By Jermaine Rowley
For Unwind magazine
After you’ve finished taking your finals, you have the entire summer ahead of you. Summer vacation has been the one thing on your mind all semester. However, you want something different this year — a place unique and fresh. The same ol’ trip to Ocean City or Miami is tiring at this point. Lucky for you, here are four affordable places you can check out to spend your Summer ‘17, both inside and outside the United States, without dipping into your college funds.
New Orleans, Louisiana — Sure, Mardi Gras is over, but New Orleans welcomes visitors all year round. Louisiana is home to Creole meals, vibrant architecture, and being the birthplace of Jazz music. During your stay, you can enrich your knowledge by visiting various museums such as the National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and even the Louisiana State Museum. Be sure to check out the beautiful Garden District for historic houses and NOLA’s unique above-ground cemeteries. For those who like a party, Bourbon Street Clubs are open until the early hours of the morning.
South Africa — All your safari dreams from watching “The Lion King” will now come alive. You don’t have to break the bank watching the big five — lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards — up-close and personal. You can also hike the enormous mountain wilderness to awe at the beautiful forest, rivers, pools, waterfalls and grasslands. Visiting Table Mountain is a necessity, as it is the famous center of Cape Town: one of South Africa’s most popular locations. The town is filled with amazing scenery that offer more places to hike while catching amazing views of gardens and wilderness.
Maui, Hawaii — Your tropical destination awaits! If you’re a lover of nature and oceanic places, say aloha to Maui. Surfing at one of many beaches, learning to windsurf, and snorkeling with the fishes are just a few of the many options that await you on this island. You can learn a lot about the culture and history by indulging to learn the art of hula dancing. Haleakala should also on your agenda, considering it is the world’s largest dormant volcano. Finally, you can journey through past tribal battlegrounds in Maui’s Iao Valley State Park.
Thailand, Southeast Asia — The “go-to” tourist spot in Southeast Asia, Thailand is known for its striking temples, but there is much more to this country. Primarily, Railay Beach in Krabi, which has the Andaman Sea enclosing the waters. This beach is unlike any other because few tourists visit, so you’ll definitely be enthralled in serenity. There’s also Damnoen Saduak’s Floating Market, where you can get on a boat and shop. Last but not least, a famous Thai massage should be added to your list of things to do. Your body will be revitalized, and you’ll certainly be getting your moneys worth.
Spend your summer 2017 in at least one of these places, and you’ll get a unique experience that’s unlike anything you’ve done for the past summers. Best of all, you’ll receive more bang for your buck!