College Road Trips: Escape that Midterm Slump

Sometimes the stress of going to class and studying can be too much for even the most committed students. Fortunately, we always have a way out. Of course, you should not run away from your problems, but instead realize that every now and then, you deserve a little unofficial, spur-of-the-moment vacation. For these urgent situations, it’s best to have a few ideas in your back pocket. If you take a little bit of time to draw up some getaway plans, you’ll be much happier when you hit that midterm slump.

First, you should familiarize yourself with the area around your school. Get a sense for distances, driving times, local attractions, nearby cities, national parks, and so on. For example, maybe your state doesn’t have legal gambling, but one state over, you can reach some casinos. Or you could try searching for a sky diving company, an old amusement park, a drive-in movie theatre, or anything unique and entertaining. Then, look for places where you could spend the night safely, such as cheap motels, hostels, well-known campgrounds, or the houses of friends and family who might live nearby. The goal is to have a place that you could easily get to at the drop of a hat that would still let you have fun away from school.

Consider gathering your friends together. Make sure you have pre-arranged an agreement as to how you’ll split up the payment for gas, food, and lodging. Make sure everyone has promised to help out in some way so you’re not stuck footing the bill. Likewise, you should all agree to the length of the trip, whether it’s just an overnight trip or a full weekend vacation. You should be able to have fun while still sticking to a budget and keeping everyone in the loop.

After these things have been accomplished, all that’s left to do is to make your escape. Pack road trip snacks, good music, your cameras, sleeping bags, and whatever else you may need. Make sure to give a brief itinerary of your travel plans and your contact information to a friend on campus in case there’s an emergency. And finally, leave your books in your dorm room. You won’t have to worry about them until Sunday night when you return.

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