30 Epic Graduation Trip Ideas (2024 USA & International)

30 graduation trip ideas

Whether you have a senior in high school or college, graduation is something to be celebrated! Some may want a party, a car, or help with their college tuition, but many would love to celebrate this accomplishment with a dream trip. As the school year begins its rapid roll toward the inevitable end of an era, it is time to start thinking about graduation trip ideas.

A grad trip serves the double purpose of celebrating the completion of this phase of schooling and an enticement for those fledglings to return to the nest from time to time. We put together a list of options for my high school senior to choose from and for those of you looking for high school graduation trip ideas, college graduation trip ideas, or senior trip ideas, I have some great suggestions for you!

Teen girl in ripped jeans and a white sweater and hat with arms up in front of a valley

The thing to consider though when planning a high school or college graduation trip is that while you may want it to be a bucket list experience or a trip of a lifetime; if you really want to take a trip right after graduation in May or June, you need to keep the season in mind.

Summer is the high season for family travel, which means crowds, peak pricing, and a need for advance planning. If you can travel in early to mid-June, you can avoid the high peak that starts in early July as European schools let out for the summer.

It is also an ideal time to visit destinations in the Northern Hemisphere, but Southern Hemisphere destinations vary in attractiveness from June-August as they experience their winter months. So forget the idea of seeing penguins in Antarctica and it may not be ideal for hiking in Patagonia or New Zealand either unless you want to wait for Christmas break. But there are still so many fantastic destinations to choose from.

Need help planning a special graduation trip? Let me know and I’ll refer you to a travel advisor that specializes in family trips.

15 U.S. Graduation Trip Ideas

Note: This content is sponsored by Allianz Partners (AGA Service Co.) and I have received financial compensation but all opinions expressed are my own.

Even if you have traveled extensively in the United States, there are still so many destinations and experiences that can make a graduation trip truly special. Here are a few that particularly shine in June.

lighting torch at sunset on Black Rock on Maui

The exotic allure of the Aloha State may be the perfect balm after a stressful senior year. The Big Island of Hawaii is the only place in the United States to see a live volcano, while Maui is the perfect place for adventure activities like sunrise cycling down a volcanic crater or driving the road to Hana.

Just keep in mind that June through November is technically hurricane season, although big storms are rare. We visited in late June and had pretty great weather, with just some rainstorms that delivered beautiful rainbows. Find out how much a family trip to Hawaii costs .

Bear in river

Summer is the best time to visit Alaska. An Alaskan cruise is definitely a great way to see the most popular ports in Alaska, but to get a real sense of this vast and rugged state, you need to spend some time on land too (and not just on excursions .) If planning a trip to Alaska feels too daunting, you can join one of Austin Adventures’ group family trips, like the one to Kenai Fjords and Peninsula .

You can experience calving glaciers, search for wildlife, and experience the brilliance of the Midnight Sun in the Last Frontier.

Yosemite National Park, California

Women with arms up overlooking view in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park can get crazily crowded in the summer, but if you go early enough in June, you can get there before the worst of the crowds and when the water is still strong, resulting in beautiful, powerful waterfalls. (See this guide to easy hikes in Yosemite .)

Listen to our podcast episode on Yosemite National Park for ideas on the best places to stay, hikes, and other things to do in Yosemite .

Glacier National Park, Montana

Boat on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S. National Parks system and getting a reservation in the summer can be challenging. But head to Glacier Country in early summer to beat the crowds and get better rates. Just keep in mind that there will still be snow on the ground, and it is likely that parts of the Going-to-the-Sun road that connect the parts of the park will still be closed until sometime in July, although I was there in mid-June last year and it was open.

But there is still plenty of hiking and wildlife viewing to enjoy (plus a chance to see glaciers!). After a few days in the park, you can enjoy some fun adventures near Glacier or relax at Flathead Lake Lodge, an all-inclusive dude ranch , or spend time exploring more of Western Montana .

Walt Disney World, Florida

Magic Kingdom castle from across the lake

From weddings to birthdays, every special occasion is a good fit for a trip to Disney for lovers of magic and the mouse. It might be the perfect time to splurge on a VIP tour to make the trip extra special.

While there are plenty of rides at Disney that teens love, thrill-seekers will also like adding on a few days at Universal or some of the water parks , especially for those hot June days. And when it rains, try some of these nearby Orlando attractions .

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon (photo from Canva)

There are two huge downsides to visiting the Grand Canyon in the summer — the crowds and the heat. But, if you go in June it is a little more manageable, especially if you go to the less-visited North Rim, which doesn’t even open until mid-May.

To make the trip extra special, and thrilling, you can arrange for helicopter flights over the canyon, mule rides or hikes into the canyon, or multi-day float trips along the Colorado River. You can also make this part of an epic southwest road trip .

New York, New York

View of lower Manhattan at sunset from the Empire State building

Bright lights, big city — if your graduate has never visited the Big Apple, a visit to New York City can make a great graduation trip. Get tickets for the must-see Broadway show. Visit museums. Take a food tour. Go shopping. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The possibilities are endless in the city that never sleeps.

Make sure you fit in some of the newer attractions like Hudson Yards, Summit at One Vanderbilt, Little Island @ Pier 55, the 9/11 Memorial, the Highline, or even try the new Edge NYC Skydeck. Teens also love Instagramable food stops like rainbow bagels, taiyakis, specialty cupcakes, crazy milkshakes, and more.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas sign with city skyline behind

College grads may enjoy exercising some of their new liberties in Las Vegas, but even high school graduates can enjoy under-21 attractions. The hotels along Vegas’ famous Strip are a spectacle in and of itself. Add to that one-of-a-kind entertainment, celebrity chef-owned restaurants, and thrills like the X-Scream ride at the Stratosphere Hotel, FlyOver Las Vegas , or the SkyJump off the Stratosphere Tower.

Of course outside of Las Vegas, you can also go hiking in Red Rock Canyon, visit Hoover Dam, or drive a luxury sports car or race car.

California Coast

Tips for driving Highway One on the California Coast

Rent a convertible and take your grad on a classic U.S. road trip down the California coast . Start off with a few days in San Francisco , then head down to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea . Next, take your time exploring the beautiful coastline along Highway 1 down to Big Sur.

On the central coast, you can ride on the sand dunes, zip line through a winery, and enjoy all the small beach towns on your way to Los Angeles . Finish off with surf lessons in Huntington Beach, a tour of Universal Studios, or a day at Disneyland. If you have a college grad you can even add on a few days in Sonoma or Paso Robles for wine tasting.

Puerto Rico

El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico with mist over mountains

Craving an island vacation? You don’t need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. There you can enjoy gorgeous beaches, the El Yunque rainforest, outdoor adventures, and soak up the history in Old San Juan.

In Vieques and elsewhere on the island, you can even experience the magic of bioluminescence with a nighttime kayaking excursion.

Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks

Delicate arch in Arches National Park (from Canva)

Things are starting to heat up in the southwest in June, but you can still fit in an epic trip to all five of Utah’s national parks — Arches, Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks. Or, if you really enjoy hiking and getting off the beaten path, focus on just a couple of the parks. If you are visiting two parks or more, be sure to invest in the National Parks Pass .

Start off in Salt Lake City and then head to Moab to explore Arches and Canyonlands. Next, head over to Capitol Reef and Bryce. Finish up in St. George and Zion National Park. You can then fly out of Las Vegas or loop back up to Salt Lake City. Be sure to listen to this podcast for some great tips on off-the-beaten-path stops on a Southwest Grand Circle road trip or read my friend Lesli’s Utah National Parks road trip itinerary .

Maine Windjammer Cruise

Schooner Heritage on the water

Large ship cruising may not be your cup of tea, but there are other small ship possibilities available. If your student loves sailing, then a trip aboard one of the Maine Windjammer cruises will be right up their alley. Enjoy gourmet meals and lobster bakes on the beach. Assist the crew and enjoy watching the scenic coastline glide by. Explore the rugged coastline and small seaside towns of the Maine coast .

For a real splurge, book cabins with your friends and family for a group vacation on the sea. Pair it up with a Coastal Maine road trip or a fun glamping stay near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park .

Key West, Florida

Florida Keys Overseas Highway

One of my favorite east coast road trips is along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys . This scenic trip is great for graduates that love water sports — like windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving.

It is also a perfect spot for future marine biologists to visit a sea turtle hospital, explore marine preserves, study dolphins, and enjoy nature up close. Of course, all the key lime pie is also a great perk!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Balconies in the French Quarter New Orleans

Your foodie teen will enjoy a trip to the Big Easy for a food and music extravaganza. Enjoy food tours, cooking classes, and everything from celebrity-chef restaurants to the best of diners, drive-ins, and dives.

Then soak in the culture with history tours (or ghost tours), a visit to Mardi Gras World, and plenty of live jazz music. If you have time to get out of town, be sure to try an airboat tour!

Black Hills, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore

There are tons of ways for teens and young adults to seek adventure in the Black Hills . You can bike along the Mickelson Trail, one of the old rail trails that runs for 108.8 miles from Edgemont to Deadwood. Don’t worry, you don’t need to bike the whole thing. Instead, you can rent bikes and arrange for shuttle pick-ups and drop-offs to only bike as far as you choose. There is also go rock climbing, horseback riding, and enjoy amazing wildlife viewing in Custer State Park.

Be sure to leave extra days for side ventures to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and the stunning Badlands National Park . And even if they haven’t had enough of learning for a while, make sure to visit Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Minuteman Missile Silo Historic Site.

15 International Graduation Trip Ideas

There are so many bucket list destinations that are great places to visit in June for a graduation trip. Here are a few options for adventure seekers, outdoor lovers, cultural explorers, and wildlife lovers.

Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsness

June is my absolute favorite time to visit Iceland, especially if you can be there for the Summer Solstice. Just be aware that many businesses and attractions are closed on June 17th for Iceland Independence Day. The weather is starting to warm up and you have full days of sunlight to explore.

Iceland is the perfect spot for outdoor adventurers. Spend a few days on the gorgeous South Coast chasing waterfalls, visiting black sand beaches, hiking on glaciers, and sailing between the icebergs. To get away from the crowds, spend a few days up in the rugged and remote West Fjords . Find out how much a trip to Iceland costs and read my Iceland travel tips .

family in Shinsekai

It took us until my daughter was in college to finally get to Japan, but this bucket list destination is perfect for a graduation trip. Immersing yourselves in a new culture is great practice for the new challenges that lie ahead for your grad. While things will be heating up in June and you can expect some rain, your grad will love exploring the food, shopping, and cultural quirkiness that lies side-by-side with ancient shrines and temples.

If you can spend two weeks in Japan , it would be ideal for getting to see Tokyo , Kyoto , and Osaka , with time for a day trip or two as well.

Giants Causeway Northern Ireland

With a drinking age of 18, graduates might enjoy some newfound freedoms in the pubs of Ireland — after all, what better place to soak in the Irish culture? Start off in Dublin , and then head off to Northern Ireland and the Coastal Causeway .

In the Republic of Ireland, don’t miss the Cliffs of Moher and a drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. The town of Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula are some of my favorite spots in Ireland. Find out how much a trip to Ireland costs and tips for traveling to Ireland .

Azores, Portugal

waterfall at Ribeira dos Caldeiroes

Natural beauty abounds in the Azores , the archipelago of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic. In June, big hydrangea blooms decorate the island in a mix of pinks, purples, and blues. This is a perfect setting for outdoor lovers, particularly on the island of Pico, home to the Mount Pico volcano. For adventure seekers, you can go coasteering, canyoning, hiking, surfing, and more on the largest island of São Miguel .

Finish up with a few days on the mainland enjoying the colorful festivals taking place in Lisbon or Porto . The Azores are a great destination for the grad that likes to do something different than everyone else and its blend of the best of Hawaii, Iceland, and Ireland make it truly unique.

