Fall break planning: What to do, and how to save

A group of students plan for fall break.

Here’s how to get the most of your fall break, whether you spend it catching up on school work or getting off campus.

Although it’s not as big as its spring counterpart, fall break is still a time to have fun in college. Fall break typically occurs over Columbus Day weekend in mid-to-late October; and it gives you your first breather of the year. Especially during your freshman year, having a break in the middle of the semester can allow you to rest, reflect on the first few months, and make a plan to finish your fall semester strong.

While some students take road trips to visit other schools, friends, and family, others may stay on campus and relax in their dorm rooms. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to make the most of it.

Creating a fall break plan

If you have projects due in the near future — upcoming midterms or homework looming — this could be a great time to get a head start with your assignments, so it doesn’t all hit you at once when break is over.

If you’re staying on campus and don’t have a ton of school work, get out and explore the town. This is a great time to venture off to a city park, farmer’s market, or local festival — something beyond your campus boundaries.

Thinking about going out of town? Get in touch with high school friends or siblings and make a trip to visit their campuses. It’s always fun to experience life at a different school for a few days, especially if it’s in a city or state you’ve never been to before. You could even take a day trip to the beach or mountains with friends.

If you’re feeling homesick, plan to spend some quality time with your parents, siblings, and even your pets. Don’t underestimate the power of a home-cooked meal, a family movie night, and the comfort of home.

Fall break to-do list:

  1. Budget. If you venture off campus, make sure to plan for potential expenses. Even the costs of a simple day trip can add up: Think about paying for gas, lunch, and supplies you’ll need for the day. Challenge yourself by setting a budget, and check your spending against it as you go. Having a predetermined limit can keep your spending in check.
  2. Prep. Spontaneity can be fun, but thinking ahead can save you money and anxiety down the line. Take snacks and water to prevent hunger (and hanger!), and talk to your friends in advance about how to split shared costs, like for gas. Use ZelleSM to send money directly to your friends’ bank accounts — its already part of the Wells Fargo app, so there’s nothing to download for current app users.
  3. Be safe. Last but certainly not least, keep safety in mind at all times, whether you’re traveling or staying in your dorm or apartment by yourself. Keep your parents in the loop and share your weekend destinations. Find out what other dormmates are sticking around, and make sure to check in on one another.

However you choose to spend your fall break, be sure to enjoy and make the most of this free time! You’ll appreciate it once finals come around.

Going somewhere with friends? Use ZelleSM to split costs using your smartphone. It’s simple, fast, and already part of your Wells Fargo Mobile® app.

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