The typical Spring Break can include expensive, exotic locations, beautiful beaches and wild parties and is considered a rite of passage for college students, but the reality is that most students are tired and on a budget.
Don’t cash in your financial aid for plane tickets just yet. Here are a few relaxing and affordable suggestions for your time off school.
Get Out and Enjoy Nature. There are many benefits of spending time outdoors including reduced stress, improved concentration, renewed creativity and more mental energy. Enjoy the cooler Spring weather and go on a hike or that bike ride you’ve been thinking about. March is peak camping season in Joshua Tree National Park too. Check out the local wildflowers in bloom that are beautiful all the way through May. There are many different and cool places for the curious adventurer to explore.
Take all the Naps. Spring Break is a great time to catch up on those zzz’s. Winter quarter can be exhausting and students should try their best to re-energize for next quarter. Take full advantage of having no homework by staying in your PJ’s and relaxing for a whole day.
Have a Beach Day. Whether your thing is drum circles at Venice Beach, shopping at the Santa Monica Pier or surfing in Huntington, every student’s vacation should include some beach time. Organize a volleyball game with friends or BBQ and enjoy the sunshine.
Visit a Museum. Take advantage of student discounts and visit some of the many fantastic museums in Southern California. Stargaze at the Griffith Observatory, check out the Jeff Koons art installation at the Broad, go to the gardens at The Huntington Library or see Judy Garland’s Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” at the Hollywood Museum. A Google search will reveal hundreds of museums available locally. Don’t forget the mandatory Instagram photo with Chris Burden’s Urban Lights art installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). With such a rich variety of options, there’s something for everyone.
Do a Marathon (On Netflix). Catch up on all the episodes that you neglected the last few weeks because with so many great shows on Netflix this is a perfect time for that ultimate binge. Make some popcorn and enjoy popular titles like “Orange is the New Black,” “Stranger Things,” “Portlandia” and “The Walking Dead.”
Spend Time with Family. There’s never enough time with the ones that we love. Go visit your Grandma or Grandpa if you are able to or call a sibling or cousin to catch up. Your family will thank you for spending some of your free time visiting. Have quality time and play with your pets too.
Finish That…? Instead of picking up a new project, use your Spring Break to finish older things that have not been completed yet. Finish that book you never got around to reading, finish organizing your closet, finish that art project that’s been collecting dust. Choose one or two things and knock them out.
De-Stress. It’s important to take the time to unwind and release the built up stress of Winter quarter and Finals. Rest and relaxation should be a priority during the break. Plan a girl’s or guy’s night, try out a yoga class or simply go on a walk.
Plan an Epic April Fool’s. What better way to spend your extra time than to get some laughs? April 1 is right around the corner and with that comes a great opportunity for practical jokes. There are many fun prank ideas, including applying googly eyes to random objects, taping paper over the optical sensor of a friend’s computer mouse or strategically placing Nicolas Cage’s photo around for people to find. Have fun with it, take some time and get creative.
Coyotes – Have a fun and safe Spring Break 2018!