22 Trips Every Student Should Take After Graduation

EHL Guest Blogger | 8 Jul, 2017

Congratulations, graduate! You did it. All those long nights writing papers, cramming for exams, and building up a strong caffeine tolerance have finally come to an end. Now it's time for your next adventure. Here are 22 trips every student should take after graduation.

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1. ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Nothing screams entering adulthood like wishing you could go back to childhood. Escape the impending reality of joining the real world by visiting Walt Disney World and eating all the snacks you can get your hands on, and riding all of the rides, like the brand new 'Pandora: World of Avatar' park.

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2. BARCELONA, SPAIN
Part bustling city, part lazy beach town, Barcelona is the best of both worlds.
Even better, you can easily explore this magical city on the Balearic Sea for less than $40 a day. Crack open a cold one and soak up some rays on Barceloneta Beach, ogle Gaudi's wacky architecture, and gorge on tapas. With final exams in your rear view mirror, you've earned it.

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3. FINLAND
Finland's legendary wilderness (40 national parks, 12 wilderness areas, and six national hiking areas) is the perfect spot for adventurers, and one of the best places to see the Northern Lights (near the Arctic Circle they can be seen almost 200 days a year).
Even better, 2017 marks the country's 100 years of independence, which it will celebrate with four nationwide Finnish Nature Days (one per season).

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4. ZRCE, CROATIA 
If all that studying has you ready to rage, Zrce Beach on Pag Island is the place for you. Known as one of the wildest party destinations in Europe, and cheaper than counterparts like Ibiza, Zrce Beach is crawling with bars and beach clubs, including the notorious Papaya Zrce.
The music scene here is also world renowned, with an abundance of festivals taking place all summer, like Sonus Festival.

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5. LISBON, PORTUGAL

Travel + Leisure voted Portugal its destination of the year, and picturesque Lisbon in particular is worth a visit, as the city is teeming with historical landmarks, museums, and churches.
Plus, it's cheaper than most of the rest of Europe, and closer for those flying from America's east coast.

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6. TORONTO, CANADA
This vibrant Canadian city on the border of New York state has something for every type of traveler. Adrenaline junkies can edge walk off the famous CN Tower, music lovers can dance the day away at one of Toronto's hottest music festivals such as Veld, Bestival, or Electric Island, and nature lovers can camp in scenic Algonquin Park.

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7. SINGAPORE
Want Michelin-starred fare without busting the bank? You can get a Michelin-approved meal for less than $2, but it'll cost you a trip to Singapore. Famous for its hawker centers and delicious street food, the Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle food stall in Singapore became the first of two street vendors to earn a Michelin star this year.

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8. ICELAND
You've probably been seeing Iceland all over your Facebook feed, as it has been a hot destination for Americans for the past few years.
This trend shows no signs of abating, as Iceland is safe, only a fairly short and inexpensive flight away, and offers stunning scenery from the Blue Lagoon to the Gullfoss waterfall.

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9. MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA
Mount Rushmore is the perfect spot for history buffs. Grab a cheap flight, or even better, grab some friends for a cross-country road trip you won't forget. See the famous mountain-carved sculpture as well as the third-longest cave in the world, Jewel Cave. You'll make that old political science professor proud.

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10. SOUTH LAKE TAHOE; CALIFORNIA
South Lake Tahoe offers an abundance of summer fun, including waterfalls to explore, hiking trails to climb, mountain biking, and plenty of parties on the water. Should you have the urge to gamble, Nevada is also just a stone's throw away.

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11. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Named the best city in the world by Travel + Leisure last year, and beating out cities like Rome and Bangkok in the process, Charleston is a Southern jewel that should not be missed. This town is crawling with history, fantastic food, stunning beaches, and picturesque boutiques that will have your Instagram popping.

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12. SALVADOR, BRAZIL 
Known as "the land of happiness" or "capital of joy," Salvador is known for its exuberant music and art scene (and its wild Carnival celebrations). As Brazil's first capital, its architecture is stunning, though it's also the perfect spot to just relax and indulge your inner beach bum. Though June, July, and August are technically considered Brazil's winter months, the weather is sunny and warm year-round.

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13. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 
Head to Las Vegas if you're looking for the ultimate grand finale to those crazy college years. Make a splash at one of the biggest pool parties of the year at clubs like Encore Beach Club and Daylight, or test your luck at the casinos. Who knows, a hot hand at the tables could be the perfect way to pay off some of those student loans.

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14. DUBLIN, IRELAND
Say goodbye to chugging cheap, watered-down beers in fraternity basements and say hello to one of the greatest beer cities in the world. Said to be one of the 30 best cities in the world for food, art, and music, most notably it's home to Guinness' brewery, the Guinness Storehouse, where you can get a super fresh pint.

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15. AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
World-famous for its coffee shops, the bustling streets of Amsterdam have an array of options for young travelers. Whether it's taking a bike tour through the city or exploring the many canals from the water, you'll get the most out of your days in Amsterdam with over 16 hours of sunshine in the summer months.

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16. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
The city of New Orleans is known for many things: jazz music, delicious Creole cuisine, and stunning architecture. It's also a true melting pot, as it features not only French influences, but Italian, Spanish, African, and Irish roots.
The southern city is steeped in history, but also an awesome place to party. What more could you want?

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17. SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
This picturesque beach town is the perfect getaway for graduates who want to escape reality, and maybe practice the Spanish they learned in school. Relatively uncrowded and affordable, San Juan is a great option for travelers who want an exotic experience...without having to change their currency.

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18. MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
The Netflix fave "Narcos" may have factored into this, but Medellín, Colombia, was named the best destination in South America as part of this year's World Travel Awards.
While it was considered a dangerous place until not all that long ago, an impressive public transportation system, beautiful architecture, and rich culture and history has turned the city into a hotspot for visitors.
Besides that, it's also the 60th anniversary of the city's breathtaking Flower Festival.

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19. MALTA
"Game of Thrones" thrust this Mediterranean island nation into the limelight. Visitors can expect tons of history, and three World Heritage sites, including its capital, Valletta, as well as seven temples that are believed to be some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.
Malta is also famous for its beautiful beaches, and harbors filled with boats and boat side parties.

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20. CHIANG MAI, THAILAND 
It's no secret that Thailand is a fan-favorite, partly thanks to being one of the cheapest vacation destinations in the world (once you get there, at least). Skip out on the touristy streets of Bangkok and instead head out to this smaller town in Northern Thailand where you can feed, play with, and bathe formerly abused elephants at the charming Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

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21. NEW YORK CITY
If the actual jungle isn't your thing, head to the concrete jungle of New York City. It may seem cliché, but there's a reason Hollywood — and the world — is obsessed with this city.

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22. HAVANA, CUBA
Ever since the improvement of relations between the US and Cuba, Americans have been flocking to Havana.
Vintage cars and architecture make this an incredibly photogenic spot, though you'll probably want to look into a tour guide to ensure you skip the tourist traps.

Author:   Food + Travel Writer at Insider

This article first appeared on Insider on June 16, 2017

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