It’s that time of the year to be thankful, for good health, good family, and hopefully good grades. Many people make the trek home for this holiday, which is one of the busiest times of the year for travel. However, if you live far away from Orlando, odds are you might be staying here over Thanksgiving. We’re here to give you a list of alternatives so everyone can have a great Thanksgiving, even if you can’t make it home.


A great way to get together with a few of your loved ones is to host a “Friendsgiving.” Grab some of your closest friends, roommates, and classmates who also couldn’t make it home to have a potluck of various Thanksgiving dishes. Your “Friendsgiving” doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, so it won’t break the bank. This way you still get the “Thanksgiving” vibe and a good meal. Most importantly, you get to enjoy company, despite being away from home.


With the word “giving” in “Thanksgiving” this makes it a great opportunity to give back to the community. Groups around the greater Orlando area are always looking for volunteers during this time of the year. A few examples where you could help out are at churches, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. A little donation of your time can really go a long way and add some holiday cheer to people who could need it.

Have some “me time”

With the hustle and bustle of the fall semester, some alone time would do anyone good. Have a Netflix movie marathon, do some self-care, or even sleep all day if you want. Soak up all the time you can get to yourself and make the best of it.  Take this time to unwind while not having any classes or assignments due. Also, rest will do you good right before the start of finals week.

Go out/order in and feast

Probably the easiest route and more predictable for a college student staying at school over Thanksgiving would be to go out and get dinner or just order in, as Bistro 106 will be closed. Who said we need to have the standard Thanksgiving meal? Order some pizza, Chinese food, or go out to a restaurant that doesn’t even have turkey on the menu. This option adds a fun twist on the norm and you still get to feast.

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