Ibiza The well-known classic still retains its clubbing reputation, hailed as one of the best destinations for those looking for a hard night with days spent on the soft sand. Ibiza has nightlife second to none as well as some fantastic beaches and of course the warm Mediterranean sea, perfect to wash away those hangovers. And on those days when you just need a break from your break away, there are plenty of picturesque beaches and quiet spots outside of the usual resorts.
Guaranteed good weather in the day-time and enough clubs and bars to keep you happy well into the night, Zante is a popular destination for group holidays thanks to low cost fares and hotel package deals catering to students who would rather spend their money on booze than a room upgrade.
With less of a party atmosphere than Zante, Crete is a great destination if you want something more laid back but with the best sun, sand and sea. Crete has a mixture of shale and sand beaches all leading to gorgeous light blue water. You’ll find small towns and villages with a bit more personality than the usual tourist hot-spots in Crete, and the locals are friendly too.
Often seen as a family resort island, Tenerife caters to a younger crowd who are drawn to brilliant beaches and interesting daytime activities. The resorts differ greatly in size and appeal, with Playa De Las Americas being the more popular student destination. Flights are regular and the hotels are huge so you’ll be sure to meet other revelers set to enjoy the sun with you.
Scorching temperatures, snake charmers and Soukhs, Morocco offers a cultural explosion like no other. The North African country attracts students who want to mix their summer sun-lounging with memories to last a life-time. Hotel pools provide the much needed relief from a busy day bartering in the market, and day trips to nearby sights mean you’ll remember more than what book you read in the week.
Slightly further afield but not exclusively for those with bags of cash, Thailand really is an accessible country of variety. While flights may cost you £500, you can travel the country on a shoestring by staying at hostels and sticking to street-food, not fancy restaurants. The South islands offer some of the best beaches in the world and the North is mountainous with beautiful jungle landscapes to explore. No trip to Thailand would be complete without a visit to temples, markets, beaches and an elephant or tiger sanctuary or two.
Most student travellers heading to South East Asia will take a trip down the coast of Vietnam, stopping at picturesque towns such as Hue and Hoi An, both infused with Chinese architecture and landmarks. The country has a rich historical background with a visit to the former city of Saigon high on everyone’s list. There is a great variety of nightlife and the street food is exceptional – perfect for those on a budget. Transport is easy, with a fantastic rail network of clean and comfortable sleeper cabins offering a good route up and down the country. Vietnam is a great destination for culture lovers who need something more stimulating than a beach every few days.
Not sure which country to choose for your summer away? The UK’s often overlooked back-garden of Europe is still high on the student travel list and is home to some of the best cities in the world – Paris, Rome, Prague Amsterdam to name a few. Hop on a train with your student card and secure some great discounts including free entry to plenty of sights, or why not look into a group holiday with Topdeck or Kontiki? They offer a range of packages to suit every traveller – camping, hostels or hotels – leaving you with nothing more to do than relax, enjoy yourself and make some lifelong friends from far-flung points of the globe.
America - Summer Camps:
If you can’t bear the idea of spending the summer away from home and not earning a penny, you could always try to get a place on a summer camp. You usually have to pay for flights yourself but accommodation and food is provided while you are there and you will often earn a small living, enough to see you through a few weeks of travelling after the little ones have departed back home. American Summer camps are a great way to build your CV if you are interested in working with children and young people, and you will also get to see some great sights too.
Home Sweet Home:
Can’t afford to head out of the country, but want to pretend on Instagram that you have? With this summer set to be a scorcher, all you need is a bit of imagination and a ticket to the South coast of England. Wherever you head to – North Devon or Newquay – you will find gorgeous stretches of coastline and a Brit-favourite ice-cream van or two.
Written by: Jess Macdonald