Path across water to Naxos town

A week or two spent island hopping in the Cyclades is a perfect way to chill out after the exhaustion of final exams. Mid-June through mid-July is the perfect time to visit. The islands of Santorini and Mykonos are jammed in the summer, especially once the cruise ships start coming to port, but you can still avoid crowds on smaller islands like Naxos or spread out on Crete . The weather is warm but not scorching hot, and the daytime winds are not as strong as later in the summer.

Start off in Mykonos or Santorini for an introduction to the Greek Islands’ party scene, and then spend some time at some of the quieter islands, like Naxos, Paros, Crete, or some of the off-the-beaten-track islands. Find out how much a trip to Greece costs or check out our 10-day Greece itinerary.

Tuscan hillside

Like much of Europe, Italy is beautiful in early June, before the heat and tourists descend. You will want to hit the highlights in Rome and Florence , but then take some time to relax and enjoy the Tuscan countryside where you can bike through vineyards and swim in thermal pools.

You may even be able to arrange to test drive a Ferrari or sample the culinary delights in Bologna or Parma on your way to Venice . Finish up with some hiking in the Italian Dolomites. In June you are guaranteed sunny days and warm evenings in the mountains, with not too much humidity. After a day of hiking or biking, enjoy the local culinary delicacies over lunch at a mountain rifugio or a slopeside picnic.

If your grad prefers lazing on the beach, skip the gondolas and mountains and head down to the Amalfi Coast or the gorgeous island of Capri . Just make your reservations early and don’t be surprised to be rubbing elbows with newlyweds and retirees.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

History buffs (and Game of Thrones fans) will love the medieval city of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast. June is the perfect time to explore before the peak summer crowds and cruise ships arrive in July and August. 

To escape the crowds, the best way to explore Croatia is by boat. Charter a sailboat and head out on the Adriatic Sea to nearby Lokrum Island or further to Korcula, one of the more charming islands in Croatia. There are also adventure activities for active teens such as biking trips, hiking, and water sports.


Matterhorn behind a blue lake and green fields in Switzerland

Your young adventurer may enjoy hiking in the Swiss Alps after graduation. It can still be rainy in May and early June, or snowy at higher altitudes, so shoot for late June or even early July. There are many routes for hut-to-hut (or hotel-to-hotel) hiking. Or you can settle in near Interlaken and soak in the scenery and outdoor adventures.

Interlaken is home to many extreme sports, including mountaineering, bungee jumping, zorbing, skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, helicopter skydiving, white water rafting, canyoning, ice climbing, rock climbing, trekking, and so much more.

Art lovers will also want to check out the international art show at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, which draws top artists from around the world. In Basel, you can also bike to three countries in one day! Bike to France and have a croissant, have a beer and lunch in Germany, and return to Switzerland and float down the river before dinner.

Dad and teen in Paris

The weather in Paris in June is perfect, the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and there are long days of sunshine to explore the city at its most romantic. Of course, summer is also when the tourists descend so it is critical to go in June (the earlier the better) before school lets out for summer in France and the United Kingdom.

Even so, it is important to book early for prime locations (see my guide for renting an apartment in Paris ) and attractions (reservations and/or timed entry tickets are needed for many attractions, including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.)

It is also a city where you can give your teen a little independence to practice language skills and prepare to go out on their own. Indulge your graduate’s interests in art, history, or food with private tours and cooking classes. Find out how much a trip to Paris costs , check out our 5-day Paris itinerary , and download our Paris trip planning checklist .

South Africa

Zebras on savannah in Tanzania (from Canva)

June to August is winter in South Africa, but it is also the ideal time to book a safari in Kruger or other parks. The game viewing is ideal because the bush is less dense, but the beautiful golden grasses capture the light and provide excellent photo opportunities. Plus, the dry weather typically means few to no mosquitos!

While June is typically the rainy season in Cape Town, it has a little bit of everything, which makes it the perfect destination for a graduation trip. The city is surrounded by beaches and mountains, with plenty of opportunities for adventure from cage-diving with sharks to zip-lining through mountains and forests. Your graduate can also snorkel with seals or go sea kayaking with penguins. There is also the potential to see whales along South Africa’s Whale Coast between June and November.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Watching The Great Migration in Serengeti National Park is an unforgettable experience, and June is a great time to see it. In the Western Corridor area, you can find herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras as they make their way north in search of food, water, and breeding grounds.

Because June falls within Serengeti’s dry season, you’ll find less foliage, making animals easier to spot, as well as fewer mosquitos. The temperature is moderate and pleasant during the day, but chilly for early morning safaris or nights in the safari tents. This is truly a bucket list experience for families.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

While technically winter, the weather is never too terribly cold in Australia and you will find good deals on flights and hotels. It is also a perfect time to see the Great Barrier Reef. There is very little rain so diving conditions are at their peak — perfect for checking scuba diving off a bucket list.

Beyond the Reef, northern Queensland, the Northern Territory, and northern Western Australia are at their best in June. Remember, the further south you go, the colder it will be.

Palm tree and white sand in Fiji

If a tropical escape is what your student needs to relax, set your sights a bit further than the Caribbean all the way to the South Pacific. It is also technically winter in Fiji in June, but the temps never get too cold and you can just miss the summer rush that starts in July. June is one of the best months to visit Fiji, with ideal weather, countless activity options, cheaper hotel rates, and smaller crowds.

From the rich Fijian culture to the incredible beaches, there are countless reasons why Fiji’s 333 islands are the perfect vacation destination for a graduation trip.

Machu Picchu in Peru

Does your student love to learn about ancient civilizations or archeology? Summer is a great time to visit the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Start your journey in Lima, Peru’s vibrant capital city, or Cusco, a scenic three-hour train ride from Machu Picchu. Just be sure to give yourself time to adjust to the altitude, especially if you are considering hiking in the Sacred Valley. Reservations are also needed at this popular tourist destination.

The Amazon’s dry season starts in June, so you can pair a visit to Machu Picchu with time spent exploring the rainforest or traveling the Amazon by boat.

View of pools and beach at Ritz Carlton Aruba from above

Sitting below the hurricane belt, Aruba, along with its neighboring islands of Bonaire and Curaçao, enjoys a dry season in the summer. Yet since summer in the Caribbean isn’t high on many people’s lists, you can also enjoy lower rates and fewer crowds.

Off-road on this desert island, go horseback riding on the beach, enjoy sunset catamaran sails, and spend some time with flamingoes on this Dutch island.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance!

Graduation cap and diploma with Allianz Travel insurance website on phone

Once you have booked your dream trip to celebrate your graduate, don’t forget to purchase travel insurance! Travel insurance can protect you in the case of unexpected and unforeseen circumstances that may arise on your trip such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, theft, emergency medical expenses and transportation (this is especially important when traveling out of the country!), travel delays, rental car damage, and more.

Even better, also gift your graduate an annual travel insurance plan that protects their trips all year long. It is the perfect gift for kids that will be flying back and forth to college or young adults just starting out in their career and spending their newfound paid time off traveling.

Before we sent our daughter off to college in Arizona, I made sure she was covered by an AllTrips Premier annual travel insurance plan from Allianz Travel. Allianz Travel has been our trusted travel insurance provider for years and the investment has paid off in multitudes. Not only do I know that her trips to school and back are protected against flight cancellations, travel delays, and lost luggage, but as an inexperienced solo traveler it gives us both peace of mind knowing that she has access to a 24-hour hotline for assistance on all sorts of travel emergencies.

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Tamara Gruber is the Founder and Publisher of We3Travel. A former marketing executive and travel advisor, Tamara is an award-winning travel writer and recognized expert in family travel, named the Media Member of the Year for 2023 by the Family Travel Association. Tamara is a member of SATW, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and the Family Travel Association. She is also the publisher of YourTimetoFly and the co-host of the Vacation Mavens travel podcast.

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9 Graduation Trip Ideas for Every Budget

By Megan Spurrell

9 Graduation Trip Ideas for Every Budget

A graduation vacation is about more than knocking back drinks in a foreign land. Such adventures can also offer moments of reflection on what lies ahead. Choosing how to spend this milestone trip isn’t easy, either. In addition to setting a budget and choosing your travel companions, recent grads should consider what they want to get out of the trip, advises Shelby Albo, travel consultant at Embarc Collective . Here, we’ve pulled together nine unforgettable graduation trip ideas that appeal to a range of travel styles—no matter what your budget is.

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The other Southeast Asia loop

“Backpacking trips in a foreign country are truly unbeatable, especially for graduation,” says Jen Richardson, a travel planner at Scouted . We all know the classic loop through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, and it’s a great one—the region is affordable for travelers spending U.S. dollars and there is no shortage of cultural sites, natural wonders, and lively parties. But you can find all of that and more on a less-traveled path farther south.  In Indonesia, visit the bustling capital of Jakarta, scooter between rice fields in Ubud, and kick back on the postcard-perfect islands of Lombok and Bali . Experience a mix of cultures in Malaysia by tasting laksa curry on the streets of Penang and visiting the Hindu temples in the Batu Caves, then swing down to Singapore . It isn’t cheap by any stretch, but a few days in the street food capital—which has colorful architecture, lush hiking trails, and a high-tech airport with a butterfly garden and movie theater—are worth the end-of-trip-splurge.

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A weekend (or longer) in Puerto Rico

The Commonwealth is an easy flight from much of the U.S., and you don’t even need a passport. If you have just a weekend, book an Airbnb in one of the candy-colored colonial buildings of Old San Juan, where reggaeton and salsa fill the streets and the Bad Bunny–approved cocktail bar La Factoría comes alive seven nights a week. If you have five to seven days to explore, plan a multi-stop road trip around the island—surfing on the West Coast, night kayaking in one of Puerto Rico's three bioluminescent bays, and baking on the dazzling white sands of Culebra Island.

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South India immersion

You want to go far, but you don’t want to go alone: Intrepid Travel’s group trips are built around this premise, with accessible price points always front of mind. The outfitter’s two-week Real South India trip (from $909 per person) is a great graduation trip idea—it takes up to 16 free spirits (ages 18 to 29) from Hyderabad to Kochi, with five stops and two overnight trains in between. See Bollywood film sets in Ramoji Film City, explore Hindu temples in Mamallapuram, observe elephants and tigers in Bandipur National Park, and feast on stuffed dosa in Madurai. The rate covers guides, accommodations, select meals, and numerous activities; set your Google Flights tracker now for a stellar airline deal.

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The Utah parks circuit

Grab a few pals and pile into a van to go park-hopping in Utah . The state’s national parks and monuments promise slot canyons ( Zion and Grand Staircase-Escalante), forests of rock hoodoos ( Bryce Canyon ), sand dunes (at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park), and bright red rock carved by the Colorado River (Canyonlands), to name just a few of the Beehive State’s otherworldly landscapes. Spend your days hiking and evenings camping under the stars—the Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park is worth planning around—in settings so stunning, they'll stick with you for a lifetime.

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A sunny Caribbean cruise

After years of grinding, you might be ready to simply laze in the sun—a true treat-yourself moment before starting college or before your first job begins. Book a spot on a Caribbean cruise , which will have space for all of your friends and won’t require you to lift a single finger once you are onboard. Royal Caribbean offers a huge selection of affordable cruises departing from New York, Florida, and Galveston, Texas. Go for one of the five-night options , which stop in the crystalline waters of Cozumel, Mexico, and George Town, Grand Cayman, and offer plenty of nightlife and poolside entertainment options to keep things interesting.

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Southern U.S. road trip

For a memorable American road trip, make the drive from Atlanta to West Texas , with stops in New Orleans and Austin en route. You’ll find music and nightlife all along the way—Atlanta’s Trap Music Museum and Second Line parades weaving through the streets of NOLA are not to be missed—plus roadside photo ops (hello, Marfa Prada store ). Scrimp by staying at Airbnbs in each destination; if you’re traveling with just a friend or two, rented rooms, instead of private apartments, are a great way to meet other travelers. Staying at locally owned properties is "such a good way to support the local culture and will make for a rich experience,” says Richardson.

