Why travel a lot when a student?
Besides the lifelong memories and fun, it’s an opportunity to enhance educational experiences. Language learning, discovering the history and culture of new places, and embracing diversity will serve you well for academic success. Also, it’s your chance to improve your social skills and build confidence.
Not to mention that traveling as a college student can help you find yourself and change your life. For the better, of course.
As a rule, students seek travel destinations that are budget-friendly yet beautiful and rich in local activities to try when looking for adventures and new friends. The five countries you’ll see below are perfect for that. They represent different continents — Europe, Asia, and Africa — and can offer breathtaking experiences for little money.
This small European country is a fantastic destination for students to travel. Adriatic and Ionian coastlines, the Albanian Alps, and numerous castles and archaeological landmarks make it flawless for picky tourists looking for new places.
Many underestimate Albania, but they are so wrong! Its beaches are picture-perfect, with crystal clear waters and traditional villages nested across the coastlines. It’s among the most scenic yet cheapest countries in Europe. You’ll find dozens of budget hotels and restaurants with delicious traditional food here.
Albania is the top place to visit for those who love beach holidays. Once tired of investigating its historical sights, you can enjoy relaxation on the beach with your favorite ice-cold drink at hand. If you like admiring the architecture of the Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism eras, welcome to Tirana, the capital of Albania.
Morocco is your gateway to Africa, a mysterious continent of sands, ancient cultures, and wildlife. It borders the ocean (Atlantic) and the sea (Mediterranean), giving beach vacation fans much to do here. If you’re among those choosing an active rest, explore the country’s ancient cities of Berber and Arabian cultural influences. Or, you can ride camels in the Sahara — an unforgettable experience for everyone, whether a student or not.
When in Morocco, you can’t miss Marrakesh, a magnificent city with stunning architecture. Visit its maze-like medieval quarter and wander through the markets to buy a souvenir: local ceramics, a metal lantern, or jewelry. The capital Rabat is also worth seeing: Ensure you don’t miss Kasbah of the Udayas, a 12th-century royal fort; it’s a spectacular sight towering over the water.
This European country will top your list of travel destinations if you’re a party-goer willing to visit stylish bars, clubs, or beach parties. Croatia lies on the Adriatic Sea and offers numerous activities for those sailing and spending hours at a beach. If you prefer cycling, you’ll also find what to do here: The alluring islands of the Croatian archipelago attract cyclists with coastal routes of gorgeous views.
Please don’t rush to cross Croatia off your travel list if you prefer a more relaxed vacation with cultural and local-focused activities. Go to Dubrovnik, a Unesco World Heritage site, for cultural heritage and century-old architecture. Choose Brač Island to see picturesque fishing villages with olive groves and vineyards. We bet you’d got wowed with the two-toned blue-green waters nearby — impossible to resist taking a picture.
India is rich in culture yet affordable for students and all others to visit. It will become an adventure for all your senses: Architectural wonders, relaxing nature, and spiritual retreats await those craving unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories.
This country may also appear to be the most intense travel in your life, especially if you plan to see all its wonders at once. Depending on the part of India you visit, the focus of your journey will differ. Impressive monuments like Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal (nope, it’s not a cliche to go there while in India) swap massive national parks with wildlife; relaxing Goa and Kerala go hand in hand with busy Mumbai and Delhi. Two latter are perfect to “hunt” for Bollywood stars or get a high dose of Indian culture fast.
Why is it worth visiting for students? One of the most beautiful and history-rich countries in the world, India is still affordable to see. The cost of living and food is cheaper than in the USA or most European countries, but the impressions you get there are priceless.
Are you among those seeking sea, sun, and fun? Then, Mexico can be your number one choice: Beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and flamingos create a lively atmosphere for everyone coming here. This country isn’t about all-inclusive resorts only. Ancient ruins, local cuisine (tacos are your must-try!), art, and numerous traditional celebrations are all yours at wallet-friendly prices.
When in Mexico, ensure you have San Cristóbal de las Casas in your places to see. The rich culture of this mountain town won’t leave you indifferent, and cute cafes will meet you with locals ready to share surprising stories and legends. Learn how to cook Mexican food, bike around Mexico City, and explore the Yucatan Peninsula.
All these don’t cost you a fortune but give the emotions you’ll remember with warmth when you’re back home.
What Country Will You Choose First?
The five countries from this article are worth visiting regardless of your status. Whether a college student or not, you can’t miss a chance — whenever it comes — to discover a new place: The world is beautiful and multifaceted, and it would be a mistake not to see all its wonders and discover its secrets.
Broaden your horizons, travel far, and don’t be afraid of adventures. Travel is not only about seeking new landscapes; as Marcel Proust said, it’s also about “having new eyes.” We come back from every trip being a little different: inspired, motivated, and full of new knowledge to use in life. Which country would you choose to travel as a student?