8 Alternative Spring Breaks

Spring break is usually associated with wild parties, tons of drinking and a lot of craziness. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way or in the typical locations it usually occurs at, Florida and tropical islands. I’ve compiled a list of alternative spring breaks for those looking for something a bit different to do.

1. Cruise

If fun in the sun is your thing, yet you don’t want to be standing next to thousands of other people on a beach take a cruise. It can be fun and still involve everything you wanted to do on the beach on a bit tamer scale. You’d be surprised at how affordable cruises can be, especially if you get a group of your friends to join in. Or if you just need some time off from everyone, be brave and take a cruise by yourself. You never know who you could meet!

2. Log Cabin/ Ski or Snowboard Getaway

If you prefer colder environments, why not take a ski trip? Rent a log cabin with your friends or your partner and spend the week in hot tubs, shredding the slopes and drinking hot chocolate until your heart is content. You don’t even have to go skiing, but a retreat in a log cabin with your closest friends could turn out to be one of those college stories you will be talking about for years.

3. Service Trip

Now there’s already a lot of controversy on service trips, but I think doing some good in the world is always important and good. Plenty of schools and organizations that plan trips you can join in on.  There is a variety of options from working with orphanages to building homes, so you are bound to find something that interests you.

4. Trip to an European Country

You might never think one week is enough to do anything, but actually it’s plenty of time to visit any country in the world. I recommend an European country because the flight time is shorter. Also, everything in Europe is closer together, so you’d be able to see quite a lot in one week. So either pick a country and visit a few cities, or pick a few major towns with 2-3 days in each place, you can really make a lot out of one week.

5. Visit a Friend’s Hometown

One of the greatest things about college is that a lot of people come together from all over the US. So, why not travel to your friends hometown and let them show you around. Whether they live in a big city or small city, I can guarantee it will be very different  with a local’s perspective than being a tourist in a new city.

6. Short Road Trip

A great alternative is always a road trip anywhere you want. With a week at your disposal you can take a road trip to surrounding areas. But if you’re really determined and had good planning, you could get pretty far. I recommend a shorter one so you can truly relax and enjoy your surroundings.

7. Stay at School and Visit Nearby Sites

Whether you’re staying at school by option or not, whatever city you are in you can explore it and nearby attractions. It’s a great way to see campus when it’s quiet and the city much less filled. It’s a great experience if you need some time to yourself or to relax.

8. Camping

For the outdoors lover, you can never go wrong with a week of camping, technology detoxing and a lot of quality nature time. Depending on where you are, it might be a cold camping experience, but a fun one none the less. Just be smart, pack everything you need and make sure to stay warm.

 

Hopefully this will help you pick what to do for your spring break this year! Whatever you are doing, wherever you are going just remember to be smart, be safe and have some fun!

Enjoy your adventure!

6 Valentine’s Day Dates in New England

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you have yet to plan something to do with your significant other or your friends, let me help! New England around winter time can be equally as beautiful as it is bountiful of activities. Here are some ideas of places to go for this Valentine’s Weekend.

1. Fancy Resort

If sitting in a hot tub with mountain views sounds like the perfect day for you, I think I have exactly what you need. New England has many ski areas with several grand resorts, most of which also have spas.  Whether you’re out skiing all day or bumming out in a soft bathrobe and eating room service to your heart’s content, a weekend in these hotels should be the perfect romantic getaway. Here are a few recommendations of resorts in the New England: Mountain View Grand Resort (New Hampshire), Harbor View Hotel (Massachusetts), and Q Burke Mountain Resort (Vermont), Hidden Pond (Maine). You can never go wrong with a getaway relaxing in a resort with beautiful views.

2. Local Breweries & Distilleries

For beer lovers or spirit lovers, here’s a neat and unique option. You can spend the day learning how some local beers and spirits are made and then have a tasting at the end. New England is full of local breweries, but here are a few you can visit: Mooselick Brewery (New Hampshire), Allagash (Maine), Harpoon (Vermont), and Samuel Adams (Massachusetts). Click here for a few more options. And if you just want to go to a different bar, one with a lot of character and variety check out this list by Boston Magazine on what they consider to be the Top Breweries in New England. So why not make a day of tasteful drinking? And instead of driving around, you can Uber or even rent a limo for the day?

3. Vineyards

Going along with breweries and distilleries, vineyards are also a great romantic date. You might even want to look up any special events wineries are hosting. Or just grab your partner or friends and head down to winery and have your own little party. Dogs + wine = White Mountain Winery (New Hampshire). Enjoy!

4. Inns

If fancy resorts aren’t your thing and you prefer a small quaint room or cabin, then a small inns might be a better option. Still on ski grounds so that you can enjoy all the outdoor activities, an inn has the perfect home away from home feel. For a romantic sleigh ride in the snow, Franconia Inn (New Hampshire) has got you covered. A few more options to look into are  Red Lion Inn (Massachusetts), WilloughVale Inn (Vermont), Rendezvous Bed & Breakfast (Vermont) and Rabbit Hill Inn (Vermont).  Each inn offers a different perk or attraction so make sure to look into them before picking one, I guarantee you’ll have a hard time choosing one.

