After an epic winter of record lows and record snowfall, it’s no wonder people of all ages are anxiously awaiting the warmer months ahead. And nothing says good-bye snowsuit and hello bikini like spring break.
Whether you’re a college co-ed looking for a wild time, a family with young kids or a working professional in search of a little respite from the weekday humdrum, we’ve got the best selection of destinations for spring breakers of every age.
Unlike the camp-filled days of summer vacation, kids are usually home over spring break. In lieu of regularly scheduled programming, parents can look for a diverse range of activities to keep little ones engaged, expose them to something new and best of all, keep everyone sane while school’s out. Amusement parks, museums and playgrounds are all fun ways to stay local, while day trips to the beach or mountains can add some adventure to the schedule.
If you’re feeling ambitious, take the opportunity to travel to a different part of the country to explore a new city, new food and new culture. Depending on where you live, spending a few days in New York, Boston, Miami, Austin, Los Angeles or San Francisco can be an easy and unforgettable spring break trip for the kids.
For teens, spring break is all about taking a breather from the rigors and pressures of high school, while parents are focused on keeping their teens occupied and out of trouble. For something different, look into an “alternative spring break,” which is an organized volunteer trip over spring break. It’s a wonderful opportunity for teens to give back to their communities either at home or abroad.
Nobody does spring break like college students. For the full effect, look for all-inclusive resorts that cater to spring breakers. Florida and Mexico are leading spring break destinations and offer everything from bungalows by the beach to sprawling resorts that boast on-site DJs and unlimited drinks. For a more low-key spring break option, gather a few close friends and spend the week relaxing by the water somewhere like Hilton Head, North Carolina or Palm Springs or Santa Barbara in California.
Recent grads are often disappointed to learn that most office jobs do not give off for winter, spring and summer break. That just means you have to give yourself a spring break! Heavy partying with college kids is probably no longer appealing, so instead of diving back in head first, why not split a vacation rental with a solid group of friends. Places like Napa Valley, California and Sanibel Island, Florida are the way to go for a grown-up version of spring break.
Those heady college days may be long gone, but it doesn’t mean spring break has to be a thing of the past. After all, everyone deserves a break. Save up those vacation days and head off for an adventure. Take the opportunity to travel abroad, but look no further than right across the pond for an easy weeklong vacation. Scotland, Ireland, and England are great destinations for culture, fun and a much-needed break from work.
Whether you’re a middle schooler excited about a week off or middle aged in need of a week off, spring break brings something for everyone. Where are you spending your spring break?
– By Lana Evans, Editor