Seniors Rose Schneider and Chris Kautza are packing their bags and heading out of Wisconsin to go on spring break.
While studying abroad in Ireland for the semester, senior Rose Schneider will be traveling to multiple countries over her spring break, or “reading week” as they refer to it in Ireland.
“For spring break, I will be going to Paris, Rome and London,” Schneider said. “My fiancé and I will be there for a combination of nine days.”
Schneider, who is studying at Dublin City University, said she and her fiancé will be in Paris for three days, Rome for three-and-a-half days, and London for two and a half days.
Schneider and her fiancé will be flying from Ireland to their spring break destinations. Flying to all their destinations round trip cost them $180 each.
“Flying between Dublin and Paris, Paris and Rome, and Rome to London should not take more than 80 minutes for each trip,” Schneider said.
In each location, the couple will be partaking in ample sightseeing, and Schneider said that she is most looking forward to going to Italy.
“I think Italy will be a place that I want to go back to as soon as I get off of the plane,” Schneider said. “The country has so much rich and beautiful history to take advantage of.”
While traveling to these three countries, Schneider can only take one small bag with a 22-pound limit per person for a week.
As an international journalism major, Schneider said she looks forward to seeing how the experiences help her to get a job in the journalism field.
“I love seeing all the differences in the ways people live and communicate around the world,” Schneider said. “After this trip, I hope to have a bigger list of places I’d like to travel or re-travel to in the future.”
Senior Chris Kautza is going to Daytona, Fla., with five other friends from the cross country and track and field team at UW-Whitewater.
“We will be leaving the Sunday of spring break and getting back that Friday,” Kautza said. “We are taking two cars because we didn’t want to try and squish everything into one.”
Kautza and his friends started planning their spring break trip over winter break. Kautza said they decided they wanted to go somewhere warm and near a beach.
Kautza, a general business major and athletic coaching minor, said he and his friends will be leaving after a track meet in Augustana, Ill., and then they will drive straight to Florida. The drive should take about 20 hours. Kautza said his friends plan to split the price of gas and switch off driving every couple hours.
While in Florida, Kautza said the six friends plan to swim, go clubbing, and grill out, among other things.
Because Kautza and his friends are athletes, they will have to keep on their schedule as they prepare for the upcoming track season.
“We will be sent out individual schedules because some of us are mid-distance runners and others are long-distance runners,” Kautza said. “We will definitely be doing some running on the beach while in Florida.”
To prepare for the trip, Kautza said he has been saving up money to spend on fun activities while in Daytona.
“When it comes to the hotel expenses we are only paying $93 for five days,” Kautza said. “It’s a pretty cheap price for the amount of time we’ll be there.”
Kautza said he is excited for his spring break vacation.
“We are looking forward to getting out of Wisconsin for a bit and relaxing,” Kautza said. “We’re all good friends, and this trip will be a great time.”