10 alternative awesome Spring Break destinations

Spring break is upon us! Amongst the stress of midterms, don’t forget about planning the perfect spring break getaway. Why stick with Miami or Cancun, when you can be hiking the mountains of South Africa or soaking up the sun in Bali?! Make it a spring break to remember by heading to one of my top ten alternative spring break destinations for 2019:

10.  Seattle, Washington

Ready to channel your inner grunge rocker this spring break? Or drown yourself in coffee? Seattle can take care of both of those for you! The birthplace of grunge (thanks Nirvana) offers hikes and coffee galore, not to mention one of the best live music scenes in the USA.  Escape the rain by wandering the endless aisles of the Pike Place Market, or take a trip and hike up Mount Rainier while taking in the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest.

Where to stay: City Hostel Seattle – starting at $30 USD/night

Food & Drink: $35 USD/day

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9. Canggu, Bali

Imagine a beach town where a beer costs under $2 USD. Welcome to Canggu, Bali! Cheap food and cheaper drinks make for an ideal spring break destination. Canggu is a luscious Indonesian town full of beach clubs that give you that authentic spring break experience. If all that doesn’t sell it you, check out the pool at Farm Hostel, which has beds starting from just $6 a night! WINNER!

Where to stay: The Farm Hostel – starting at $6 USD/night

Food & Drink: $15 USD/day

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The Farm Hostel. Photo by @Laurawhitehead52

8. Amsterdam, Holland

Sure, it’s a trendy vacation spot, but how many people do you know who spend their spring break turning up (and legally lighting up) in Amsterdam? The famous Red Light District, the countless number of bars and delightful Dutch beers make this city a college kid’s dream. In the daytime, get a workout in by biking up and down the city streets, hop on a canal boat tour (with unlimited drinks), or explore one of the many museums Amsterdam has to offer. My personal favorite? The Sex Museum!

Where to stay: Flying Pig Downtown – starting at $40 USD/night

Food & Drink: $30 USD/day

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7. Cusco, Peru

Is there a better way to spend spring break than checking one of the 7 Wonders of the World off your bucket list? Cusco, Peru is a simple train ride away from the WONDERful Machu Picchu, where you can experience all of your llama and alpaca filled dreams. If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to get to Machu Picchu, treks are for you. Whether you hike the classic Inca Trail, or opt for the route which includes white-water rafting and ziplining, trekking to Machu Picchu makes for an unforgettable experience.

Where to stay: Wild Rover Hostel Cusco – starting at $9 USD/night

Food & Drink: $15 USD/day

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6. Marrakech, Morocco

Disney lovers… If you’ve ever been to Epcot, you might have a slight idea of what Morocco is like. Visit the real deal and you’ll be treated to colorful tiles, grand mosques, wonderful shopping and a beautiful country with rich history. The fourth largest city in Morocco is home to tons of busy souks, beautifully designed riads and, of course, delicious Moroccan food!

Where to stay: Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge – starting at $6 USD/night

Food & Drink: $10 USD/day

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5. Cape Town, South Africa

If you’re looking to keep your spring break bod toned, Cape Town, South Africa, offers endless amounts of hikes that’ll never fail to amaze you. The city of Cape Town sits at the southwest corner of Africa and is one of the main ports in and out of South Africa. To the south of the city is Table Mountain National Park, home of famous gondolas that take you up to the summit for sensational views. If mountains aren’t your thing, don’t worry, there are also many beautiful beaches to sample.

Where to stay: The Backpack – starting at $20 USD/night

Food & Drink: $50 USD/day

 best spring break destinations -Cape Town, South Africa

4. Dubai, UAE

Feel like a king or queen this spring with a trip to the gold-ridden city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This young, rapidly-growing city situated on the Persian Gulf features the world’s tallest building, 20 shopping malls, and insane waterparks! Often called the City of Gold, Dubai is full of the precious metal – there’s even an entire souk (traditional market) dedicated to it!

Where to stay: At the Top Hostel – starting at $25 USD/night

Food & Drink: $50 USD/day

best spring break destinations - Dubai, UAE

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3. Banff, Canada

Looking to escape to a dreamy ski destination this spring break? Look no further than Banff, Canada. Located in the province of Alberta, this town boasts one of Canada’s longest ski seasons, lasting until late-April. The three resorts of the town, Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay have trails for ski-virgins all the way up to Olympic gold-medalists.

Not into skiing? No worries – the breathtaking hikes, sights, and lakes of Banff National Park are calling your name. Inviting crystal blue waters are waiting to be kayaked and, for those looking to relax, the Banff Upper Hot Springs are patiently awaiting your arrival.

Where to stay: Samesun Banff – starting at $30 USD/night

Food & Drink $20 USD/day

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2. Caye Caulker, Belize

If beaches are your thing, treat yourself to a trip to the island of Caye Caulker in Belize this spring. The small island located north of Belize City sit just west of Belize’s Barrier Reef – the biggest reef in the Western Hemisphere. This diver’s dream boasts waters full of colorful fish, manatees, and bustling coral. If you’re a seasoned diver, take a day trip to the infamous Blue Hole and dive down to the depths of the Caribbean Sea. Indulge in the freshly grown fruit and try your hand at birdwatching. With nearly 600 species of birds, Belize is a great oasis of wildlife.

Where to stay: Go Slow Hostel – starting at $20 USD/night

Food & Drink: $15 USD/day

best spring break destinations - Caye Caulker, Belize

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1.  New Orleans, USA

Nestled in between two of the United States’ most popular spring break destinations of Florida and Texas lies the colorful town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Whether you’re planning on eating and drinking until your heart’s content in the French Quarter, celebrating Mardi Gras with the locals, or following every ghost tour you can until you finally have photographic evidence, there’s something for everyone in this charming, historic town.

Where to stay: India House Backpackers Hostel – starting at $20 USD/night

Food & Drink: $40 USD/day

best spring break destinations - New Orleans, USA

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About the author:

Lexi Shannon is a Philly gal with a passion for music, travel, and fashion. Living off of copious amounts of iced coffee and brekkie sandwiches, Lexi hopes to one day follow One Direction around the world on their reunion tour. Until then, she spends her nights working in music and her weeks free exploring the world around her. She has worked as a photographer and writer since the age of 17 – her work can be found here and don’t forget to follow her Instagram


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