Spring Break: Planning, Preparation and Execution.
Before you being your time abroad you may already be thinking about how you want to spend your time over spring break. Though I'm not saying these thoughts are bad, I do want to say that you need to refrain from making any plans before you know the exact dates of your breaks and other activities that will be planned for you throught the semester. Once you find out these dates you can let the planning commence.
One will experience an overwhelming sense of joy when the realize the copious amount of possibilities for travel, but one may also feel that they can't fit in all of their choice destinations in such a short time. I regretfully have to say that both of these facts are a reality, but don't fright. All is well in wonderland. You will be able to go to most, if not all, of your destinations if weekends and money permit!
A personal recommendation would be to choose two or three places that you wante to spend more time in and use those as your spring break destinations. For me those places were Barcelona, Amsterdam and London. Once you have your destinations chosen you may being to ask around to other people in your program to see if anyone wishes to join you for part or all of your journey or to see if you want to join them in their's. Once you know where you want to go you need to book your plane tickets and hostels for the duration of your travels. One should do their best to book these no less than a month in advance to make sure that they get cheaper plane tickets and to ensure that one has a place to stay during their travels.
Now, to pack for ones travels one needs to be conscious of a few important things, the number of souviners one plans to purchase, weight and size constraints of the airlines and toiletries. It is very important that one only packs a sufficient amount of supplies to last for the trip so as to leave ample space available to be filled with souviners and things of the like. Also, don't pack a set of clothing for every day, its ok if you wear the same stuff a few times. I personally would reccomend readying the number of items that you think you need and cutting that number in half. Don't forget a pair of flipflops though, because its gauranteed that you won't want to shower barefoot in at least one of the places that you stay. Also, avoid using a suitcase if at all possible. Carrying a backpack makes traveling a lot easier, faster and quieter.
Now in terms of execution of a successful spring break one needs to make sure that they have all of their boarding passes and hostel reservations printed, possibly with doubles. One also needs to be as punctual as possible so as to make sure that they don't miss any flights or busses if you are traveling by that method. And last but not least, you need to have fun during your travels because who knows when your going to have the chance to do this again?!