The weather is getting slightly warmer. The sun is beginning to stay out a little longer. And there is a somewhat restless feeling on campus. This can only mean one thing: Spring Break is near.
Whether going home or jaunting off to another country or part of America, GW students are anticipating the impending week away from classes, studying and maybe even D.C.
Many GW students plan to go home this year.
“I want to see my friends and go kayaking,” freshman Ashley Willis said. Willis lives in Charleston, S.C., and she said she could not think of anywhere else she wanted to go. She said she found an inexpensive flight through US Airways’ E-Savers program.
Sophomore Jason Maxim said he felt the importance of going home to see friends and family rather exceeded taking a trip to some exotic destination.
“I don’t want to do the trendy thing and go where everyone else is going,” Maxim said, who plans to go home to Maine in March.
Freshman Aaron Denoyer plans to go home to Ohio first to meet up with a friend and then take a Spring Break trip.
“I will probably fly (home) and drive to North Carolina,” Denoyer said. He plans to visit his grandfather in North Carolina for a day or two and then go camping with friends from Ohio who have accompanied him.
For those who decide to travel away from the city and their hometown this Spring Break, it is always helpful to go through a travel agency.
Student Travel Advantage, which is conveniently located on the bottom floor of the Marvin Center, is one option. There are many advantages to making travel arrangements through an agency.
“It saves you time,” said Beth Pilling, an STA travel adviser. “We know what we are doing already and we have good prices.”
Jamaica, the Bahamas and the Caribbean have been the most popular Spring Break destinations, according to STA. Airline packages to these destinations are often the cheapest. A weeklong trip to the Caribbean usually runs between $1,000 and $1,200, according to Pilling. She said European vacations are usually more expensive because the airfare, hotel reservations, train passes and other expenses are all bought separately rather than in a package deal.
STA representatives said they strive to help students make travel plans within their budget.
“We all really want to get our clients the lowest fares possibly – exactly what they are looking for,” Pilling said.
Seniors Randi Rothbaum and Meg Johnston are traveling to London and Northern Ireland in the March.
“We are going to Ireland to look at graduate programs,” Johnston said, who is applying to graduate programs abroad.
Both Rothbaum and Johnston said they have many friends who are studying abroad that they wish to visit in the United Kingdom. They said they plan to go to the theater and enjoy English cuisine among other things.
Other students plan to visit various parts of the United States. Freshman Evan Price said he will visit a friend at Tulane University in New Orleans.
“It’s his birthday, and it’s New Orleans,” Price said. He said has not decided whether he will fly or drive.
Sophomores Rebecca Quatinetz and Annie Scharf will visit southern California for Spring Break. They booked their tickets to Los Angeles on Orbitz.com and will stay in Claremont.
“My sister lives there, so I will have a free place to stay,” Quatinetz said. They plan to visit many surrounding cities such as San Diego, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Melrose and Balboa Island.
“I have always loved California,” Quatinetz said. “I wanted to go to a place with warm weather for Spring Break.”