Most college students travel to famous Spring Break vacation sites during their mid-term rest. Putting money toward all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, Bahamas, Jamaica and other Caribbean hot spots is the norm.
But these commercial scenes are nothing but chaotic, non-stop-partying, live-it-up-for-a-week places. And who wants that? You come home tired, stupid and you can’t remember more than two days out of the whole trip. It’s not worth the money or the time. I mean, if you really research the issue, there are plenty of other vacation ideas that people just overlook.
To give students the upper hand in planning Spring Break next year, I’ve compiled a list of possible vacations for around the same price as the highly visited beach spots. Believe me, these areas of rest and relaxation are definitely well worth it! So, listen up and contact your travel agent to book for next year.
• Amish country – Wowee, this place is jumpin’ with fresh milk, horse and buggies and men with long beards. The smell of baking bread and manure fill the air of this small area in Lancaster. Take a lesson in churning butter or spend a day riding through town on a buggy (the beeping cars are just jealous). Dress up as an Amish person to get your picture taken, or make a horseshoe with the local blacksmith. This spring break experience is exactly like Cancun, but without the beer, beach, sun, craziness and random hookups. It’s the same fun time.
• The Philadelphia Flower Show – Only a bus ride away from Temple, the trip is totally worth it. The flower show has it all — roses, geraniums, tulips and even daffodils — no matter how cold it is outside. There are always hot exhibits inside. See decorative designs, wonderful arrangements and out-of-this-world growing techniques at the nearby Philadelphia Convention Center. Make a whole week out of this show, stay with a friend at the University of Penn and walk to the site everyday. The thrilling atmosphere of colorful foliage and tasty refreshments make for a week of fun and learning. This relaxing trip to the convention center has the true meaning of taking a break in spring!
• New Orleans – As usual, Temple’s Spring Break falls over the best time of the month to visit this scenic city in Louisiana: just after Mardi Gras. I would first like to thank the Temple calendar maker for the wonderful timing — a time of cheap flights, open hotels and crowd-free streets. Tour Bourbon Street to experience the feel of the south. Buy lost and found beads or dropped bras while in town, everything is cheap and somewhat clean. The only flashing you will do is with your camera, because the sunset is unlike anything else in a city full of jazz and beer stains.
Julie Crist can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org