Roundtable: What’s the ideal spring break spot?


Fans dance on Havana’s seafront during a free concert by the U.S. electronic music group Major Lazer in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

It’s hard to tell with all these midterms coming up that UConn students are about to go on spring break. But where do you want to go? Here are some of the Life Section writers’ picks for dream locations.

Anokh Palakurthi: Because of Cuba’s former status as a country forbidden for travel by U.S. citizens, I’ve always been intrigued by the prospect of going there. Well, now I could go, albeit through a lengthy process, but there’s still plenty of appeal.  

Consider the epic history of Cuba, from its anti-colonial roots to its communist uprising and even the country’s role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, which people at the time thought signified the end of the world. There is so much historical relevance within this country that anyone interested in culture would certainly find a lot to learn. I’m sure beautiful weather doesn’t hurt either.

That said, you certainly have to be wary of breaking the rules in a dictatorship-led country. In fact, as a journalist looking for a place to write about, chances are that going to Cuba may not be the most safe or bright idea. But it sure as hell would make a great story.

Claire Galvin: My dream spring break vacation would without a doubt be Ireland. It has been my ultimate destination since I was a child. I am of Irish decent and it would be interesting to see where my ancestors lived and emigrated from. A good friend of mine recently studied abroad there and she said the Cliffs of Moher were breathtaking. She mentioned that the Cliffs were vibrantly green, reminding her what the world was meant to look like before anthropogenic activity. The need to visit Ireland has only increased since seeing the film, “Leap Year,” which was filmed in Ireland and revolves around an old Celtic tradition.

Marlese Lessing: South Africa might not be the choice of destination for many. The crime rate might be through the roof, the plane ride there long, uncomfortable and expensive and the SA Rand might being going for 7 cents on the dollar, but despite all that it’s a beautiful country. Rolling hills, beautiful beaches and amazing wildlife all make up for a unique place that’s a mishmash of several cultures, languages and personalities. Whether it’s going to Durban for a seaside trip and some curry, doing an internship with big cats at Kruger National Park or in my case, visiting all of my relatives that I haven’t seen in years, South Africa would be the place to go for spring break if I could.

Anokh Palakurthi is associate life editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at He tweets @DC_Anokh.

Claire Galvin is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

Marlese Lessing is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at

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