Eight Ways To Stay Productive During Spring Break

Don’t get caught slipping.

The season where ladies are ordering their bundles and guys are booking hotel rooms, ready to go to Miami to get “Lit.” Spring Break is an exciting time, especially since after it’s over, you are only left with one month and a couple of weeks before school is out for the summer. You deserve to relax during your break, but let’s be honest, sometimes it is hard to recover and pick up the pieces after you’ve been zoned out of the world for a while. Before you and girls get all the way “lit” Here are 6 things you can do to stay productive over spring break.

1. DO SOME SPRING CLEANING

Before you go on that trip you planned, it’s important to get organized and start throwing things that you don’t need away. Once of the worst feelings is to come back to an unorganized dorm or apartment, start back school with added stress in an unorganized environment. If you are going on a trip for spring break, you can come back to a clean home. Do some spring cleaning and thorough that hair product you told yourself you were going to use 2 years ago!

 

2. GET SOME ME TIME

During spring break, we love to catch up with friends, but it’s important to have that time to yourself too. Take one day to do one of your favorite hobbies and show yourself some self love. You could get your hair done, nails, or whatever it is that brings joy to you!

 

3. UPDATE ALL SOCIAL MEDIA AND PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

This is now time to organize and revamp your resume. Maybe it’s time for a new template or maybe you’ve gained more experience at a job. Whatever it is, it’s time to improve it! Update your resume, LinkedIn and make sure you have relevant and appropriate content on all of your social media platforms.

 

4. PLAY CATCH UP

Do you have some errands that you’ve been meaning to run forever? Do you have work that is due right when you get back? On one of the first two days of Spring Break, go ahead and knock off things on your to do list. This why, you won’t procrastinate and you can TRULY enjoy your spring break without having to worry about what you should work on when it gets closer to start back school.

 

5. RESEARCH YOUR INDUSTRY

While you should already be doing this, now’s a chance to do some DEEP research. What are the best podcast out there in your industry? What are some good organizations to get a part of? How is the industry doing right now? Who are some of the top people in that industry? Read any content, books or interviews they have out. Now is your chance to see what magazines/websites you should be reading or subscribed to.

 

6. APPLY FOR JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

If you are still searching for a job or internship, here is a good time to apply to some of the top roles/positions you see.  Be sure to match your experiences with what the job or internship is looking for.

 

7. SHADOW A PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR FIELD

If you have established a mentor, now is the perfect time to contact them before spring break gets here and let them know that you want to spend a couple of days with them. This is a great way to establish connections and be exposed to your field you would like to work on. You may be sacrificing your time to go to Miami with some friends but the reward will be much greater.

 

8. HAVE FUN

You may have had a rough semester starting off, but the worst thing you can do is sit around and be depressed. Catch up on a Netflix series, hang out around loved ones or eat food at one of your favorite restaurants. Don’t waste the spring break sitting around wishing your life would be better. Remember, everything is temporary and you will see the sunshine soon.

Whatever you decide to do during spring break, you can still be productive while decompressing from school. Make a plan!

These 12 Airlines Will Let You Fly To Two Cities For The Price Of One

You can’t beat these deals.

Thanks to airlines that offer free stopovers, you can explore two cities for the price of one.

Instead of having customers wait for connecting flights at the airport, airlines have begun offering free stopover options to allow you to tour a new locale for a few days before continuing on your trip.

The options they offer vary, from shorter stops to some that stretch for an entire week and even offer a local to escort you on your discoveries.

We’ve pulled together 12 airlines you can snag a free stopover from, whether you’re interested in exploring Tokyo or Helsinki.

Finnair

Take in the Art Nouveau buildings, hip cafés, and boutiques of Helsinki and enjoy a free Finalnd stopover for up to five days with Finnair at no additional cost.

The stopover is applicable to customers flying through Helsinki, and includes activities that range from catching the Northern Lights to experiencing the country’s famed ice saunas.

Hawaiian Airlines

Customers traveling from any of the airlines’ 11 international destinationscan enjoy a free stopover on each leg of their journey and soak up the sun in Honolulu.

There are no limitations on the number of days you can spend on your stopover, though customers traveling domestically will need to pay an additional $60 for a stopover.

