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Hit the road or make your flight this winter break with these winter travel tips

The road from Dornbirn to the mountain village of Ebnit in winter. (Credit: böhringer friedrich)

The road from Dornbirn to the mountain village of Ebnit in winter. (Credit: böhringer friedrich)

You’re already making travel plans for winter break, but the seasonal weather can provide extra hurdles for your trip. Whether you’re going to hit the road or just have to worry about whether you’ll make your flight, take these winter travel tips into consideration. If you’re intimidated by that long stretch of highway and the threat of ice and snow, focus particularly on our winter driving tips below.

Airline, destination, and international travel tips

The biggest things to keep in mind when you’re making a big trip in the winter are to plan ahead, and expect setbacks. Read more

Winter wonderland: Family activities and other winter break ideas

One way to earn some extra cash is to help people take down Christmas lights. (Courtesy of Anthony92931)

One way to earn some extra cash is to help people take down Christmas lights. (Courtesy of Anthony92931)

When your classes are over and finals are behind you it’s time for a well-earned winter break. Take time to kick back and enjoy the winter wonderland around you. But after a few days of sitting around and eating, you might want to explore some family activities and other adventures that you could enjoy during your break. Heck, you might even find a way to earn a few bucks. Here are a few ideas of how you could spend your winter break.

Earning potential

In a December 18, 2012 article for US News.com titled, “5 Ways for College Students to Earn Money Over Winter Break,” Julie and Lindsey Mayfield bounced around several good ideas for turning your winter break into a source of income. Read more

How to survive college winter break after the holidays

Leading up to winter break, you may have had awesome expectations of lazy days and late nights, of home cooked meals and long visits with family members. However, as reality sets in, you may come to realize that living back at home offers not only cramped quarters but also seems quite boring without the excitement of your college social life. And, after the holidays come to a close — and you ring in New Years 2013 with a bang — you may find yourself wondering what you are going to do with yourself for the next month. Fear not! Just check out these tips on how to survive college winter break after all of the festivities are over. Read more

After final exams are over, it’s time for winter break fun!

Winter readingOnce final exams have come to an end you’re more than ready for the winter break. Like many students, you’ll be spending more time with your family, but you’ll want to find other activities to keep boredom at bay. Reading, shopping and outdoor sports are all on the agenda. Here are a few more ideas to get you started on enjoying your winter break.

Take time for a good read

You’ve had your nose in a textbook for the past few months. Now it’s time to read for pure enjoyment. Read more

Packing up: Tips on moving out for winter break

Packing up your dorm room

Time to pack up shop!

Colleges and universities across the United States will close their doors in a week or two to allow staff and students a much-needed break for the holidays with families and friends. So, what does this mean to you, the student in the dorms or rented apartments? Well for starters, you’ll need to be sure you have packed everything you’re going to need over the 3-4 week break. Here are some quick tips to get you started on moving out (once you’ve got those pesky finals out of the way, that is). Read more