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A tour through South America

This may not be among the first graduation trip ideas that come to mind, but why not put those years of Spanish to use in South America? While the distances are greater than those in Southeast Asia, and the prices somewhat higher, sticking to the northwestern edge of the continent will give you the best bang for your buck. Plus, “planes are super affordable,” says Katalina Mayorga, founder of El Camino Travel , thanks to new budget lines such as Viva Air Colombia and Star Perú.  In four to eight weeks, you can hit the Caribbean coast in Colombia (with stops in Cartagena and Tayrona National Natural Park); the Andean cities of Medellín , Quito , and La Paz ; and ogle natural wonders like the Amazon rain forest (best accessed via Iquitos, Peru), the Uyuni salt flats of southwest Bolivia, and, of course, Machu Picchu . From learning about Afro-Caribbean dance to touring Inca archaeological sites, you’ll have loads to talk about with the fellow travelers you meet in hostels along the way.

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Eastern Europe backpacking trip

“European backpacking trips are still very popular,” says Albo. “The ease of traveling from one country to another is an attractive aspect.” Not only is Eastern Europe more affordable than France, Spain, and Italy, it’s less crowded than its western neighbors—despite offering just as many reasons to visit. In dreamy Old World cities like Prague and Budapest , regal churches and castles are just as appealing as the edgy nightlife scenes. (Want to party in a converted bunker? Done.) By train or bus, get out to the scenic countryside and hike the Tatras mountains that border Slovakia and Poland before exploring the quaint old town of Gdańsk. Trust us—you’ll leave wondering why the rest of your friends haven’t considered Eastern Europe yet.

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The Camino de Santiago

There’s something enticing about marking one milestone with another. For travelers who want to do it in hiking boots , a Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is an ideal challenge. The Camino refers to a network of trails that all lead to a shrine of Saint James the Great in Galicia, Spain, with several starting points throughout the country. Beginners, however, are recommended to follow the Camino Frances route, which begins just over the border in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the French Pyrenees. The journey takes 30 to 35 days and includes overnights in albergues (bed-and-breakfasts). If you find yourself needing a little motivation along the trail, just visualize the tapas and vino waiting for you each night.

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Best Destinations for a Graduation Trip In 2023

All you need to know..

Are you a student looking for the best graduation trip ideas? Graduation vacations are the best way to enjoy and nurture the friendship and other relationships you have made in different years.

As our school year nearly ends no matter how many precious years, we spend there. At the end of this precious time of our lives, we try to make sure that we choose the best graduation travel plan to enjoy the rest of the remaining days.

According to academic papers at Outlookindia , students make sure that their graduation trip destination is:

● Economic for all fellow students

● Best outdoor places to make abundant memories

● Naturally and culturally beautiful and much more

Sometimes children prefer to go on graduation trips destinations with their fellow friends but sometimes we can even see them preferring this trip with their parents.

We will get into the best destination for a graduation trip, but before that let’s shortly get into its importance.

Significance of a Graduation Trip

A graduation trip is a trip where students can spend some fun time after his/her graduation. It is important for students as it is a time when they can celebrate their achievements.

It is also a way to tell them that you did great and let’s enjoy ourselves for a while!

Let’s check out some of the significance of college graduation trip ideas.

● Learn a new skill: As after graduation students might be confused about which path to choose. During this time, their graduation trip will help them to learn new skills and figure out what they want to do further in their life.

● Build confidence: Stepping out of their comfort zone and travelling out from just home and college will help them to learn things about the world. They will interact with different people, make new friends, see places, observe the culture and much more.

● Develop a view of the world: While students are in college, they can observe the life of school and house in detail. If he/she goes out on the graduation trip they can develop a broader perspective on the world. This will eventually help them to learn things not from books but by travelling.

Best Destinations for A Graduation Trip

The following graduation trip ideas cover everything from a group graduation vacation, travel with a senior class, or epic trips for high school graduates with friends or family.

1. New York City

“If you follow your heart just right, it will get you to New York City .”

NYC is an amazing city that will provide a student with lifelong and life-changing experiences. This city is located on the southern tip of New York State.

It is a densely populated city that not only provides with places beauty but will let you meet with people and their cultures throughout the world.

Some of the most visited places in this city are:

● Central Park

● Statue of Liberty

● The Metropolitan Museum of Art

● Brooklyn Bridge

● Times Square

2. San Diego, California

San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California. This city is well known for beaches, parks and its amazing warm climate. It has top-notch cuisine, an affordable neighborhood and much more.

The city is known in the world as one of the best destinations for graduation trips and has a dazzling array of world-class family attractions.

Moreover, this city is the best option for those students who prefer less crowded. According to recent research, this city is one of the most visited cities in the world.

Some of the best places for a graduation trip in San Diego are:

● San Diego Zoo Safari Park

● Balboa Park

● USS Midway Museum>

● Seaport Village

● Cabrillo National Monument

Add it to your list as one of the safest and most suitable places for your children who have just graduated from their school.

3. Freeport, Bahamas

Freeport is one of the main cities on Grand Bahama an island in the northwest Bahamas off the Florida coast. It is developed as a tropical playground for the students for their graduation trip destination.

This city makes sure to provide the visitor with amazing beaches, golf, water sports, diving, gambling, duty-free shopping, fishing, nightclubs, boating and much more.

The city has everything from fashionable boutiques to Bahamian handicrafts. It is one of the best destination choices for all students.

Some of the best places to visit in this city are:

● Freeport’s International Bazaar

● Port Lucaya Marketplace

● Garden of the Groves Botanical Garden

● Rand Nature Center or Lucayan National Park

Freeport, Bahamas is the best choice if you enjoy outdoor activities or enjoy a destination that’s full of nature and marketplaces.

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. This place has a lush topography of mountains, reef-lined beaches, rainforests and much more.

This island is well known for known to be the birthplace of reggae and Bob Marley. Not only that it has the world's fastest sprinters, Blue Mountain coffee, Red Stripe beer, Jamaican rum, beautiful beaches, jerk dishes, luxurious all-inclusive resorts and majestic waterfalls.

Despite having numerous beautiful things, this island might not be one of the safest places to travel. So, when you travel to Jamaica, make sure to follow all of the safety measures that ensure your safety.

Some of the best places to visit on this island are:

● Negril and Montego Bay

● Docking in at Ocho Rios

● Blue Mountains

● Dunn’s River Falls and Park

● Rastafari Indigenous Village

This city near Caribbean Sea is the best travel option for those graduated students who prefer nature and travelling.

Wrapping Up:

Best graduation trips destination will not only make their travel memorable but also enjoyable. As a parent or student, yourself, you should be focused on providing yourself or your children with the best graduation trip destinations to enjoy their remarkable educational victory.

Seniors from different countries mostly graduate during July, it can be as simple as going to a beach or travelling to a different country.

While deciding on a place to travel after college make sure that you choose a destination that’s suitable to your taste.

If you are a student who just graduated or a parent looking for the best destination for a graduation trip, this article might be helpful for you.

But, of course, before embarking on your graduation trip, it's essential to ensure you're up to date with your academic deadlines, and utilizing top essay writing services can help ease your workload and allow you to fully enjoy your travels.

We wish you all the best to have your dream vacation after graduation!

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College Graduation Trip Ideas

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Graduation is right around the corner, and your student may be dreaming about taking a trip to celebrate.

The time between graduation and the start of that first “real job” or graduate school is ideal for traveling, and a trip can be an opportunity for personal growth as well as a reward for years of hard work in college. After Amelia graduated from Bridgewater State in Massachusetts, she used her family’s flight points to help pay for airfare along with graduation gift money to finance a trip to Europe. Amelia said, “I learned more about myself in eighteen days alone in foreign countries than I did in four years of undergrad!”

Whether for an epic road trip with friends, or a solo backpacking experience in a distant part of the world, your student may have been dreaming and saving for a while — or perhaps you’ll surprise them with plane tickets, gas money or the whole trip.

Whatever your approach, we have tips and ideas to ignite some travel inspiration!

When Is the Best Time to Travel?

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Summer is a popular season to travel and you will find more expensive flights on peak summer dates ranging from June 24 to August 7. CheapAir’s study suggests that the closer you get to late August and September, the better chance you have of booking more affordable airfare.

Graduation Trip Ideas in the United States

The United States is packed full of gems for your soon-to-be graduate to explore: historical monuments, national parks, miraculous waterfalls, incredible architecture and much more. If your student isn’t sure where they want to go yet, we’ve researched popular destinations and polled recent college graduates on some of their favorite places.


How about a road trip to visit a couple of America’s national parks? Summer is high tourist season, so your grad should be sure to book their camping spots or make lodging reservations in advance. If they take a trip out west, suggest these national parks.

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  • Yosemite, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, encompasses some of the finest hiking and climbing in America. Your grad will want to check out iconic Half Dome (watch the Oscar-winning documentary  Free Solo  first!) as well as Yosemite’s tallest waterfall,  Bridalveil Fall .
  • Yellowstone National Park sprawls across parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and is known for its wildlife and amazing geothermal features.  Rough Guides has tips  for how to avoid the summer crowds.
  • The Grand Canyon located in Arizona is 277 miles long, about 18 miles wide, and up to one mile deep. It is an absolutely breathtaking experience. It’s pretty hot in the summer, but might be a perfect destination if your grad will plan an autumn trip.
  • Take a trip to  Glacier National Park and hike any part of the 700 miles of trails in Northwestern Montana.
  • Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is a remarkable place to adventure with gorgeous terrain featuring mountains, lakes, rivers and forests as well as diverse wildlife.

Useful tool:  Download the  AllTrails app . It’s free and hosts over 60,000 trails for hiking, trail running and biking. It is extremely user-friendly and makes navigating in an unfamiliar place simple. Users can filter length, rating and difficulty level for a custom experience when embarking on their adventure.


  • New York — “the Big Apple” — is an urban experience like none other, full of bustling city lovers, lively nightlife, incredible architecture, world-class art museums and of course Broadway. Your grad won’t want to miss the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Ellis Island; here’s  a fun blog to share with them so they can also be sure to discover the “real” Manhattan off the beaten path. Instagram is also a great tool for finding the newest or most unique restaurants and things to do — check out New York Bucket List and the New York Foodguide . And don't forget about the subways and busses! Suggest they use the Transit app while getting around. It works just like a maps app, but with all the information you need for taking public transit to get there.
  • If your student has never visited our nation’s capital (especially if they majored in political science or government!), now is the time for a visit to Washington, D.C . Many attractions are within walking distance of each other: the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, free Smithsonian museums and more. They can rent a bike or kick back on a double-decker tour bus.

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  • Boston, Massachusetts bustles with young, working professionals and will be sure to delight your grad. Popular activities include the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox — be ready to sing “Sweet Caroline”!), the Boston Aquarium, guided Duck Tours — even whale watching!
  • Austin, Texas — known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” — is a fun, vibrant place to visit for people in their early twenties.
  • Seattle, Washington is a coastal city with a hip young vibe, and when the sun is out the views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Range are breathtaking. Also, every person should visit Seattle’s original farmers market, Pike Place,   at least once.

Useful tool:  The  CityMappers app  is an efficient way to get a bird’s eye view of all the routes one can take to get from point A to B in a busy city. It helps locate the fastest route by subway, train, ferry, taxi, car share, bike share or walking.


Maybe your graduate just wants to relax. Not a worry in the world if they look into these destinations!

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  • Maui or Honolulu – Hawaii offers many options for beachy getaways and new cultural experiences, too. Aloha!
  • Diving, snorkeling, beaching, boating…there’s a ton to do in the  Florida Keys located off the southern coast of Florida .
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore , North Carolina.  Visit the world’s tallest brick lighthouse !
  • Charleston, South Carolina is the oldest and largest city in the state. Rich with southern charm, beauty and culture, this beach town is a perfect vacation destination.
  • Laguna Beach in southern Orange County, California is a popular destination on the Pacific coast.

