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It's the battle of the spring breaks, 'work-cation vs. ballin' on a budget'by Circa Campus

WATCH | Spring Break is all about how you do it...

We put our Circa Campus team to the test. It's the battle of "Ballin on a Budget" versus a "Work-cation". You tell us who won! 


I'm Geena Jerome, a student at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, who is graduating in a few months. I wanted to have a spring break experience at least once. Planning ahead is often the key to getting the best deal, but if you are like me, planning isn’t your strong suit. All you need is an eye for budgeting and a willingness to “go with the flow.” The steps I took for a great spring break did not break the bank but instead allowed me to “ball on a budget” and make life-changing memories with my friends and respective peers.

Step 1.  Plan a trip with friends to share most of the overall costs, get the hook-up

My spring break plans were completely random and I planned two days before the start of break. Luckily, one of my friends saved me from boredom by inviting me and a few others to her home in Orlando, Florida. From then on, it was easy to set a spring break plan in motion. This brings me to my next step.

Step 2.  Look for flights Tuesday nights and early on Wednesday for cheaper tickets, this is a must

My friends and I decided very quickly we were taking a plane to Orlando, Florida, but we were extremely worried about price. My advice is that it is best to look between the late-night hours of Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for a steal. We were willing to pay $250 but were lucky enough to find round-trip tickets for $210. At that point, the days of our spring break trip were finalized, and we knew we were leaving DC.

We ended up visiting Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Universal studios.

Step 3.  Find an Airbnb or hostel for reasonably low prices

My friends and I were prepared to live on the edge by only getting a Airbnb for a night or two. I knew that my friends were going to be in Daytona Beach, we packed up the car and drove the two-hour trip from Orlando to Daytona, bringing plenty of blankets because we knew there would be a night or two spent on the floor. A few pit stops and a car breakdown later, five girls were crammed into a tiny room, but it did not matter because we were in Daytona beach and only paid fifty dollars each for two nights. 

Step 4.    Rage, rage the night away

From bar-hopping to eating crawfish, spring break was a blast.  For a total of three days in Daytona, Beach, I can guarantee that every day was an adventure. Making new friends from colleges all across America was definitely a treat and only added to the experience.  All in all, my spring break cost around $400 total with my plane ticket included.


NEXT UP |  Our second spring break is a bit of a different vibe... It's called "work-cation"

Hi, I'm Courtney McKimmey and I go to University Nevada-Reno. I really wanted a getaway with the comfort of daily habits and activities to clear my mind. So, I packed up all my school work and projects that I have hanging over me and treated myself to a work-cation. There are a ton of co-living and co-working spaces popping up all over the country specifically for people who need an office, but still want to travel. 

These are basically high-end hostels designed for you to get work done. I just got to Santa Cruz, California... Bring on the work-cation!

Take a look at the digs.

This is exactly what I chose to do for my spring break vacation. I booked a room in a co-living and co-working space in Santa Cruz, CA through this company called Outsite and started piling on to my task list. I work from home and take a heavy course load each semester - let’s be honest, spring break basically saves us all from breakdowns. I am also an avid traveler and love short getaway trips - so taking a work-cation was the best thing that came to mind when everyone asked me what I was doing for spring break.

I had no idea what I was getting into, but this past week was probably the most productive ever. It’s funny what an incentive like going for a walk along the beach can do. This was my workspace for the week - who doesn’t love indoor trees?

To be honest, it didn’t really feel like I was working at all. I had great conversations with my housemates, including a guy who’s currently writing a book on startups, and a group dinner around the communal table for some good laughs and stories. I went for runs and did a beach workout. I even *gasp* had time to read for fun. By the end of my three focused days, I had crossed off more on my task list than I had in the past two months combined.

The best of both worlds.

If you choose a work-cation over a traditional spring break it lifts you up and probably is a lot healthier, also it sets you up to rock the rest of the semester, like a champ. You really can have it all when it comes to getting away.

A little relaxation and rejuvenation on the beach!