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Top 10 Inspiring Places You Need to Visit Before You Finish College

When you’re young and in college, you have the whole world ahead you. You’re still unraveling who you are as a person, learning more and more about yourself and the world around you each and every day. Although there are things that you’re probably doing, while in college that it would be best if you didn’t, one of the things you should definitely do is to travel. Traveling will widen your experiences and shape your views which will then help you make better long-term decisions, such as career or marriage.

See Also: Top Ten Destinations to Travel Solo

Although you can most certainly travel for pleasure, experiencing various countries, there are also many opportunities to study abroad. Based on stats reported by the University of California:

  • 97 percent of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, compared to only 49 percent of college graduates from the same study period.
  • 84 percent found that studying abroad helped them build essential skills to enter the job market.
  • 34 percent said that studying abroad helped them choose their career path.

If studying abroad isn’t for you, you should still take the time to travel while in college. Go to as many places as possible and you’ll find yourself inspired in every single one of them. To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list with the ten most inspiring places around the world.

1. Ko Samet, Thailand

Ko Samet is one of the Eastern islands of Thailand, approximately two hours from Bangkok. College students tend to flock here because of the great nightlife and beautiful beaches. Once you’ve explored this island, you can head over the Koh Phangan to experience the infamous Full Moon party. These parties attract young individuals from all over the globe. It’s a great way to meet others, experiencing cultural diversity and gaining new perspectives.

If you find that you’ve fallen in love with Thailand and wish you could stay there forever. Here are the top universities, as well as all related information.

2. Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona is known for its art and architecture, as well as for its creative food and a vibrant street life. It’s rich with history which allows you to witness a whole new world that is beyond your imagination. If you’re interesting in a culinary career, you will not be disappointed with the complexity of the dishes offered. Regardless of what you’re into, this seaside city has it all.

If you really like Barcelona, look into the programs offered at the Universitat de Barcelona.

3. Cape Town, South Africa

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The local university in Cape Town is an attraction in itself. Who knows, you may realize that you’d like to study abroad. There’s everything that a young college student would want out of an incredible experience - amazing venues, shopping, nightlife, hiking, and so much more. The locals are known to be overly friendly and the prices are affordable.

4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although this destination is an incredible experience for people of all ages, young college students can learn a lot by experiencing this stunning city. Brazil is known for its incredible beaches and famous street parties, as well as for its outstanding food. The best part is that it’s only a few hours away from North America. Don’t be shy to bounce around hostels, as this is where you’ll meet many like-minded people who will certainly continue to inspire you when you return home.

If you want to go to school here, you better brush up on your Portuguese.

5. Tokyo, Japan

Although you won’t find a plethora of beaches in Tokyo, you will uncover a world that offers mind-blowing transportation and strange, yet genius architecture. If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, Tokyo is the place to be. Be warned, however, this city is known for its sensory overload. It’s an incredibly modern city that offers inspiration, especially for those who are business-oriented. You can also easily grab a Japan rail pass and travel to other destinations and attractions throughout Japan.

If you find that you can’t get enough of Japan, consider the University of Tokyo for furthering your studies. 

6. Bali, Indonesia

If you’re looking to get away from the stresses of school, to relax and unwind, Bali is the place to do it; offering some of the best food on the planet, along with captivating scenery, and world-class waves. If surfing is on your bucket list, you won’t be disappointed. It’s tough to beat this beautiful island when it comes to variety, beauty, and affordability.

To study in Bali, you will need to get in touch with administers from the Bali International Program.

7. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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You won’t find anywhere in Northern Europe that offers a better combination of culture, fun, and history. Amsterdam is full of unique experiences, from the infamous Red Light District to its unique coffee shops, to everything in between; this city is full of inspiration. The canal system is spectacular, the museums are some of Europe’s best, and the nightlife is known to be fantastic. If you’re looking for a travel experience that will inspire you for years to come don’t go further than Amsterdam.

If you can’t even consider the possibility of going back home after experiencing Amsterdam, take a look at its top schools here.

8. Hydra, Greece

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Hydra is one of the most spectacular Greek islands and is known to be an absolute gem. Although it’s known as one of the most romantic destinations in Greece, you don’t need to travel with a boyfriend or girlfriend to appreciate its sheer beauty. Be prepared to step into a town that is unlike any other. Cars are banned from the cobblestoned streets, offering five-hundred donkeys as a means of public transport.

As you walk along the waterfront, you’ll experience the beauty of churches, museums, old mansions, monuments, shops, cafes, and more. This way of life will help you reflect and gain insight. When you see all the yachts lined up, you’ll really get inspired to achieve your career goals.

Here are the top schools to study at in Greece.

9. Giza, Egypt

Giza is the third largest city in Egypt, only about 12.5 miles from Cairo. It is here where you’ll witness the Giza Plateau, where some of the world’s most incredible ancient monuments stand, including the Great Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza. It’s one thing to read about these monuments, but it’s a whole other story when you see them in person.

It makes you think about the history of this planet and how remarkable the human species truly is. The fact that these unbelievable structures have lasted the test of time provides true insight into the construction techniques used in ancient Egypt. Grab one of your friends, rent a camel, and see Egypt properly.

Cairo University offers excellent education opportunities and an even better experience.

10. Drake Passage, Antarctica

If you’re really up for an adventure, head down to the bottom of our planet. While sailing through this passage, it’s common to see whales, dolphins, seabirds, and penguins. If you’re into biology or just an adventure enthusiast, you will appreciate this vast passage. After traveling another 100 miles South, you’ll hit the Antarctic Peninsula.

As you stand on the ship or onshore, the vast emptiness will bring you back down to scale. You’ll feel isolated until you’re standing in the middle of a massive penguin colony. The icebergs alone, are something incredible to experience. Remember, you can only visit this destination throughout Antarctica summer months, which spans from November to March. If you’re a photographer and plan on getting stunning shots, it’s recommended that you visit in November.

Although you can’t go to college or university here, there are possible research and expedition programs that you can apply for.

See Also: Why Traveling Right After College Is Better Than Getting a Job

Regardless of where you travel, always appreciate every moment. Allow your experiences to shape your ideas and goals moving forward. As a college student, you have the world at your fingertips. Take advantage of traveling and the ways in which it enriches your life.

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