It’s that time of year again—spring break! Get ready to hang up the book bag and break out the tote bag—close the computer screen and pour on the sun screen. We could go on and on, but you get the gist. After all those exams, you may feel overdue for a vacation. Luckily, we know just where you should consider traveling to. Here’s what to pack, see, and eat at seven of the best spots to bring in the spring!

1.) Austin, TX

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Alfie Photography/Shutterstock

What to Pack: shades, shorts, cowboy boots
What to Do: Enjoy Texas’s longest zip-line at Lake Travis Zip-line, the SXSW music festival, and Austin’s street art, Murals and Mosaics.
What to Eat: Austin Eats Food Tour and Austin Brew Bus will give you plenty of foodie options, cooked Texas style!

2.) New Orleans, LA

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Amadeustx/Shutterstock

What to Pack: sundress or chinos, walking shoes, shades
What to Do: This city is very walker friendly, so you may be doing a lot of it. If you’re visiting for the first time, make sure to check out New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and its Airboat Adventures-Swamp Tours.
What to Eat: Seafood gumbo, crab claws, and oysters over rice!

3.) Miami, FL

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Pisaphotography/Shutterstock

What to Pack: umbrella, sun screen, bikini, swim trunks
What to Do: Traveling on a budget? Miami has a ton of free activities to choose from, like free noontime jazz performances in Coral Gables. You may also want to visit the Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest and South Beach Kayak!
What to Eat: Senor Frogs, Wet Willies, and Fat Tuesday

4.) Cozumel, Mexico

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Brocreative/Shutterstock

What to Pack: passport, sea shoes, underwater camera
What to Do: Snorkeling, Mayan ruins at Coba, and Private jeep tours
What to Eat: Huachinango (snapper) and mero (grouper) are two very popular — and very delicious — dishes. If you’re looking for a cool souvenir, stop by any local shop and pickup Xtabentun. It’s a liqueur made from honey, a major product in the Yucatan.

5.) Santorini, Greece

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Lana Moon/Shutterstock

What to Pack: passport, European adapter, flip flops
What to Do: Santorini is composed of a group of islands, so there’s a lot to see during your trip. Explore Oia, go on a wine tour, or go sailing!
What to Eat: Spanikopita (spinach pie), saganaki (fried cheese), Greek salad, and much more!

6.) San Diego, CA

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SevenMaps7/Shutterstock

What to Pack: light jacket or sweater, sandals, sun glasses
What to Do: San Diego has plenty to see, but make sure to check out La Jolla Cove, San Diego Zoo and Point Loma.
What to Eat: Mini desserts at Extraordinary Desserts, guacamole nogada,  and bacon-wrapped dates!

7.) Cancun, Mexico

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Thiago Neves/Shutterstock

What to Pack: sunscreen, a hat, blow-up floating pool mattress
What to Do: Of course we can’t leave out one of the most popular spring break spots there is! Between scuba diving, Chichén Itzá, and fly-board adventure, it’s no wonder why spring breakers still flock to Cancun every year.
What to Eat: You can’t go to Mexico without having tacos! Also try pollo rostizado and grilled quesadillas.

Whether you spend you break close to home or overseas, make sure your experience is memorable. Leave a comment to let us know where you’ll be spending your spring break this year!

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Chenea Gordon

Chenea Gordon is the newest addition to our travel writer team! She’s fun, enthusiastic, and has (surprise!) a deep love for travel. The Bronx native has several years of experience working in the travel industry. She’s passionate about understanding travelers’ needs and interests, as well as creating lasting memories.