With spring break just around the corner, students are frantically making plans for the week in a bid to escape campus and take a break from college life. From visiting their hometown to taking a vacation, students are desperate to swap books and study for a piece of adventure.
While planning a vacation stateside or abroad is exciting for some, most students are just looking forward to going back to the comforts of home for the week. Spring break is the chance for students to visit their parents and friends in their home time and relax for the week. Pacific freshman Emalee Beavers is excited to go back to Sacramento, California, taking a break from rainy Oregon, even if she is being slightly bribed by her parents to come home and visit them.
“I’m going back to my hometown in Sacramento. I’m excited for the sunshine because it’s been very cloudy up here lately, and my mom said she would buy me new clothes if I went home”
For some pacific athletes, there is little time to rest. The Pacific men’s tennis team is traveling to Redlands, California to play in spring season matches. The dual matches will take place from March 25-30 against D3 schools including Redlands, Colby College, and Chapman.
Spring break vacationing can come up a little pricey but taking advantage of the destinations fairly close to Pacific and a little bit of intelligent planning can go along way. Pacific student Catherine Rowan has planned a road trip to Vancouver for the week.
“I’m visiting my friend who lives in Canada,” she said. “I am most excited to see her. I have not seen her in two years.”
It is possible to do this all within a budget. A coach journey from Portland to Vancouver, with return, comes in under $90, and a semi decent youth hostel will only set you back $100 for the week. Making use of the city’s free facilities and popular tourist spots will ensure you keep your finances in order.
If you are not planning on going home this spring break or leaving the state, there are still spaces available on the Outdoors Pursuits white-water rafting trip that will take place on March 23–27. The week out on the water will include rafting on the Deschutes river and camping amongst the most beautiful scenery the state has to offer. Travel and tools are all provided in the price of $300. Pacific exchange student Phoebe Brooks has chosen to take part in this pursuit instead of her initial plans to travel to other states.
“It is different. It is an adventure, and a sense of danger excites me. It is cheaper than going on vacation for spring break. I have never done white water rafting before and I do not think I would ever do it without this trip”
Outdoor Pursuits is also offering an alternate adventure. Spring Break Backpacking will take place March 23-30. For $460 you can escape Forest Grove and join student leaders in a trek across the rugged dessert with food, transportation and gear all included in the bundle price. Visit the Outdoor Pursuits page on Pacific’s website for more information.