There are a lot of complaints out there these days about how college didn’t prepare people for getting a job.
I totally get that. It’s definitely not easy to get a job.
And I had my fair share of challenges when I graduated college.
But to be honest, you know what I really didn’t feel prepared for?
WORKING ADULTS DON’T GET A FREAKING SPRING BREAK.
I’m scrolling through Instagram and my feed is just exploding with all the college kids escaping from the challenges of life.
(oh look, here's another one...)
Meanwhile I’m sitting in my office like:
And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.
But rather than wallow in my spring break depression I’ve decided to do something about it.
I know that many of us can’t just jet away to remote locations (haha nor do we have the money for that).
However I’m pretty sure we can still have a good time.
That’s why I’ve put together a little guide - just for us.
The working title is “The Adults Guide To Still Having A Spring Break When You Work An 8-5 And Have 3 Vacation Days Left”.
(Yeah, I know the title still needs some work…)
Just because we have to be back in the office on Monday, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun this spring.
1. Day Trip
If you’re anything like me, by the time Saturday rolls around I don’t want to go anywhere outside of my WIFI range.
Let’s think about this though. I’m sure there’s something really awesome that's an easy day trip from where you live.
If we’re going to take back spring break, then we’re going to have to step out of our comfort zones.
It’s time to drag your ass outta bed early, meet up with some friends and party like there’s no tomorrow.
Or, if you want to take it a bit slower, drive out Friday after work and stay the night in a hotel.
Then you can get an early start on the day, without having to wake up early.
2. Activity Crawl
You know how in your town there’s like 17 things you’ve never tried, and you’ve always said, “One day I’m going to try _____.”?
Well, today is that day.
You and your friends are about to tick off 12 new things in one Saturday or Sunday.
And the more random the better.
I’m talking restaurants, cafes, escape rooms, fancy boutiques and bowling alleys.
All in one day.
If there’s a lot of food and drinks on the list (which there should be) make sure you pace yourself. Don’t want to overdo it too early in the day.
3. Indoor Camping
Remember the days of going to music festivals?
Camping, weird costumes, sleeping in strangers’ tents and only eating bread for 3 days straight.
Those were some crazy times…
Well, this is nothing like that, but I can guarantee that it will still be a hell of a lot of fun.
Find the friend with the biggest living room, and plan an indoor camping night.
Yep, I’m talking pitched tents, sleeping bags, smores, and anything else you’d like to include.
The agenda for the evening? The possibilities are endless.
You could binge watch 90s movies, play drinking games, prank call people, or even have a pillow fight.
And because you’re all staying in, the alcohol can flow as long as you want it to.
Get ready to release the “college you” that’s been locked away behind the 8-5.
4. Tournament Day
I recently had a friend tell me about this thing that he and his high school friends have done for the past 12 years or so, and I thought it sounded absolutely amazing.
Once a year, they plan a huge day of competitions.
Each participant comes up with one game and you spend the whole day going from game to game.
The games can be as creative as each person wants to make it. From something as standard as kickball, to something as random as trying to color a picture blindfolded.
At the end of the day add up everyone's score, and the person with the least amount of points buys dinner (or drinks or ice cream, really whatever you guys want and can afford).
Make sure to take some pictures, because this is going to be absolutely hilarious.
5. Take An Actual Trip
This isn’t for most of us (ok, basically none of us), but there are a few readers out there that:
#1 Have lots of vacation days.
#2 Have cash to blows.
Congratulations on becoming my new least favorite person.
Why are you still reading this article? Go relax somewhere awesome.
Well, that's it for now.
Hopefully these suggestions help sooth the spring break bug that’s going around.
At the very least you’re in for an awesome time that will probably become a tradition.
If you have any of your own grown up spring break ideas, let us know!