6 Cheap Graduation Trips for a College Budget
Post-graduation, you may not have a huge budget, but there are still cheap graduation trips you can take that match your travel style. Plus, there's no better time to take a trip, both to celebrate your accomplishments and enjoy the rare free time before your first full-time job.
1. Experience Agritourism
Bringing visitors to a farm, vineyard, or other country property, agritourism is a relatively inexpensive way to travel and learn about rural life. Some farm stays even ask you to help out, whether that's harvesting grapes or taking care of animals. While it may not be for everyone, if you're interested in getting your hands a little dirty, this is the perfect opportunity to experience a life on a farm before you take that job downtown.
2. Go on a Road Trip
If you have a car, hit the road and discover the diversity of North America, starting with a look at the National Parks for inspiration. You'll find plenty of low-cost KOA Campgrounds across the United States and Canada.
If a tent isn't your style, many campgrounds also offer low-cost cabins. Alternatively, you can splurge on an RV rental so your bed is wherever you are.
3. Book a Free Stopover
If you want to take multiple cheap graduation trips, consider flying with airlines that offer free stopovers. Meaning you can book a flight to one destination and stop at another destination at no additional cost.
Icelandair offers one- to five-day stopovers in Reykjavik, TAP Air Portugal offers the same for Porto or Lisbon, and Finnair allows stopovers in Helsinki starting at five hours to five days. Air Canada and Singapore Airlines include one night's accommodations in their stopover programs (costs vary depending on your ticket type and hotel).
4. Pick Affordable Destinations
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 44 percent of travel costs are spent on transportation. If your plane ticket is expensive, consider the costs at the destination; you still may be able to afford the trip. Look beyond fluctuating exchange rates to see the average per person daily expense.
Dubrovnik, Croatia, made GOBankingrRates.com's list of the most affordable international cities, with an average per-day cost of $60. The city combines Roman ruins with see-to-the-bottom clear waters. Other cities on the list include Medellin, Colombia ($18); Siem Reap, Cambodia ($32); and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ($47). You can also save more by finding the cheapest ways to pay when traveling abroad.
5. Go Backpacking
People loosely use the term "backpacking" to refer to low-cost travel, but why not take it literally? Disconnect from the laptops, phones, and other technology that have been a necessary fixture of school life.
Beyond well-known trails like the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Coast Trail, there are other, shorter trails like the Arizona Trail and Vermont's Long Trail. You can also look to trails abroad like the famed Camino de Santiago leading to Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand; or the Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail in Japan.
6. Do a Yoga Retreat
Relax and recover from all of your hard work with a yoga retreat. BookYogaRetreats allow you to search events based on destination, length of trip, yoga skill level, and style. Prices often include accommodations, all meals, and, of course, yoga classes.
Wherever you go, don't be afraid to ask if there are student discounts. Showing your student ID may score you free admission to museums, discounts at restaurants, or any other number of perks.