Graduation Trips Abroad

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Here are useful apps to help them on their journey.

  • Whatsapp supplies secure, reliable messaging and free phone calls to help your student stay in touch with the family from anywhere in the world.
  • Trail Wallet is a great app for travelers keeping a keen eye on their daily budget and expenses. (Only available on the iOS)
  • Airbnb is a great option for locating rentals of private homes and affordable rooms, providing a different experience than traditional hotels or hostels.
  • XE currency,  a currency converter app , is extremely helpful when traveling from one country to the next.
  • TripLingo is a very useful tool for international travelers. It includes a voice translator that instantly helps you communicate in another language, a common phrase book to help with casual and formal speech, learning language tools, a safety feature, tip calculator and more.


Unless your grad can find good hotel or Airbnb deals, hostels are great for travelers on a budget who don’t mind shared spaces. It is also a convenient way for your student to meet other young people from all around the globe and learn travel tips — and even make new friends to venture with! Many hostels post reviews online with insights into safety, cleanliness and price.

RailEurope  and  EUrail  offer deals for students who want to country hop in Europe. If your student prefers to travel by plane, they can find inexpensive flights on  Ryanair  or  EasyJet .

Meals can end up being a large expense, but travelers don’t always have to eat out! Although an authentic restaurant experience can be wonderful from time to time, your student should take advantage of local food markets — less expensive than restaurants plus fun to visit from a cultural perspective.

Trust in Your Student

For many new college graduates, a trip is a rite of passage and a way to test their newfound independence and freedom. Parents are sometimes uncomfortable when their students embark on a journey that takes them farther away from home than they’ve ever been but it’s important to honor their choice if they can make it work financially and with their other responsibilities. Be sure to discuss safety measures and logistics with them, but also trust in your student to plan their trip and deal with the obstacles that may come up along the way.

Relish this moment in time. Remember college move-in day all those years ago? What a long way you’ve both come. Your grad’s journey could not have been possible without your love and encouragement from the start.

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Graduating from college is a memorable moment. It’s an event worth celebrating perhaps with one of these College Graduation trips!

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What is a graduate trip?

One of the most common ways that many graduates choose to reward themselves is with a vacation, and I think that’s a perfect way to celebrate! After spending every hour studying and getting those History essays online done, you deserve a street. Before you know it, you’ll be swept up into the workforce, probably stuck in some eight-hours-a-day job that leaves you drained, uninspired, and wondering just what you blew all that tuition money, and spent all that time studying, trying to achieve. So, before you have to come to grips with just how dull and monotonous the ‘real world’ really is, give yourself a little bit of time to go somewhere you’ve never been; relax, and revel in your achievements!

To help you get started, here are three fantastic destinations which are perfect for new graduates, and will offer you some incredible experiences that will help sustain you after you’ve been stuck at a desk for four years. All make great USA road trips and can be experienced in groups, couples, or solo travelers.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Is there anywhere else that could kick off a list like this? Sin City has been luring gamblers, shoppers, night-lifers, and bachelors, both eligible and non-eligible, for a very long time now. With a slew of dazzling casinos, luxury hotels, and amazing shows, you’re sure to find something that will leave you with some amazing memories long after you’ve left Las Vegas behind you.

The biggest staple of Las Vegas has always been its casinos, and they spare no expense in making their customers feel catered to and comfortable. Famous establishments like Caesars Palace, ARIA, Bellagio, and many more will show you some of the best nights of your life, whether you’re striking it big or losing a fortune.

Even if you’re not looking to lose your money in a round of Texas Hold’em, or in a slot machine, Las Vegas still has plenty of amazing sites to see and some fun things to do. Standing at over 550 feet tall, The High Roller is one of the largest Ferris wheels  in the United States and offers the ability to observe the entire city at once. When the sun sets and they light up the wheel, it’s a truly awesome experience!

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Panama City, Florida

If you’re looking for a great beach getaway to celebrate the end of your college years, you can’t do any better than Panama City. Located in the northwest region of the state of Florida, Panama City has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to fill your days with fun activities, or just lounge by the ocean.

One of the most popular spring break destinations in all of the U.S., Panama City Beach knows what people your age love most, and is ready to provide. With over 27 miles of undeveloped beach, you’ll never be lacking for room to enjoy the sand and surf, and the weather stays warm for most of the year.

If you love fishing, Panama City is famous for its open pier and charter fishing, with everything from King Mackerel, Redfish, Tarpon, and many others being up for grabs. Fishermen of all experience levels are welcome here, so all you have to do is get your fishing license, get the gear that will allow you to catch the most fish , and be on your way!

Looking for a gorgeous hotel in Florida? Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa is the perfect place to relax, have fun and soak up the sun after a stressful year.

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New York City, New York

When it comes to the City that Never Sleeps, the more you’re willing to explore, the more you’ll come to appreciate just how fantastic this city really is! As a melting pot of culture, fashion, and entertainment, there’s nowhere else on Earth that even comes close to rivaling the Big Apple.

Starting with some great attractions, no trip to New York would be complete without a trip to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Parris Island. In the evenings, take advantage of the shopping, with some of the most recognized and adored brands in fashion and beauty calling New York City home. If you value experiences more than possessions, take in a Broadway show , visit the Museum of Natural History, or watch the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.

If you’re a devoted comic book nerd, then you already know that New York is home to both Marvel Comic’s headquarters, as well as the majority of its numerous superheroes. Plan yourself out a walking tour and swing through Queens, where Spider-Man lived with his Aunt May, or through Hell’s Kitchen, where the blind vigilante Daredevil deals out his own form of justice.

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  • We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs  and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips. 
  • I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport. 

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Interesting picks for for a post college trip! Surely it’ll be a ton for fun in these happening destinations - Vegas and New York City. I would have never guessed Panama City, FL I didn’t know there was one outside of Panama :) There is so much to do in these places beyond the cities themselves in day trips. What’s you favorite of the three destinations?

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Are you looking for some awesome graduation trip ideas for your senior? I’ve been there and I have a list of ideas that are perfect for your teen!

This year I have a senior in high school. When I started this blogging journey, it was to help families travel more before their kids’ grow up and move out . And now I’m here. My son is about to embark on his college journey and move out, at least for a little while. Which is why I needed some ideas for a graduation trip he won’t forget.

I promised each of my children to take them on fun senior trips. I fully believe travel helps us spend quality time together that we don’t get in our day-to-day lives. Travel removes the responsibilities of home life, school, activities, and obligations. And since I’ve focused on travel with teenagers over the last 10 years, many of our past vacations inspired me to create this list.

As a high school senior (who’s also dual-enrolled to earn his Associate’s Degree) there is a lot of stress and pressure of finishing school, choosing a college, moving away from home, meeting new people, and all that those life changes bring. One last hurrah and a trip of a lifetime is not only a way to celebrate this important time in his life, it’s a great way to have family time before his next big step.

As someone deeply passionate about family travel, I’ve been on this blogging journey to help families make the most of their grad trips. The following fun senior trip ideas cover everything from a group graduation vacation, travel with a senior class, or epic trips for high school graduates with friends or family .

Here’s the deal: Research consistently emphasizes the positive impact of well-planned graduation trips, not just on the graduating senior but on the entire family. Families who’ve followed my suggestions have had some incredible journeys.

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Graduation Trips on a Budget

High school graduation trips do not have to break the bank. Depending on the kind of trip your teen wants, finding affordable graduation trips in USA and staying on a small budget can still be a lot of fun.

graduation trip ideas 1 Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

1. New York City

I fully believe New York City not only is the ultimate travel experience today, but it is also well within a budget vacation option. It’s been one of our best graduation trips.

Flights to NYC are usually not too expensive, but they do increase as summer approaches. Book a trip immediately after graduation in late May if possible. Keep an eye on Skyscanner for the best flight prices.

What to do:

Places such as Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty , Wall Street, Trinity Church (where the Hamiltons are buried and as seen on National Treasure), The New York Public Library, and Washington Square Park, are free to visit. Or in the case of the Lady Liberty, very reasonable cost.

These are places that your teen will know from TV and Movies. We have always had a great time seeing our favorite places in person. Hit Bedford and Grove to see the Friends building. Wander through Central Park. Search for filming locations of your favorite media and you’ll come up with a list to visit on your own.

Eating in the big city of New York can also be reasonable as well. Just stay away from the touristy section of Times Square when it comes to dining. Your best option is downtown for Chinatown or Little Italy.

Where to stay:

To make it reasonable, stay outside the city and take the subway in. We’ve found charming VRBOs in Jersey City (which isn’t too far from the Statue of Liberty Ferry and is only about 4 stops into the city.

graduation trip ideas 2 Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

Camping is another excellent choice for traveling on a budget . Your choice of destination is unlimited. If your grad wants to even try out a solo trip, look to one of the state parks near you. That way your teen gets some independence but isn’t too far away for their first time out on their own.

If you don’t want to go all-in on buying new camping gear , you can also consider one of your state parks with cabin accommodations.

3. Rent a Campervan

When my son and I started tossing around ideas for high school senior trip ideas, the one we landed on was renting a campervan to explore the National Parks in California .

We are renting with Escape Campervans , out of San Francisco. Drivers do have to be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license, so this is not the kind of trip a high school senior could do. However, we found it’s an amazing way to see a lot at a lower cost. Our van rental costs about $300 more than a car rental for the same time period and includes our sleeping and cooking facilities. The only other things we are paying for are food (which we would have to do anyway) and campsites.

Escape Campervans have locations in:

  • Los Angeles
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Francisco

You can rent round trip or between any of those destinations.

graduation trip ideas 3 Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

4. South Dakota

At first glance, South Dakota’s Badlands National Park and the Black Hills aren’t necessarily places that jump to mind for a graduation trip , but their rugged and untouched beauty will leave your senior in awe.

While most national parks require at least a few miles of hiking to reach their greatest points of interest, Badlands National Park gives you stunning views almost immediately—like Door Trail or Badlands Loop Road.

Feel as if you’re in an Epic Star Wars or Star Trek adventure with some of the landscapes as well. Notch Trail winds through canyon shelves and ends in dramatic views that will definitely give you the feeling of being on another planet.

Ideas for Graduation trips with Family

If your senior is moving away to college in the fall, this may be the last time you get to take whole family vacations for a while. With college breaks not always lining up with younger kids’ school holidays, it’s the perfect time to do one last big hurrah with the whole gang.

Plus these trips make for amazing travel photos .

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5. Walt Disney World

If you haven’t done Disney as a whole family, this may be the time to do it. Not only is Disney better with older kids , in my opinion, it’s the perfect place to celebrate. With so much more attractions geared towards older kids such as Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney as one of your high school graduation vacation ideas is a fun for the whole family idea.

Walt Disney World is the kind of place where you can spend a few days or a few weeks and still have plenty to do. Don’t sweat trying to do it all, it’s nearly impossible. Pick a few of your must-dos, and enjoy the time together.

I would recommend staying on property in order to use Disney transportation.

Otherwise, consider getting a vacation home with a pool where you can have a day to chill poolside, yet still have all the things you need to snack and feed your hungry family.

Of course, if you’re in the Orlando area and are more thrill seeker fans, you can combine Disney with a trip to Universal. Grab my what not to miss at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter .

If you’re looking for ideas for a graduation trip that gives your senior a chance to bond with his family, then book a cruise .

You and your loved ones can enjoy sailing together while you soak up some Vitamin D on deck. Cruise ships also offer a variety of activities and events like spa treatments, scavenger hunts, dancing, and more—so everyone can find something they enjoy.

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7. Alaskan Cruise or Alaska Road Trip

No matter what time of year, there’s never a bad time to visit Alaska—the northernmost U.S. state.

