While all your friends are abroad and Instagramming photos of their international travels – okay, you’re in Europe we get it! – it’s time for you to start planning your own travels for spring break. Start saving your money now! You don’t want to be stingy on your vacation. Most importantly, find a good group of friends and decide on a place to go! Now let’s get started.
How to find a good group of friends to travel with
This process is like finding a good roommate. Sometimes, your best friends are not the best roommates. Likewise, they might not be the ideal people you want to travel with. If they are, great! Like roommates, you want the friends you travel with to have similar interests as you and have habits that compliment each other. If you never plan anything before going on a trip, find people who plan everything. Don’t travel with hermits who like to stay inside if you want to go out and explore.
If you still want to travel with your closest friends regardless of their annoying habits, look for a vacation option where you won’t have to be in close proximity with them for extended periods of time. A cruise or a road trip might be off the table.
Deciding Where To Go
If you have some cash to spare, this is a great time for international travel. If you’re short on time, here is a list of places you can go without getting a visa.
For those of you who don’t have a passport, put that on your list of things to do. Here are the steps you have to take to get one. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of exciting places to go within the United States. Southwest Airlines is a great place to look for great flight deals on short notice. The best part is if your plans change at the last minute, you can change or cancel your reservation with no penalties.
It is always good to get a group together before booking your trip because a lot of places give discounts for parties over a certain number – especially if you’re booking a resort or cruise. Groupon and LivingSocial are great places to start your vacation search. They often have vacation packages already set up for you; all you have to do is pay up.
I Could Use a Vacation, But I Hate Traveling
Packing, motion sickness and jet lag is enough to make you think twice about travel and even make you yearn for your bed at home. You went to the trouble of planning and taking a vacation – make sure you enjoy it!
Plan for a rest day at the beginning and end of your trip. Anticipate that you will want to take it easy the day you reach your destination and that you will need a day to recover once you’re back. Don’t plan a hiking trip six hours away on the first day and avoid the Sunday night redeyes for your return trip.
Make it Legen..wait for it…dary
Whether you lounge on a beach, go to Europe or go do volunteer work, surround yourself with fun people, take lots of pictures, and come back with lots of stories. When you come back, start a countdown for summer vacation!
Image: Koro Sun Resort