By: Julie Spoehr
You’re out of college and in the “Real World’ now. No more guaranteed week off in the middle of March/April to just hang out with friends and party on the beach. Maybe you have a job, or are looking for one, yet chances are you can’t just take a week off and ignore the rest of the planet. But don’t worry, even without college, it’s still possible to have as much of a Spring Break as you did before graduation.
Here are some ways to make the most of the Spring Break season when you don’t exactly have one.
1. Girls Night
While it might not seem ‘Spring Break’ without any boys, let’s face it hanging with your girlfriends tends to be more fun anyway. To make your girls night extra special, you can try going somewhere new for happy hour, dinner, and/or dancing. It might even be fun to get dressed up or wear something crazy, just like the spring breaks of old!
2. Mix Up Some Fun Spring Break Cocktails
If you’re unable to get out of the cold weather of home, you can at least drink like you’re at the beach! You can keep it simple with a Bicylette or try being the ultimate mixologist with something a bit more complicated. If all else fails, you can always go to the classic Tequila Sunrise, just what you would’ve been sipping on the sand! Just add a little umbrella and it will be just like old times!
3. Go See Friends in Other Cities
Chances are not all of your friends from college stayed in the area, or maybe you were the one who went to a new city. Now is the perfect time to get together, especially if the last time you saw each other was right after graduation! Plan a weekend and let your friends show you around or play tour guide yourself. Catching up might be just what you need to get through spring without a true ‘break’.
4. Have a stay-cation
Call it a mental health day if you want, but just taking a breather could be the best thing for you. Spend the day in your pajamas watching Netflix or go out and get yourself pampered with mani-pedi’s at the spa! It’s your day! While it may not be the most exciting spring break ever, the relaxation will be a definite bonus.
5. Splurge on a Trip to Europe
Since this isn’t prime tourist season like summer and winter, now would be a great time to go somewhere you always dreamed of! The weather would be better than it was in December anyway and many countries have festivals or celebrations going on throughout the season. Also, airfare tends to be cheaper and you can often get last-minute deals on hotels/hostels too.
Adjusting to life outside of college can be tough, especially if you still see the fun things happening with your friends who are still in school. But ‘Spring Break’ isn’t just for the collegiate! Hopefully these tips bring you some inspiration on how to make the best of spring-breaking in the adult world.
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Julie is studying Spanish and English at Butler University. When she isn’t working on her classes she loves reading, watching Netflix with her roommates, and doing Zumba and Pilates.