Instead of freaking out and finding a job right after you graduate, you might want to consider going on a once-in-a-lifetime graduation trip with your mates first. It will definitely serve as not only a deserving reward for all that studying but also a last (sort of) spontaneous adventure before you get started on “the real world”, where the conventional life consisting of 9 am to 6 pm jobs, meetings, long commutes, and daily morning coffee awaits. Not sure where to go? Fret not! Here are some of the best destinations for graduation trips that don’t just include cities in Europe:
1. Explore Thailand, a place for every type of traveller
Thailand is so beautiful, that it not only serves as a perfect place for graduation trips, but is also loved by honeymooners, retirees, and party-goers as well. The country is huge, to say the least, and when you go to a large country, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
For shoppers, hot spots like Bangkok have shopaholics flocking to its weekend markets or the famous floating markets every single weekend of the year, rain or shine. Who’s to complain when you can get a whole bunch of stuff for under 2 USD?
For those looking for a more laid-back trip, head over to Phuket, Krabi, or Koh Samui where parties, beaches, and resorts pretty much rule the place. And for culture junkies, head up to Chiang Mai, where gorgeous temples and vibrant culture awaits.
For those who just want a little bit of everything, backpacking or road trips are recommended!
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2. Go backpacking across Europe without breaking your budget
Backpacking across Europe, or “The Euro Trip”, is sure to be at the top of the graduation trip list of many students, or maybe, many people in general. In such a historical and well-known continent, there’s just so much to do.
The first thing every backpacker to Europe must do is to decide which side of Europe they want to explore. Whether it’s Eastern Europe or Western Europe, you’re sure to be blown away at the different cultures, architectural gems, and historical landscapes that any particular country has to offer. Also, Europe isn’t an expensive continent if you plan your trip properly. Use mobile apps, such as Booking.com, Skyscanner, and Viator for cheap hotels, flights, and tour deals.
You’ll actually be surprised at the many cities and countries in Europe that are fairly budget friendly. For instance, Croatia, Moscow, and Budapest are often at the top of the list for budget travellers. Lisbon is also a popular choice. Here, you can experience the best of Portuguese culture and food without burning a hole in your pocket.
For lively party-goers, Ibiza isn’t the only party place in Europe! Head to Amsterdam, Berlin, or Serbia. There are actually recommended hotels to stay in Amsterdam that are perfect for party people. Hotels like Flying Pig Downtown and St. Christopher’s Inn at Winston are not only budget friendly but have bars featuring live DJs that play good music. The latter is located right next to Amsterdam’s red light district too!
If you’re eager to start planning your fabulous European trip, here are some more top resources:
- 7 Europe Trips To Put On Your Bucket List After Graduation
- Top 9 Must-Have Items For Backpacking Europe
- Top 7 Excellent Nightlife Destinations Around Europe
- Planning A Low-Budget Europe Trip: Top Apps And Websites You Must Know
- 7 Low Budget Destinations To Go Backpacking Across Europe
- 7 Budget Hacks To Save Money When Traveling in Europe
3. Get your adventurous side craving more in beautiful South America
For the adventurers and those who want to break out of their comfort zone, South America is the place to be. Here, experience diverse cultures and varied landscapes, not to mention a whole host of architectural gems and fantastic outdoor activities.
Most graduates venture into large cities like the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Famous for Tango, steak, wine, and an incredibly lively nightlife, there’s loads to keep you busy. Also in Argentina you can keep your adrenaline pumping by looking for the largest living snake in the entire world by hiking through the jungles. Admire the awesome raw beauty of Iguazu Falls, hike in the gorgeous Lake District, stare in awe at the formidable Perito Moreno Glacier, recharge your batteries on pristine beaches, and soak up the colonial charms of Salta.
Colombia, Brazil, and Uruguay are also perfect choices to immerse yourself in the Latin American way of life. Indeed, anywhere in South America promises an amazing time!
Highlights include discovering the many cool things to see and do in energetic Rio de Janeiro, exploring the mighty Amazon Rainforest, seeing the ethereal Uyuni Salt Falts in Bolivia, chilling out in Colombia’s friendly Medellin, experiencing the vibrancy of Brazil’s Sao Paulo, going deep into Peru’s Colca Canyon, topping up your tan on famous beaches such as Brazil’s iconic Copacabana and Ipanema, braving the world’s most dangerous road in Bolivia, feasting your eyes on Venezuela’s majestic Angel Falls, and much, much more!
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4. Fall in love with the colourful Indian culture in none other than, India
India is a place for explorations and travel opportunities galore. Brace yourself for the impact of culture shock and sensory overload. Another reason to choose India is that the travel expenses, food, activities, and accommodation will not burn a big hole in your graduate pocket. With affordable hotels and an abundance of trains, buses, and taxis, you’ll have more than enough to enjoy this huge and diverse country.
Different parts of India offer varying experiences, including the rural areas where villagers survive on less than 1 USD per day, the historical sites that are flooded with tourists, the thriving and modern cities, and the stunning natural landscapes.
If you’re looking for the best that India has to offer in a nutshell, be it in terms of historical landscapes or food, visit New Dehli, the capital of India, Varanasi, and Jaipur. Also, don’t miss world-known sites such as the Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Dehli, the Gateway of India in Mumbai, and the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, which is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Stop dreaming and start planning your Indian adventures and take a peek at these handy guides for more inspiration and useful information:
5. Realise your love for Chinese history in China
For history junkies, China is the place to be. China is the second-largest Asian country, right next to Russia, and is probably also the one with the longest history, dating all the way back to 780001 BC! One of the best and most touristy places in China would have to be Beijing, which is also the country’s capital and home to (part of) one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World: The Great Wall of China.
The wall actually stretches for 8,850 kilometers (5,500 miles) and the portion in Beijing is exceptionally popular. It was actually the first portion of the wall to be opened to the public and is one of the most-visited sections of the iconic wall. The Beijing section of the wall is frequently renovated too, thus making it a great place to get an overview of the mighty structure.
Beijing has a history of more than 3,000 years and is also the country’s center for politics, economy, the arts, tourism, and culture. Apart from the Great Wall of China, there are several other historical sites that you should visit, such as Tiananmen Square, which is the world’s largest city square, the 600-year-old Forbidden City, the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace in the world, the Temple of Heaven, and the Temple of Earth.
Shanghai offers a wealth of historical sites too, interspersed with ultra-modern features. The Yangtze River provides incredible river-cruising opportunities, Xi'an is famous for the Terracotta Warriors, Suzhou is known for its splendid gardens, and, for a truly epic adventure, you could take a journey along the historical and wondrous Silk Route.
If China is calling to you, feed your passion and check out these posts to plan your trip:
Explore the world before you enter "the real world"
With all these places, you’re sure to come back home well-prepared for the real world, with the added benefit of all the beautiful and memorable experiences you’ve gained.
Be sure to plan well for your trip, especially in terms of budget, flights, and accommodation. Use trusted booking apps and don’t be gullible and rely upon deals that are too good to true. To avoid disappointment, go with the many tried and trusted apps on the market, such as Booking.com, Agoda, or Expedia for hotels, HomeAway or Airbnb for private accommodations, Viator, Voyagyn, and BeMyGuest for tours (which, by the way, also come with exclusive tours suited for grad trips!) and Skyscanner for cheap and reliable flight comparisons.
Also, for those who aren’t going to stay in just one place for the whole trip, do thorough research on the place so you can decide whether to carry a suitcase or a backpack. And with that, go on soldier, have a great adventure!
And, for even more trip-planning information, here’s some useful further reading:
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