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The Stylus' guide to an affordable and safe Spring break

by The Stylus
Thu, Mar 14th 2019 03:00 pm
playing it smart Spring break is a time that college students look forward to every year. Students get to take a one week break from their stressful college life, but sometimes forget about common sense during the period. This spring break remain smart and conscious of your financial situation and safety.
playing it smart Spring break is a time that college students look forward to every year. Students get to take a one week break from their stressful college life, but sometimes forget about common sense during the period. This spring break remain smart and conscious of your financial situation and safety.

In college terms, spring break is infamous for students binge drinking, being sexually promiscuous and living with no regrets. Unfortunately, while it’s a much needed break from school, it need not be a break from common sense as well.

We at The Stylus would like to remind students that it is possible to have a legendary spring break while also staying safe and staying on budget.

We’re in college and often our outings are dictated by our budgets, or lack thereof. While some save for months in order to afford an epic vacation, it is important to remember that a vacation can be great even without that Instagram worthy location.

Those vacations are expensive, and instead of stressing about how you are going to afford to make your social media feed impress your friends, spend your money on something meaningful.

There are many options for spring break locations. Transportation often makes up most of the cost of the trip so instead of flying, make it a road trip. Gas can be expensive but split among a car full of friends, travelling expenses are no longer an obstacle.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have some sort of plan in place before you leave for your trip. This will help you stay organized which will only help you save money in the long run.

Finalize your plans ahead of time and factor in any extra expenses that you may accrue once you reach your destination. It won’t be any fun if you get to your location and then find out you didn’t budget any money for food or extra fun.

Regardless of where you end up, odds are high that alcohol is going to be a part of the plan. Should that be the case, there are a few things to keep in mind. Staying hydrated is vital, and no, we don’t mean drink a steady diet of your alcohol of choice.

Water is important, even more so if you’re travelling to a warm environment. Drinking enough water will ensure that your hangover doesn’t take too many days away from your vacation and will get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

Drinking over the limit is a constant theme among spring breakers, so use the buddy system. Make sure you know who you’re with and where you are at all times.

Ideally, you will stay with the same group that you begin the evening with for the whole  entire night.

Realistically, we know you’re going to meet new people and we aren’t saying to be afraid of them all, just be aware and let a friend know should you leave with anyone else.

Here’s a way to stay on budget and enjoy a night out at a club or a bar: make sure to close your tab. Bars will charge a fee if you forget or if you leave your card there, and they can be hefty. Don’t let it happen to you.

While drinking and partying responsibly are important things to plan for, you shouldn’t forego other safety measures.

Are you going to a warm sunny environment? Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, sunscreen and aloe vera to protect yourselves from all of the glorious sun rays.      

We at The Stylus also understand the need for an Instagram that will make your friends wish they had been there, but stay safe while chasing that photo.

There have been too many accounts of people trying to take the “coolest” selfie and died trying to do so. Like we said before, a break from school doesn’t neccessarily mean a break from common sense.

That being said, you want a true break from school? Get your work done before you go. Yes, you have a week to get things done and yes, it’s a lot of time to worry about it later. But will you? No.

Let’s be honest, you’re going to procrastinate all the work that’s due after break until the Saturday and Sunday just before classes restart. For your sake, get it done first and don’t stress about it during your relaxing week off. Make sure that this is really a mental and physical break from classes.

For more safety tips, Brockport Student Government (BSG) is hosting a talk “Spring into a Safe Break” on Friday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Seymour College Union Main Lounge.