I’m going a bit crazy, I admit it. I love NYC, but I’m getting a bit stir crazy with all the noise, sirens, and the warm weather. I long to be on a beach, or at least a place that has grass and trees.
Unfortunately, like most college students, I am beyond broke. Actually, broke probably isn’t even the right word, but I would rather not dwell on the painful state of my finances.
After researching, I found College Candy’s list of the top 5 best getaway spots for broke college students (like me). What I love most about this list is the variation in location. From Pennsylvania to Georgia, any type of activity and vacation you are looking for fits in this list.
This list inspired me to create my own list of destinations that I feel would be great for young adults on a budget.
What makes most of these cities stand apart is that they are nearly all towns situated near big universities. Whether you go to UT or a small liberal arts school in New England, traveling to destinations near other schools boast the same local joints and ambiance as your own college town. This means deals, fun, and hopefully lots of cute college boys.
Ah, the Emerald City… Maybe I’m just tempted after my reading of the ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ trilogy, but Seattle seems much more appealing these days. This city boasts all the great fun any large city does, but also has a small town vibe within. Plus, there is a ton of art to be seen. Trying a chai latte from the original Starbucks on my way to the Space Needle seems like the perfect budget friendly day to me! And if I find my own Christian Grey? Even better.
Does anyone else remember the awesome Real World season that took place here? It was my favorite season of the show, and it instilled a love of Texas in me (a love that has only grown since meeting one of my best friends, who originates from Katy). Austin seems like a ton of fun, whether you go during SXSW, a major music festival, or not. Get the feel of true Texas living, and eat some amazing barbeque all while enjoying the gorgeous weather and city vibe of Austin.
I’m cheating a bit by taking this from the College Candy list, but I have always wanted to visit Savannah. I’ve only driven through the Southern East Coast, but Savannah seems like the perfect cozy little Southern town. With a ton of nightlife, historical excursions, and great dining options, Savannah seems to have everything. Plus, the shopping is supposed to be amazing! I could definitely use some retail therapy these days.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach reminds me of the classier, nicer version of the Jersey Shore. I’ve been here a few times, and relaxation is the key while you are there. The hotel prices are reasonable, and the water is clear and for the most part, calm. There is a cute little strip with a ton of restaurants and stores, and the atmosphere is simply chill. Perfect for a relaxing beach getaway. Virginia Beach is aimed a bit more toward families, but there is still nightlife if you know where to look.
Long Beach Island, New Jersey
I’m biased as a Jersey girl, I’ll admit it. I was almost tempted to put Seaside Heights on here as a joke, but I settled for Long Beach Island, better known as LBI. LBI is a quaint little beach town that is as classy as a beach in Jersey can be. That may be a little harsh because LBI actually is pretty nice. There are both reasonable houses that can be rented as well as hotel rooms. LBI has all the fun, food, and sand of a typical beach town in New Jersey, without all the MTV hype. And I don’t know about you, but the last thing I need this summer is to hear Snooki complaining about how pregnant she is as I’m walking down the boardwalk.
Now, to figure out how to afford to get to one of these fabulous destinations…
Where are you going this summer, lovelies? What are your favorite cost efficient vacation spots?