5 travel destinations you definitely need to know for the ultimate grad trip

We don’t have to highlight that graduation is one of the most memorable and important events in everyone’s life. It’s not just the end of your education, it’s a big push into the real world.

After all the rush and frustration of graduating, taking final courses, saying goodbye to your teachers and colleagues and ordering an online flower delivery for your graduation, it’s time to unwind and celebrate. And what better way to celebrate this independence than with an adventure? Because graduates love to celebrate this great milestone in their lives by traveling, we’ve come up with the five most desirable destinations, that you won’t regret visiting.

In fact, you just might want to come back again.


Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit in Brazil

For all the adrenaline junkies out there, this destination is the perfect place to be free and go wild with fluttering hearts. Pack up your bags, grab your friends, and go backpacking in Brazil. Witness the breathtaking beauty of the Amazon or go completely wild and sunbathe naked in Florianopolis, it’s your choice, but this destination is exactly the cherry you need on top of your pie.


Where to Be

Rio de Janeiro

One of the most famous backpacking routes is definitely Rio de Janeiro. The endless stretch of beautiful beaches, in a mountainous setting will be as memorable as your graduation. At the same time, you’re able to soak in nature’s wonders and experience the exciting nightlife at one of the most popular parties in the entire world. Don’t miss the cable car ride up Sugar Loaf, after which you can go hang-gliding from Pedra Bonita, if you’re really adventurous.


This island is the home to most Brazilian surfers, as it hosts the world’s most famous surfing championships. Surfing the waves and backpacking along some of the 42 beaches makes for an unforgettable experience. Take a break from sightseeing and visit the Forro Club, famous for dancing and teaching this special style of dance, that’s present only in the northeast of the country.

Ilha Grande

If you’re all about sandy beaches and unexplored nature, then pack your bags and board the ferry to Ilha Grande island. Located to the South West of Rio, it’s truly a backpacker’s heaven. The town center consists of two bars and three roads, but you have more than a 100 of beaches to explore.


Where to Sleep

Lighthouse Hostel

Rua Barao da Torre, 175 | Casa 20, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20411001, Brazil

If you stay in this hostel, you’ll not only be close to Ipanema’s famous beach parties, but you’ll be welcomed and taken care off by generous and attentive hosts. It is small, silent and perfect staying in a place close to one of the loveliest neighborhoods in Ipanema.

HI Holandes

Rua da Assembleia 162, Vila do Abraão Ilha Grande, Ilha Grande, Brazil

With just 10 minutes away from the beach and 15 minutes from the pier, it’s considered the perfect stay for backpackers. It’s peaceful and located right smack down in the middle of a tropical heaven.

Geckos Hotel

Rua Rita Lourenço da Silveira, n325, 88062060, Lagoa da Conceição., Florianopolis, Brazil

This is definitely one of the most popular hostels for tourists and backpackers in Florianopolis. It’s close to gorgeous beaches and exhilarating night clubs and bars. It has everything you can imagine, from TV, DVD and Wi-Fi, but you’re still somehow a part of the untainted nature.


Relax Your Mind on the Italian Coast

If you really want to relax and let your mind and spirit float around carelessly, then the Italian coast and Cinque Terre is the perfect destination for your graduation holiday. It’s a blend of five different cities, all connected with an olive-lined coastline that invites you to let yourself go, fall in love and explore what the world has to offer.


Where to Be


The magical seaside village, perched up on a cliff is officially known as one of the most beautiful villages in the entire country, notably because of the landscape, architecture and enchanting vibe that simply lures in tourists. Experience the wild nature through hiking, witness impressive Italian architecture by walking the streets and relax in quaint little cafes.


This village is where all the passion in this area starts, as it’s the home of Blue Path, the most romantic footpath. Not only can you bathe and soak in the sun, but you can admire the ancient architecture and the city which stands tall, nestled in between two cliffs.


And finally, if you’re looking to find the biggest beach in this particular area this is the place to be. Wherever you choose to enjoy the cool breeze and sizzle in the sun, sandy or rocky beaches, you’ll have an amazing view of towers and churches of this village, which boasts indescribable architecture.


Where to Sleep

Alla Marina

Via San Giacomo 61 | 3rd Floor, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy

Want to hear the waves crashing into the cliffs while you sleep? No problem. A big, clean and comfy bed? Check! It’s run by a small family, which means, you’re highly likely to be in a very welcoming and intimate atmosphere.

Camere Giuliano

Localita Chiappa 1, 19018 Vernazza, Italy

You get a direct view of this stunning small town, but it’s a cozy, clean and quiet place where you can rest and plan your entire day. Perfect for having a quiet night’s sleep after a day of sight-seeing and lounging at the beach.

Hotel Pasquale

Via Fegina 4, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy

This hotel is the gem of Monterosso, and there’s no way you won’t be happy with both the staff and the comfort. It’s a short walk from the train station and just a few steps away from the town’s beautiful beach.


Soak in Untainted Beauty of Nicaragua

This is the perfect location to have a blast during the time between graduation and stepping into the real world. This magical, yet short period should be spent in a captivating destination like Nicaragua. Surfing the azure seas, sunbathing on golden beaches that still haven’t been tainted by herds of tourists, and sipping on sweet and yummy cocktails in this piece of heaven on Earth. Isn’t that exactly what every student needs after putting in all the years of hard work?


Where to Be

Little Corn

Little Corn is the place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, and enjoy the secluded beauty of the Caribbean. The crystal clear waters are perfect for bathing, relaxing and one of the main attractions here not to miss is snorkeling. Once you set your eyes on this island, you’ll realize what paradise on Earth really is.

