Affordable Spring Break Options for College Students

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Spring break is just around the corner! There’s only 10 days until we can get away from all this snow and treacherous cold weather. But realistically as a college student can we really afford to take a plane to Cancun for an all-inclusive weekend and party? For the majority of us, the answer is: “NO!” Fortunately, there are a couple of alternative spring break destinations that may fit your budget.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

Gather a couple friends, pack your bags, and hop in a car because Atlantic City is just a 3-hour drive from NYIT! Atlantic City is always a fun destination, regardless of the weather since there are plenty of things to do indoors. Most of the casinos have deals on Groupon for one or two nights stay for affordable prices. Almost every casino has a club in it which is always fun. Harrah’s Resort is famous for its pool party after dark. It basically consists of a club with a pool and hot tubs surrounding the dance floor. Some weekends, famous DJ’s like Pauly D from, MTV’s Jersey Shore and Afrojack perform there. If you aren’t much of a club-goer, most of the resorts offer plenty of shows or you can even gamble and win enough money for your next spring break! There is also a four mile long boardwalk which was recently rebuilt after Sandy which includes good food, games, shopping and water activities.

 MONTREAL, QUEBEC

If you don’t mind the cold or a longer drive, Montreal, Quebec in Canada is an exciting place to visit. Though it’s a 7-hour drive itself, the scenery is beautiful along the I-87 north. Remember: you need a passport to cross the border. Once you have arrived in the lively city of Montreal there are endless things to do. They are well-known for an amazing nightlife and also have festivals throughout the year. Unfortunately, during the week of our spring break there aren’t any festivals except for the, “Latin Canadian International Fashion Week,” which ends on the 15th. With the province of Quebec’s legal drinking age being 18, many college students can have the short taste of what it is like being 21. Remember that Montreal is one of the world’s largest French speaking cities. However, mostly everyone is bilingual and is willing to help you if you don’t know any French. It’s a great experience to be in a whole different country which is only a couple hours away. Montreal is also a melting pot with many diverse cultures within the city. Therefore there are endless restaurants with GREAT food. A famous Montreal dish is poutine, which consists of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. The most popular place to find it is at a fast food restaurant called, “La Belle Province.”

MYRTLE BEACH, SC

Another popular destination is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can rent out a beach house off the shore and there are many attractions to do. There’s a beach that stretches out to approximately 60 miles with soft clean sand. There are many watersports such as jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, etc. Myrtle Beach is also home to one of the biggest ferris wheels in the east coast called, “Myrtle Beach Sky Wheel” which soars up to 200 feet. Myrtle Beach is considered a golfer’s paradise for those who love the game. It’s home to over 100 quality courses.

MANHATTAN, NY

It’s actually surprising that there are a lot of New Yorker’s that have barely seen all the sights to see in Manhattan. From seeing the Statue of Liberty to Broadway shows, NYC is a place where you can do anything that comes to mind. It’s a city that caters to almost anyone’s wants and needs. If you are one of those people who have never been anywhere outside of Long Island, then maybe you should spend a couple days out of your spring break in Manhattan. Surprisingly, you can find hotel rooms near Times Square on hotels.com for less than $200/night.

Spending a day as a tourist even though you’re still a resident of the state can be fun if you have never done it. A cruise along the Hudson River, going on top of the Rockefeller Center to see the skyline or even just checking out the hundreds of clubs at night, can be worthwhile and you won’t regret it. There’s a popular club called, “230 Fifth” which is a rooftop club where you have an eye level view of the Empire State Building. A popular food that you must have when in the city is chicken and rice from, “The Halal Guys” on 53rd and 6th. It’s a food cart, BUT the food is so good! It’s normal for the line to be extended down the block.

 PANAMA CITY, FL

Florida is one of the most common spring break destinations for a college student.  Besides Miami and South Beach however, how many students are really interested? Panama City is one of the most beautiful destinations, and most college students don’t even know it exists! Panama City Beach’s largest amusement park is called, “Race City.” It has almost everything you could possibly imagine. From go-karts to roller-coasters, to arcades to bumper boats and even a haunted house, there are endless possibilities for fun!

Cutting out the cost of airfare saves an immense amount of money for your budget if you’re trying get away for spring break. These destinations are fairly cheap, especially if you’re splitting the cost of gas/toll. Don’t let your budget ruin your spring break! Take a road trip out to one of these places, enjoy, and most importantly: BE SAFE!

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