Spring Staycation: Save Money by Spending Spring Break at Home

by The Cowl Editor on February 28, 2019


Dog sitting on couch
Relaxing with your pet is a good way to recharge over spring break. Katherine Torok ’20/The Cowl

by Katherine Belbusti ’22

Spring break is a magical time of year. The break in the school year comes happily to all, as the stress of midterms comes to an end. For some, spring break is a time to travel to a warm place and thaw out a little from the harsh New England winters.

If that is the case, then spring break means sunshine, palm trees, and relaxation. The only downside to that is the cost. A ticket to Florida for spring break can cost anywhere from $250-$600—and that is only for airfare. If traveling is not in your budget, there is no need to worry. You can make your staycation just as memorable this spring break, and here is how.

Just like any other break, one of the best parts about going home is seeing all of your high school friends again. It is possible that you might not have the same spring break as your friends, but if you do, spend the week catching up with them.

Reminisce about the “old days,” go to the best lunch spot in your town, or even go to your old high school and check in on your favorite teachers. You can make staying home exciting, especially when you are with the friends you share great childhood memories with.

As always, going home also means being reunited with your beloved pet. Whether it be a dog, cat, or even a hamster, spend the week letting them entertain you. Take your dog on a walk to a new place you have never been before. Let them run around or play catch with them.

It may sound trivial, but you might not realize how much you will miss having the opportunity to play with your pet when you get back to campus and will have to wait another couple of months to see them. Playing with your pet also encourages you to get outside and maybe even exercise with them.

The last, and possibly most exciting way to spend spring break on a budget, is a road trip! If home is giving you major separation anxiety from your PC friends, hop in your car and go visit them.

You can even get a group of people to travel with you to all meet-up at your PC friend’s house and have your own mini-reunion.

You don’t realize how close you are with your PC friends until you are forced to spend a whole week without them. Pack your car with friends and snacks and road trip to someone’s house. Everyone will be glad to see each other, and you can commiserate on how sad those four days apart have been.

Spring break is your week off to make of it what you will. Just because you might be jealous of your friends’ beach pictures on Instagram, do not let that take away from your week off for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Spring break is truly what you want it to be, and it can certainly be just as fun staying at home as it can be if you are traveling.