Get the college crew together for one more adventure.
The immediate aftermath of college graduation is fraught with competing emotions. Your mood is a mosh pit of relief, excitement, uncertainty, exhaustion, anxiety, sadness, happiness, and pride, fluctuating as each sentiment takes a turn overshadowing the others.
With no more 25-page papers or semester-culminating presentations looming before you, there’s a buoyant lightness to your life. But slyly grounding you is a newfound, unchartered stress: the rest of your life. Piercing the graduation celebrations, apprehension can creep in — soon your closest friends will be sprinkled around the country, far away from you and the lifestyle you co-created over the past four years.
When you can’t pin a single diagnosis on your mental state, the best remedy is to travel with your college friends as you ride out the interim to, dare I say it, adulthood.
The cities and countries on your list will have to strike a pretty specific dynamic to complement the tone of this time period. Here are 11 places you should visit after graduating from college because they’re affordable yet substantive, accessible without over-catering to tourists, and bustling with fun activities without being inauthentic or cheesy.