4 Spring Break Tips When Your College Student Doesn’t Want to Come Home

BY: - 3 Mar '15 | Travel

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In several parts of the country it’s hard to believe that spring is coming.  The calendar says that the first day of spring is actually Friday, March 20th.  As I look out over my balcony and see the snow and ice falling, I am a little skeptical.  Spring will hopefully bring with it warm weather and fabulous spring break destinations.

Parents of college students have additional concerns when spring break arrives.  The main concern is whether or not they should let their college freshmen go on the spring break trip with their classmates or should they encourage them to come home?

A spring break trip with classmates can be the downtime your college student needs.  They’ve just finished mid-term exams and dealt with the stress that goes with preparing for those exams.  If they are a freshman, remember the entire college experience is also new and nerve wrecking.  A week or two with family is always great but a trip with friends in a fabulous destination is a great opportunity to relax, regroup and get ready for the rest of the semester while experiencing a totally new culture.

If you do agree and let your favorite college freshman go on that spring break getaway, there are a few things to do before the trip.

  • Remind them safety first. Yes, you will be nagging them but they need the reminder to be safe and aware of their surroundings at all times. Drill in them the age old rule, “We arrive together…we leave together!”  No exceptions.
  • Establish a check-in schedule. Arrange a schedule for your child to check-in on a regular basis.  Remind them that if they miss a check-in, you will embarrass them and call one of their travel buddies.
  • Can I get your phone number?! Obtain the phone numbers of all of their travel buddies and their parents.
  • Enroll them in the STEP program. The State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) lists all the current travel warnings and the locations of all the US embassies.  They may never need to use the information on this site but its valuable information to access in the event of an emergency while traveling.  Click here to enroll in the FREE STEP program from the State Department.

BMWK family what was your favorite spring break vacation when in college?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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3 Fabulous Spring Break Destinations You Won’t Want to Leave!

BY: - 10 Mar '15 | Travel

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We are counting down the days to the official first day of spring.   A lot of us deserve a fabulous spring break vacation simply because we’ve had to deal with one of the worst winters on record.  The sun and warm weather will definitely make your spring break vacation wonderful.  What would make it fabulous?  A beautiful destination with an equally gorgeous beach!

To help you plan a fabulous spring break vacation, here are three great spring break destinations.

  1. Cancun, Mexico. Cancun has been named the ultimate spring break destination. Its long stretches of beautiful beaches, festive nightlife make it a top pick for spring break vacations.  All-inclusive resorts are popular and can be a bit pricey but include food, activities and nightlife.  To book a great vacation package or find things to do visit cancun.com.
  2. Myrtle Beach, SC. Beach getaways are popular vacation choices but they don’t have to be a budget buster.  Voted one of the best East Coast family vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach is home to hundreds of golf courses, amusement parks, roller coasters, race tracks and more.  For a list of fabulous things to do in Myrtle Beach, please visit visitmyrtlebeach.com.
  3. Puerto Rico! Less than a 3 hour hop from Miami, Puerto Rico is known for its beautiful calm, clear beautiful waters and 20ft waves. Puerto Rico is also home to an exciting nightlife.  One of the most popular tourist attractions is El Yunque.  It is the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service.  A place so indescribable that it must be seen, heard and felt. It’s one of our must-visit destinations.  Since Puerto Rico is a US territory no currency exchange is needed and US citizens do not need their passport.  Check out seepuertorico.com for all things Puerto Rico.

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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