Valdosta Daily Times


March 25, 2012

Get out of town without bringing your balance down!

VALDOSTA — College students parading in promiscuous shorts, the smell of tanning oil in the air and lingering regrets from St. Patrick’s Day on Facebook can only mean one thing ... It’s vacation season!

While in most parts of the country March is reserved as almost spring, here in the South, it marks the beginning of a make-shift summer. From now until August, students’ GPA’s will be dropping, flips will be flopping and people everywhere will be vacationing.

If your financial situation is anything like mine, a summer vacation means little more than a trip to Walmart for pool noodles and a cool Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s (oh yeah, it’s back).

However, like the good-news fairy that I am, I’m here to tell you that a vacation doesn’t have to be an elitist ritual carried out by the rich and the bearers of HOPE Scholarship excess. You, too, can get out of town without bringing your bank balance down! Take a look at some of these Brittany-approved pre-planned trips.

Disney World

This little tid bit is for the kids and the young at heart. While Disney World remains a corporate nightmare of overpriced rodent paraphernalia, there is a way to afford it without sneaking in. While you won’t be able to visit every park, you will be able to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom (the only park worth attending in my opinion). Your biggest expense will be the one day/one park pass which is currently situated at a steep $90.53 for ages 10 and older and $84.14 for ages 3-9. Aside from gas, that could be the only money you spend all day.

Disney World allows people to bring in food and drink, so you can bring your own snacks from home and even pack a nice picnic to eat in any fantasy land of your choice. If you don’t want to lug around a day’s worth of food, you can rent a locker in the park that you may visit at will. If you’re leaving from Valdosta and depart at 6 a.m., you will arrive at about 10 a.m. (this includes time for bathroom breaks). You can stay all day and when you’re done enjoying your day, just pack up and drive home. While the drive back is a little miserable, it’s not anything a 5-Hour Energy Shot can’t fix.

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