We are three weeks back into the semester, and spring break is already feeling like it was a lifetime ago. That one week of freedom from all responsibilities is the week all college students look forward to.
There’s the well-known Mexico and Miami trips, but let’s be honest, do you really want to travel somewhere so cliché? What about switching it up for 2017 and adventuring somewhere so incredible that all of your Facebook friends will be jealous?
Depending on where you travel and where you stay, a trip anywhere out of the state can break the bank, especially for broke college students like myself. Here are my personal top five travel destinations for any budget:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
As one of the most beautiful islands you will ever walk on, St. Thomas is a hidden gem. The island is the location of the real Black Beard Castle, which is now a distillery making genuine pirate rum. If you want to live like a pirate for a week, St. Thomas might be the place for you. The island also offers beautiful beaches, surfing, hot-spots and even hiking trails located practically everywhere on the island. You may also be able to find some low-budget hotels.
2. Treasure Beach, Jamaica
While Jamaica is known for being a popular spring break destination, the people of Treasure Beach pride themselves on being a simple string of fishing villages. Here, you can get away from the urban life for your next vacation and sit in peace on the six miles of open beach and hidden coves. There are plenty of areas to snorkel, surf or maybe just take a swim.
3. South Fork, Colorado
If beaches are not your thing and snow is, Wolf Creek Ski Resort is only a 10-minute drive from South Fork. They are known for having the best and deepest snow bases in Colorado. There are plenty of activities for any outdoor enthusiast during both winter and summer. Not only is there the ski resort, but there are endless trails for snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. On the other side of the spectrum, summer time fun includes hiking and biking trails, plus amazing white water rafting. Check out spring lodging prices here.
4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
While being a more well-known destination, Myrtle Beach remains a small fishing community. There are plenty of beaches to lay out on during the day and an equal amount of exciting night life in town. Local shops, and of course the amusement park on the peer, give any visitor a huge amount of options any part of the day.
5. Austin, Texas
It may not seem like a very exciting place to go on a vacation, but Austin is actually the live music capital of the world. If you are a music lover, then this is the place to go. There are always non-stop concerts and events to attend on any given day of the week. If concerts are not your thing, the city offers plenty of shopping, outdoor activities and food up to your eyeballs.
Spring break might still be a year away, but summer vacation is approaching quickly. It is never a bad idea to start saving up and planning now. Safe travels!
Collegian Travel Blogger Katelyn Mitchell can be reached online at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @mitch_kate_.