As January comes to an end, many college and university students are looking forward to the week long break known as 'Reading Week'. Unlike the more glamorous American 'Spring Break', activities don't always involve beaches and bikinis. Here's a list of some of the popular Reading Week destinations for 2013.
1. Varadero, Cuba - This tourist town becomes packed with students, thanks to its beautiful white sand beaches, warm weather, and cheap all-inclusive packages. These packages will bundle round trip direct flights, arrival transfers, meals and drinks. Once you arrive, you can tuck your wallet away, because practically everything is included. Although you will want to keep some Cuban convertible pesos for tipping the bar tender or hotel maids.
2. Cancun, Mexico - This hot beach destination was once a quiet fishing village. During the day, head to the long stretches of white sand beaches, and during the night, get a clubbing pass which includes the entrance fees to the clubs as well as some of your drinks. If you're looking to soak in a bit of history, you can visit the Chichen Itza archaelogical site.
3. Costa Rica - For people who want more of an adrenaline rush, Costa Rica has been gaining popularity over the years thanks to it's reputation for zip-lining through the cloud forests, white water rafting in La Fortuna, and Manuel Antonio park. With just a one week stay, try to limit yourself to just 2-3 cities.
4. Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - With its brown sand beaches, tropical trees and cabana style accommodations, Dominican Republic still manages to maintain it's tropical feel. For the Scuba divers and snorkelers, the island is surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks.
5. Mont Tremblant, Quebec - Possibly the best slopes on the east side of Canada, rent out a room with some friends, and enjoy some of the best powder out there.
6. New York City, New York - Nothing like the excitement of the big apple to make you forget about the stresses of school. Indulge in some retail therapy, or visit many of the iconic sites you've seen or read about. Catch a Broadway musical if you love shows.
There's lots of options out there depending on what type of Reading Week experience you're looking for. If you want to party, but don't want to deal with logistics, Breakaway Tours and S-Trip organizes Reading Week trips yearly.