How-to…Spring Break Style!

How-to…Spring Break Style!


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The color of the leaves on trees are changing, the grass is greener and the sun is shining brighter…That’s right people, Spring Break is just within our reach and it’s time to make plans for those nine days and nights of school-free fun! So bust out the swimsuits and sunscreen and check out our guide to having an epic 2010 Spring Break…

1. Before you start packing your bags, you might want to have an idea of where you’re going. If you were planning on taking a vacation, it might be too late to book a cruise or getaway. However, if you’re looking to book a last-minute flight or hotel stay, try using Hotels.com. This site provides, not only in-depth information about hotel quality or flight suggestions, but also provides “Spring Break Specials”, which is perfect for penny-pinching college students. If you’re still seeking a short one day (or two or three) Spring Break getaway, refer to our suggestions at the end of the article.

2. Now that you have a destination, it’s time to pack your gear. It’s a good idea to make a checklist of all the things you might need. Break the list up according to the items. (For example: day outfits, evening outfits, shoes, toiletries, etc.) This makes packing stress-free because you’re not scrambling around your room, throwing unnecessary items into your bag that only end up taking space.

3. Most people use their Spring Break to kick back, relax and do everything on a whim. However, if you don’t have a usual vacation spot or are unfamiliar with yours, you might be spending your rest and relaxation time trying to find fun activities to do. To avoid this, do some research online prior to arrival. Think about daytime activities, nighttime activities, restaurants and of course, the cost. If you know you’re on a budget, this would be a good time to see what you want to spend your money on and where are the most affordable places to spend it. Think about it; you don’t want to get all dressed up with nowhere to go.

4. When the time has come to end all of the fun, we know it’s just about time to start a new quarter at CPP. We all can recall coming back to school after being on vacation; the transition can be difficult. The best way to overcome the vacation lag is to start by getting plenty of sleep. Make sure to break the Spring Break habit of waking up late and going to bed even later by a good night’s sleep before you go back to school. Even if you’re not tired, just laying down and reading a book can help mentally prepare yourself for your first day of class.

Spring Break Recommendations:
1. Document your Spring Break: Make sure to have a camera on hand at all times to capture the memories you make with your pals. Don’t forget to update your pics on Facebook.
2. Be Responsible: Pack and use sunscreen! Don’t be the person at the beach trying to be a hot shot wearing tanning oil. Sunburned skin is not a good look for anyone, so lather up!
3. Take a Break: Most of us don’t have the luxury of taking a getaway vacation. But remember fellow Broncos, it isn’t called Spring Break for nothing! So take this time off from school to do something for yourself. Even if that means staying in, pigging out on junk food and catching up on all the shows you had recorded during the winter quarter.

Destination/Travel Suggestions:
1. Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach…you get the hint.
2. Los Angeles Art Galleries/ Museums (www.lacma.org)
3. Camping (www.reserveamerica.com)
4. Palm Springs (www.10best.com/Palm_Springs,CA)
5. San Diego (www.10best.com/San_Diego,CA)
6. Road trip to San Francisco (www.travel.yahoo.com)

Spring Break 2010: March 20-28…Let’s do it right!

RESOURCES:
www.hotels.com
www.kayak.com
www.lacma.org
www.reserveamerica.com
www.10best.com/Palm_Springs,CA
www.10best.com/San_Diego,CA
www.travel.yahoo.com