Rattlers find ways to break on a budget

For many students, spring break is one of the most anticipated times of the school year. Clubbing and crashing house parties are at the top of some students’ list. On the contrary, others have found ways to enjoy the spring break on a limited budget.

Taking a road trip with a group of friends is one low-cost alternative to staying in town. Many local students plan trips to surrounding cities.

“Tallahassee spring breakers tend to travel to Panama City,” said Kristyn Macready, the regional sales manager at www.studentcity.com, a student travel agency.

Macready said students could purchase packages to surrounding cities that include hotel accommodations.

Packages, depending on the number of occupants per room and what city travelers plan to stay in, range from $199-$400. Student City also offers discount cards, which students can use at bars and restaurants. They also offer packages to Cancun and Acapulco Mexico. These packages range from $700 and more.

Sharee Lewis, 19, from Fort Lauderdale, said road trips within Florida are inexpensive and fun.

The sophomore biology student said students should consider car-pooling to South Beach.

Lewis said students would enjoy walking on the beach at night without having to spend money. Last year Lewis said she walked shoulder-to-shoulder with celebrities such as OutKast, Fabulous, Fat Joe and Trina.

Although the campus may look like the semester has ended, some students said spending spring break in Tallahassee could be just as enjoyable or even productive.

Gilene Janvier, 21, a senior history education student from Fort Lauderdale said students could use the time to study.

“Students neglect homework during spring break because they’d rather be having fun,” Janvier said.

Ben Chestang, 23, said if all else fails, students can visit their hometown to see family members.

The senior business administration student from Mosspoint, Miss said, “I go home very little so I try to go home as often as I can.”