7 Top Travel Destinations for Students this Summer

With uni coming to an end this year, and the stress of final deadlines and exams hitting us hard, we’re all being pretty boring at the moment. But fear not, Summer is in touching distance, and it’s time to start planning where we’re all going on holiday…

Us here at FRESHR have put together 7 of the best travel destinations around the world, that won’t break the bank balance.



Have you found yourself yet? If the answer is no, go to Vietnam. If the answer is yes, go to Vietnam.

Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, and the peace and tranquility of Hoi An. The average price of beer is cheaper than a loaf of bread, and you can get tailor made clothing for cheaper than a Warehouse Project ticket.

We’d recommend starting your journey in the south, by flying to Ho Chi Minh, and working your way up to Hanoi; use the overnight bus (honestly it’s not as bad as people make out).


Ah yes, the classic dam. You’ve probably seen this same picture many times before, but honestly it doesn’t do the place justice.

Amsterdam has got to be on the top of your list for places to go, if you haven’t been there already. Hire yourself a bike, hit up the famous coffee shops, and have a look round the red light district; this city is ideal for a short break with mates, or your better half.

We’d also recommend visiting Ann Franke’s house, the Heineken Experience, and the famous sex museum with the massive penis statue (you know what we’re talking about).

Bali & Gili T


Instagram heaven, literally.

The closest thing Aussies have to Ibiza. Whether it’s heavy nights, or cracking sites, this place has it all. We’d recommend a week in Kuta to drink yourself under the sun, and a few days in Ubud to explore the monkey forest and rice fields (and fill up everyone’s Insta timeline).

If you go to Bali, you have to go to Gili T. You’ll 100% have seen the famous white girl swings on the gram before, and the clear white sand beaches. It takes just over an hour on the “boat” (tin can) from Padang Bai; we promise you won’t be disappointed. If Carlsberg did islands, they’d make Gili T.


If you haven’t done a gap yaaah, this is your chance.

India’s massive, and it would probably take a few trips to see it all.

Our favourite part is the west, so here it is. We’d recommend starting in Mumbai, getting a selfie with the Gateway of India, and taking a stroll around the Taj Mahal Palace. Then get to Goa ASAP. Goa’s where the party’s at, and it’s got a proper trance house scene, so if you’re into those kinda vibes, look no further.



If you fancy a bit of island hopping, Croatia is the place to go this summer.

This Eastern European shout has got everything you could want for a hot getaway, from the culture and history of the old city of Split, to the photogenic islands of Hvar and Brac. Game of Thrones fans; you can even experience walking through the streets of Braavos and Meeren, how class is that.

If you’re going to Croatia, you have to see the city of Dubrovnik, despite it being quite touristy these days, we’d still 100% recommend checking this place out, with white sand crystal beaches, guided tours around the historic old town, and a short boat trip to the Island of Lokrum (ideal for swimming in the sea), you definitely won’t struggle for things to do.


Colombia’s more than just the set from Narcos.

Despite having bad stigma from being dangerous a few years ago, Colombia is now one the top destinations for travellers from all over the world. The best way to explore Colombia is definitely to backpack; with cheap hostels, local food, and reliable public transport, it won’t set you back much at all.

Head over to Medellin as your first stop, seeing life as a local amongst the different neighbourhoods of the city, topped off with some class nightlife in El Poblado, you’ll definitely be in no rush to leave. Then we’d recommend going to Bogota, the capital city, and one of the most diverse cities in the world.


As George Ezra once said, ‘My House in Budapest. My Hidden Treasure Chest.’… If he’s talking about living there, it must be quite cool right?

Budapest certainly lives up to its reputation, from the outdoor thermal hot spas, to the belter views from Fisherman’s Bastion (no wonder it’s consistently ranked in the Top 10 Cities to visit list). Plus it’s very cheap compared to most European cities (pints of beer from 90p – we’re not joking).

The nightlife is also really underrated, with probably one of the best pub crawl tours in Europe. They don’t just call them bars, but ‘ruinbars’, and that says it all… (you get absolutely ruined in them).

We’d definitely consider going to one of the festivals on in the city this summer. Sziget has got one of the best line ups going, with Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick, Dua Lipa and Gorillaz all headlining, or metro multi-venue festival Budafest in the heart of the city centre, for those house/techno fans (both in August). Budapest could be the ultimate shout for a summer trip with your uni housemates.

For booking any trips this summer, we’d recommend downloading the HostelWorld App for booking cheap accommodation, and CheapFlights for flights and travel.

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