After long months of intense studying, all teenagers want is a trip in which they can have the time of their lives prior to heading off to college. Their hard work must be undoubtedly rewarded with an unforgettable trip, and the destinations listed below are perfect for the graduation trip of a lifetime.
For the party LOVERS:
The city is known for its hectic nightlife and for having some of the best and most famous nightclubs in the world. Ibiza also has a magnificent coastline, ideal for a vacation destination as a reward for the hard work prior to graduating.
It is essential to know the right places to hit in Ibiza, to avoid being caught in a tourist trap. In regard to parties, each has its ideal day to go, mostly during weekends, but this varies. The most renowned ones are Pacha, Ushuaia, Amnesia, DC10 and Hï. Ibiza is also known for its beach clubs where visitors can spend an incredible day- BlueMarlin is one of the most recommended.
Although parties are the main attraction, varying between a day of partying and recharging through relaxation is the best plan. The island Formentera is just a ferry ride away from Ibiza and its clear waters amaze all its visitors. Quadricycle and bicycle rentals are available along the entire coastline, and a stop for lunch at the restaurant Beso is a must, however reservations are necessary as it is one of the most trendy spots in the island!
In case there is one extra day in this wonderful destination, a slightly more audacious plan is to see the best sunset in Ibiza in the Es Vedra islands. It is the third most magnetic point on Earth!
A party in the Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza
An amazing sunset seen from the Es Vedra island
A mix between relaxation and nightlife:
It is impossible to visit and not rent a boat to go to the stunning caves and nearby islands, and this service is offered by several businesses and the price is fair. Rentals are available for 4 or 8 hours, the first option being ideal! Be sure to take a speaker and dance the afternoon away!
For the history fanatics out there, the ancient Dubrovnik is a must! This beautiful area is on the inside part of the city's walls, where the vibe is amazing and restaurants are spectacular. There is even a medieval pharmacy open for visitors, but be sure to visit it at the end of the afternoon especially if your trip is on the high season, to avoid lines.
Parties are also spectacular in Dubrovnik, and the city, differently from Ibiza, has several activities to do during the day added to the nightlife. The nightclub Revelin is one of the most iconic venues - historic with an archway architecture.
The beach in Dubrovnik
For people who love a charming historic city:
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonia region in Spain, is famous for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church, an unmissable world known site, and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí are spread around the city. Park Guell, an entire park made by Gaudi, despite being slightly far from the city center, is worth it!
For a tranquil morning activity, the historic market Boqueria is an iconic place. An array of typical foods and drinks are sold, hence it is the ideal spot for a quick to go lunch! Furthermore, Barceloneta is the most famous beach in the city. It is packed, but a visit is obligatory considering the variety of bars and restaurants. An afternoon walking in the shop street Las Ramblas, a relaxed path closed to cars, ending up in Barceloneta is a great program!
The Sagrada Famiglia church during the daytime
The fresh fruit and vegetable section in Mercado de la Boqueria
For adventurers and nature lovers:
If the objective is to head to an adventure of a lifetime, there is nowhere better than Iceland. A two week long road trip around the country is more than enough time to discover amazing places and connect with its mind blowing natural beauties. Iceland is home to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, apart from geysers, and Bjork, a small island that despite being relatively undiscovered, is a favorite among backpackers, permitting visitors to admire and experience the real beauty of nature. An ideal itinerary would include Höfn, in the southeast, home to a black sand beach, apart from a waterfall pitstop at Goðafoss, in the north. Whale watching in Akureyri, also in the north, is very popular as the area has the highest population of whales in Iceland. In addition, possibly the most amazing experience is seeing the Northern Lights in Thingvellir, in the east of the island. A long walk or car ride might be necessary to reach the best spot but every effort made is worth it. The breathtaking light display is a once in a lifetime experience, and high school graduates will recharge their batteries pre college!
Mountain terrain near body of water in the black sand beach in Iceland
Northern lights seen in Thingvellir