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Low-Cost Trips for Recent Grads

May 13th, 2019

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The time between graduating college and entering the "real world" can feel confusing as you navigate finding a job, securing a place to live and paying back those student loans. However, the weeks after graduation are a great time to travel before your adult obligations start to hit. Here are some low-cost trip ideas for college grads that can help you fulfill your sense of adventure without breaking the bank.

Low-Cost Trip Ideas for Grads


For a magical international experience, try traveling to Iceland through IcelandAir. You can begin by exploring Reykjavik, the country's capital and a great starting point to rent a car to see the rest of the country.

While food and hotels aren't the cheapest, you can save big on sight-seeing since so much of Iceland's allure comes from the country's natural beauty. Everything from Iceland's Niagra Falls to a beautiful glacial lagoon are free to visit. Simply invest in a good map and a guidebook, and fill your rental car with snacks for a true international road trip.


Another college grad trip idea for nature lovers is camping in Canada. Recruit some friends for an epic backpacking trip and map out some prairies, lakesides and national parks you want to visit. Some campgrounds require you to pay for a spot, but at others, you can pitch a tent and explore for free.

Once you're done camping, try stopping in Toronto or Vancouver for a few days. Both cities are perfect for recent college grads as they many music festivals, art galleries, museums and more. Plus, hostels in Toronto and Vancouver start at $30 per night, making both cities a great place to travel on a budget.


European destinations aren't often friendly to people trying to travel for less. However, Portugal is an often overlooked destination that is one of the cheapest places to travel in Europe. Staying in hostels can help cut down on your costs, and they have more of a party scene that may be attractive to a recent grad.

Portugal's beaches and wine region are also perfect when you're looking to relax before finding that real job. If you're searching for a trip gift idea for a grad, try paying for a wine tour as a way to say congrats.

Las Vegas

Staying in Sin City is surprisingly cheap compared to other U.S. destinations. Since casinos earn most of their money from gambling, rooms are priced on the lower end to encourage more people to hit the slots. If you're not a huge gambler, it ends up being a cheap vacation since you can check out the city's free attractions such as art galleries, circus acts at Circus Circus and the Bellagio Conservatory.

Las Vegas is a great trip idea for college grads who are 21 and over, but there are also attractions for kids if you just graduated and want to bring your parents and younger siblings along for the celebration.

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