Icelandair

Travelers taking a flight with Icelandair can enjoy up to seven nights of a free stopover in Reykjavík, where they can enjoy everything from dipping in the Blue Lagoon to taking in natural sights like volcanic terrain, glistening lakes, and cascading waterfalls.

The airline even offers a Stopover Buddy, where a local will take you to the country’s hidden gems during your stay, free of charge.

TAP Portugal

Customers flying on TAP Portugal, the flag carrier airline of the country, can snag a free stopover in Lisbon or Porto for up to three nights at no additional airfare cost, in addition to getting exclusive offers and discounts.

You’ll need to have booked an intercontinental round trip for the offer to apply, but those who do will get access to a range of restaurants where they’ll be treated to free wine and hotels they can book for lower rates.

Air Canada

Connection times between flights that are longer than six hours mean you can get a free stopover in Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver through Air Canada at no additional airfare charge.

Hotels are also free for customers flying business class, premium, economy, or using a Latitude fare, while rates start at $49 per night for Tango and Flex customers.

KLM

With KLM, customers can take advantage of two free stopovers in Amsterdam, as they are entitled to at least one free stopover on the outbound ticket and another free stopover on the inbound ticket.

WOW air

Already known for its ultra-cheap flights, WOW air allows its passengers to stop and explore Iceland at no additional cost on return flights between North America and Europe via Iceland.

Simply choose the stopover option in the airline’s booking engine when selecting a return flight online to qualify.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways offers free stopovers for its first class, business class, and Residence guests flying on confirmed Etihad Airway tickets through Abu Dhabi.

Customers can explore the airline’s home city of Abu Dhabi free of charge, and score a free additional night at a hotel if booking a two-night stay.

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines’ free stopover options vary depending on flight destinations, but customers can snag a free stopover in Tokyo, for example, on flights that originate from North America.

Turkish Airlines

For flights that have a connecting wait time of 24 hours or less, customers flying with Turkish Airlines can get out of the airport and explore Istanbul’shistoric sights free of charge.

As part of the Touristanbul program, guests will be picked up from the airport and taken to restaurants and landmarks throughout the city before heading back for their next flight.

Thai Airways

Thanks to a new limited offer from the airline, customers flying to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Japan, India, Iran, or Europe can now claim a free hotel voucher for an overnight stay in Bangkok, courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The specific offer is for travelers flying from Australia and for bookings made before March 31.

Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines, Panama’s flag carrier, and the Panama Tourism Authority promote a free layover in Panama, though you will need to ensure you request to reserve your itinerary with a stop in Panama before completing your ticket purchase to get the deal.

Hotels.com Is Having a Flash Sale—Here’s What to Book

Stay at one of the world’s best new hotels for less with this limited-time deal.

Early-bird travel planners may want to look away, because those last-minute escape seekers just lucked out. This morning, Hotels.com announced a 48-hour flash sale that allows travelers to save up to 50% on hotel bookings from March 14 to April 27, 2017 in top destinations around the world.

The Two-Day Sale runs until 11:59 p.m. MT on March 15, 2017 and is coupled with another deal, offering an extra 10% off all bookings when using the code 4LEAFCLOVER at checkout. This extra code is valid on bookings placed before March 17, 2017 for select hotels—most major chains are excluded—and the applicable stay window on this deal is extended to July 31, 2017.

We combed through for deals at the dreamy properties of this year’s It List, our picks for the best new hotels in the world. Below, you’ll find all of the It List hotels that qualify for that 10% off coupon code, with an asterisk (*) to indicate inclusion in the Two-Day Sale, too. Happy booking!

