BY DANIELLE HAUSNER // FEB. 21, 2012 //
My passion is travel. I feel that every city, town, state and country has something unique to offer to the world. Having traveled to more than 40 countries and with a variety people, I know that people choose to explore and relax in different ways.
Spring break is just around the corner. While many college students hit tropical party destinations such as Florida or Mexico, why not try something different? Sure, those warm and delightfully cliché destinations can be very fun. But try to be open-minded to the many other travel options, both in the U.S. and internationally, especially if you can find a way to get there inexpensively.
If tropical paradise is still too expensive, or going south with the birds is not your thing, try finding out-of-the- ordinary spring break options. In the United Stated, there are countless cities that not only offer endless things to do by day, but also an amazing nightlife. Some fantastic cities to consider include Atlanta; Chicago; Los Angeles; Nashville, Portland, Maine; Providence, R.I.; Madison, Wis.; New York City and Washington, D.C. For a huge list and continuation of ranked college cities and towns check out http://www.aier.org/aier/otherpublications/CDI.pdf.
Other domestic places to consider are where your other friends go to school. After all, friends often equal a free place to stay!
Of course, getting to your destination is always a bit challenging. Flights can be ridiculously expensive, but there are a number of online sites, including OneTravel and Kayak, that offer reduced airfare.
But wherever you go and whatever you do, please, Please, PLEASE be adventurous. And don’t be stupid; enjoy your future memories.