5 Spring Break Ideas on a Budget

As college students, we are often short on cash but are still looking for something exciting to do, especially around spring break.

Most students want lasting memories without lasting debt. Luckily, Wisconsin has unique opportunities costing less than $100, so those who cannot afford extravagant vacations still have fun spring break options.

Here are my recommendations:

1. Find cheap concert tickets in Madison or Milwaukee. Music groups often come through the Midwest during break. Hotels and ticket prices are typically cheaper in these areas than they are in Chicago or Minneapolis.

Local concerts are a fun way to relax and have fun. Photo by Allison Birr.

Local concerts are a fun way to relax and have fun. Photo by Allison Birr.

2. For those who like shopping without breaking the bank, traveling to urban areas like Green Bay, Madison or Milwaukee allows outsiders the opportunity to window-shop at unfamiliar stores. Larger cities also have a wider variety of secondhand stores to shop at.

3. Wisconsin is home to many beautiful outdoor attractions. There are two national parks; however, only the Ice Age trail in Madison operates year-round. There are also local trails, like the Eau Claire River Trail or the trails in Schmeeckle Reserve. These may be familiar, but seeing them covered with snow can make them exciting and new again.

4. There are also opportunities to find ski and snowboarding hills. Granite Peak has several 2-for-1 deals during spring break, and rental equipment is available right in the ski lounge. This is an especially great opportunity for those who are not planning on straying far from Stevens Point.

5. For those looking to stay in Stevens Point, students always have the opportunity to rent camping and other outdoor activity equipment from the Allen Center on campus. A day snowshoeing or cross-country skiing can easily be put together.

Wisconsin has a lot to offer students over spring break, and with all of these opportunities lying right in our backyard, there is no reason to break the bank for a well-deserved vacation.


Anna Welton

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