Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with This Summer Reading List

Nobody likes taking an English class in the fall because we all know that this means we will get a long list of books that we have to read during the summer to prepare for the class. Now don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy reading a good book, but being forced to read some Victorian novel every summer and then answer questions about it in the fall? That’s not nearly as appealing.

So, what if we made our own summer reading list? Sounds like a good idea to me. And since I just graduated from college and am feeling a bit nostalgic for my younger years, I thought a reading list of books from my childhood would be a fantastic way to avoid thoughts of being a grown up. If you are in a similar situation (or just want some fun books to read) check out this Summer Reading List: A Trip Down Memory Lane.

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Hot Swimsuit Trends for Spring Break

Beach towel? Check. Flip flops? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Swimsuit? If you still haven’t picked out a swimsuit for your Spring Break vacation, read this list of the hottest swimsuit trends before you decide to buy one.

Animal prints: Whether zebra or leopard, animal prints are one of the hottest trends. If you don’t want to go too bold, pick a bikini that has a solid color on top or bottom.

Polka dots: Flirty and sweet, you can’t go wrong with polka dots. Once again, if you’re afraid of wearing too much print at once, mix-and-match with a solid color.

Tropical prints: Feel exotic even when you’re at the neighborhood pool with these vibrantly-printed swimsuits. Tropical prints are not uncommon for beachwear. To make your own statement, pair your tropical bikini top with striped bottoms.

Retro one-pieces: One-pieces are wardrobe-malfunction-free, and they’re super-hot this year. Have fun with bright floral prints or tone it down with a more simple print or solid color.

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4 Avoidable Spring Break Disasters

Spring break trips can go from fun and relaxing to disastrous and stressful in an instant. Losing your wallet or spending all morning hung-over can really destroy your trip.

Before you pack your bags for sunny Cancun or glitzy Las Vegas, read these tips on how to avoid common mistakes that come with Spring Break vacations.

Sunburns: Everyone wants to have a glowing tan when they come back from Spring Break, but sun blisters and peeling skin can ruin your holiday. Skip the sun lotion and slather on some sun block that has an SPF of no less than 30. Be sure to read the directions and re-apply as needed.

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Unique Spring Break Road Trip Destinations

Spring Break is almost here! However, if you are like me, your semester has been way too busy to plan ahead and make reservations at your favorite Caribbean island for the week. Also, let’s face it, we are college students and that might be a little too steep for our budgets.

So, what are we to do for a fun Spring Break? Two words: road trip! Road trips are a great option for Spring Break because they can be done quite cheaply (four friends splitting a Motel 6 and gas money does not add up too quickly), you get to spend a lot of time with the people you are with (so make sure you like them), and you can see a lot of the country that you might not have seen before (this land is your land, so get familiar with it).

Now that you have decided to go on a road trip for Spring Break, it’s time to decide where to go. Here are the top five road trip destinations for college students:

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The Best Books of 2010

Winter break is finally here! That means anywhere from two weeks to a whole month of no school, no obligations, and lots of relaxation. This all sounds wonderful, until you are about half-way into the break and realize that the only productive thing you have done during your vacation is catch up with the Kardashians or work on your baseball pitch with your little brother. (Both are worth-while activities, I’m just saying they aren’t exactly “productive.”)

Maybe instead of sleeping in until 1:00pm every day, you could do something slightly productive and that will also prevent your brain from going to mush over the break. Now, let’s not get too crazy here: I’m not suggesting you write a 10-page thesis paper about the economic, political, and social impacts of World War Two, but how about giving your brain a little exercise by reading a book? And not just any book, but one of the best books that were written this year?

Barnes and Noble recently announced the Best Teen Books for 2010. These books range from “nuanced paranormal romance” to “important, more problematic teen issues” to “well-crafted genre fiction.”

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STA Travel Offers Great Travel Discounts to Students and Teachers

Traveling is a great way to learn about the world around you. Unfortunately, it’s also usually pretty expensive as well. Unless you are booking your trip with STA Travel.sta travel

STA Travel is a travel agency that has been helping students travel around the world for 30 years. STA Travel offers more than just basic travel information; STA has everything you need to plan your student-budget-friendly vacation, including flights, tours, hotels and hostels, and information concerning how to get around when you are abroad.

In addition to everything you need to actually travel, STA offers other valuable products and services. For example, if you want to plan a side adventure during your vacation, STA can organize everything you need so that you do not have to. When I was in Europe, I tried to organize a side trip to Barcelona, Spain, and failed miserably because I just did not have enough information. If I had traveled through STA, I am sure they could have made it a much easier process. Read the rest of this entry »

Cheap and Fun Ways to Spend Your Summer

snow coneSummer is definitely my favorite time of the year. Summer is three months filled with absolutely nothing truly urgent that you have to do. Sure, you might have to work or have an internship, but chances are, you do not work every day of the week. Summer is free time, to fill with whatever you choose.

It sounds perfect, until mid-July when you have done everything that you wanted to do at least five times. Walking around the mall with friends tends to lose its appeal when you just did it yesterday and the day before. So what can you do with all of this lovely free time that you haven’t done a billion times already and does not break the bank?

Try these suggestions to occupy your lazy summer days!

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The 9 Hottest Spring Break Destinations for 2009

Cancun is the most popular spring break destination.

Cancun is the most popular spring break destination.

Coeds everywhere are counting down the days until they trade their backpacks and study sessions for cocktails and naps on the beach. If your plans are still posted as TBD on the calendar, then use this list as a guide to help you pick the 9 hottest party spots this spring break. This list proves that Mexico still has the market cornered for spring break, but also boasts some in-country destinations that will let you wind down with new and old friends.

1. Cancun – This Mexican oasis is consistently unanimous with spring break. The clubs stay open far later than your campus dives, there are endless margaritas, and some of the most scenic views on earth. You’ll need to take a passport.

2. Bahamas and Jamaica – A tie for second leads spring breakers to two of the Caribbean’s most popular locales. Nassau in the Bahamas and Montego Bay or Negril in Jamaica are the ideal places to stay. Passports are required to take in the food, fun and drink of these spots. Read the rest of this entry »


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