I watch a lot of movies and TV, and I’ve noticed that a number of films and shows make spring break seem like constant partying in some far-off location. It can make it seem like there is pressure to do something elaborate or else it’s not a “real” spring break.
Well, I am here to tell you that a low-key spring break is actually an awesome thing. No, I don’t even just mean low-key in a lazy girl kind of way. For me, spring break was usually just a time to hang out at home – and I feel like it’s safe to say that my experience matches the majority of my friends.
A spring break at home doesn’t have to be a countdown to get back to school. Seriously, there are ways to have fun and enjoy yourself! Here’s ten ways to make sure you avoid getting bored during your at-home spring break.
Don't PoutIf you convince yourself you are going to be bored, you probably will be bored. So right off the bat, no pouting. If you just stay happy about the fact that you have a whole week wide open ahead of you, then you'll be ready to make the most of it. All good, then? All right, keep reading for some specific stuff to do! Source: Shutterstock.com
Connect With FriendsI can almost guarantee that there will be other people at home for spring break. Yeah, maybe not your BFF if she's heading to an island getaway, but what about other friends you may not know as well? This could be a great week to build friendship. Coming home from college? Re-connect with high school friends over dinner or a pick-up sports game. Spring break at home doesn't have to be a non-social experience! Source: Shutterstock.com
Catch Up On ZZZsOnce school starts back up again, you are going to regret if you stayed up late every night just killing time on Facebook or Tumblr. It may sound boring to tell yourself to get to bed and sleep during spring break, but if you're feeling more refreshed and relaxed by the end of spring break, that'll be a week well spent. Source: Shutterstock.com
Spend Time OutsideThis time of year, there aren't a ton of sunshine hours (especially being in school all day), so try to make the most of just being outdoors. Maybe it means going on a hike or having a picnic or taking your dog on a long walk. The sunshine makes everything a little bit better, including boredom (but be sure you are wearing sunscreen!). Source: Shutterstock.com
Read Just For FunWhether it's an actual book or just skimming through magazines, let yourself read something YOU want to read. There's a lot of school-based reading to do most of the time and while some of it can be interesting, it's not the same in getting lost in a story you like. Source: Shutterstock.com
Take A Day Trip...My friends that went away on big trips were always talking about the logistics and planning details all the way up until they left. I know they had fun, but all that planning can be draining. Instead, plan a mini day trip if you want to spice up your week at home. A fun staycation makes for a solid vacation! Source: Shutterstock.com
...Or A Trip Down Memory LaneSeriously, you have no idea what kinds of awesome stuff you will find hidden away in your basement or garage. This can provide hours of entertainment. When I was home a couple weeks ago, I found a life timeline I made in seventh grade. It was hilarious and just the start of a really fun discovery adventure. Source: Shutterstock.com
Hang Out With Your FamilyIn my experience, parents are so glad that you're around that they'll be up for doing fun stuff and maybe spoiling you a little bit. Also, your little siblings aren't so annoying when you aren't trying to do a mountain of homework. Spend some quality time with these folks who sometimes get taken for granted during the busy weeks. Source: Shutterstock.com
Cook Homemade MealsWhether you're just over eating college dining hall food (unless it's Nutella, amirite Columbia University?!) or feel like you're always eating whatever one of your parents preps for the family, use this week to get giving cooking a try. It'll give you something to do during the day, some lasting skills, and it's just yummy! Source: Shutterstock.com
Finally Catch Up On TVThose spring break nights when nobody is really around make a great time for movie watching. I say though, take advantage of having a few nights to work with and marathon a TV show you've been dying to see, but too busy to catch up on. You'll be all set to jump in on the conversation when you get back to school! Source: Shutterstock.com
What are your plans for spring break? Are you going home or somewhere else? What was the best spring break you’ve ever had? Tell me in the comments.