After a hard year of studying, the long summer break can come as a big relief. To take full advantage of your summer, it makes sense to go travelling — but when you have limited funds, you’re restricted about where you can go. The good news is you have no shortage of great options around the world.
The obvious reason to visit Ecuador is to go to the Galapagos Islands, but the country has so much more to offer, including beaches and beautiful nature. Although the national currency is the US dollar, most things in Ecuador are inexpensive, including delicious local dishes. In particular, Ecuador should be at the top of your list if you’re taking Spanish classes in college and want to put your skills to practice.
If you’re able to find a cheap plane ticket, you’ll find you spend little once you’re in Bolivia. With the right planning, you can keep to a tight budget and still travel around the country, eat well, and stay in comfortable accommodation.
To bring a spring break feel to summer, there’s no better option than Florida. In fact, going in the summer could be more enjoyable than waiting until spring, as there will be fewer crowds but otherwise the same experience. There’s very little risk of wet or cold weather and you’ll have access to expansive beaches, but you may be able to benefit from off-season pricing at some hotels.
4. Puerto Rico
A favourite destination for college students is Puerto Rico. Downtown San Juan is particularly vibrant — ideal if you’re looking for a party scene with plenty of rum-based cocktails. You’ll have plenty of options for affordable hostels as well as things to do during the day, whether you want to sunbathe on the beach, practise some water sports, or soak in the culture.
5. Costa Rica
One of the safest countries in Central America is Costa Rica. It’s a great destination for adventure sports, hiking, and beaches. To make the most of your trip, do some research in advance to avoid the most popular spots, where you could end up spending more than necessary. There is no shortage of possibilities for places to go, especially outside the big cities.
If you’re able to afford a plane ticket to Europe, a particularly inexpensive country to visit is Albania. This is another excellent place for beaches, but you’ll also be able to enjoy traditional Mediterranean food. Albania could be an ideal option if you want to combine sun and relaxation with trips to castles, archaeological sites, and museums.
Alternatively, you may like to use your savings to go to Asia. Thailand sees plenty of college students due to the variety of adventure sports available and the low cost of living, which means you’ll spend a minimum on food and accommodation.
8. Niagara Falls
If you’re unable to afford a trip abroad, Niagara Falls can be a great choice. As well as seeing the impressive waterfalls during the day, there’s an active nightlife on the Canadian side. If you want to extend your trip, you could also continue on to New York and spend a couple days there.
Before the summer is up, remember to start searching for room for rent. Barrie students can find a home for the fall semester at Arcadian Students. It’s just a 10-minute walk from campus and has everything you need on site, including high-speed WiFi, a washer and dryer in your suite, and communal areas where you can meet other students. Apply now to secure a fall lease.