break offers endless chances for fun-filled days
Posted: February 25, 2003
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times
by Melissa Mancuso
As February comes to a close, students across America have only one thing on their
minds: trading in the pencils and books for bathing suits and margaritas over
After a long winter of taking notes
and filling out OpScans, students are given a one-week reward to do whatever they
Traveling over spring break can really
break your bank if you don’t plan ahead and find a good deal. If you squander
all of your dough throughout the semester, when it comes time for spring break,
there might be a problem.
Places like Negril and Miami are always
popular locales for students looking to unwind from the long winter semester.
The general rule is, if there is sand, sun and a drinking age of 18, it is considered
a spring break hot spot.
Tons of travel agencies and websites
offer cheap tickets and party packages to these tropical places. One site boasted
a roundtrip ticket to Negril, a five-night hotel stay, two meals a day and a party
pass admission to all the nightclubs for less than a thousand dollars.
I thought this would be too good to
be true. After a little research, I found my suspicions were correct.
The two-meals-a-day package included
a $5 gift certificate to a fast food restaurant and the party pass only allowed
free entrance into the clubs, leaving you to pay for very over-priced drinks.
Sometimes you can score a decent party
package where the drinks are actually included, but the package stipulates what
day and what time the deals apply. You have to be careful and know exactly what
you are getting.
If jetting off to a Caribbean destination
isn’t your style or not in your budget, there are many other options for
you. Although you may not come back with a killer tan and the lingering smell
of tequila on your breath, you can still have a great time.
Perhaps the cheapest and most exciting
spring break idea is the road trip. What is more fun than piling six of your friends
into mom’s minivan and just driving?
This can be one of the cheapest ways
to have an unforgettable spring break. Despite the rising gas prices, filling
up the tank a couple of times and splitting it six ways is not very expensive.
To cut down on your expenses, stay
at campgrounds at night — the cheapest hotel bill you will ever have —
and make a stop at the grocery store to load up on food before you embark on your
Vienna sausages and saltines are a
balanced road trip diet, and personally, I think they have been thrown to the
wayside as the Ramen noodle craze swept across America. Call me crazy.
If you are really adventurous, get
some popcorn and try popping on the engine of your car. This always gets laughs.
Be spontaneous: stop and see the world’s
largest rubber band ball, gallivant across a field or make friends in another
town. Anything you do will be memorable, so make the most of your time.
Spring break is all about having fun
and being with people you care about. You can do this with or without spending
As long as you are having fun and being
safe, your spring break is bound to be priceless.