6 Vacation Destinations for College Students that Won't Break the Bank

1. Key West, Florida

Key West is one of my favorite spots to visit. Well-known as the southernmost point in the contiguous U.S., Key West boasts great restaurants, picturesque hotels, and great beaches. It is so easy to rent bikes to sightsee the island, or to rent a car and drive the Seven Mile Bridge that connects Key West to the mainland of Florida. There are tons of beaches to choose from, small, portside boutiques, and even the opportunity to snorkel in the Gulf of Mexico or go parasailing.


2. Nosara, Costa Rica

The ideal Spring Break destination for people looking for access to watersports, while being able to relax and kick back on the beach. An island that people admire for its value, and when you’re not busy sitting on the beach, surfing, or snorkeling, you can even visit the Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center. From zip lining to horseback riding, surfing to parasailing, Nosara is a fun compromise for tropical living on a budget.


3. Albania

While traveling to Europe is generally expensive, Albania is one country that is the exception to this rule. While many people tend to overlook Albania, the country’s attractions and activities cater to any traveler on a budget. This beautiful Mediterranean country has beaches, historical landmarks, and incredible traditional food. Albania may be off the beaten path, but boasts more than 5,000 years of history, along with some of the best beaches in Europe.


4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

If you want a taste of the beach, but don’t want to spend hundreds on flights and hotels overseas, Myrtle Beach is the place to see! With the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, there is plenty to see and do, all while having access to a 60-mile stretch of the best beaches in the United States. Myrtle Beach has small boutiques and a relaxed, ocean-side feel, so it’s easy to compromise on relaxing while having plenty to fill your itinerary.


5. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is an incredibly unique city, ideal for college students looking for buzzing city life, great food, history, and culture. Hotels in-and-around the French Quarter offer affordable rates for college students, and it is easy to street walk or find a ride to navigate the streets of New Orleans. A city filled with live music, dancing, and lively nightlife, college students are poised for an unforgettable weekend, or getaway, when staying in the French Quarter.


6. Montreal, Québec, Canada

This French-speaking city, known as the cultural capital of Canada, is the perfect destination for college students, whether it be winter or spring break. Check out Le Plateau Mont-Royal, Centre-Ville, and the Notre-Dame Basilica, all while getting around the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Montreal boasts fabulous restaurants with cuisines ranging from French, to Italian, to American. Check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Botanical Gardens in the city, and the Jean-Talon market, as well as the many nightlife options for college students.