Travel Tuesday: Best post-graduation trips
There’s no better way to celebrate your graduation than getting away for a little while — before returning for the reality that you’ve been working for.
But as great as a post-graduation trip sounds, it can be hard to justify, after the expenses of an education.
There are plenty of fantastic graduation trips that won’t exasperate your debt, however. Here are a few of our favorite post-graduation trips to reward you for your hard work, without adding to your stress.
1. New Orleans:
This is one of the most historically fascinating — and fun — cities in America, and it’s also one of the cheapest. The Price of Travel’s Backpacker Index has rated N’orleans the second most affordable destination in North America. Stroll through the beautiful streets, gaze at inspiring artwork and hear live jazz music streaming from the restaurants and bars. Visit haunted buildings, munch on fluffy beignets and, if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of affordable hostels in the city. New Orleans is so much more than just Mardi Gras. New Orleans hotels, Hotels.com
2. The Rocky Mountains:
The cost of housing may be going up in Colorado, but tourism is surging here, too. This means a ton of hotel options and better visitor offerings than ever before. Stay in a cabin in the Big Thompson Canyon or go on a backpacking camping excursion in the Rocky Mountains. Unwind on a vacay with Mother Nature — she’s always the best travel companion.
We’re not going to get into the whole legal recreational pot issue, but that’s a big draw for many younger travelers, too. Whether or not that’s your jam, Colorado’s still one of the most beautiful places to visit in the summer. If you can make it right after school gets out, before summer tourism picks up, you can still catch the majorly discounted spring shoulder-season deals in the ski towns, like Vail. Flights to Denver, Travelocity.com
If Europe is on your wish list, ditch pricey London and instead head to Ireland, where you can get green views, friendly service, great beer, lively music and lower prices than nearby England. You’ll want to travel here during the off season to get the best airfare rates, so if you can get tickets for May or October, you will spare many expenses. Plus, the weather in Ireland is lovely in May.
Opt for public transportation instead of renting a car, or rent a bike and pedal your way around. Look for rentals on AirBNB and other vacation rental websites, or hop from hostel to hostel.
Did you know you can get Cash Back on your VRBO rental, when you book through ShopAtHome.com? This adds up big, when you’re talking about a multi-day vacation. Ireland rentals, VRBO.com