7 Actually Fun Last-Minute Spring Break Ideas

by Kat Kuehl

If you're lucky enough to still have some time off for spring break, you've probably had your plane tickets booked and your bags packed for months in eager anticipation of some relaxation and beach time. But, for those of us who manage to procrastinate even the fun things in life, some last-minute spring break ideas are just what the doctor ordered.

In the interest of perfect honesty, I was never one of those college kids that took a wild, raucous trip to Cabo or Panama City Beach. Of course, it looked like a great time. But, I wasn't about to blow the measly amount I had saved from my part-time college job on a plane ticket. And, you can bet that there's no way my parents were going to foot the bill for a week full of debauchery.

Needless to say, I was pretty much forced to become the master of finding fun and last-minute ways to spend my spring time off. Not only did it mean that I actually got to enjoy my spring break, but I also wasn't as insanely jealous of all of my friends who were off getting tan, playing beach volleyball, and drinking ungodly amounts of tequila.

So, if you're in the same boat that I always found myself in, I've rounded up seven last-minute spring break ideas that will help to soothe that ache you feel from not being able to spend it on the beach. Look at it this way — at least you're also missing out on the nasty hangover.

1. Book a hotel

Wait, what? No, I don't mean in Miami or Mexico. But, just because you're not jetting off to some faraway destination doesn't mean you can't enjoy staying in a hotel. Book a room in your own town, or even in a closely located city. Then, indulge in room service, movies, and time in the hotel pool and hot tub. Your own town likely isn't a popular spring break destination, so you don't need to worry about making a reservation far ahead of time.

2. Be a tourist in your own town

Even if you don't want to book a hotel, you can still plan a few fun day trips in your own area. Check out that museum you've been meaning to visit, take a brewery tour at a local microbrewery, or make a dinner reservation at that fancy restaurant you've never eaten at. You may think it's a buzzkill to not be able to travel far from home. But, I promise, you can still have fun.

3. Veg out

A spring break trip with your friends might be fun, but it's probably not all that relaxing. They'll all come back exhausted. You? If you spend your spring break relaxing and watching movies, you're sure to return feeling well-rested. Want to take things up a notch? Disconnect from social media too. Not only will it give you a much-needed break from constantly sitting in front of a screen, but it also means you won't have to see those endless snapshots from your friends' beach vacations.

4. Volunteer

Since you didn't plan an extravagant trip anyway, why not use your time off to do some good and volunteer? Donate your time and services to a local food pantry, or walk dogs at the animal shelter. A spring break spent snuggling puppies? Not even the beach can top that.

5. Take a class

Whether it's a cooking class or a fitness class, your time off presents the perfect opportunity to learn something new. Unlike all of your friends spending their vacations on the beach, you'll come back with a new skill — aside from a perfect keg stand.

6. Visit family

Luckily, you don't need an advanced reservation in order to visit your faraway family members. So, plan a trip to stay with some relatives you haven't seen in a while. You'll get to spend time with the people you love, and it's bound to be cheaper than a tropical vacation.

7. Pamper yourself

Use your time off to relax, recharge, and totally pamper yourself. Book a massage, get a manicure and pedicure, or make an appointment to get your hair done. You'll return looking (and feeling!) like a brand new person.

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