Although it can be expensive to fly, you’ll be able to experience wildlife, pristine landscapes, and exciting Alaskan festivities. This makes it one of the best places for a senior trip.

If you go during winter, you’ll get to see spectacular views of snow-covered mountains and frozen lakes that are sure to make your senior feel warm inside (no pun intended). Not to mention, this is a fantastic way to see the Northern Lights without leaving the country.

Consider either an Alaskan cruise as a bucket list to see incredible glaciers, or explore further inland with a road trip through the National Parks in Alaska.

Alaska was a bucket list item for us and an incredible way to view vistas we don’t see every day. Plus, your teen may be interested in summer employment in Alaska in the future. We met many college kids spending their summers in the Last Frontier.

8. All-Inclusive Graduation Trips

Like a cruise but on land, an all-inclusive resort is a fantastic way to make sure you’re taken care of during your vacation. Instead of paying for each individual part of your trip separately, you pay for it all in one fell swoop.

One of my favorite high school graduation family trip ideas, all-inclusive let you bond, do activities together or on your own, and generally just relax.

And, with options like room service and on-site dining, you can focus on spending time with your family instead of having to go out into town or eat in your hotel room. This can range from luxury Club Med destinations to horseback riding dude ranches.

Some top choices in the US include:

  • Tyler Place Family Resort – Vermont
  • Bungalows Key Largo – Florida Keys
  • Fair Hills Resort – Minnesota

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9. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

I would recommend one of the many charming VRBO rentals near the National Park for perfect family seclusion.

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Group Graduation Vacation Ideas with Friends

If you’re willing to send your teen off with a group of friends, now’s the perfect time to learn some independence and responsibility. Of course, you may want to read my tips for a graduate here . These ideas for the best senior trips with friends are full of adventure.

10. Road Trips

Who doesn’t love a road trip ? With some careful planning, you can create an unforgettable experience that will be one of your teen’s favorite memories from high school. Whether it’s going to visit colleges or seeing national landmarks, there are so many great graduation trip ideas for teens.

For ideas, look to the miles and miles of ideas in Road Trip USA by Moon guides . Perhaps they want to re-enact the Oregon Trail?

graduation trip ideas 4 Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

11. National Park Hiking

Take a hike. The nation’s outdoor spaces are vast and beautiful, and they’re within easy reach of most towns. National parks are the best places for a senior trip.

Get your teen a National Parks Pass that they can use all year long and save on entrance fees.

Just because your teen graduated doesn’t mean he or she has to sit inside studying all summer! A hike is a perfect way to get some fresh air and test his or her new sense of responsibility. For bucket list destinations try Yosemite National Park or Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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12. White Water Rafting Grand Canyon

The Colorado River is one of America’s greatest rivers and it has a history steeped in both adventure and danger. Paddle through parts of the Grand Canyon.

They’ll get to see up close stunning views, and spend some quality time with their friends.

Plus you don’t need any previous experience to participate— professional guides will take care of all that for you! For a guided tour, search here .

13. South Padre Island

Is a beach destination worth considering if your grads want to head to an island? The island is located on South Padre Island along Texas’s Gulf Coast and offers tons of things to do including surfing, swimming, and fishing. These activities are perfect for spending time with their friends while giving them an adventure they won’t forget. There are also plenty of hotels to choose from that offer packages geared toward students, making it easy to plan a fun trip!

14. Music Festivals

For an experience that will bring your teen and her friends closer together, send her off to a music festival. Plus, it’s a great way to stay connected with your child in an age when texting and Snapchat takes precedence over phone calls and weekend visits. And because most music festivals take place at different times of the year, there’s sure to be one she’ll love no matter what time of year it is.

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Beach Destinations

If a tropical destination is what your grad has in mind, you don’t need to leave the country. Either the island nation of Puerto Rico or the southernmost spot of Key West are great ideas for a graduation trip.

graduation trip ideas 5 Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

15. Puerto Rico

No passport is required to get to Puerto Rico. Because it’s a US Territory, you can travel here as you would within the United States. College students can take advantage of cheap flights and warm weather. A four day itinerary in Puerto Rico will hit some of the island’s best spots.

San Juan is home to several historic sites worth exploring. The city also has tons of restaurants that serve up authentic Latin American cuisine.

The island also has plenty of beaches and places to go surfing. You could even do a natural waterslide and rainforest hike .

16. Key West

The southernmost city in Florida, Key West is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and eclectic nightlife. There’s no shortage of fun here; a visit to Mallory Square and Duval Street will provide you with everything from street performers to food vendors and lounges – just be prepared to see some serious sunburns if you plan on spending your time on the beach.

We’re back in Hawaii, this time to Maui for surf’s up. For a graduation trip you’ll never forget, Maui is one of our top picks. With its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and year-round sunsets, it’s one of Hawaii’s most popular destinations. There are plenty of things to do on your trip here including visiting historic sites like Pearl Harbor and snorkeling in Makena. There are also opportunities for surfing, hiking, and exploring rainforests.

For those who want to hit some waves while they’re in town, you can choose from several options when it comes to surfing lessons . At Kahului Beach Park (the birthplace of modern surfing), there are instructors available that will teach you how to ride surfboards as well as stand-up paddleboards.

**2024 Note** Maui, due to the fires, may not be ready to welcome visitors yet. Be sure to inquire with locals before booking your trip to ensure you’re not doing more harm than good by traveling there.

18. Tybee Island and Savannah

If you’re looking for remote beaches mixed with old world Southern charm, Tybee Island and Savannah are my choice for your graduation trip with your teens.

First, let’s talk about the beaches of Tybee Island. this is a true hidden gem along the Georgia coastline that offers pristine beaches, sandy shores, and fresh seafood.

Take a leisurely bike ride along the picturesque streets or embark on a kayaking excursion to discover the islands natural beauty.

Savannah, in addition to it’s ornate antebellum architecture, is home to the Savannah College of Art and Design. If your teen is into art, fashion, or film, this school has woven its creative influence throughout the charming city. See a mural in a local business, it’s likely a SCAD student may have worked on it.

Check out the SCAD fashion or film festival put on each year by the school and combine your kids love into a trip they’ll never forget.

Bright Lights Big Cities

If you have culture or movie buffs as kids, some of the bigger cities might be just what they want to experience. We’ve already mentioned what a great place New York City is on a budget. If you’re willing to splurge, look to add an On Location Movie Tour . They have TV & Movie Sites , Marvel , and more. Check out the NYC and Boston Tours here.

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19. Chicago

I’ve always thought Chicago is a fantastic big city that feels like a small town. It’s midwest charm, history, and architecture offer plenty to see and do.

A trip to Chicago is a must for any comedy fan. Second City, one of comedy’s most famous institutions, is located just north of the Chicago River. Their interactive improv courses are also an awesome way to get your grad laughing. After class, you can grab dinner at any of the many restaurants that surround it—from Korean fried chicken to BBQ pizza and artisan cheeses.

And while you’re in Chicago, baseball fans will love checking out Wrigley Field.

And don’t miss such Chicago food staples as Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza, and a Chicago-style dog from Portillos.

20. Los Angeles

No matter what you’re into, Los Angeles has it. The entertainment capital of America, LA is a great choice for your grad trip. Be sure to visit Rodeo Drive, Hollywood, and Malibu (the movie stars’ playground). You might even spot a celebrity or two!

One of LA’s top attractions is Universal Studios . It has rides, shows, and a lot more fun to offer. If your grad likes Harry Potter, this is the place to try all kinds of butterbeer . Everyone will be amazed by what they see there. Also, try to attend an NBA game at Staples Center.

21. San Diego

What teen doesn’t dream of an amazing trip to Comic-Con? In San Diego, your soon-to-be grad can bask in geek culture and look forward to a new adventure that his friends will envy—and remember. Make sure you take pictures of him with as many superheroes as possible for bragging rights. If there’s one thing we learned from The Hobbit, it’s that everyone loves Legolas!

graduation trip ideas 6 Young adults who want to get away from their everyday lives for a few days will enjoy exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located on the big island of Hawaii, this popular park offers hiking trails, sightseeing, lava tubes, and much more. Backpacking is allowed at certain sites within park limits. A trip to Kilauea Iki can take visitors through many of these features in one hike, making it one of our favorite graduation trip ideas for young adults.

22. New Orleans

I love New Orleans. Beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a lot for teens to do in New Orleans .

The birthplace of jazz, this city will give you and your teen a new appreciation for the cultural rich music on dozens of street corners in the French Quarter.

Then there’s the food. If you have a teen that loves to eat, they can explore their likes and dislikes with New Orleans staples such as beignets, gumbo, crawfish, po’boys, muffalettas, and jambalaya, just to name a few.

You can also get an authentic Mardi Gras experience, without the chaos that is Bourbon street the day of. Mardi Gras officially begins on January 6th (Three Kings Day) and there are events from January until Mardi Gras day throughout the city.

I’d recommend staying in the Warehouse District for ease of access to the best spots in the city.

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23. Seattle

My daughter’s choice for her graduation trip is Seattle, Washington. She’s a music fan and coffee lover, as well as enjoying nature. This gateway to the Pacific Northwest makes it a perfect destination.

While in Seattle, explore the Pike Place Market , the Museum of Pop Culture, and a trip to the top of the Space Needle.

While many people know that Starbucks arose from Seattle, the Emerald City was some to quite the coffee culture long before Starbucks became a household name. Get your teen ready for late night studying with the Seattle Coffee Culture Tour .

And of course, if you’re like me, and grew up on 90s grunge, visiting the birthplace of your favorite artists with your teen is an incredible shared experience.

Outside the main city, visit Olympic National Park , a vast park of nearly a million acres with several distinct ecosystems, including a rainforest.

If you have a little extra time, about 3 hours from Seattle is North Cascades National Park.

24. Portland

Portland, Oregon is known for its weirdness. In fact, it’s their slogan, Keep Portland Weird.

Portland is filled with quirky neighborhoods, artisanal spirit, and a thriving food scene. The city has a vibe like no other.

Additionally, Portland is committed to sustainability and green energy. Be on the lookout for how they are keeping to “green” practices that connect it to the nature around it.

Favorites in Portland include Powell’s City of Books, one of the world’s largest independent bookstores, the Japanese gardens, and nearby drives to dozens of waterfalls.

FAQs High School Graduation Trip Ideas

Why is a graduation trip important.

A graduation trip for your high school teen is important as a last hurrah before they venture off to intense college academics or entering the workforce.

How do you plan a Senior Trip?

Planning a senior trip involves many of the same steps it takes to plan a regular trip. It depends on if you’re traveling as a family or with a high school group. Follow some graduation trip tips here .

What to do for Senior Trip

The options are endless. First decide if you’re interested in history, art, adventure, or just chilling on the beach.

What is a good Graduation Trip?

A good graduation trip is one that is personalized to the graduate and takes into account his or her interests, activity level, sense of adventure, and need for relaxation.

What are some good Senior Trip Destinations?

The best places to go for senior trip include places that have a variety to do, like a big city, or National Park.

Final Thoughts Trip Ideas for Graduation

As busy parents navigating the whirlwind of daily life, planning a graduation trip for your senior is not just a luxury but a meaningful investment in family bonds and cherished memories.

The array of destinations, from the vibrant streets of New Orleans to the serene landscapes of Tybee Island, caters to every taste and desire.

These handpicked grad trip ideas ensure that busy parents, yearning for quality family time, can effortlessly embark on an unforgettable adventure with their teenager.

Beyond the allure of picturesque locations, these trips offer a rare chance to pause, connect, and celebrate a significant milestone in your senior’s life. As your teenager stands on the brink of new beginnings, a well-planned graduation trip becomes a symbol of love, support, and the shared joy of accomplishments. It’s not just a vacation; it’s a testament to the unique bond your family shares, creating a tapestry of experiences that will be cherished for years to come.

