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Do Spring Break Right: 5 Great Destinations That Aren’t Miami

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Calling all college students and alumni, spring break is around the corner! If you have ever traveled for spring break you know the struggle of planning a Pinterest worthy vacation on a college student budget. Is it impossible? No. But is it hard to achieve? Yes. While Miami might be the first place that comes to mind when you think of spring break, don’t worry– there are tons of other incredible destinations that won’t leave you asking to borrow money from friends for the rest of the semester. So, pack your swimsuit, grab your besties, and get ready to enjoy spring break on a budget!

Beach Vibes

  • South Padre Island, Texas: This resort town offers stunning beaches with crystal-clear water. This place is perfect for spending your days soaking up the sun, kayaking, and learning how to surf. 

Pro Tip: Search for vacation rentals instead of hotels. There are often amazing deals on beachfront condos or beach houses that you can split with your friends! 

  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Myrtle Beach is a classic spring and summer destination for a reason – it’s affordable, action-packed, and offers something for everyone. Here you can enjoy the beach, go to the waterpark, explore the storefronts along the boardwalk, and visit the beach’s safari.

Pro Tip: Look for travel packages that combine your accommodation with activities for extra savings!

  • Outer Banks, North Carolina: This string of barrier islands has beaches, wildlife watching opportunities, and little towns to explore. On this string of islands, you can rent bikes and cruise the scenic trails, book a dolphin-watching tour, or just relax on the beach.

Pro Tip: Book a rental that has a kitchen or kitchenette, so you can save money by cooking some of your meals instead of eating out.

Beyond the Beach

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: This city is all about good food, live jazz music, and a whole lotta fun. Fill your days with eating delicious beignets, exploring the historic French Quarter, and dancing the night away. 

Pro Tip: Look for hostels or guesthouses that offer free walking tours or pub crawls – a budget-friendly way to explore the city and make new friends! 

  • Austin, Texas: Austin is a city that’s always buzzing with energy. Listen to live music and eat barbecue on Sixth Street. Austin also has a ton of free outdoor activities, like hiking in Zilker Park or kayaking on Lady Bird Lake.

Pro Tip: There are many free activities available such as walking tours, museums days, and outdoor adventures. Do your research and plan your itinerary accordingly.

Remember, spring break is all about creating lasting memories with your friends. 

Written with lots of care, 



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