So Uni is out and for undergraduates, the summer holiday is finally here. For most that means summer jobs, for a lucky few who’ve got the funds, it could mean a holiday overseas. Whilst that might mean being dragged abroad with Mum & Dad (in which case they’ll probably be paying, so best not complain) it could also mean heading off abroad – for the first time – on an adventure as young adults.
If several weeks of hedonistic partying to trance music on a mediterranean Island is in your gameplay for summer 2017 – or if you fancy something a little more adventurous and activity based, this blog is for you. We’re looking at some Go-To places for a student summer holiday this year…
The old faithful party island has been a magical place for clubbing for over 30 years (yeah, even your Mum and Dad might have memories of the place). You can get there pretty cheaply on the likes of EasyJet or RyanAir, cheap booze is bountiful and you can dance through the night ’til sun-up. Then you can hit bed for two-or-three hours shut-eye before rising for a nice long breakfast – plenty of pastries and coffee – followed by some more rest in the sun, before getting ready to hit the clubs for the next all-nighter. This one’s perfect for any student that likes partying hard. That’ll be pretty much all of you then.
Adrenaline Junkies might like the sound of two weeks in the mountains during Winter. But hurtling down a hillside is now as much a summer sport as it is winter. Downhill mountain biking is exhilarating, and it’s even better when you don’t have to cycle back up the hill for the next go down. It’s a new boom-area for ski-resorts who are opening up the ski lifts throughout the summer to enable for hardcore cyclists to get their adrenaline fix. For the best resorts in the Alps visit world bike parks. Exactly the kind of summer holiday that Sports management or Engineering students might enjoy.
Cuba is a unique and interesting place. A United States trade embargo imposed in 1958 has kept the island in a time-warp. A magical mix of Colonial architecture, and 1950s technology that the locals repair and maintain with ingenuity and resourcefulness. The USA effectively lifted its more modern technologies means that Cuba is likely to change rapidly. It’s a great place for History and Politics students who want to immerse themselves in a culture that throws back to an era of political turmoil.
Northern Lights in Scandinavia
Norway, Sweden and Finland are a strikingly beautiful, unspoilt and stunning countries, but there’s one reason to visit that trumps most other destinations – the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights to give them their common name. You’ll need to leave this one late in your summer schedule – as the best times to observe the lights are from August to April. If you’re lucky enough to see them it’s about as spiritual an experience as you’re likely to find. And even in this world of technology, where we can explain things down to a molecular level, the Aurora can’t be pinned down and still holds scientific mystique. One for the Physics or Earth Science students then.
Siam Park, in Adele, Spain, Tenerife, is Europes largest water park,. Featuring over 12 impressive rides, the Siam in the name refers to a Siamese theme – which extends to a Thai inspired architecture and food across the park. It’s a hugely popular destination for families, but also great for groups of young people – a sunny and fun place to enjoy perhaps a last summer fling with your University buddies. Siam Park’s Swimming area offers the world’s biggest man-made wave machine, reaching an impressive height of 3.3m. And if Thai food is not your thing you’ll also be able to enjoy some of the Canary Island’s excellent offerings – expect to find lots of fish.
Wherever you decide to visit, it’s a good idea to check out the Government A-Z on travelling abroad, which should tell you everything you need to know. Oh, and have fun.