Whether you know a recent high school or college graduate a trip is an excellent way to celebrate this momentous milestone. Travel is a way for someone embarking on their college years or heading into adulthood to get perspective on the world outside of where they live, and also to have some fun. Check out our best graduation trip ideas below for the graduate in your life. 

High School Graduation Trip Ideas 

If you are looking for high school graduation trip ideas in the U.S. then these are great options for your recent high school graduate. 

Disney Parks

This option gives you locations in California or Florida. Disney can be just as fun for adults as it is for kids! 

Puerto Rico

Although set in the Caribbean, this U.S. territory offers great weather, beautiful beaches, and tons of opportunities for learning 

National Parks

The U.S. boasts of 400 national parks, in different terrains and climates. If your graduate likes adventure, camping, and seeing the expansiveness of the United States, this may be the trip for them. 

River Cruise

see multiple countries in Europe and only have to unpack once. European river cruises offer immersive experiences into one country or allow you to see 5 or more countries on one trip. 

Canada Graduation Trip Ideas

Get back to nature by picking the perfect Provence for you and your graduate. Spend quality time together on a quiet lake, explore the instagram worthy terrain of Banff, or see the bustling city of Vancouver. 

College Graduation Trip Ideas 

Trip ideas for graduation can include staying domestic or spreading their wings and heading out internationally. Here are our college graduation trip ideas in the U.S. and beyond! 

New Zealand

Texas has great beaches for bird watching, boating, and fishing. Plus golf courses, cowboy and high art culture, and a rich history. Spring break in Corpus Christi or South Padre Island. Enjoy golf and big city life in Dallas or Houston. Tour West Texas and Hill Country from San Antonio and Austin to Amarillo and El Paso.

Island Hop In Greece

Life doesn’t get much better than looking over the blue domed rooftops in Santorini, partying the night away in Mykonos, or eating incredible food in the Plaka in Athens. Greece is a true treat for your college graduate after a long four years. 

Lake Tahoe, California

No matter what time of year Lake Tahoe offers tons of outdoor adventures. Spend your summer days on the lake, or take to the mountains in winter. This is a true U.S. travel gem. 

New Orleans, Louisiana Graduation Trip Ideas

New Orleans is another awesome U.S. travel destination. From the fun filled Bourbon Street, to the unbeatable music on Frenchman, shopping on Magazine street, and the beignets worth traveling for, your college grad will get a great sense of what NOLA has to offer on a post-grad trip.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is a true cultural immersion. Excellent weather year-round, Chiang Mai offers cultural sites like the Gold Temple, out of this world culinary experiences, as well as dozens of bustling markets. 

Graduation Gift Ideas For Traveling

Portable Charger

Anti-Theft Backpack

Walking Shoes

Packing Cubes

International Power Adapter

Conclusion On Graduation Trip Ideas

From domestic favorites to far off lands, travel can give your recent graduate perspective on the world around them. Travel is an excellent way to celebrate a milestone achievement and a good reset before starting out the next chapter of their lives. Whether you want your graduate to go near or far, these graduation trip ideas will help you pick the perfect destination for your graduate! 

Amber Zakem

Amber Zakem has worked in the travel industry since 2014. Although, her love of travel began far before that. Amber grew up visiting cousins stationed throughout Europe and worked as an Au Pair in Germany for a year between High School and College. She started working at a local travel agency in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after graduating from Central Michigan University. Amber began working for MAST Travel Network in 2016 and is the Social Media Specialist. She runs the MAST Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat and she teaches twice monthly webinars to travel agents on using social media to promote travel. Amber has continued her passion for travel and social media by also teaching a course at Moraine Valley Community College in their Hospitality program.