What do you think about when you hear the words Spring Break? Do you conjure up an image of young, out-of-control college students, soaking up the sun (and a fair share of alcohol) on the white, sandy beaches of Cabo, Miami, and Cancun?
But you’re different. You broke the mold. You want a completely different Spring Break Experience, so why not try a few of these options?
1) For most, an alternative Spring Break means volunteering. And with more and more people looking to skip out on the annual drunkfest, there are more options now than ever. Habitat to Humanity, United Way, and i-to-i are all popular volunteer organizations but with a little research you can find the perfect fit for you. Whether you choose to volunteer in your community or abroad, you’ll never regret the choice you made for Spring Break ‘12. Need help choosing? VolunteerMatch can help you find opportunities in your city.
2) Rediscover your backyard. Most people live years in one place but never go out and explore. From the museums to the landmarks to the little known hole-in-the-wall restaurants and stores, this Spring Break make it your mission to learn all of your city’s nooks and crannies.
3) Plan a road trip with your best friends. It’s amazing how much ground you can cover in a week’s time. Fill up the tank, grab a map, and hit the open road with the windows down and your favorite song blaring. By splitting the gas money and staying in motels, a road trip doesn’t have to break the bank.
4) Create a challenge. Every heard the expression “The things worth doing in life are hard”? Well try it first hand by challenging yourself to unplug technology for a week, read two books, or to finally beat SkyRim. All are worthy competitors. While your friends hastily try to destroy all evidence of their Spring Break, you can gleefully brag about how you ate 14 hotdogs in 3 minutes.
No matter what you decide to do, make it an experience worth remembering. So, what are your plans this Spring Break?