While the idea of spring break travel may bring up memories of beer bongs in Panama City, Florida, it is still possible to enjoy a post-winter getaway without participating in a wet t-shirt contest. With the right planning and a little originality, spring break can look a lot different than when you were a college sophomore. Find out how to enjoy spring break long after your co-ed days are over.
Arrive late to the party
Even the most popular spring break destinations will be quiet and serene if you book your trip after the Easter holiday. Most colleges and universities send students on break before the end of March. While every school is different, most college students are back in class after Easter. If you can wait till the holiday is over, you can avoid high prices and large, rowdy crowds.
Think outside of the box
The dates you choose to travel won't matter as much if you choose a destination off the typical college grid. Avoid Florida, Cancun, and South Padre in Texas. Try Las Vegas, where college budgets can't quite stand up to the glittery casinos. You may also want to squeeze in one last ski trip before winter is officially over and avoid the suntans and tropical drinks all together.
Go the Distance
Book a cruise that keeps you at sea for at least 7 days. Most spring breakers book 3 or 4 day cruises that fit their budget. Mediterranean cruises are safe bets in the spring. If you want to stay on land, try Caribbean islands that require a plane ticket and a ferry ride to access. The harder it is to get to your destination, the less likely you are to see a foam dance party.
Don't let the words spring break scare you from booking travel at this time of year. After a long, dark winter, everyone enjoys a break. Not just the college set.