10 Non-Traditional Spring Break Destinations
We know half the nation basically looks like a scene out straight out of Frozen right about now, but as crazy as it may seem, spring break is actually just around the corner. Red solo cups, teeny tiny bikinis, all that jazz. But if the thought of beer pong tournaments and a marathon of hangovers doesn’t sound like your kind of vacay, why not use the week-long holiday to embark on a “spring break” trip of a more unconventional kind? Here are 10 places that won’t be swarmed with drunken beach parties come April.
1. Kauai, Hawaii: Nicknamed the “Garden Isle,” this tropical paradise is kind of like Oahu’s laid back cousin. If you’re looking for some serious jungle hikes, gorgeous snoreling opportunities and epic ziplining, head on over to this 552-square-mile island. (Photo via @paulineetbounty)
2. Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Nestled in the Northwest of Costa Rica lies the cattle-ranching province of Guanacaste. The area is known for extravagant ragtag rodeos, but it’s also famous for its gorgeous beaches. If you need a break from the beach, explore the lush jungle or head to a hot spring where you can coat yourself in volcanic mud then jump into the naturally occurring bath water below. (Photo via @ariellelikestocook)
3. Phuket, Thailand: This is definitely a long flight for a week-long vacay, but if you’re able to tack on a few extra days it’s definitely worth the journey. What you’ll spend in flights you’ll more than get back in affordable food and accommodation. Explore ornate temples, bustling night markets and definitely make the trip over to the neighboring Phi Phi Island for some incredible beaches. Phuket is known for having a prominent nightlife scene, but hey, if you do end up having one too many drinks, treat yourself to an inexpensive massage first thing the next morning. (Photo via @peterjetp)
For the City Slicker
4. New Orleans, Louisiana: If you’re looking for a little bit of party/culture balance, head on over to this soulful city. Spend your days eating your way through the French Quarter, hitting up spooky cemeteries and saying hello to a few alligators on a swamp tour of the Bayou. Once the sun goes down, head on over to Bourbon Street for a little bit of rowdy fun. (Photo via @emilyann82)
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands: It’s definitely not going to be a sun-soaked spring break, but the scenery is sure to more than make up for the low temperature. Amsterdam is actually a relatively small city, and a week will give you plenty of time to take in all the major attractions the city has to offer. Shop among the locals at the Albert Cuyp Market, tour Anne Frank’s house, sip on a beer along the canals and bike everywhere! (Photo via @pekejunior)
6. Austin, Texas: This city has been gaining attention for the last few years due to events like ACL and SXSW. With some definite southern charm, but not an overwhelming amount, Austin is a great city to explore if you’re a Texas newbie. Relax on the grassy hill of Barton Springs, do some thrift shopping in South Congress and by god, eat all the barbecue you possibly can. (Photo via @365thingsaustin)
For the Adventurer
7. Cusco-Sacred Valley, Peru: Fly right on over gimmicky Cabo San Lucas and head a little further south to this Amazon wonderland. If you only have about a week, head straight for this countryside spot that’s dotted with villages and ruins, which are linked by trail and solitary railway tracks. Be sure to make the journey up to the country’s biggest draw, Machu Picchu. (Photo via @breenelson)
8. Sedona, Arizona: If you’re up for some epic desert landscape and intense hikes, head west to the red rock-filled city of Sedona. Delve into the 16-mile gorge that is Oak Creek Canyon, take a ride down a natural water slide in Slide Rock State Park (although it will be pretty chilly) and venture into town to check out all the art galleries and restaurants. (Photo via @mrsgilbee)
9. Big Sur, California: Gather up a group of friends and take a road trip along Highway 1. Set up camp in Big Sur, where you can slip off into the redwoods and take in endless coastal views. Head about an hour north and spend an afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and wandering around Carmel. (Photo via @hseblog)
For the Sporty Gal
10. Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Forget about warm beaches and spend the week shredding down the snowy mountains of Colorado. When you’ve had enough snowboarding or skiing, hit up the dozens of hot springs throughout the area or take a moonlit snowshoeing tour. (photo via @laluna.8)
Do you have a trip planned for spring break? Where are you headed? Share with us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)