Let’s get one thing straight: Spring break isn’t just about going to the beach. It’s really about having fun. School is out, so what are you going to do to make this special time count? Whether you plan on traveling or hanging out at home, here are a few tips to make this spring break one you will ever forget. If you are staying close to home, there is a world of opportunities to fill your time. Do some good deeds, volunteer, go hiking, go on a road trip, play a game, go to an amusement park, reconnect with your siblings, read or give yourself a makeover. The list could go on. Having a little free time at home gives you the opportunity to relax—and did we mention sleeping in? You get to turn off those pesky alarms and get some extra shut-eye. Who doesn’t love that? But if you do find yourself on a beach this spring, check out these BeingGirl tips to ensure a safe and fun trip. First and foremost, know how to say “no”. Your parents are depending on you to be smart on vacation and, by agreeing to let you go in the first place, are showing they trust you. And you wouldn’t want to loose your parent’s trust that you built up for so long in one week. So be smart. Determine how much money you need for your trip so you know how much you need to save. Add in some extra for souvenirs, too! Book early to increase your chances for a great deal and to make sure you have a reservation. Popular places and activities sell out quickly. Avoid scams. Make sure where you are staying is BBB (Better Business Bureau) certified. The only thing worse than not having enough money is getting ripped off. Ask everyone you know who has already been on spring break about his or her experiences. Learn from their mistakes. Profit from their guidance. Don't over-buy for the trip. Make a list of everything you need and check out what’s in your closet before buying everything. Leave phone numbers of where you can be reached with people back home and let them know you made it to your destination safely, especially your parents. Also, don't write down personal identification numbers of credit cards and automatic teller machine cards. You could wind up being responsible for someone else's fun. Be sure you write down the 1-800 phone number from the back of your credit card and keep it with you in a safe place. This way you can quickly report it if you were to lose your card. Always wear sunscreen. Seriously. The sun damages your skin more than you may think. Just being out in the sun for 15 minutes can do harm to unprotected skin. No matter where you end up for spring break, just remember to be smart, safe and make the most of it. Whether you’re on the beach or hanging out with friends at your local pizza place, take the time to appreciate this sacred week or so for what it really means: No school! Get fun spring break tips with helpful tips and advice from BeingGirl.com.