Spring Break

The more unforgettable your week is, the less likely you are to remember it

SPRING BREAK! Yeah!

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, we can move on. Seriously, though, are there another two words that instill the same sense of pure, uninhibited fun in college students? Spring break is a chance to escape winter weather, blow off some steam and spend quality time with your friends (and people you just met). Like Christmas, it only comes once a year. And, like Christmas, you dream about it for weeks in advance (only your visions are of beaches, bikinis and booze, not sugarplums).

Flying vs. Driving

Unless your school is more than 1,000 miles from your Spring Break destination, you should consider driving instead of flying. Not only is driving cheaper, but it gives you the chance to experience not one but two time-honored college experiences in the same week: Spring Break and a road trip.

If you decide to fly, do some research and try to find the best deal. Start looking at least a month before you plan to leave (and earlier, if possible). Always check if the company you’re dealing with is reputable. There are lots of scam artists who prey on students desperate for some sun and sand. Read the fine print!

Finding a Place to Stay

As with flights, it’s important to get a head start when booking a hotel room. It’s simple supply and demand. Thousands of college students flock to the top Spring Break destinations at the same time every year. The cheapest hotel rooms fill up very fast. Don’t leave booking a hotel room until the last minute, or you could end up staying in a place where the maids use the Jacuzzi to wash your towels.

Some hotels have a requirement that someone staying in each room must be over the age of 21, so be sure to ask about this if you’re underage. Some hotels that have this requirement will agree to waive it if you pay a damage deposit. It’s common for hotels in Spring Break hot spots to have a minimum stay requirement and to ask for full payment up front, so be prepared to make a commitment.

Remember to tell your friends and family where you’re going and when you expect to return. Make sure they know the name and phone number of the hotel where you’ll be staying. That way, they can get in contact with you in the case of a family emergency.

Staying Out of (Serious) Trouble

Spring break is a time to party hearty, but that doesn’t mean all laws fly out the window. Thousands of Spring Breakers are arrested every year for crimes like drinking in public, driving drunk, lewd behavior and disturbing the peace. Most only pay a small fine, but some do serious jail time.

Don’t spend your week looking over your shoulder for the cops, but it’s generally a good idea to make at least some sort of effort to avoid getting tossed in the slammer. Take the time to get informed about the laws in your host country (e.g., the policy with regards to drinking in public). Nothing kills a buzz like waking up with a splitting headache in a tiny Mexican jail cell.

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