Graduating from college is an exciting moment in time – moving your tassel, tossing your cap in the air, and embarking on your next journey. It’s just as monumental for the parents too, as your toddler who learned to walk seemingly weeks ago is ready to march off into the world. To symbolically celebrate the next phase of your college grad’s life, here are five affordable and exciting after-graduation vacations that’ll bring the family together under one roof one more time:
Relax after finals in Palm Springs
After their stress of studying for finals and your emotional rollercoaster of watching your child become independent, retreat with the family to a private little desert oasis as a postgrad vacation idea. Lounge by the pool at your rental home, grill up some hamburgers and share stories over an overdue family dinner. At night, gather around the outdoor fire pit and stay up late talking about all the exciting things to come. As you share your own younger self’s stories, you’ll start to feel that parent-child bond evolve into something new to cherish.
Reconnect in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Ninety miles north of Atlanta, Georgia’s favorite mountain town is a good choice for some quality time with the family and a fun postgrad vacation destination. Rent a private cabin in Blue Ridge and enjoy the best of getting out and staying in. Hike to local waterfalls or horseback ride through tree-lined forests; then, head “home” to spoil your grad with those infamous homemade recipes and some s’mores outside. Enjoy living together as a family before your grad starts their next chapter.
Adventure together in Colorado
If your grad is the type to embrace a thrill, head out to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to share those experiences together. From whitewater rafting in Beaver Creek and mountain biking in Breckenridge to ziplining down the mountain in Vail, you’ll literally reach new heights. Stay in a rental home or condo to enjoy your time together while still giving everyone space and freedom to stick to their own routines, thanks to multiple bedrooms and full kitchens.
Be kids again in Orlando
If you’re all craving some good old-fashioned nostalgia, head to Orlando and embrace the theme park magic. Stay nearby in a private villa rental, and spend your days hitting the parks your grad loved as a kid (and still does now!). Dine around the world, ride the coasters, catch a show, and indulge in a few, fun character photo ops before you head home and send your kiddo off into the real world.
Spend (some) summer abroad in France
The quintessential after-college trip, visit France with your grad and sight-see your way across the gorgeous country. For an extra unique take on a postgrad trip to Europe, home swap with locals who want to check out the U.S. There’s no better way to help open your grad’s mind up to new cultures and give them an experience they’ll never forget. From Paris to Marseille, there’s so much to see that you’ll probably have to make a pact to return together for a round two.
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