Corr
Spring break is coming up soon, so now is the time to plan your week. According to U.S. News Travel, the top 10 Spring Break Destinations are:
- Miami Beach
- Cabo San Lucas
- Puerto Vallarta
- South Padre Island
- Playa del Carmen
- San Diego
A lot of these places are such common college student destinations because flights are pretty affordable. You can usually score a $200-$300 roundtrip flight to many of these places, if you pay attention to different travel websites such as Expedia, Trivago, Kayak, etc. Even doing this though, you have to be prepared for the pricey hotels, which could be about $300 per night.
While these destinations all seem amazing, it can be difficult to coordinate trips with friends who may go to different schools and have a different spring break than you. These trips can also become quite expensive. There are plenty of other trip options that are more local and/or more affordable.
Atlantic City is a great option because it is close enough to drive. With rooms available at prices as low as $67 a night at the Courtyard by Marriott, it is affordable for our small student budgets. Atlantic City is known for its casinos as well as the boardwalk and shopping. There is also an amusement park.
If that is not your thing and you are looking for a more active spring break, skiing is usually a great option. It does depend on the weather, but there are plenty of mountains open in March.
Mountain Creek, Shawnee and Camelback are some of the closest ski areas to us. If you are looking for a longer trip, Killington Mountain in Vermont is one of the top ski mountains on the East Coast and is usually open until May. Being able to drive to all of these places makes it easier to get to, and with lift tickets usually around $50 per day, sometimes with college student discounts, these are great places to spend a couple of days.
Another more affordable idea could be to visit your friends at other schools who don’t have spring break the same week you do. This is a nice way to spend your break with people you don’t always get to see and you can save money by crashing in dorms.
St. Joseph’s College spring break is March 20-26. Let us know how you plan to spend spring break on Twitter (@Sjctalonli)!