Winter-weary Lakers head for warmer climates on Spring Break

by McKenzie Ely, Features

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It is nearing that time of year again: Spring Break is just around the corner. Besides offering an eagerly anticipated rest from all things school, homework, and early mornings, the roughly one week in vacation time provides the perfect opportunity for students and their families to drive, fly, or cruise to their favorite destinations.

These spots can be close to family, include favorite activities, or simply constitute a change in scenery. However, because the state of Michigan is not overly fond of bringing anything but clouds and cold, many vacationers use this time to flee to tropical hotspots around the globe in order to get a well-needed glimpse of the sunshine.

Sophomore, Madeline Zenas, agrees, explaining that her family usually goes to warmer places on the break. “The weather is always really nice,” she says, “unlike Michigan.”

The most popular places for Michiganders to seek the sun seem to be the southernmost states; including (but not limited to) Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, and, of course, the sunshine state itself- Florida. In fact, on USA Today’s list of the top ten spring break destinations, Floridian cities fill up three spaces.

Mexico is also one of the top spots for Spring Breakers to visit, whether by cruise ship or at one of its many beach resorts. Mexico, like Florida, offers warm weather, but it also allows vacationers to experience the culture which comes with visiting another country. Similar to this location is Hawaii, which provides the same tropical feel and lifestyle variation without ever leaving U.S. borders.

Then there are the snowbirds who plan to take a different advantage of their vacation time by heading up-literally- in elevation. Skiing towns in Colorado or Utah can be prime places to hit the slopes, and this Spring Break may be a great time to do so, especially considering the lack of snow in Michigan this past winter.

Spring Break also allows for time to catch up with family and friends. Kamryn Lewkowski says that one of her favorite parts of the vacation is that she is able to relax. “ I can spend some more time with my family, which I don’t get to do a lot of due to school and extra-curriculars.”

The vacation time provides almost no scholarly obligations- unless, of course, your AP classes have thrown in some homework- so there is an opportunity to do just that. And, although most schools are entering the home stretch toward summer vacation, the break is more than welcomed to catch up on sleep and some leisure time, even if you’re planning on sticking around town.

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