One Day Getaway Club Helps IUPUI Students Overcome End-of-Semester Angst


One Day Getaway Club members take on the Sleeper Cell room at Escape Plan in Louisville. Photo courtesy of the One Day Getaway Club.

One Day Getaway Club members take on the Sleeper Cell room at Escape Plan in Louisville. Photo courtesy of the One Day Getaway Club.

Have you ever wanted to jet off to Paris?

Spend a weekend in Milan?

Well, it’s not quite Paris, but now you can at least escape to Louisville for the weekend with IUPUI’s new One Day Getaway Club.

Founded by President King Singh and Vice President Brielle Warnock at the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester, the club “gives students the opportunity to escape the stress of school and relax for a fun activity or a day,” according to its mission statement.

“Brielle and I were thinking about how stressful it can be being a student sometimes and were talking about different fun activities we could do with a group to alleviate some of this stress,” Singh said. “Then I came up with the idea of making a club.”

The club has wasted no time diving into new adventures—their first trip was a one-day cave zip lining, mountain biking, and Escape Room excursion to Louisville over Spring Break.

One Day Getaway Club members went underground cave zip lining at Louisville Mega Cavern over spring break. Photo courtesy of the One Day Getaway Club.

One Day Getaway Club members went underground cave zip lining at Louisville Mega Cavern over spring break. Photo courtesy of the One Day Getaway Club.

A member who went on the Louisville trip, Priya Dave, said her favorite part about underground zip lining was the scenery.

“I had never been in a cave, and it was incredible to get a panoramic view of the rock formations in midair,” she said.

But the trip wasn’t all beautiful views—Dave said she was intimidated by the names of many of the Mega Cavern zip lines, especially the “Zip line to Hell.”

“It was so dark that you couldn’t see the other end,” she said. “I was expecting it to be terrifying, but surprisingly it was more relaxing than anything.”

In true club spirit, the group completed their trip in one day.

“We ended the day by going to the Escape Room (groups are locked in a room and have to find clues and solve puzzles to escape within a set time) and went out to eat Indian food to wrap up the night,” she said. “It was a late drive back [to Indianapolis]!”

Davis said underground zip lining was something she never would have tried if not for her involvement in One Day Getaway.

“I had never even heard of underground cave zip lining,” she said, “but it was so fun to go with an adventurous group of people excited about trying new things!”

Although the club held two callout meetings at the beginning of March, only 10 people total showed up.

One Day Getaway Club members wrap up their trip with some Indian food before heading back to Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of the One Day Getaway Club.

One Day Getaway Club members wrap up their trip with some Indian food before heading back to Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of the One Day Getaway Club.

However, Singh noted that “we’ve now formed a Facebook group that we communicate most info through that has over 100 members.”

Singh said his goal is for the club to eventually have at least 20 to 25 active members per trip.

“It is our goal to become a stress relief for students,” Singh said. “We hope that the club can provide an outlet for students to just take a break and meet new people.”

Although the details are still in the works, One Day Getaway’s next event will be a post-finals trip to Cedar Point in Ohio.

“It will be a nice reward for getting through the semester and finals week,” Singh said.

For anyone interested in becoming an officer, the club is still looking for a secretary. Or, for those looking to simply “Drop the books for a day! And getaway!” as the club’s tagline boasts, One Day Getaway has a Facebook group and maintains a presence in The Den, IUPUI’s online hub for student organizations.