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!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Vitoria, Brasil

 

Let me take to you a beautiful place called Vitoria in Brasil. It is actually my mother and grandmother’s home town and one of the reasons my name is Victoria. Vitoria is a city with so much life and a lot to do, yet somehow manages to provide a laid back atmosphere. Whether you want to take a trip with your family, your significant other or with your friends, it is the perfect vacation spot for any age.  Here are my top five reasons, you should also visit this paradise.

1. Beach

The first thing I think of when I think of Vitoria is all the different beaches. Whether you’re a surfer or not there are tons of beaches for everyone. You can even try windsurf, paddleboard, kayaking and many other watersports on different beaches. If the water isn’t for you, worry not you can just lay on the warm sand while vendors walk around selling seafood, popsicle, beer, and corn. Going to the beach in Brasil truly is a party.

2. Food!

One thing you will quickly learn is, I proudly say Brasil has the best food in the world. (I may be a little biased!) The biggest attraction food wise in Vitoria is the seafood. Being so close to the beach means the freshest seafood around. The variety of seafood plates is mind blowing. For a true experience try either crab, “muqueca”, “siri”, fried fish or “bobo de camarao”. And if you prefer eating on the beach, there are tons of restaurants right on the coast. Pull a chair and enjoy some seafood along with some coconut water.

 

3. All The Comfort of a Big City With A Small Town Laid Back Way of Life

Vitoria in size and in the amenities it offers is considered a big city It has malls, countless restaurants, an array of nightlife options and many other things found in a metropolitan area. However, the best thing about this city is it doesn’t feel like a big city. Everyone is very laid back in how they act and dress. Walking around you never feel like you’re in the middle of the hustle bustle, it feels like a small town you’ve known your whole life.

 

4. Nightlife Options

Along with the the benefits of a big city comes options for nightlife. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere head to the nearest “barzinho” (bar) which is open all day long and has plastic chairs and tables and friendly staff which makes leaving really hard to do. A plus in Brasil is bars often offer food til late at night, so you can enjoy a beer while eating some “petiscos” (snacks) til late into the early hours of the morning. Some of these “barzinhos” are even located on the beach with live music. They also offer several “boates” (clubs) which is where you go for dancing. The different clubs cater to different music styles, but some clubs have special events that play several different types of music throughout the night. Whatever your preference of nightlife you are sure to find a good option there.

 

5. Garoto

If you are a chocolate lover, this reason is right up your alley. One of the biggest chocolate brands in Brasil is called Garoto, and the factory happens to be in Vitoria. The site offers factory tours, a free museum and a huge store filled with chocolate. If you plan on visiting the factory, pack a pair of pants, tennis shoes and short sleeve shirt or else they cannot let you in by health and safety regulations. If you cannot or don’t want to take the tour, I highly recommend stopping by the store. Grab a box as a perfect souvenir!

 
These are just some of the reasons you should visit Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brasil. It is a fun, laid back, happy city that is ready with open arms to welcome you.