Spring Break Road Trips for College Students

The smell of sunscreen, the sight of flowers in bloom and the gradual warm embrace of the sun. Hello, spring.

These wintery days will soon be gone and college students will be able to move past finals and onto spring break. Road trips are a common occurrence for students to take with their friends, especially over vacation. Here are a few ideas students might want to consider when planning a road trip.

  • Cities in your state

A good idea for a road trip is traveling to cities within a student’s state that they may not visit often. I live in California and while I have been to several cities within my state, I’ve never been to popular destinations such as San Diego or Los Angeles (unless you count Disneyland).

Do some research and find a city or two in your state that has a lot to see. Grab a group of your best friends and just drive. This past weekend I went to a journalism conference in San Francisco with approximately 26 other co-workers from my college newspaper. Half the fun of the weekend was driving with three of my friends to the city.

Make the most of your time and have fun! Taking road trips can be a great bonding experience.

  • Music festivals

Music festivals have been a hot topic of conversation with my friends lately. From Coachella, BottleRock, Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza and Stagecoach, there are so many to choose from. Each festival features a variety of artists and musicians, so students are likely to find one that’s musically compatible to them

Some festivals can be pricey, but not all are! Be on the lookout for when tickets go on sale and when it’s best to purchase them. If you’re unable to find an affordable festival, look to the future and save up for next year! Also, If it’s a weekend-long festival, be sure you have housing secured. Whether you stay at a hotel or with a friend who lives in the city, make sure you have a place to crash at night after a long day.

Often these music festivals are located in big cities, which makes the trip just that much more fun.

So buy your tickets, get out on the road and have a great time.

  • Visit friends

Another great idea for a road trip is visiting friends that go to a different college. Chances are not all of your high school friends went to the same college as you. Their school might also be on a different schedule than you, making it a little easier for you to visit them when they’re in school, but you’re on break.

A couple of years ago, my best friend from home visited me for a weekend and we traveled approximately two hours south to visit our other best friend at a different college. Not only was it great to see my friend and show her around my campus, but it was fun being able to travel south and have our other friend show us his campus.

No matter the destination, road trips are a great way to bond with friends and have fun. There’s nothing like driving for an extended length of time, sunglasses on, music up and windows down with your closest friends.

No matter where you decide to go for spring break, make sure to plan ahead. This will save you stress and money in the end. When going on a road trip, one of — if not the — most important aspect is who you take with you. So grab some sunscreen, your best music, a few of your best friends and say hello to spring break.

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Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja

Kassi Luja is a junior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in news-editorial. At school, she can often be found in the Mustang Daily newsroom where she works as a copy editor. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
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