U.S. & Canada

The Dewberry, Charleston, South Carolina

The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York, New York

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii

The Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu, Hawaii*

21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California*

Africa & The Middle East

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Sayq, Oman*

Leeu Estates, Franschhoek, South Africa

Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Felicite Island, Seychelles

Asia

Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya, Milas, Turkey

Katamama, Seminyak, Indonesia*

The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort and Spa, Palanpur, India

The Peninsula Beijing, Beijing, China*

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Panwila, Sri Lanka*

Soneva Jani, Medhufaru, Maldives

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Vommuli, Maldives

Meghauli Serai, A Taj Safari Lodge, Meghauli, Nepal

Australia

QT Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria

Caribbean & Bermuda

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – A Fairmont Hotel, Pembroke, Bermuda

Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barthelemy*

The Shore Club Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos*

Europe

Il Sereno Lago Di Como, Torno, Italy

Park Hyatt Mallorca, Capdepera, Spain

Pulitzer Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Le Ritz Paris, Paris, France

Mexico & Central & South America

Atix Hotel, La Paz, Bolivia

Mar Adentro Cabos, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico*

*We found select booking dates between March 14, 2017 and April 27, 2017 to have additional savings as part of the Two-Day Sale.

3 Ways You Can Make Money On Vacation

Seriously.

It turns out you can get some much needed R&R on your vacation and pick up a few extra bucks at the same time. Here are three easy ways for your bank account to make the most out of your next trip.

First, skip the airport parking lot and rent out your car on sites like FlightCar and Turo. Both sites are insured, so you can sip a mojito without worrying about scratches or dings. Plus, the payoff will more than cover your pool-side drinks: You can make up to $400 per month.

If you’re a photographer or videographer, you can make a lot more than just memories with a GoPro on your next trip —you can also make thousands of dollars. Submit your travel memories to the GoPro Awards: Photos can earn up to $500, while edited video can net you $5,000. You can try your hand at different content categories, including action, adventure, and travel.

Planning to walk a lot on your next trip? Download Pact, and if you hit 10,000 steps you can earn $5 a week. If you’re in more of a giving mood, Charity Miles will donate 25 cents per mile to the organization of your choice.

Follow these steps, and you could have your next trip paid for before your current vacation even ends.

The Cheapest Place To Travel In April

Time to book your flights and pack your bags.

Travelers who want to count on getting a great deal in the month of April don’t need to wait for an epic flash sale. According to data pulled by global hotel booking site Booking.com, Avalon, California is the best place to travel this April.

Of course, it’s hard to imagine a bad time to visit Avalon (a city on Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California). But April is just before the peak summer season, meaning the crowds are particularly thin this time of year.

In addition to savings of up to 49 percent — compared to the most expensive time of the year to visit — Avalon was selected because steeply discounted hotel rooms aren’t a result of crummy weather. Travelers heading west this month will enjoy both attractive pricing as well as appealing temperatures, compared to other weeks in the same city.

For the absolute best deals, travelers should head to Avalon during the third week of the month.

Interested in something a bit more far-flung? The cheapest international destination to visit in April is Gubbio, Italy. During the last week of the month, hotel rates are 35 percent cheaper in this charming town in Umbria. It’s an excellent time to check out the region’s burgeoning craft beer scene.

This Is The Best Time to Buy A Plane Ticket

Buying your ticket too early can actually result in you paying more for a flight. Here’s when you actually need to make the purchase.

Most travelers know they should purchase plane tickets in advance if they want to save money on seats. But too much preparation can actually lead to a more expensive flight.

A new study from CheapAir.com has revealed that the best time to buy a domestic plane ticket is, on average, 54 days before the scheduled flight.

 

The study found that “first dibs” tickets — six to 11 months in advance — tend to be on the higher side, as flights have just opened and airlines are less desperate to make sales. Even “peace of mind” tickets — three and a half to six months in advance — can have moderately pricey fares, though there are typically more affordable fares than first dibs. Three weeks to three and a half months is the “prime booking window.” Any shorter and you’ll “push your luck” (two to three weeks) or risk a “Hail Mary” (zero to two weeks).

“The most important rule is fairly obvious: don’t wait until the last minute, as that rarely works out,” Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir, said in a statement. “But beyond that, you also want to be careful not to buy too early. I always suggest that travelers check fares early and often and get familiar with the market. Then, when you see a good deal pop up, grab it, because it likely won’t last very long.”

CheapAir found that the fare for a flight changes an average of 71 times between its opening and the day it takes off. That’s an average price change of every four and half days at a rate of $33 up or down.

To obtain the results of the study, the company said it surveyed data from 921 million airfares from 2.9 million trips.