Becca is a 16 year-old from West Palm Beach, FL. She loves to cook and travel, and she would like to study International Business in the future.
1. Go camping-
Take some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Grab a couple of friends, a tent, and ingredients for s’mores, and drive to a local campsite. If you don’t know of any in your area, you can visit http://www.reserveamerica.com/ to find one.
Winter break is optimal community-service time, so if you’re looking for hours to meet school requirements or add to your college resume, your time off is a great opportunity. Look for project with groups like Habitat for Humanity, http://www.habitat.org/.
3. Take a road trip-
Since most schools have two or three weeks off, there’s time for either short one-day drives or longer expeditions. Go on an adventure and get away from home for a while. Websites like http://www.roadtripusa.com/ can help you plan.
4. Read a good book-
Since many teens have so much work to do during school, there is never enough time to read books for enjoyment. Pick up a best seller or a classic, lay on your couch for a day, and just read. There are sections for teens on http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.
5. Make your favorite foods-
Instead of going out or ordering in, take a trip to the grocery store and buy the ingredients for dishes that you like. Have a potluck dinner and let your friends bring over their favorite foods to share. You can find great recipes at http://www.epicurious.com/.
6. Have a movie marathon-
If you need a break during exam studying, make a list of movies and pick out one day where you can sit down and watch them all. Stock up on popcorn and candy and check Time magazine’s top 100 list http://www.time.com/time/2005/100movies/the_complete_list.html .
Its easy to get into a routine during school that doesn’t have enough time for exercise, so use winter break as a time to get back into shape. Just go for a run outside, begin practicing for spring sports, or see what gyms are in your area at http://www.gymlocator.com/.
Do more than just sleep and eat over this winter break. Have fun!