It’s finally that time of the year! The week we all waited for as kids, because the time between Christmas and summer break felt like an *actual* eternity. Talk about a long three months…
Now, as adults, we may have mixed feelings about Spring Break. Some might think “Yes! A week off with the family — what fun things will we get up to?!” Others might have the opposite sentiment “Oh no, what are we gonna do all week to keep them busy?” And finally, there are those of us without children who probably aren’t all that phased by Spring Break. In any case, Spring Break is a time to relax and enjoy a much needed break to celebrate the (sort of) end to winter. Let’s get to planning!
First things first, it’s important to figure out what type of trip you and family are interested in. Do you want to escape winter, or embrace it? This is a key component in how you plan for spring break as it impacts location, price and more. Let’s explore both options…
Option #1: Escape Winter
You’ve figured out that you’d like to escape the cold — you want the sun, the heat and to strip these winter layers! Congratulations, your skin probably needs the vitamin D after these long, gruelling months!
The next step is to figure out what kind of holiday you are hoping to have. Do you want to lounge around and spend a week reading by the beach, or have an action-packed week full of thrilling adventure? This will determine if we’re looking at an all-inclusive style vacation versus a hotel + excursion combo.
Another important component to determine is budget! All styles of holiday can be done on a budget, but it may be easier to stick to a budget with an all-inclusive vacation package, since you know exactly how much you’ll be spending at the time of booking. Also, many all-inclusive resorts have reduced rates for children (some even stay for free!). Finally, you can narrow it down to destination — some of the most popular Spring Break destinations from North America are Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Let’s be honest though, if all you want to do is escape the cold, you probably aren’t going to be super picky on the destination!
Option #2: Embrace Winter
You’ve decided that you’re not quite ready for winter to be over and you’re actually upset that you haven’t done as many winter activities as you’d hoped! With this option, you’re choosing to embrace the cold and reconnect with nature over Spring Break. Good for you!
Now that that’s settled, what’s next? I’d recommend exploring how far you’d like to go — do you want to stay local or go abroad to a snowy destination? Of course, budget is always a major factor; the further you go, the more expensive your holiday can get. If you’re truly looking to embrace winter abroad maybe this is the year to finally go skiing in the Alps or visit the fairytale-like Lake Bled in Slovenia. Remember, a budget is important but ultimately the experiences you have while travelling are priceless. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself a little!
Option #3: No Matter the Weather – Staycation
If all of the above sounds great, but too expensive for this Spring Break, there’s always the option of renting a cottage a few hours away from home. This way, you save on transportation costs but can splurge a bit more on accommodation. A cottage vacation can be the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure no matter where in the world you live. Think lake-side views, skiing, hiking and nights spent cozying up to a fire, maybe some toasty marshmallows in hand!
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Written by: Sacha Vincent-Toskin