Leon’s Cerro Negro

If you’ve never tried out volcano-boarding down an ashy slope of an actual volcano, then you should give it a shot while in Nicaragua. You can also go hiking up the volcano, which is a steep and unpaved path perfect for the adventurous spirit.


Colonial architecture, warm weather, fresh waters and zip lining through the trees are just some of the reasons why you should visit Granada. Not only will you have plenty to see in terms of architecture and nature, but you can enjoy the luxuries of the modern world as well, due to the recent renovations, Granada has plenty of spas and places to shop.


Where to Sleep

The Lighthouse Hotel

Literally, there’s no better place to stay while in Little Corn than in this charming little place, surrounded by mango trees and the sounds of the Caribbean environment. It’s very close to the beach, and the setting is magnificent. There’s an open deck which makes for a Caribbean style breakfast, surrounded by nature only.

Lazybones Hostal

Parque de Los Poetas | 2,5 Cuadras Al Norte, Leon, Nicaragua

Sleeping in a town with such a revolutionary past will definitely be a night to remember. With a decent sized pool and comfortable common areas, you’ll have a spacious room with your own private bath to relax in after a wild visit to the volcano near Leon.

Hotel Casa Barcelona

Puente Palmira | Cuadra al Este 1 cuadra al Sur 1/2 cuadra al este, Granada, Nicaragua

Great place to stay for both families and individuals, because it’s spacious, comfortable and on top of it all, has air-conditions which definitely isn’t something to complain about in the hot weather. The staff is more than friendly, and you really get what you pay for.


Get Drawn in By the Nature of Magnetic Island in Australia

If this wasn’t on your travel bucket list, it’s going to make it for sure. This part of Australia is absolute perfection for hiking, snorkelling, soaking in the crispy and fresh sea air and hanging out with koalas. Enjoy beautiful beaches, exploring the mysterious nature and culture, and embrace the splendour of endless walking paths on the far-away land.


Where to Be

West Point

This is where the sun sets magically, unlike anywhere else. This remote beach is perfect for romantic beach walks, beach fishing but it’s an absolute favourite for watching the sunset. It also has a few huts on the beach itself, making it the perfect place to stay on your graduation trip.

Bungalow Bay Koala Village

Owned and managed by two locals, this wildlife resort is a backpacker’s dream vacation in Australia. From chilling in the hammock and indulging your laziness, to cuddling with koalas and feeding the wallabies, koalas and parrots, this fun and the cosy village has a lot to offer to tourists who want to experience the best of both worlds.

Forts Point Walk

Once you’re navigating your way throughout the truly magnetic island, make sure to go for the historic Forts Point Walk in the Horseshoe Bay. The locals say that if you go for an early morning walk you’ll be able to hang out with koalas, while visiting the ruins from World War II and soaking in the spectacular view of the Coral Sea and Palm Island.


Where to Sleep

Magnetic Sunsets B&B

48 Horseshoe Bay Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia

With spacious rooms with a balcony overlooking the lush palm trees, you’ll get to relax and rest in all the comforts of your own home, enjoying the sights and smells of the locals delicacies.

Bungalow Bay

40 Horseshoe Bay Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia (Formerly Geoff’s Place)

There’s no need for you to travel to your accommodation if you decide to visit the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. You can find affordable accommodation right there. You can either park your trailer or camp with your family on one of their sites, rent out a bungalow to share with friends.

Arcadia Beach Guest House

27 Marine Pde, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

If you’re looking for a place that is more peaceful with hosts that will be there to cater to you every need, this will hit the bull’s eye. The hosts are welcoming and helpful, the rooms are clean and comfy, and the guest house is just a walk away from the beach.



Explore the Mystery of Ancient Civilization

This has for the longest time been a dream of many. Egypt is the home to enchanting and enigmatic pyramids and the Sphinx, inviting all those hungry for mystery and adventure to come and see what seeps through the pyramids ancient walls. It’s a great place to shop, enjoy crystal clear waters and ride the camelback through Sahara. With so much culture in one place, you’re going to have to count on prolonging your graduation vacation!


Where to Be


Famous for its masterpiece architecture and breathtaking bazaars, Cairo is a city swerving with tourists and life. It’s the epicentre of culture and traditions, and there’s nothing you can imagine that you can’t find in Cairo.


A little bit different than Cairo, but still a place that is of essential historic importance. This port city has plenty of quaint little coffee shops, a new library and plenty of spaces to indulge your cravings for a night out, but during the day you’re able to visit the ruins of the palace of one of the most beautiful women in history – Cleopatra.


Where to Sleep

Alexander the Great Hotel

5 Oskofia St. | Manshia, Alexandria, Egypt

As students seeking adventure after graduation, this place will surely do the trick because you get value at an affordable price. You won’t be missing out on Wi-Fi or private bathroom, and you’ll be just a step away from the historical streets of Alexandria. They might not be paved, but that’s the charm.

Pyramids View Inn

10 Sphinx Street – nazlet el samman | Pyramids Sound & Light Square, Cairo 1212, Egypt

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Cairo with a view to die for, this is the place. With a breathtaking view of the pyramids from the terrace balcony, sipping tea and enjoying a falafel will get a whole new meaning.

Remember people. Enjoy your remaining school days. Explore. Discover. And make every moment count!


This article is contributed by Nadia Jamal.

This article was first published on goodyfeed.com.