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Spring Break 2016

Spring Break 2016

*This post is a little past due, butttt better late than never right?*

This year was the first year I felt like a real college student on Spring break. Freshman year, I went to NYC with my mom for part and spent the second half at home. Sophomore year, I decided to spend the week catching up on sleep and spending time with family since I would be gone all summer in Italy and Paris and then all of Fall semester in Italy. 

However, this year I went with a group of friends for part of the week to Destin, FL and then for the second part we drove down to Emory's house in West Palm Beach so he could show me around his hometown and we could spend time with his family!

We made the 8-hour drive down to Destin early Saturday morning and ended up taking many twisty and rural backroads. Even though the drive was long, luckily it was an absolutely perfect sunny day so we were able to drive part of the way with the windows down blasting the country music.

There was a total of 9 of us that came and we spent most of the days lounging on the beach with a mix in of Putt Putt runs, a little bit of shopping, and of course, lots of eating!

Before dinner one of the nights we decided to take sunset pictures on the beach!

The girls! (we forgot to get a big group picture with all the boys too...whoops!)

Tuesday afternoon/nightish we headed out and made another 8 hour drive to south Florida to West Palm! First thing Wednesday morning Emory transformed into the best Palm Beach tour guide ever. Luckily, Emory knows me pretty well and started off the first day with brunch at The Breakers. 

^^ Posing with his 3rd plate of food!

After brunch we took advantage of the perfect weather to wander/explore The Breakers so I could snap a million pictures. 

One of the rare photos taken with Emory that I'm not on my tip toes...

I could have sat there all day!

I wasn't kidding when I said perfect weather.

And what's Palm Beach without shopping on Worth Ave? Luckily, Emory is very patient and allowed me to go into every store I set my eye on :) 

Sounds silly but the thing I was most looking forward to was bike riding! I was dying over all the picture perfect houses and stopped way too many times to take pictures of all of them. 

On our last day in Paradise we headed out to Peanut Island on Emory's boat with his family! We did a little snorkeling and relaxed in the sun before making the 10 hour turned 12 hour drive back on Sunday to Furman. 

Definitely a great Spring Break! 




How To Plan a Trip

How To Plan a Trip

I am 100% a planner. I like to have a schedule in front of me at all times with a detailed list of everything that I need to do that day.

Right now I am on Spring Break at the beach in Florida with friends and I’m doing my very best to enjoy sitting on the beach with no plan. I’m getting better at it but sometimes it’s still a struggle for me not to plan ahead and just enjoy the moment.

Last semester when I was studying abroad in Italy I learned how to efficiently plan a trip all by myself. We knew going over there that we wanted to take advantage of every moment we weren’t in class. We successfully traveled every weekend, minus one, and planned all of them by ourselves!

Don’t know where to start? I’ll tell ya what I learned.

Bottom line: make it as simple as possible and book it as far out as you can. Book how you’re gonna get there and where you’re gonna stay. Everything else can be done after! 

Expert tip: *make sure you open up a private window on your computer to prevent websites from comparing prices!

1.     Pick a location- Duh, Shannon.

2. Do your research- Figure out which airport you want to fly into (or best transportation to get there in general), best areas to stay in the city, and the dates you’re going to go.

3. Book transportation- The first thing that you should do is figure out how you’re going to get there! There’s no point in booking anything else if you’re not going to get there! Decide the best way to get there, whether it’s a plane, train (the high-speed ones in Europe are so fun!), or if you’re going to drive.

*while I was abroad I would always use Sky Scanner to book flights!*

4. Reserve a room- Once you have your transportation figured out, decide where you want to stay and book it. It’s important to take into account location, especially if you’re going to be walking a lot!

*we stayed in a lot of hostels while abroad and loved using hostelworld to book everything (they have a great app for it too!)

5. Print confirmations- Before leaving make sure you have all your confirmations printed out just in case! I kept a folder with all the important information and bookings always with me.

6. Pack Accordingly- Make sure to check the weather before you pack, and always bring a camera to capture all your fun memories! Don’t forget to look up if your airline or train has any strict bag restrictions.

7.  Go!- Now is the fun time!