10 Unique and Affordable Grad Trip Ideas That Are Based On Your Travel Interests

There’s more you can explore on a budget than just Bangkok and Bali

You did it! You survived all the exams, group projects and papers – now it’s time for your well-earned break! One of the best things about graduating is going on a grad trip with your friends to celebrate your newfound freedom. But when the whole world is suddenly your oyster, you'll realise that your bank balance isn’t exactly your best friend at the moment that makes planning for a far-flung vacation something of a challenge.

So we’ve done the research for you and put together a list of budget-friendly trips that doesn't sacrifice your fun and excitement. Our advice is to explore the hidden gems around us in the vast and diverse regions of Asia and Oceania. Whether you’re looking for a spiritual or intellectual experience, a food or adventure paradise, there’s a vacation spot to suit your interests and personality.

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2. For Nature Lovers:Kandy, Sri Lanka

Let the scenic landscapes of Kandy take your breath away! Known for its beautiful hills and rainforests, the second largest city of Sri Lanka is also rich in its Buddhist heritage and architecture. You can’t miss the magnificent Bogambara Lake, also known as Kandy Lake. The tranquil lake offers some of the best views of the famous Temple of the Tooth, which, true to its name, contains the sacred tooth believed to have come from the Buddha! Take a stroll through the peaceful Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can unwind among the massive collection of beautiful orchids, coconut palm trees, bamboos, and more. Look out for the trees in the great circle planted by Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary, and other famous dignitaries. Want to see more of Sri Lanka? Hop on the train ride between Kandy and Ella, which is said to be the world’s most scenic train journeys.

Where to stay: Centrally located near the Temple of the Tooth, OZO Kandy offers luxurious rooms with a wonderful view of Kandy at reasonable rates. From now until 31 December 2018, you can get 15% off on room rates at OZO Kandy with a minimum stay of three consecutive nights.

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