DSC Debate: Summer Vacation, or Winter Break?


Every summer, we’re faced with one of the toughest decisions of the year: Should I spend all my precious days off now, or save them for the winter? Should I drink all day in the sun and surf, or should I go shred serious pow pow gnar gnar?

While we did, in fact, discuss the pros and cons of each in July’s Bathroom Minutes magazine, we felt like this debate deserved a little more back and forth. We let our colleagues here at DSC decide which vacay wins the crown: winter break, or summer vacation?


Tyree H.: “Summertime because (1) it’s socially acceptable to drink during the day, and (2) there’s more daylight so you can spend more time drinking during the day.”

Luke L.: “Summer vacation wins solely for the fact that I don’t have to see or interact with extended family members like during the winter holidays. I’m 25 years old, and yet I always get trapped at the kid’s table listening to my 14-year-old cousins banter about middle school drama.”

Allison L.: “I vacation during the summer because everyone else in my hometown of L.A. leaves the city for the winter holidays. Which means in December and January, L.A. is perfectly still. I can go to the Griffith Observatory without fighting massive crowds and the freeways are empty, so I don’t spend two hours sitting in traffic every day.”

Alex J.: “The people watching during summer vacation is all I need in life. I’ll step outside on a nice summer morning, and it looks like I’m at Papas and Beer in Rosarito—bathing suits, cheap alcohol and all-around bad behavior. Everyone stays indoors during wintertime. Borrrrring.”

Loren K.: “Winter break is plain bad for my health. The weather and the expectation that I have to hang out with my family keeps me indoors all day long drinking spiked Eggnog and gorging myself on holiday ham. At least I get outside during the summer.”


Vahid R.: “Winter travel is way cheaper for me. Everyone is fleeing to tropical locations, meaning flights to snowy vacation spots like Mammoth Mountain are dirt cheap.”

David P.: “Winter vacation for one reason and one reason only: because it’s paid. I only have to take a few days off between Christmas and New Year’s to get a full week’s vacation. During the summer, I’d have to take an entire five days off.”

Josh S.: “Summer stretches at least three months. Winter break is a very defined time period—from roughly Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. Which is why it beats summer: Practically everyone in the country is taking off work at the same time. So it’s almost eerie how quiet the email chatter is.”

Hannah N.: “I would sit by the fire and read a good book forever if I could. Unfortunately, winter break is the only time I can live out that dream because my friends always force me to go outside during the summer. UGH.”

Michael M.: “Uhh, Christmas, anyone? Let me know when someone creates a summertime holiday where everyone is expected to buy you gifts. Then I’ll start getting excited for taking time off during the summer.”

Now that our DSC employees have fought it out, it’s your turn. What side of the debate do you land on? Tell us in the comments below.