I can’t actually believe it but I will graduate this coming July. My teaching degree will be over and I can finally go back to being an adult with a real job and pay check, albeit restricted holiday time. Still before I do become a grown up again I feel like I should be able to treat myself to a big trip. You know one of those big bucket list ticks that costs more than you would normally allow yourself to spend. The problem, of course, is that I can only have one of these holidays and I have multiple ideas already.
Just incase you also happen to be planning a graduation present to yourself or just a bit of a special trip, here are my ideas.
5 Trips I Want to Take After Graduation
Cape Town and Safari in South Africa
South Africa was one of the first trips I took abroad without my family and it is the reason I am now obsessed with travel. During this trip I got to visit Cape Town for a mere 48 hours, so what better reason to return and explore a bit more. The city has also been named as one of Lonely Planet’s top cities for 2017. This is also a city my boyfriend hasn’t been to so I would love to show him around the city I think rivals Rio in beauty. Finally no trip to South Africa is complete without a safari trip, I would be happy to do a small reserve to keep the cost down but ideally I would love to head to Kruger National Park and spend a few days on a game drive.
Volunteering in Tanzania and visiting Zanzibar
The other thing about my trip to South Africa was that I spent five weeks there volunteering and I would love to be able to do that again. When I picked my volunteering trip in SA this one in Tanzania was my second option and one I would love to do before becoming a full time teacher. It is partly because of that volunteering trip that I applied to become a teacher and now, fully qualified, I feel like I could give more back to the communities. There is a volunteer program that helps in a township school near Mt Kilimanjaro and then afterwards you get to visit the beautiful island of Zanzibar. Of course if I was this close to the mountain I’d love to climb that too.
Returning to Michigan and Camp
After returning to Michigan last summer I realised just how much I love the state and how much of a special place it is for my boyfriend and I (we met at camp in MI). We have so many friends there and if I was heading there around graduation time camp would be in full swing and trust me I need no excuse to visit camp again. While I spent a whole summer in the state and then returned last year there is still a lot to see and do in this small part of America so I’d love to hire and car and get to know my favourite state even more.
Relaxing in Bali
After three years of slogging away at this degree I kinda feel like maybe I just need a proper holiday. You know the kind where you sit on the beach every day and devour several books. Who am I kidding? I could probably only manage that for a few days. Still Bali has been high on my travel list for some time and I feel like it could be the perfect place to relax and explore. It would also be a new country for me and one I am gutted we missed during our time in South East Asia previously.
Inter-railing through Europe
An alternative to the above ‘holidays’ is the idea of throwing on my backpack, buying a few weeks inter-railing pass and travelling through a chunk of Europe I am still yet to see. I love the idea of really ‘travelling’ around and not spending too much time in one place but equally Europe is a place I could easily visit while holiday down a full time teaching job in the UK. Then again I wouldn’t be able to spare the chunk of time needed to really see Europe through inter-railing.
Have you taken any of the above trips? Which one do you think I should do?