If the idea of a traditional Schoolies week doesn’t appeal to you, that’s OK. There are lots of other things you can do to have fun and mark the occasion. Here are some of our top alternative Schoolies ideas to celebrate the end of your schooling life.
Staying at home, organising catch ups with friends, heading to the beach, or spending some time getting reacquainted with the couch and snoozing is a perfectly acceptable (and quite frankly appealing) way to kick off your holidays.
Book a beach house or AirBnb
If you’re looking for something a little more special, how about planning a trip with a few of your best friends? You can lounge around all day by the pool, do some sightseeing, take day trips, and party with a smaller crowd.
Is a cruise more your style? Why not check out what options are available or book a house boat for a few days? You could even score yourself some great last minute deals if you haven’t already booked, and lots of cruises are all inclusive so you won’t have to worry about food or entertainment once you’ve paid.
How about treating yourself to an overseas trip? There are some Schoolies trips that go overseas, but if that’s too much, why not check your budget and see what’s on special at the travel agent this week?
Plan a road trip
A classic road trip could be the ultimate in fun and adventure. Either by yourself of with a couple of friends, just choose a destination and work out how you’re going to get there and where you can stay along the way.
A good old camping option shouldn’t be overlooked either. A few nights away with no plans, no responsibilities, a fridge full of food, your mates, campfires, and sleeping under the stars – doesn’t get much better. Or cheaper.
It might not sound like much of a celebration to everyone, but if you’re keen to start earning money and being independent, now is your chance. Plus if you start applying while everyone else is planning their Schoolies week, you could get ahead of the crowd and land yourself the best job.
Volunteering can be a great opportunity to explore the world, feel better about yourself, learn new skills, help others, and add something valuable to your resume.
Achieve a goal
If there’s something else you’ve always dreamed of doing, now is your time! Whether you’ve always wanted to take the plunge and go bungee jumping or sky diving, explore your passion and join a drama or dance company, or pick up a new hobby or skill, there’s bound to be something that piques your interest.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’re doing it for yourself. You don’t have to go along with the crowd if you don’t want to – just make sure that you have fun and get some well deserved rest.
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