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Student column: Warm or cold, break is welcome

Vacationing over spring break can be the perfect way to relieve yourself from the harsh Minnesota winters. You can go somewhere warm and exotic, or somewhere relatively cool but with amazing opportunities. This can result in two very different vacations, but both equally memorable.

This was the case between my friend and me, with him traveling somewhere warm while I spent the week in a place not much warmer than Minnesota. While staying in beautiful New York City not far from Times Square, my family and I had the chance to experience this popular and well known city. Sacrificing the warm weather for the cool and windy New York climate was worth it.

Words don’t do the beauty of the city lights illuminating Times Square justice. I fell in love with the city immediately. We traveled to many historical and famous locations such as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We took in some Broadway shows and shopped around on Canal Street.

In contrast, my friend traveled to Arizona and Las Vegas, both having temperatures far warmer than New York, making for a comparable but different vacation experience. While we were wearing jackets and jeans, he was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, speeding around the Mojave Desert in a Can-Am and relaxing poolside soaking up the sun.

He was getting tan, I was getting wind burn. Not that I minded much. Although I did feel a spark of jealousy when he told me what the temperature was there. It seemed as if everywhere in Arizona and Las Vegas was swimsuit weather. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t envious of the sunshine.

These are two very different vacations happening at the same time, with almost opposite experiences.

Many people did venture off to places in the Caribbean, or warmer states in the US, chasing the sun. Florida is popular. Almost everywhere you look there is a beach, which sounds close to heaven.

While this is a popular destination, people sometimes go to less traveled places. St. Kits and St. Thomas are examples. Crystal clear blue waters attract visitors, who then have the urge to post pictures of their destination on Twitter or Instagram, making the rest of us jealous.

During our spring break, all I saw were pictures of people on beaches enjoying the scorching sun that Minnesota seems to never have. I put up with the pictures of oceans and seashells, since when it comes my time to travel to an exotic location, I will get payback.

This will come sooner rather than as later, for my sister is graduating and we are traveling to the Bahamas to celebrate. Just the thought of starfish, snorkeling and scuba diving in the waters of the Bahamas is enough of a push to get me through the rest of the school year.

Traveling on family vacations is enjoyed by many people desperately looking to escape the frozen tundra of Minnesota. Whether you went on a vacation this spring break or not, there’s hope in the fact the winter is nearly over and spring is almost here. That gives us all something to look forward to.