I’m not gonna lie, I think the worst part about being a 20-something (semi)adult is that Spring Break is no longer a thing. Sure, I can take a day or whatever off whenever I want (and have the leave) but there’s no higher authority saying, “Hey, you look like you need a break” and granting me a week off anymore.
There was actually never a time in college where I did anything for Spring Break. Unless it was going home or visiting my mom in D.C. Yeah, my Spring Breaks never included a warm, sandy beach. Mostly because I couldn’t afford it. The funny thing is, now that I could (probably) afford some sort of Spring Break vacation, the opportunity no longer exists. What’s a twenty-something desperate for a break to do?
Contrary to popular opinion, TV show plot lines, etc. Spring Break doesn’t have to mean blowing your savings on a tropical vacation where you gorge yourself on alcohol. Here’s a few ways you can take a break without Spring Break:
What’s a staycation? Exactly what it sounds like. You stay where you are and have a “vacation.” Staycations are perfect for those of us who don’t want to (or can’t) spend a lot of money on a Spring Break getaway but definitely still need time to recharge and refresh. Staycations can also be really anything you want them to be. I love the idea of getting a hotel room in a tiny, quirky little town and checking out all the shops and restaurants. Maybe you just want to stay at a hotel for a night that gives you access to a heated pool and/or hot tub. If you live somewhere near a beach, you probably staycation all of the time! The possibilities are really endless.
Here’s some more staycation ideas:
- Go hiking/explore nature
- Restaurant/bar tour
- Explore a historic town
- Get a hotel room, lay in bed & watch TV all day
DIY Spa Day/Night
If splurging on a hotel or gas is too much for you, one of my favorite things to do is a DIY Spa Day/Night. You would never guess how seriously easy it is to turn your own bathroom into a relaxing retreat. I start by tidying up the space I’m going to be using. The idea is to create a relaxing environment to recharge in so make it clean without over doing it. (Spring cleaning is an entirely different topic). Next, I lay out my favorite beauty products (particular my mint face mask), and heat up some towels or heat wrap. I love bubble baths, so I typically run one and fill it with some sort of relaxing bubble bath you can find at your local Target, pharmacy, or Bath & Body Works (I love anything with lavender). You can also find tons of great DIY spa ideas on Pinterest, like how to make your own bath bombs! You can listen to soothing music or read a good book while you’re relaxing as well (I’m currently midway through Panic by Lauren Oliver!). Don’t forget a beverage too! Depending on whether you’re doing day/night you could have mimosas, refreshing cucumber water, a good wine, or hot tea!
Unplug for a Day
I know, what a scary thought, right? I must admit that I have never actually done this myself, mostly because the thought causes me a great deal of anxiety. But I can imagine it would be intensely relaxing to just lose yourself in whatever activities you have planned for the day and not worrying about all those notifications, crafting the perfect response to a text, getting stuck in long phone conversations… the list goes on! To me, unplugging from all forms of electronic devices and social media for the day really gets right into “you” time. What better way to focus on yourself for a day than to spend the day entirely with yourself? I suggest adding this into part of your Spa Day/Night and see how it goes! I think I’ll try this myself one night while JP is enjoying his Spring Break at home in Alaska.
What are your favorite ways to take a break? Or, if you’re going on a Spring Break vacation post the details so us boring, old twenty-somethings can live vicariously through you! *wink, wink* Leave a comment below!