I am like any other college student and I love to travel and fortunately, I have done more than my fair share for my age. Being a college student is ideal for domestic and international travel because the amount of breaks and opportunities to kill two birds with one stone: study and travel. Over the past few years, I have been to several states and countries, of course while rocking my neon fanny pack, and have compiled a best of list and how the neon fanny pack will make the trip that much better. I will start off domestic and then breach some international borders.
1. Newport Beach, CA. I need to be more specific here, Newport Beach for the 4th of July. This is one of the best 4th of July parties in America where people are always in a fantastic mood and beach houses are open to all for killer parties. Simply strap on the neon fanny pack and cruise the blocks and if the door is open at a beach dwelling, feel free to pop in and join the party. The beach is only a block away at most so cooling off in the ocean is a must.
2. Las Vegas: This place is unreal, each time I go, I discover a new hidden gem, be it a club, restaurant, juice bar, you name it. Last time I went in March for Spring Break, I found a Juice/smoothie bar in O’Harra’s where I got a 44 ounce quadruple vodka and extreme energy drink. It was $22 bucks, but lasted me the rest of the night. I even stored the cup in my neon fanny pack afterwards. The absolute best part about Vegas is the pools, unbelievable. I am going again in July and am staying at the Mandalay Bay pool, so I will be blogging about that experience soon.
3. San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. This place is a surfers and party animals dream. Sure, it is farther away, and more expensive to get to, but splurge for a spring break and check this place out. It has some of the best surfing in the world and the night life is killer. I was a hero with the locals when they saw me storing coconuts and beer in my neon fanny pack! Nicaragua is very up and coming. The government has figured out that tourism brings a lot of money into the economy so they are making great strides to improve the infrastructure and safety of the country/
4. Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Once you make it to this secluded set of archipelago islands tucked away in the Caribbean, you will find it nearly impossible to leave. I met several groups of people that spent all 6 weeks of their “Central America” backpacking trip in Bocas Del Toro. If you can imagine a place where night clubs have swings and slides into crystal clear Caribbean waters than this is the place.
5. Glacier National Park, MT. Okay, this one is a stretch, but I have to include my home state because I love the state of Montana. I went to Glacier park last September and was blown away by the wildlife and scenery. Besides having to carry bear spray (which fit perfectly in my neon fanny pack) and make loud noises to alert large animals while hiking, this place is unreal. In one day, on the east side of the park, we saw over 15 bears; most of them grizzlies.
I hope you found this list somewhat helpful and can use this information to plan your next spring break or summer trip. I forgot to include studying abroad in there, that is the best way to create a hub in a different country and then see all the surrounding countries. Dating a local to help with language skills is a must also. Don’t forget the neon fanny pack, or life will simply not be as grand.