Travelling is an experience that everyone enjoys at any age. But if you are a uni student, there is no better time than semester breaks and gap years to go explore the world and learn things that you could never get from sitting in a class room. For this purpose, here are our 5 top destinations for uni students.
This large Canadian province almost seems like its own separate country, with the official language being French (as opposed to its English-speaking neighbours). It is a destination of rustic, colonial charm and steeped in history and francophone culture.
A popular location for uni students in Quebec is the scenic pedestrian Village of Mont Tremblant where you will see no vehicles (they are prohibited) but instead people getting around by skiing. As a matter of fact, it is an award winning and internationally renowned ski destination during the winter. As such, you can partake in any snow activity you can think from snowmobiling to ice climbing and even dog-sledding through the forest led by a team of huskies.
Indonesia has got to be one of the best places to backpack. With thousands of islands to explore, the best starting point is to head to Sumatra. There you will be able to appreciate the morning mist from the window of one of the many eco lodges available, listen to the sounds of the wild and decide where your adventure will take you next.
If you prefer the ocean and would like to get off the beaten path of Bali, Sumba island is your destination. It has equally exciting snorkelling, surfing and fishing and is also a great starting point for your Indonesian trip.
Another location with French roots, Louisiana, presents an interesting setting being surrounded by bayous and the countryside. This US state gives you the opportunity to participate to unique experiences such as touring the eerie cemeteries and other haunts of the French Quarter in New Orleans or partaking in the fabulous nightlife this city has on offer.
If you are more interested in nature, you can explore the Wildlife Gardens where you will be able to walk through 30 acres of preserved swamp and observe local flora and fauna ranging from ostriches to peacocks. You can even stay in a small cabin adjacent to the swamp where you will be able to observe gators through a screened-in porch.
Avery Island is another popular place not to miss while you are there. It is the home of the famous Tabasco Sauce factory but also Jungle Gardens where you can appreciate wildlife specimens from all over the world including thousands of white egrets nesting there to black bears and armadillos.
Nested between Brazil and Argentina on the south-eastern coast of South America, this small country is quite often forgotten about. However, there is a lot to see in this location, from its striking beaches to its animated cities.
You can stay at one of the many hostels by the beach in Punta del Diablo which is ideal if you like surfing in the morning or star gazing at night. Also located there is the Parque National Santa Teresa, a national reserve where various species of animals can be seen.
A cool getaway from modern life is Cabo Polonio, a protected region that is only accessible riding a 4×4 across sand dunes or by hiking about seven km either by yourself or by joining a guided tour. This place is a perfect location if you want to experience a humbler way of life with most homes along the shoreline not having electricity or running water. However, you will be able to observe the sea lion population that dwells in the area along with whales and other marine wildlife. Climbing the lighthouse will also let you witness some truly amazing views.
South Africa is not only the cradle of humankind but also fast becoming the adventure capital of the world. With so many things to see and to experience you will probably need a few visits just to scratch the surface. Renting a car is always a good idea and will allow you to explore more freely.
A good starting point is St. Lucia where you can stay at a lodge like Umlilo Lodge and enjoy a fantastic South African Braai (BBQ) and contemplate your adventures ahead. From there you can go on safari in the Hluhluwe and Imfolozi National Park, the oldest Reserve of South Africa where you’ll be able to see black and white rhinos and many other African animals. You might also want to take river cruises and even kayak with crocodiles and hippos if you are feeling extra adventurous. The iSimangaliso wetlands are also a phenomenal location for horse riding along roaming wildebeest and giraffes.
Cage diving with white sharks is also at the top of things to do in South Africa which you could organise either at Cape Town or Gansbaai. Speaking of Cape Town, there is so much to do there. From simply discovering its culture and wandering from markets to boutiques to paragliding off Lions Head and abseiling off Table Mountain, this is truly a city that you might want to come back to and keep exploring.