Does reading week equal vacation time? You do the math!

Toronto ON – In February, post-secondary students across the country will be off from school for Reading Week. Initially designed as ‘catch-up’ on school assignments or study time, it it’s now considered vacation time by many students. Travel sites like market directly to students enticing them “to get together in a sunny locale, to let off a little steam and work on that tan you’ve wanted all year.”

There’s no disputing everyone needs a break, but those counted in the country’s $15-billion outstanding student loans should perhaps consider spending Reading Week in a less expensive way – like hitting the books or volunteering their time which can be a great resume builder!

“A break from your regular routine can be as good as a vacation for recharging your batteries, only it costs a lot less,” says Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc. “$800 to $1,000 is a lot of money today, even for a student without loans; why not spend a lot less by staying closer to home, change up your regular study routine and have a lot less stress come exam time?”

Look for deals on the things you really enjoy but haven’t done in a long time:

  • Go to a movie
  • Ice skating
  • Gather a group of friends and play touch football
  • Find 2-for-1 meal deals
  • Check out Groupon for reduced price activities in your city

With a little creativity, the possibilities can be endless and cheap. “If you really want that Reading Week vacation pick up a few extra shifts at your part-time job to save for the holiday and go when you can afford it,” continues Schwartz, “It will be a lot more fun knowing you paid for it yourself.”

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