By Aly Walansky
If there’s someone special in your life about to graduate, these are some trip ideas to celebrate their graduation – some even if they are on a pretty tight budget.
College is expensive! For grads looking to save a little money, the Yelapa and Majahuitas Tour in Mexico is a great option. This all-day tour of the Bay of Banderas highlights two of the most beautiful coves in Mexico, and is filled with dolphin and whale sightings, scenic hikes, snorkeling, and more! For $85
Two incredible properties in Costa Rica have come together to offer the ultimate college graduation trip for students seeking a dose of nature and adventure before they hit the real world (minus the dirty hostels!) …Travelers who book the Pura Vida Graduation 2018 package can choose 5 nights between El Mangroove on the Pacific Coast and Tabacon in the mountainous Arenal region, plus take advantage of two nights in San Jose (perfect for arrival/departure nights), an 8-day car rental, and other great perks.
Always a hotbed of music and fun, Hutton Hotel in Nashville is newly revamped with its own music venue on-site. There’s also writing rooms available for that graduate who is just waiting to write his first big song (Nashville is the place after all!). While there, don’t forget to stop by Hattie B’s for some Nashville-style hot chicken, it’s just up the street!
With this being the year of the Royal Wedding, everyone is very into royalty and castles. But there’s more than those in England. How about a trip to Kilkea Castle in Ireland? It is a fantastic a trip, luxury and adventure in one!
A trip to the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, VT has amazing outdoor experiences including guided hiking, golf, tennis, boating, horseback riding, mountain biking and more. The Equinox also offers extremely unique opportunities including Orvis Fly Fishing on the Battenkill River, Orvis Clay Shooting, a Land Rover Driving Experience though extensive off-road trails, and Green Mountain Falconry School where the grad can learn how to handle and fly a trained hawk. Also, in Vermont, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers action and adventure year-round, from skiing in the winter to a world-class spa and hiking options in the summer.
Kimpton Canary Hotel (Santa Barbara, Calif.): A luxurious Mediterranean-inspired retreat located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Canary Hotel is an upscale masterpiece boasting a rooftop pool and the most comfortable mattresses and most beautiful four post beds. The Canary is ideal for a relaxing and luxurious weekend retreat.
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