Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top 5 Ways to Stay-cation on Spring Break

North America is trying to thaw and students everywhere are bursting to reach summer vacation. But what's your average broke and/or landlocked student to do? Whether you've already hit your spring break highs or it's coming up next week, take a look at the official Beyond Voracious recommendations for enjoying your week at home this year.

5. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Easter, early May Day - all in one week.

I don't know about you, but all of those spring-y holidays tend to get ran over with work, conflicting family schedules, inclement weather, and a variety of other obstacles. Why not celebrate them all on spring break instead? Declare a holiday a day, spaced out as desired, and spend spring break making D.I.Y decorations, cooking up spring-themed feasts, and infusing some holiday cheer.

4. Spring clean.

Yeah, yeah, I know. It's not the most relaxing way to spend a week off, but it can be cathartic and overall beneficial. Go though closets, drawers, and bookshelves. Empty the fridge, put down some press-and-seal or wax paper (after you wipe it down, of course), and refresh your ice box. Take loads of clothes (if you haven't worn it in a year, toss it) to the local donation center. Open the windows and doors and vacuum every corner. Then strip your bed, remake with clean (maybe even new, if you can) sheets, take a shower, and take a nap.

Bonus: Scented candles, citrus-y cleaning products, air out the mattress on the back porch/balcony, switch to a spring-y detergent/fabric softener.
3. Hobby it up.

Spring break often is just enough time off to feel like a real human again but not enough to do anything about it. Take this time to rediscover what you would do with your life if not dedicated to your work or studies... provided that answer is not glue yourself to a glowing screen for fourteen hours a day. Here, I'll get you started:

  • Gardening (start with some herbs on a windowsill or just a houseplant)
  • Watercolors (inexpensive, lots of tutorials)
  • Needlework (knitting, crochet, circular looms, embroidery...)
  • Papercraft (decoupage, eco-friendly recycling options, origami)
  • Baking (flour and mixes aren't expensive - have lots of friends taste-test)

2. Go on a hometown safari.

This depends on your definition of "hometown", but the idea is to stay local. Go out each day to a new location, take pictures and notes. Make a new Instagram to track your progress. Take selfies at the local pool or lake than at the beach. If you're extra crafty, and have the means, turn your adventures into a photo album on the last day.

1. Load up Netflix, but make sure to leave the bedroom.

The urge to wrap yourself in a blanket cocoon and park in front of a season of House of Cards likely manifests itself somewhere around the first four hours of any free day. Go on and indulge, but don't stay a warm pupae for the whole week. At least do some tv marathon workouts or invent a hydration drinking game out of it. Review the show, start a fan blog, create. Don't stay passive.

Honorable mention - Florida Edition
If you happen to live in a place most people fly to visit during spring break, try to find a nice out-of-the-way beach to visit for a day. Look for state parks and trails by the Gulf of Mexico. Go early or late to avoid crowds. Don't forget sunscreen.

Bonus: Coast-to-coast beach road trip (provided you have gas money and sunscreen)

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