Ole Miss Students Anticipate Exotic Spring Break Trips

Photo by Savannah Woods

In less than a week, Ole Miss students will be packing their bags, grabbing their gear and setting out on new adventures for Spring Break.

After catching up with several students, many of them are jet-setting away to exciting new places for a change of scenery. Junior Brennan Bornhorst will be traveling over 5,186 miles abroad to indulge into a new place, culture and experience for the week. 

“I am going to Austria and Germany with my family this Spring Break,” Bornhorst said. “While I am in Austria for a few days, I am going skiing in Alpendorf in St. Johann and exploring the ice caves. Then in Germany, we are going to cover a lot of ground. We are diving into history by going on several concentration camp tours as well as seeing the Berlin Wall.” 

But that’s not the only thing Bornhorst is looking forward to. 

“I am very excited to try new beers and different foods in these new environments and cultures,” he said. 

Student Katie Schuler is heading a different direction. Ready to embrace the sunshine, flip-flops and tanning lotion, Schuler is cruising further down south.  

“I am going on a Royal Caribbean Cruise for eight days with my mom,” Schuler said. “We are flying down to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to board the boat and then going to several islands in the Caribbean during the trip, such as St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. John, St. Lucia and Barbados. I’m doing something at each stop, whether it’s just going to the beach or going on a boat to snorkel.” 

Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Schuler said she’s never been to any of the islands before, but cruises are her favorite types of vacations because they allow her to travel to several different places in the span of one trip. 

Ole Miss students Hamel McGraw and John Mallouk have different ideas for Spring Break. After recently starting there business, Ventrek, a travel and event coordinating company, the two decided Spring Break was an opportunity to improve their brand and travel at the same time. 

“We will be going to hike part of the Appalachian Trail starting in Atlanta,” McGraw said. “We are going to document the trip with photos and videos to feature on our website, but also, we get to experience something new ourselves.” 

McGraw and Mallouk aren’t the only students staying in the U.S. anticipating exciting trips over the break. Ja’Ravia Hemphill said she’s heading west to get a glimpse of the Grand Canyon. 

“I’m going to the Grand Canyon with my mom because I’ve always wanted to go,” Hemphill said. “I love traveling with her. We will be gone the whole week of Spring Break, and I am really excited because it’s going be a girls’ trip, and we have not been on vacation in a while.”

Junior Austin Roberts picked a cooler climate for his Spring Break and is excited to mix it up instead of going on a “typical” Florida beach trip. 

Photo courtesy of colorado.com.

“We are headed to Breckinridge, Colorado for six days,” Roberts said. “We rented a couple houses and condos in town for about 25 guys in our pledge class. I’m excited because I think skiing and snowboarding adds a little more to the trip compared to just sitting on the beach all day. It’s also nice to have a big group of people you know on the mountain. It gives you more stuff to do that way.” 

As for me, I am heading down to the French West Indies in the Caribbean for seven days to scuba dive, surf and soak up some sun. But no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, we wish you safe travels and a great Spring Break. Hotty Toddy!

Savannah Woods is the head intern for hottytoddy.com. For questions, comments or concerns, email her at sswoods@go.olemiss.edu

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