5. Food Tours

For the couples who love to eat, but most of all love to eat together without putting any work behind it, this option is for you! Food tours are available in several cities around the New England area. A few are: Savoring Rhode Island, Taste of New Haven and Boston Food Tours. For more options check out this website: Discover New England.

6. Chocolates

Yes, chocolates. They are every girl’s best friend and a tasty treat for all. So why not take your partner to a special evening in a chocolate maker? Fascia Chocolates in Connecticut offers a Valentine’s Day Dessert Night. So if you know of any chocolate stores in your area, check in and see if they’re offering any special events for Valentine’s Day.

 

Whatever you choose for this Valentine’s Day just remember the important thing is to try new things together, because that will always bring people even closer. Anything big or small can be turned into an adventure, it’s all up to you.

Enjoy your adventure!

 

PS- For more ideas on what to do in New England check out these articles I wrote: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top 12 Reasons Everyone Should Travel

Hello!

This is your official welcome to my blog! I hope with this blog, I can help you navigate the world of traveling. I will take you on adventures, while providing you with information for you to plan your very own amazing trips. The world is so big and beautiful and deserves to be seen. Traveling is by far one of the greatest experiences in this life. There are many reasons everyone should travel, but here are my top twelve reasons why YOU definitely should.

 

1. Meet New People

One of the greatest things about traveling, and one of my favorite reasons to stay at hostels is the people you meet along the way. From locals to travelers just like you, we are all experiencing the same city together. And if you do happen to stay at hostels, everyone else there is eager to meet others too! So start talking and get to know people you might have never otherwise met.

 

2. Learn About New Cultures

Now this one is truly one of the major reasons everyone should travel. When you live in the same place or the same country for a long time, you forget to look outside and realize just how diverse the world truly is. Traveling allows you to immerse yourself in different cultures and learn first hand instead of through a screen or book.

 

3. Learn About Yourself

You’ve probably seen countless quotes about traveling that talk about learning about who you truly are. I always thought they were nice but never really true, that was until I traveled around Europe in my 20s with only my friend. There are so many things you learn about yourself on these kinds of trips. You learn how you deal with difficult situations, foreign countries, and different people. But even deeper, you learn about yourself in ways you never would if you went on day to day not changing your environment. Even my feelings changed. It’s hard to explain, it’s one of those you have to do it yourself to see what I’m talking about. But I guarantee once you do it once and realize this, you won’t want to stop because you’ll want to see just what else you can do!

 

4. Food

I am a foodie, through and through. I LOVE food! So getting to experience authentic cuisine around the world is one of my favorite things. My recommendation is when traveling walk into a restaurant and ask them what is local to them. You might get some weird looks, but trust me they will be glad to show off the food they are proud to represent. And it let’s you truly experience what locals consider to be their food. This one is also true when you’re even traveling within the country you live in.

 

5. Memories

When you get older and have kids and grandkids, one of the things people dream of having are stories to tell them. We’ve all heard them from our family, so why not create your own stories to be able to tell? More than that, when you create these memories that’s the only thing you can truly take with you for the rest of your life. So go out and create some unforgettable memories!

 

6. How To Deal with Things Going Wrong

On number 3 I talked about learning about yourself and dealing with difficult situations, well let’s go a little deeper. It’s no surprise that trips don’t go exactly how you planned, and that’s okay! Sometimes those are actually the best stories you get! When you are faced with things going wrong in a foreign country, that’s when you truly learn how to deal with things.

 

7. You Will Experience Things, Place, People You Might Never Have Otherwise

This one goes along with experiencing new culture, but needs to be noted by itself. By stepping out of your comfort zone you will get to experience new things you might never have otherwise. I can tell you I never thought I’d be in the green fields of Ireland walking around in London, or walking the Carrick-a-Ridge Bridge with high winds or that I would actually kiss the Blarney Stone! But I did! And every single experience was incredible and truly eye opening. I never felt more grateful than knowing I was able to do these things in my lifetime.

 

8. You Gain New Perspective

By meeting new people and seeing new things you start to learn not only about yourself and about the world but you start seeing things differently. And when you start gaining new perspective that affects how you live your life. It makes you a better more open minded person, and that leads you to be a better citizens of the world.

 

9. This World Was Meant to Be Explored

Just like you go into every room of your house, every country in the world should also be visited. It’s so big, diverse and beautiful and just waiting for you to go explore and learn in it.

 

10. It’s a History Lesson

Every city, country, continent has it’s own history, and it’s impossible to visit those places and not learn at least one thing about it’s history. As much as the world is a museum to be explored, it’s also an open history book ready to be read.

 

11. Because Science Says It’s Healthy For You

The other day I read an article that said you should spend your money on trips instead of material things because the gratification you get from that is better, lasts longer and is healthier for you than any instant gratification you get from something you bought. So, if science says so you should definitely do it!

 

12. It’s FUN!

Need I say more? It’s fun to travel! It’s fun to meet new people and go on adventures! It’s fun to try new foods! Traveling is just plain simple fun. And when you look back on a trip, what you do end up remembering is the laughs and great times you had.

 

If I haven’t convinced you yet to travel, don’t worry I will! I hope reading my articles will inspire you to take the plunge and let the travel bug bite you too. In the meantime, enjoy my posts! If you have any suggestions, ideas or questions please feel free to reach out to me either by comments below or e-mail.
Enjoy your adventure!