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Planning the Perfect Graduation Trip

Planning the perfect graduation trip can be difficult, especially for graduating seniors who may need approval from their parents or guardians. But it isn’t impossible. Graduation trips are a marvelous way to reward all the student’s hard work and spend some good quality time with them after high school is over.

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Planning the Perfect Graduation Trip: First things first, set a budget before you start researching. This budget will help determine where you can realistically afford to go as well as for how long. All-inclusive resorts can sometimes bring down the cost especially when you are planning to go with a large group of people. In fact, many places can give you group discounts if you’re traveling with more than 15 people at a time.

Pick a Destination

This is the fun part, choosing a location that will fit everyone’s needs. Cancun or Punta Cana are high on the list because of the hot sun, warm beaches, and long stretches of sand. Dozens of other places are popular for high school grad trips, but these destinations have perfect balances of things to do and places to eat, drink and sleep.

Hire Tour experts 

Whether you’re a parent planning a graduation getaway for your student or an experienced traveler, it’s always important to do your research before you go somewhere—especially if you’re traveling abroad or to an unfamiliar destination. The best way to make sure everyone has a safe grad trip is to look into tour companies who know their way around the destination.

Plan excursions ahead of time 

Planning the Perfect Graduation Trip: Your students need you to ensure they have a terrific time on their graduation trip. It is the culmination of all the hard work they have done in high school for years, so be sure to plan ahead and book the activities you need so that you can be a part of this great experience.

In fact, many parents do come along on graduation trips so this is a good way to bond with their students on a grad trip.

Get Ready To Travel

Make sure you have all the proper things you need to travel such as passports, and if you’re traveling within the USA, your ID. Now that you’ve done all the planning, organizing, and budgeting, it’s time to start the official countdown to the graduation trip.

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Graduation Trip Destinations for Pure Relaxation

Graduation — from high school, college, technical school or graduate school — marks a passage into a more challenging phase of life. Why not take a break and travel somewhere with a slower pace?

  • Key West: Key West’s free-spirited vibe is the perfect antidote for a year of study and exams. Far more than just a party destination, Key West offers something for every interest: bicycle tours of Old Town, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, snorkeling in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and more. Read more in our Key West destination guide.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands: Perfect beaches. Colorful reefs. Laid-back resorts. The U.S. Virgin Islands are an ideal retreat for any nature-loving grad. Read more in our USVI destination guide.
  • Costa Rica: This Central American nation is heaven for adventurous travelers and beach bums alike. You and your grad can go surfing, explore the cloud forest, hike to stunning waterfalls or just share an Imperial beer together. Read more in our Costa Rica destination guide .

Heritage or Ancestry Travel Destinations for Graduation Trips

Let your own history guide your graduation trip plans. Tracing your family tree via DNA-testing services or on a genealogy site can reveal fascinating facts about where your ancestors came from. Ancestry trips are highly personalized, of course, but some popular destinations include:

  • Italy: An Italian heritage tour can mean more than just sightseeing. Some tour companies offer the services of a professional genealogist to help you connect with distant relatives, guides to show you the town where your family lived, and even cooking classes to learn regional recipes.
  • Ireland: Between 1820 and 1975, 4.7 million Irish immigrants settled in the United States. As a result, about 1 in 10 Americans today have Irish ancestry, making Ireland a top destination for ancestry travel. 1
  • West Africa: Many American travelers of African descent are exploring their heritage by visiting nations such as Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. "By making a pilgrimage to these West African countries, seeing the sights, hearing the personal accounts of our African ancestors directly from their surviving descendants, we have a cathartic connection,” Eric Martin, cofounder of Black & Abroad, told Travel & Leisure. 2

Read more: 6 Tips for Planning Ancestry Travel

Graduation Road Trip Destinations

A road trip with a new graduate can be a memorable chance to bond — and finally, they’re old enough to take the wheel.

  •   A national parks road trip through the Southwest : Skip the crowds at Yosemite and Yellowstone. Instead, explore the expansive scenery of Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks in Utah, then the saguaro deserts in Arizona and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
  •   A California coast road trip : Take your time as you drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, because there are so many wonderful things to see and do. If you decide to rent a convertible (why not?), you can save money by buying the  Rental Car Damage Protector  ahead of time.
  • A once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip: After graduation, life picks up speed, and it can be hard to dedicate time for a long road trip. Take this opportunity to drive cross-country, whether that’s north-south or east-west. Road Trip USA has some excellent recommendations, including the classic Route 66 journey from Chicago to Los Angeles and the Great Northern road trip from Acadia National Park in Maine to the Space Needle in Seattle. Read more: Planning the Ultimate Cross-Country Road Trip

Dream Vacation (aka Bucket List Trip) Destinations for Graduation Trips

The COVID-19 pandemic made us all realize that life can change in a moment, and that a trip you’re planning “someday” may never come to pass. It’s wise to take those bucket-list trips as soon as possible, rather than waiting. Older travelers may be more likely to experience a medical emergency while traveling , or to develop a health condition that limits activity.

  • El Camino de Santiago: In the Middle Ages, Christian pilgrims made the trek from their homes to a shrine of Saint James the Great in Galicia, Spain. Today, this network of pilgrimage paths has become a popular way to see France, Spain and Portugal. Registered pilgrims may stay at dedicated hostels or refugios .
  • Ballpark Tour: Eating a Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium. Seeing a splash hit land in McCovey Cove at Oracle Park. Standing atop the Green Monster on a tour of Fenway Park. Traveling to a favorite baseball stadium with your graduate can make memories that last forever. Some Allianz Travel Insurance plans include access to our concierge services , which can help you plan your trip and snag good seats.
  • New York City: One of the classic, great graduation trips is a weekend (or longer!) in the Big Apple. Splurge, if you can, on a grand hotel, fancy dinners and a Broadway show. A New York City graduation trip can also be executed on a budget: Stay outside of Manhattan, get a CityPASS or other sightseeing pass, and opt for the subway over cabs.

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Congrats, grads! What better way to celebrate the accomplishment of graduating high school or college than giving the gift of travel? Whether you’re a parent looking to reward your grad in a special way or classmates looking to celebrate your achievement, taking a trip together is the stuff lifelong memories are made of. Graduation vacation destinations can be a bonding, educational, and just-plain-fun shared adventure. It’s also a great way to invest in your graduate’s future. Read on to see some of our best graduation trip ideas.

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Top 10 Amazing Destinations for a Graduation Trip in 2021

Published by rachel bicha on may 23, 2021 may 23, 2021.

You’re graduating! Now what? Well, amidst the job searching, deciding where you’re going to live now that you’re not next door to all your college friends, generally trying to figure life out and dealing with a impending sense of doom (or is that just your student loans?), it’s probably time for a quick vacay. And by quick vacay, we mean an epic graduation trip, of course.

After four years (or more!) of hard work at school, you definitely deserve a week (or two or five) of relaxing and exploring the world before you settle down and actually start that 9-5 life. TREAT YOSELF.

But since the world definitely looks different now than it did when you started college, the hardest part might be deciding where to go—and where you can go. Need some inspiration? We’ve got 10 of our favorite destinations for graduation trips in 2021. Need some cheap deals ? We can find those for you, too.

1. Go diving (or snorkeling) in Belize.

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Belize is an underrated destination that makes for a perfect graduation trip in 2021. From world-class scuba diving and snorkeling thanks to the massive Belize Barrier Reef, you can soak up the summer sun exploring a completely new world in the ocean. Not a swimmer? No problem. Belize is also home to jungles, rainforests, Mayan ruins, tiny islands, caves, waterfalls, trails and more. If you want some adventure before diving into real life, Belize has literally everything you need.

Check out Belize’s Covid-19 travel requirements before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $340* roundtrip

2. Camp at a National Park.

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Wanna spend some time in the great outdoors after weeks of late-night cram sessions? Camping at a National Park is a great (and cheap!) way to enjoy some low-key adventuring. If you haven’t been to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion or the Grand Canyon, the summer (and early fall) is definitely a great time to go! Pro tip: summer prices at the parks can be more expensive than other times of the year, so plan ahead and travel in early or late summer (i.e. May/June or September) if you can.

3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Go big or go home, right?

Dubai has a little bit of everything, which makes it the perfect destination for a graduation trip. Aside from being an absolutely stunning city, located right on the coast, it’s an absolutely perfect destination for adventure. From sandboarding to skiing (yes, even in the summer!), dune driving to hot air ballooning, Dubai has just about every adventure activity you can dream of, plus more.

Of course, you should also take the time to soak in Dubai’s city life, too. Dubai is FULL of entertainment and things to do. From the ultra-modern skyscrapers like the famous Burj Khalifa to Dubai’s Old Quarter, Dubai is a city where modernity meets centuries of culture and history.

Check out Dubai’s Covid-19 travel requirements before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $560* roundtrip (plus get $75 off flights to Dubai when you book on StudentUniverse )

4. California

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Ok, maybe you’re way ahead of the game and already have your new job/apartment lease/life figured out and only have a week or two to spare. Don’t think you don’t have time for an awesome trip! Head to Los Angeles and soak up the sunshine with endless beach days and amazing food. Or go north to San Francisco and explore the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39. Can’t decide between the two? Make it a road trip—the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic road trips in the country.

Check California’s Covid-19 travel requirements before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $85* roundtrip

5. Island-hop in Greece.

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Dreaming of a trip to Santorini ever since you first saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? It’s time to make it happen for real. Greece is the perfect place for a graduation trip—unless endless beach days, crystal-blue water and hopping from island to island with some of your besties sounds like a bad time to any of you. Santorini, Paros, Mykonos—with over 200 islands to choose from, there’s no shortage of epic destinations for your grad trip.

Check Covid-19 travel requirements for Greece before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $605* roundtrip

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Need a slice of paradise that’s a bit closer to home? Try Hawaii. Of course, Oahu is the most well-known island, home to the famous Waikiki beach. But if you want to get off the beaten path a bit, a trip to Kona, Hawaii (aka “the Big Island”) or Kauai will provide just what you’re looking for. Tropical jungles, black-sand beaches, waterfalls, camping, hiking, surfing and more make for an adventure in paradise. Whether you’re looking to chill out on the beach with shave ice in hand or to go hiking up mountains in Kauai, Hawaii is a great place to relax post-graduation.

Check Covid-19 travel requirements for Hawaii before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $315* roundtrip

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For an other-worldly vacay before you launch yourself into the real world, head to Iceland. Although Iceland was basically unknown as a tourist destination even just ten years ago, it’s become insanely popular since then—mostly due to Iceland’s stunning outdoor scenery and adventures. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon or hike out to some of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Skogafoss or Gullfoss. Game of Thrones fan? There are plenty of tours that can show you around to some of the epic filming locations in Iceland. And if you really want to take it all in, Ring Road is an 800-mile-long highway connecting all the major cities in Iceland and wrapping around the entire island. Icelandic road trip? Sign us up!

Check Covid-19 travel requirements for Iceland before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $332* roundtrip

8. Barcelona

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Barcelona is a must on your bucket list, and when better to make this bucket-list than as a celebration for graduating? Head to this seaside Spanish city and get ready to fill up on all the tapas and sangria your heart desires! Barcelona is really a city that has it all: stunning beaches, incredible history and culture, exciting nightlife and delicious food, plenty to do, a beautiful downtown and Old Town and nearby mountains for adventure days out of the city. Nearby islands of Ibiza and Madeira also make great weekend trips from Barcelona . Whatever kind of traveler you are, Barcelona has something to offer you!

Check Covid-19 travel requirements for Spain before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $491* roundtrip

9. New York City

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Ok, if you haven’t been to New York yet, graduating is the perfect excuse to celebrate with a trip to the Big Apple. Don’t miss out on the iconic New York experiences: see the Statue of Liberty, shop ‘til you drop in Times Square, wander through Central Park, catch a Broadway show and eat a slice (or seven) or authentic New York pizza . And don’t forget to experience some of New York’s nightlife. Even if you didn’t get much sleep in college, NYC takes it to a whole new level—there’s a reason it’s called the city that never sleeps!

