Top Student Travel Ideas by Georgina Rowe

Travelling is one of the highlights of student life, given the long summer holidays and option of a gap year. But finding the right place can be difficult, especially considering how pricey travel can be, so we’ve done a bit of digging for you.

Bulgaria (flights from £200)

Slap bang within Europe is the unpolished gem of Bulgaria, where they are bursting with culture and history. Some highlights of the country are cities like Sofia & Plovdiv, and experiences like the Kukeri festivals (above) scattered across the country where they dress up in colourful masks and costumes.

New Zealand (flights from £700)

This one’s for the nature lovers out there. New Zealand is full of hiking trails and nature walks, as well as fascinating historical landmarks and sites. Some things to see include the Waitomo glow worm walk (above), Rangitoto Island and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Mali (flights from £500)

The landlocked African country of Mali is great if you want to step outside of the box and experience a completely different culture to your own. A must-visit are the cities of Bamako, Segou and Djenne and sailing down the Niger river (above) allows you to see many different villages and lifestyles.

India (flights from £400)

India is one of the most popular student travel destinations on Earth, and for very good reasons. Not only is it full of captivating historical monuments but it features many great activities to get involved with. Cities to visit include Mumbai (the origin of Bollywood), Delhi and Banglalore.

America (flights from £700)

In the United States there are many different states to choose from, and site-seeing activities ranging from Wall Street tours in New York City to visiting Nashville (the home of country music) to climbing the Rocky Mountains (above).

What’s important to remember when researching travel options is to check comparison sites for cheap flights and really researching the destination. You might think that somewhere looks great until you get there, where you discover that the place you’re staying is far too expensive per night and there is nothing for you to do in the city.

Also remember that if you’re going to a country where specific diseases are a problem, get vaccinations before you go to prevent any unwanted illnesses.

Have fun!

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