Spring Break Special: Off the Beaten Trek

Thailand

 By Eli Feret, Class of 2018

By Eli Feret, Class of 2018

Boothie spring breaks range from solo backpacking trips to isolated lands, to invading Columbia with 350 of your closest friends. For me, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. So off I went to explore Thailand with my girlfriend Lisa, 11 of my favorite second-year Boothies, and two other Booth partners (who at this point are just part of the family).

  Best way to prepare for a long day of island hopping? A healthy breakfast of course!

Best way to prepare for a long day of island hopping? A healthy breakfast of course!

From the Bangkok nightlife, to the jungles of Surat Thani, to the island adventures of Koh Samui, I found that this sized group perfectly maximized the fun of traveling with your friends (not to mention quantity discounts) while at the same time respecting the independence of each traveler. Want to combine forces with another Booth group for a big boat cruise and snorkeling trip? Great! Want to chill at the house and get a Thai massage? That’s cool too!

One thing I learned from this trip? If you’re traveling with people you love, it doesn’t really matter what you’re doing. A game of cards by the pool or attempts to stump each other with riddles on a jungle hike can be just as much fun as any club or adventure sport!

South Korea

 By Gustavo Centeno, Class of 2018

By Gustavo Centeno, Class of 2018

We gathered at 5am and the anticipation was palpable. Our tight-knit group geared up for yet another adventure and a small trip afforded the opportunity to have a personalized and memorable trek where close friends etch lasting memories.

  The group wearing Hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

The group wearing Hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

South Korea is an ideal destination to find a balance between culture, history, nightlife, and culinary experiences, while meeting amazingly warm, welcoming people. We ate sashimi so fresh, the grouper was still moving when served. We hiked in Jeju Island and did karaoke until the wee hours of the night in Hongdae. We were blown away by the legendary blowfish soup in Busan and stood in North Korea… even if just for a few moments. Though North and South Korea seem like adversaries locked in conflict from this side of the world, I came home with a much deeper understanding of Korea’s story – one of a family divided, with people who care immensely about their shared ancestry, peace and forging ahead together.

New Zealand

 By Tracey Brown, Class of 2018

By Tracey Brown, Class of 2018

Having gone to Colombia for spring break last year, we were looking for a more intimate trip. New Zealand had been on all our bucket lists for years and had the added benefit of being one of the very few countries that no one in our group had been to before.

  The group at the top of Roys Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand

The group at the top of Roys Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand

It was an outdoorsy trip through and through – we stayed in camper vans and RVs instead of hotels and Airbnbs and spent our days hiking and kayaking. Every day was planned by a different person, which meant that a lot of the activities pushed us out of our comfort zones. Combined with extremely close quarters, this left us an even more cohesive group by the end of it!

Ecuador

 By Disha Malik, Class of 2018

By Disha Malik, Class of 2018

You take a bunch of well-traveled Boothies, a world map, and add a budget (you need constraints...) and that's how our destination of Ecuador came about. A week later, we returned with phones full of photos, having explored Quito, hiked the Quilotoa Loop and explored Banos.

  That moment you think you're going to die but then you realize you have Instagram followers who depend on you

That moment you think you're going to die but then you realize you have Instagram followers who depend on you

Ecuador was beautiful in so many ways but in a characteristic business school manner, I decided to reflect on the experience and figure out what made my last Spring Break truly special. And I realized that in some ways, my last Spring Break was a reflection of my business school experience. It allowed me to deepen relationships (I see you LEAD crew), build new ones (hello BOLD co-chairs!), push myself (hiking in the Andes), realize my limits (only did one day of the hike) and push beyond them (I thought I would die on the swing). Oh yeah, and of course, travelling to a new place for a new adventure. No business school experience is complete without it.

Eli is a second year who enjoys prolonging adolescence. Gus fell asleep at dinner, while walking and basically everywhere else in South Korea. Tracey is an expert at sneaking snacks into movie theatres and always happy to share her tricks. Disha is a second year getting super reflective on her business school experience during her last 10 weeks on campus. She’s happy to grab a coffee and get all nostalgic with other second years any time to discuss the good ‘ol days