Check Covid-19 travel requirements for New York before you go.

10. Backpacking around Europe

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Ok, it’s the quintessential post-graduation trip, so what would this list be without it? Whether you’ve got a week or two months, Europe is always a killer graduation trip destination. Start in an iconic city like London, Paris or Rome, then hop around to some of Europe’s best hidden gems or head to a budget destination like Prague or Budapest. No matter where in Europe you are, you’ll find iconic sights, amazing art and history, delicious food, breathtaking scenery… ok, we could go on. But we’ll just let you go discover it for yourself.

Check Covid-19 travel requirements for Europe before you go.

Last-minute summer flights : from $478* roundtrip

So, what’s your dream graduation trip? Treat yourself this year with a bucket list adventure—we’ll make it easier by helping out with the cheap flights (P.S. you can still save on flights even after you’ve graduated!)

*A Note About Flight Prices: All prices were current at the time this was published. Prices are subject to availability and subject to change without notice. Prices are based on searches done at the time of writing for roundtrip flights from the United States to select destinations between May 2021 and September 2021. Flight prices vary by date, departure city, arrival city and availability. All taxes/fees are included in the price, except certain government taxes, change fees and fees imposed in destination and airline baggage fees if applicable.

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Great Inspiration for Graduation Trips

The gift we can give our graduates—and the gift they’ll give back to us

Graduation trips are among the most popular family trips we see here at WendyPerrin.com, and we agree that an academic achievement deserves to be marked with a fun, memorable—and yes, sometimes even educational—experience. To provide inspiration for your own travels with your favorite grad this year, we’ve looked back at the graduation trips arranged by our WOW List destination experts  that have most delighted your fellow travelers.

Romania: “Since the trip was last-minute (before my daughter began her new career as a RN), and it was the height of tourist season, we wanted to pick a destination that was less traveled.”

Legendary Bran (Dracula) historical castle of Transylvania, Brasov region, Romania, Eastern Europe

Bran Castle (a.k.a. “Dracula’s Castle”) in Transylvania, Romania. Photo: Shutterstock

“I traveled to Romania on a last-minute graduation trip with my daughter, Amelia, in August 2023. We have done numerous trips with Wendy’s WOW List agents before and knew that finding an agent through Wendy was the only way to go. Even the destination of our trip was inspired by articles written by Wendy.

Since the trip was last-minute (before my daughter began her new career as a RN), and it was the height of tourist season, we wanted to pick a destination that was less traveled. We chose Romania, and Wendy matched us up with Raluca and Ioana. Important to us was connecting with the local people and understanding the country.

Raluca and Ioana set us up with a local guide, Tavi, whose personality matched well with us, which was a good thing since we drove around Romania for 10 days with him. We started in Bucharest, which was great for my daughter to learn what can happen to a country if you vote in a narcissist authoritarian as a leader and to understand what life was like under the latter parts of communist ruling. We had a university history professor give us a tour of an apartment frozen in time from the 1980s under communist rule. We enjoyed wonderful restaurants, an amazing art exhibit, and historical sites in the city.

In Transylvania we enjoyed visiting the Cris Bethlen Castle. It was particularly fun for us since one of our favorite horror movies, The Nun, was shot there. A local man who lives in town jumped in and gave us a detailed tour, including side stories on the actors during the filming. We went on an amazing mountain bike ride (about 20 miles) primarily in the hills and forests with some fun single track as well. The mountain bike guide had helped to build the trails, which will eventually connect a large portion of Transylvania for mountain bike tours.

We saw wonderful fortressed churches and cities throughout our trip, including the beautiful Sighisoara. Always enjoying them without crowds and with a random local who had the keys to let us in the church or describe some interesting tidbit of history through our guide as the interpreter.

We met a local weaver whose family had been doing traditional weaving for generations and who rescued a loom headed for destruction. We enjoyed a visit with a local herbalist whose herb garden was expansive and whose knowledge of remedies was sought out throughout the area. Here we enjoyed a dinner in her home, again understanding her story and her life and sharing ours. We enjoyed seeing the UNESCO site Viscri, supported by King Charles, and enjoyed the views from the fortressed church over the rolling hills.

We moved on to Brasov. Here we had a private tour of Bran Castle and had the opportunity to climb into the highest turret to view the mountain pass that the lookouts would use in centuries past. When we expressed interest in a hike, Tavi took us up a mountainside where he had helped a friend build a cabin. We met one of his friends, a local shepherd, and discussed bears threatening his flock.

Bottom line our visit was filled with unique experiences where we connected with the people of Romania and attempted to understand their stories. Romania is a beautiful, relatively undiscovered country with rich medieval history and more recent history of the rise and fall of communism. It is not as restored as other places in Western Europe, but its beauty, its history, and its people are wonderful to experience. The smaller crowds allow for a much more enjoyable visit than other European countries.” —Theresa Boone

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South Africa & Botswana: “My two children and I celebrated my son’s college graduation by taking a trip for the ages!”

Lynn Casper

Thomas Casper celebrated his college graduation with a safari. Here, he’s atop Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Traveler Clare Casper

“Just back from South Africa and Botswana! My two children and I celebrated my son’s college graduation by taking a trip for the ages! We worked with Christian from Julian ‘s office, who put together an itinerary that included places we had not even considered. Five days in South Africa included the awe-inspiring Grootbos Nature Preserve at the bottom of the continent. We explored ancient caves, went whale watching, hiking and thoroughly enjoyed the unforgettable cuisine at Grootbos! We loved our guide Hosea who gave us such in-depth history and cultural insight on the area. It was a small gesture, but my kids really appreciated Hosea taking them into a local market in Cape Town’s Bo-Kapp neighborhood to enjoy a mid-day snack.

After a day touring and hiking on the magnificent Table Mountain, we set off to Botswana for 6 days at 3 different safari camps. Each camp was in a different ecosystem, which was something we never would have considered and were so appreciative of Christian to plan in that manner. I knew I would see the animals but did not expect to learn so much from the guides at each camp. The magnificent birds were also an unexpected surprise. The delicious food and lovely staff will never be forgotten and really made the trip our favorite so far!

Kudos to Christian for setting up this amazing experience!” —Lynn Casper

Read more reviews of South Africa and Botswana trips . To get your own WOW trip , start with our trip questionnaire, reached via the black button below.


Switzerland: “We booked a trip with our 18- and 21-year-old children to celebrate graduation and be outdoors as much as possible…”

Andy Shafran

Andy Shafran and family spelling out OHIO on top of Mt. Jungfrau.

“Switzerland was a beautiful country and our active hiking, kayaking, paragliding trip was exactly what we were looking for. We booked a trip with our 18- and 21-year-old children to celebrate graduation and be outdoors as much as possible. Nina and her staff helped us build an itinerary that maximized the experiences and minimized the hassle and travel time. We spent two days in Zurich/Rhine Falls, three days in Grindelwald, and three days in Lucerne. There is so much to do that we felt we could have stayed an extra week just in these three locations.

Our major interest was hiking, and we had a guided tour up Mt. Grindelwald first, which included a gondola ride up and a Trottibike ride down (highly, highly recommended). Then we took the train to the Jungfrau and even though it was pricey for that part of the trip, well worth it for the views and incredible Alpine experience. Thumbs up: Rhine Falls, Trümmelbach Falls, Aare Gorge hike, Lake Brienz kayak trip, and our full-day peak-to-peak hike on Mt. Rigi where we ate lunch at Berghaus Unterstetten on the side of the mountain with incredible views and good food.

All three hotels we stayed in were unique, terrific locations, and have fun quirks, such as the private funicular car that takes you up from Lake Lucerne to the Art Deco Hotel Montana….” —Andy Shafran

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Japan: “I wanted to take my youngest daughter to Japan to celebrate her high school graduation…”

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Cherry blossoms bloom around Heian Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Photo: Shutterstock

“I wanted to take my youngest daughter to Japan to celebrate her high school graduation. Scott planned a fabulous and varied itinerary, and our guides were fantastic: They were very flexible to accommodate our interests and energy levels and very understanding of how a teenager would like to travel.

Scott arranged several special experiences based on the relationships he has formed. We had a cooking lesson with an amazing woman in her home, a fascinating dinner at a club with geishas, and a calligraphy lesson with an excellent teacher. We both loved Studio Ghibli and the Monkey Park.

Scott’s choice of hotels was wonderful. We slept so well every night, particularly at our ryokan. The Mandarin Oriental serves a fantastic breakfast buffet. The Ritz-Carlton was very luxurious (and yes—we did see Leonardo Di Caprio there). We were particularly fortunate that the cherry blossoms came out when we got there and we got to experience the beauty of the season. Throughout the trip, I was able to sit back and relax and enjoy everything because of Scott’s careful planning and knowledge of Japan. I would absolutely use him again and recommend him. I have been a fan of Wendy’s since her Condé Nast days. This is now my second special trip with her experts, and I plan on more. The level of professionalism is exceptional.” —Patricia Klein

Read more reviews of Japan trips . To get your own WOW trip , start with our trip questionnaire, reached via the black button below. 


Austria: “I can only describe the experience as life-affirming…”

Cityscape views of one of Europe's most beautiful town, Vienna.

Vienna’s city streets, Austria. Photo: Shutterstock

“We just returned from a 14-day family trip in Austria planned by Gwen . I can only describe the experience as life-affirming. The official occasion for the trip was my son’s graduation from high school and sending him off to music school in the fall, so we had a heavy musical focus, but there was truly something for everyone in the family. We toured palaces and cathedrals in Vienna, experienced local food, watched the Lipizzaner stallions perform and had a private tour of the stables.

We moved on to the Wachau Valley for wine tasting and breathtaking Danube scenery, then visited the abbeys of Melk and Stift-Admont. In Salzburg, we soaked up the music festival, saw the fortress and countless Sound of Music film locations, attended a Mozart opera, a Vienna Philharmonic concert, and a world-class string quartet. We learned to make apple strudel and Salzburg Nockerl, and visited the charming lake district outside Salzburg. We rounded out our trip with several days in Innsbruck and a final train ride to Munich, where we celebrated my son’s birthday at a beer hall and caught our flight home.

Gwen was helpful and responsive and understood my family’s diverse needs. She steered us away from tourist traps and embraced our interest in some off-the-beaten-path locations. She suggested lovely boutique hotel experiences and guides with extraordinary depth of knowledge of their cities.” — Katherine Stadler

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Italy: “Our eight-day food tour was requested by our 21-year-old son who was graduating from university…”

Bologna, Italy Food store food market showcase full of food in Bologna city in Italy

Food market in Bologna, Italy. Photo: Shutterstock

“Our eight-day food tour of Italy was requested by our 21-year-old son, who was graduating from university. Milan was the starting point, next was Bologna to learn about the renowned foods of the region, and then a repeat visit to Florence—and we absolutely loved everything Maria planned. The drivers, guides, food tours, wine tasting, cooking class were all impeccable. In Milan, when our guide found out our son loved fashion, she made a call to a fashion designer, and we were able to meet with the designer. We spent an hour-plus speaking with him, trying on his designs, and buying some of his pieces.

In Bologna our guide took us on a delicious food tasting that culminated in copious amounts of prosciutto, hams, cheeses, bread, balsamic vinegar, wine. Our all-day food tour through Parma and Emilia-Romagna was incredible, as was the private wine tasting where we sat in the cellar with the vineyard owner for more than two hours, tasting food and wine pairings. The vineyard owner then asked our driver to detour us through the medieval village of Fontanellato, to view the castle and moat and to indulge in gelato.” —Deb Lurie

Read more reviews of Italy trips . To get your own WOW trip , start with our trip questionnaire, reached via the black button below. 


