Our Top 5 Vacation Spots for Students on a Budget

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    o Travel is to Live. – Hans Christian Andersen

    Where do you want to go this summer, next summer, or any other season for that matter, without breaking the bank? You’ve been diligent all-year round, turning in those assignments and term papers and building a solid GPA, but now the sun is all out, school is out too, and you too want to go all out.

    Well, take a short ‘trip’ with us as we explore some of the greatest holiday destinations that don’t drill a hole in your pocket.

    Before the ‘journey’, here’s a short list of things to consider while planning your trip:

    First, what’s your budget? How much do you have saved up and are willing to spend for the travel experience? 

    Are you traveling alone, as a pair, or in a group, such that the expenses would be spread across? 

    Do you have coupons or other discounts that can be applied to your trip?

    Next, you need to decide on a theme for your trip and where you want to anchor that theme to. For instance, do you want a food-based trip, a wine-themed trip, a culture exploration, or anything else you’ve got on your travel bucket list?

    Finally, the duration of your trip. It’s a no-brainer that the longer your stay at that bed & breakfast, resort, hotel, hostel, or other accommodation type, the bigger the expense. 

    We’ve toured the internet to help you discover nearby or distant places you’ll be proud to speak about right after your vacation - or even on Instagram while holidaying. 

    Now, vacation destinations that won’t make you feel poor:

    Just as we mentioned in the shortlist above, having a theme can be pretty helpful in deciding where to go vis-a-vis the costs.

    1. Albania

    If you’ve got beaches on your mind, then Albania is the top destination. It has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and a small and friendly population of 3 million people.

    Albania has lovely 'blue beaches.' Credit: Traveloffpath.com

    Some of the notable beaches are:

    • Drymades beach, with clear blue water, live music, and beach bars
    • Ksamil, part of a National Park and also with clear blue water and beautiful sand.
    • Palasa Beach, surrounded by rocky cliffs and green hills
    • Dhermi Beach, which has a party vibe.
    1. Cuba

    This is closer to home, making up the quartet of North American countries including Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

    If you love Salsa, and want to get exposed to some Spanish influence without breaking the bank, then go to Cuba.

    It’s an island country, thus you can’t miss the exquisite beaches. Some of the best are in Havana (the capital), Cayo Coco and Varadero.

    In Cuba, the cities are unlike Canada’s which are more or less of similar architectural styles. You’ll see labyrinth-like or open streets, coastal streets, mountain-like ones, and big metropolises.

    1. Thailand

    This is one of the most popular Asian destinations. Popular Thai locations include Bangkok (the capital), Phuket (the largest island), and Ko Phi Phi which features a mixture of lush greenery and mountainous terrain.

    Thailand has centuries of history for you to unravel and you certainly must have heard about the culinary traditions of this exotic and welcoming Southeast Asian nation.

    If you’re visiting Bangkok for a contemporary Asian city experience or Trang for secluded beaches, then you should see Chiang Rai for its temples.

    • Wat Rong Suea Ten (The Blue Temple) 
    • Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) 
    • Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai's iconic all-white temple. 

    You can explore the Baan Dam Museum, enjoy a boat tour of the Mae Kok River, and experience shopping at the city’s Night Bazaar.

    1. Jamaica

    Go to the heart of the Caribbean. Jamaica is a tropical paradise with gems like the Seven Mile Beach, Montego Bay, and its capital Kingston. If you’re a reggae lover and want to hear the patois spoken firsthand, this is the place to be.

    Although downsides exist when touring this country, the Canadian government gives up-to-date guidance on places to avoid.

    1. Morocco

    See the Sahara Desert, firsthand. 

    This exotic Berber-Arabian nation is on the northwestern tip of the African continent with prime access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara (principally through the towns of Zagora and Merzouga).

    A long shot of the excavated Berber Roman city of Volubilis n Morocco
    Ancient Berber Roman city, Volubilis, is a sight to behold. Credit: Morocco Tours Agency

    With many UNESCO world heritage sites like Marrakesh, Fez, and Volubilis, this Mediterranean kingdom has centuries of history to reveal to you at a friendly price.

    Final Thoughts

    There are almost no downsides to traveling, except perhaps the cost involved. Traveling helps you stay healthy and exposes you to the rest of the world. It’s one of the best ways to get educated.

    Another way to get educated is to register for a career upgrade at ABM College, Canada If you’re interested in higher earnings by upgrading your skills then check out our courses in Health, Business, and Technology.

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