Change of Plans: Underrated Spring Break Spots

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Let me guess, last spring break you were having the time of your life partying in Miami, shot games and pool fun, with about a couple thousand other college students doing the same.

Or you and the squad were all finally 21, and decided to make that expected trip to Vegas, where you won a couple times during casino games, and went back more times than you thought.

And maybe you even kept it close to home, by visiting a small getaway retreat two to four hours away, and turned it into a road trip, your spring break playlist blaring in the back that you spent hours creating.

Now I’m never one to knock a good time, but everything I mentioned, is all quite typical.

And that’s exactly why Kontrol is putting you on to a few underrated vacation spots for spring break, where you can still pour it up, shop to you drop, become a foodie within a week, enjoy the ocean and more importantly, enjoy your long-awaited spring break.

Smoky Mountain Cabins (Gatlinburg, TN)

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This is the perfect spot for complete isolation and relaxation in the best way possible. Block away the world and troubles back home or currently in your life, by turning off your phone (more than likely, you won’t have service anyway), kicking up your feet. or pulling a chair out on the balcony to take in the view, all while being in a versatile and comfortable cabin.

It’s okay if you aren’t an outdoors person, bugs are a huge no, and more relatable, you need access to all things social media and contact, at all times, because once you arrive here, those things become small as you take in how beautiful nature can be and how eventually, it allows peace in more ways than one.

From personal experience, it was one of my favorite annual family spring break trips ever. It allowed my family and I to bond more and escape from our busy work and school schedules back home; it was raw and authentic. We even did a bit of exploring in the woods! Yeah I know, shocker.

To view cabin sizes and prices and for more information, visit the Smoky Mountains Vacation website here.

Puerto Vallarta, México

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As beautifully constructed as it looks, is also as budget friendly it is to plan.

Puerto Vallarta, a small city located on the coast of Mexico, is surrounded by stunning and colorful architecture, a wide-range sandy beach, flea markets and good weather around the springtime.

The south side neighborhood is where visitors will find most of the beaches, bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment and activities for both adults alone, and even if it’s an entire family trip. Puerto Vallarta, is said to be a place where there’s never a dull moment.

Mall of America (Bloomington, MN)

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Before you start thinking “What am I going to do, shop for a whole week straight?” Well, you’re absolutely right.

The Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country with over 500 stores, would take you about 86 hours, just to thoroughly see them all.

But wait, there’s more. Not only do you get more than enough choices on where to shop, there’s an entire Nickelodeon themed amusement park, right in the middle of the mall. Also, you and your family or group of friends, can check out all the under the sea animals at the built-in “Seal Life Aquarium,” or catch some laughs at the House of Comedy.

Portland, Oregon

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A location that’s said to be dedicated to all the foodies in the springtime, with food trucks stretching all along the city.

We never really here about people’s experiences or visiting Oregon, due to the fact that it’s not the most common vacation spot, or first place people think to spend a plane ticket on.

But the temperature is just right and the fruits are growing around this time of the year, so make the most of the opportunity to pick up some new foods, and enjoy a beautifully crafted, new place.

“Staycation”

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Just to make things clear, you don’t always have to leave home and blow a couple of checks, to enjoy your spring break. Sometimes the best way to go, is to simply be in the comfort of your own space.

A staycation allows you to still be in the proximity of where you reside, but opens up the doors to restaurants you’ve never visited in your city, the hottest nightclubs you just haven’t had the time to check out, and many other free and low-budget activities it doesn’t take much to find.

If you’re really about the game, you could even spend a couple nights in the presidential suite, of that five-star hotel you’ve been waiting to check into.

This option also gives you the opportunity to plan ahead for your next spring break trip, and use the time to gather a peace of mind.

Diamond Jones

Jr. Editor Lifestlye/Entertainment Department

Diamond Jones, 21, is a St.Louis native, born on the west side of Detroit. She is currently a junior, studying Journalism, with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her writing reaches to audiences everywhere, directing it toward the empowerement and excellence of black people and their accomplishments. She has written for The Daily Egyptian, LoveThisTrackTV, Georgia State’s The Signal and the National Association of Black Journalists, which she is a dedicated member of. She hopes to continue to inspire those through her words and make those who feel underrepresented, see their light.