Western Canada: “Our son wanted to mountain bike on Whistler/Blackcomb…”

Turquoise Wedgemount Lake and wild alpine flowers, Whistler, British Columbia Canada

Whistler, British Columbia. Photo: Shutterstock

“We recently traveled to British Columbia to celebrate our son’s high school graduation. On Wendy Perrin’s recommendation, we contacted Sheri , who suggested that, given our time constraints, we limit our visit to Whistler and Tofino. That proved to be an excellent recommendation which allowed us to enjoy our vacation without being rushed. Our son wanted to mountain bike on Whistler/Blackcomb and truly enjoyed it.

Sheri suggested other activities which kept the rest of us active while our son spent the day on the mountain. Her recommendation that we stay at the Four Seasons Whistler was great. It’s a beautiful hotel with great staff and a wonderful breakfast. We enjoyed our time in Tofino as well; Sheri’s recommendations for lodging, food, and activities were perfect for us.” —John Masko

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Peru: “She is about to study marine biology in college, so Marisol steered us toward the right Amazon basin area we hadn’t even considered…”

Gateway of the Sun, One Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. Photo: Southwind Adventures

Sun Gate, Machu Picchu. Photo: Southwind Adventures

“This was a special trip to Peru for my niece just graduating from high school. She is about to study marine biology in college, so Marisol steered us toward the right Amazon basin area we hadn’t even considered. My husband, niece, and I just returned yesterday from Peru and wanted to send a HUGE GRACIAS to Marisol and her crew for making this trip one of a lifetime! There’s no way I ever could have constructed such a wonderful journey on my own. For sure, it was packed, but we came back feeling we’d seen such a diversity in Peru.

It was a perfect balance of wildlife, culture, adventure and a bit of relaxation. And although the weather was terrible during our one-day Inca Trail hike, with rain and clouds obscuring Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate, we still wouldn’t change a thing . I will of course recommend and tell everyone I know to use Marisol—and to once again trust a Wendy Perrin specialist. Over the years, I have used and vetted many of Wendy’s travel specialists —and, no doubt, Marisol and her team are top of the list.” —Jon Paul Buchmeyer

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Uzbekistan: “My son was graduating from Harvard’s Kennedy School with a degree in public policy, and his interest is Central Asia…”

Poi Kalon Mosque and Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Poi Kalon Mosque and Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Photo: Shutterstock

“My son was graduating from Harvard’s Kennedy School with a degree in public policy, and his interest is Central Asia, so as a graduation present we took him to Uzbekistan. Not only would I recommend Uzbekistan as a travel destination, but I would highly recommend Zulya to anyone planning a trip there. She arranged for a wonderful guide to accompany us throughout the country; our guide stayed with us day and night, shared meals and her culture, and helped us navigate a very foreign language. Zulya even arranged for us to have lunch with her family in Bukhara. It was amazing. Her mother taught my son how to make Plov. The lunch was a true feast, with about 20 family members. After lunch we all got up and danced together. It was an experience my wife, son, daughter-in-law, and I will cherish forever. ” —Ron Klausner

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The Gift of Graduation Trips

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Why opting for a graduation vacation rather than a graduation party may make more sense for your family

Why go on a graduation trip.

As our children grow up, we delight in taking them on big and little trips – whether it’s a weekend at the beach , a week in the mountains or a fews days at a theme park . But when children get to middle and high school, planning family vacations becomes much more difficult. Extracurricular activities, sports, dating, after-school jobs and general teen angst all create hurdles to enjoying family time together longer than dinner on Sunday evening. (For tips on traveling with teens who don’t want to travel with you, click here .) If your family is dealing with these same challenges, it’s time to consider planning a family vacation to celebrate their next big step.

The summer between high school graduation and college (or whatever is your child’s next move) is a very important time for families. While kids look forward to becoming more independent, parents realize that a chapter in their family’s story is ending. I often refer to this kind of trip as the “Last Hurrah” vacation. Many parents know that when their children go off to college, future family vacations will be very different than those of the past. Often parents see this particular vacation as one that they’ve “always talked about doing.” It may be an important splurge before time with their kids runs out.

Throwing a huge graduation party for family and friends can be expensive and a ton of extra work. Still graduates and parents will want to celebrate this milestone achievement. Instead of throwing a big party along with every other family of a graduating senior, why not plan a group graduation vacation? Smart parents know how to leverage group travel deals to their benefit. Done properly, this kind of trip can be a very memorable experience for the graduate, while parents get to relax and enjoy the celebration, too.

Where to go on a graduation trip?

There’s a world of opportunity waiting for your family and potential guests. Just about any itinerary can be customized for the specific interests of your graduate. A fabulous experience exists for every budget and every sense of adventure! Here are some suggestions:

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A cruise offers your family the opportunity to explore several different locations while just unpacking once. It’s an excellent choice, especially for groups of guests with different budgets. A cruise is probably one of the most affordable vacations for families with teens. Summer cruises are available to the Caribbean , Mexico , New England , Alaska , the Mediterranean , and more. Consider a place your teen has always wanted to visit or a place where your teen can practice a language that he or she has studied. A cruise is almost all-inclusive (though you may have to pay extra for shore excursions and some amenities on big cruise lines). Planned properly, parents will know the costs upfront, making it easier to budget. With plenty of activities on board, a cruise offers both time for the family to spend together and apart.

Read here why our KidTripster Teen prefers small ship cruising to big ship cruise lines.

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All-inclusive resorts

All your meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), resort activities, evening entertainment, and gratuities are included in one price at these resorts. There are many beautiful properties throughout the Caribbean , Mexico , Europe , and beyond. Like cruises, all-inclusive resorts are perfect for group travel events. For tips on choosing the right all-inclusive property for your family, click here .

Plus, read our review of Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos and The Verandah and St. James’s Club in Antigua.

KidTripster Tip: Most airfare rates are published about nine months in advance. Book your resort rooms before that time, so you can jump on the airfare when it becomes available for the best pricing and availability.

Guided tours

Guided tours are amazing ways to experience new parts of the world without having to worry about the logistics. If you work with a travel agent, he or she may be able to point you to a trusted partner – whom the agent knows personally – to create a unique, one-of-a-kind vacation experience.

KidTripster Tip: Another option would be to give your graduate the gift of travel. Some more independent graduates may want to explore the world by themselves. It’s popular in many countries around the world for teens who have finished their secondary studies to take a “gap year” and travel the world before heading off to university or work. A number of guided tour companies offer these types of independent travel opportunities for students. The minimum age for these tours is typically 18.

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Dude ranches

Dude ranches are truly unique yet all-inclusive experiences that offer so much more than horseback riding. Today’s dude ranches boast fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, archery, ATV rides, and more.

Read KidTripster’s review of Circle Z Ranch in Arizona to see if dude ranching would be a good fit for your family.

            View this post on Instagram                     Wow! Talk about a vacation that overdelivered! Watch and then read our full review of @circlezrancharizona , family-friendly dude ranch in Patagonia, Arizona. Link in bio. A post shared by Family Travel || Wanderlust (@kidtripster) on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:42am PDT

Theme parks

I would be remiss if I didn’t include theme park vacations as an option for graduates and their families. There are so many amazing adventures to be had throughout the country. Read KidTripster’s tips and reviews here .

When to plan?

If you have a graduate who’ll be walking to the Pomp and Circumstance March this year, you’ll want to plan now. But especially if you’re considering a group celebration trip, it’s not too early to start planning during your child’s 10th or 11th grade year. That way, you’ll have time to save money. If you’re inviting others to join you on your celebration vacation, give them plenty of advance notice.

Mary Ellen Nunes is a mom in addition to being a travel agent with Vacation Kids and expert on all-things-Disney. She’s also a Certified Family Travel Specialist from the Family Travel Association and dedicated Girl Scout leader.

If you’d like Mary Ellen to help you plan your next trip, use this link to contact her. Vacation Kids is a trusted KidTripster partner. Know that if you decide to book with her, KidTripster gets some coffee money at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Post-Graduation Trip

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When you think about graduation, thoughts of the professional world are the next obvious stop, but that isn’t always the case anymore. Other less-traveled paths, such as gap years, are quickly becoming the norm after you’ve moved out of the dorms.

A post-graduation trip with some close friends can be the perfect way to say goodbye to your academic years. Here are five reasons why you should plan a post-graduation trip.

1. It’s Something to Look Forward To

You might have scheduled the easy classes for your final two semesters, but senior year will still include a bunch of to-do’s on top of all your academic responsibilities, like sending out graduation invitations to relatives and friends, ordering your cap and gown and applying for entry-level jobs .

Instead of stressing out about the great unknown once you exit the graduation stage, a post-graduation trip can be something exciting to look forward to. Planning a road trip to another state or even flying abroad will serve as the perfect graduation gift to yourself after years of studying and tests.

2. It Teaches You Invaluable Skills

While the trip itself will be a blast, a post-graduation adventure takes planning like any other holiday. But unlike those obligatory family vacations where your parents were the ones who planned the less-entertaining aspects like finances, a post-graduation trip will involve you and your friends having to assume that role and agree on a suitable budget that covers everything from airplane tickets to lodging, expenses for food and transportation.

Although it may not sound like fun, planning an excursion unsupervised by parents — and one that is likely to come out of your own pocket — will teach you valuable skills , like managing your own money and problem solving.

There are countless traveling sites like TripAdvisor and Airbnb that will help you find affordable hotels, restaurants and sites to visit, which can help minimize the cost. In addition, companies know that plenty of students fresh from graduation plan trips, which is why many of them offer discounts for people under 30. Traveling while young does have its advantages!

3. It’s an Interlude Before a New Life Stage

Graduation means you’re forever freed from the burdens of costly academic textbooks and classroom lectures (unless you’re planning on going to grad school), so there’s no better opportunity to travel than right after you snatch your diploma. At what other time in your life are you going to be as physically able and enthusiastic to see the world around you?

You can always plan a trip later on in life after you’ve found someone to hire you, but other responsibilities like paying a house mortgage and taking care of kids might sway you from ever taking that adventurous leap into the world.

A trip right after graduation will also help you transition into the work world, and it will look impressive on any resume . Potential employers will be pleased to discover a candidate that has gained life experience outside the college bubble. It shows your drive to take control of your life during a time when those around you expect you to find a job as soon as you graduate.

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, that’s even better, because it will provide you with an even greater chance to experience vibrant cultures that will enrich your journey and leave you a well-rounded individual.

Jobs will be available no matter where you are in life, but you never know when you and your friends will all be together again, which is one of the reasons why a post-graduation trip only comes around once!

4. It Helps You Discover Yourself

Junior year is the time when family, friends and acquaintances start asking you about your plans after college, and if it isn’t, then senior year is bound to make up for it with lots of awkward conversations about a topic that most students dread verbalizing into reality. College students are often expected to figure out exactly what they want to do in life when the truth is that it’s unrealistic to know everything at such a young age.

A post-graduation trip to an unfamiliar destination away from your campus and home life can literally provide a breath of fresh air, whether it’s at an exotic location or simply somewhere you’ve never traveled to before. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, and for that reason, you’ll end up meeting new people with different life experiences, explore the distinct culture of a new city and try out new things you might never have thought of otherwise. All the little details that add up to a fulfilling trip might end up inspiring you toward a new direction in your life.

5. It Will Become a Treasured Memory

Post-graduation trips entail more maturity than previous vacations because of the life stage they take place in, a sensitive era when many 20-somethings are on their own for the first time and can no longer rely on parental finances.

However, that frightening independence also separates a post-graduation trip from your past family vacations, or that crazy trip you took one time on spring break with friends. A trip deliberately planned after graduation means taking that first adult step after college and claiming full responsibility for the choices you make in life.

Grab a friend or two and travel together after you’ve thrown your college cap in the air, because you might regret not doing so later on in life. More than anything, you’ll look back on a precious memory that you chose to make happen when you could have just as easily left the idea unrealized. So far, I haven’t heard anyone say they’ve regretted traveling!

Maya Butler, Baylor University

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