Sun tans, barbecues, summer camp, ice cream cones, and swimming are just a few of the images that come to mind for most people when they think of summer vacation.  Here at StudentUniverse we have come up with the top summer destinations. We’ve got everything from cat-walking vogue in Paris to saunas in Miami, as well as more than a few beaches. Here are the top summer destinations, each accompanied by our guide to enjoying the season.

Why not fall in love in Paris
Everyone who visits Paris for the first time probably has the same to do list of major attractions to hit; The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, etc. So make sure you leave some time to wander the city’s grand boulevards and eat in as many cafes, bistros and brasseries as possible. And don’t forget the shopping; whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market), you can be sure to find to find the best price flights with StudentUniverse that will leave you with some extra cash in bank.

Best Summer Holiday Destinations for Students

Sun, Sea and Barcelona

Set your foot on Spain’s cosmopolitan Mediterranean coast; Barcelona has a unique blend of Catalan culture, trendy urban life and easy access to the beach in one place. Sunny weather, cultural delights and delectable tapas delight the summer traveller. Individual neighbourhoods host their fiesta mejor, a kind of block party replete with feasting and, possibly fire-runs, in which giant (fake) dragons breathe fire over the crowd. The Sonar electronic music festival and outdoor cinema at Sala Montjuic in June fills the city with beats, colour and flavour so get ready to get your legs out boys and girls.            

Sun, Sea and Barcelona

Welcome to Miami

Miami Beach’s high season is winter, which is exactly why we are recommending it this summer. A normally expensive destination, prices and crowds both abate during the hot summer months, leaving you more space on the beach and an easier approach to the bar. With our discounts on hotels and flights be assured that you will be able to pig out on some sticky sweet mangos at the International Mango Festival or showcase your best moves at the Bahamian Goombay Festival.

Welcome to Miami

Crikey Australia

Perfect for Gap Years and Tours, Sydney is definitely the place to be. Be sure to visit the famous Bondi Beach or calmer sands of Coogee. Don’t let the long flight put you off though, it’s just more time to chillax knowing that you will be standing where others dream. With extra cash in your pockets from your discounted flights and luxurious hotels you’ll find great shopping in the Rocks districts along George and Pitt Streets. So get your climbing gear ready because you can be at the top of the world on the Harbour Bridge or skywalk on Sydney Tower for a 360 degree view of the city. But whatever you do, don’t leave town without cuddling the koalas in the Taronga Park Zoo they’re ridiculously adorable.

Crikey AustraliaTaronga Park Zoo

Try out Thailand

Bangkok is becoming one of the most visited destinations with 16 million visitors last year. Known for its festivals and extraordinary partying scene; Thailand is also home to some of the most exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples and enlightened cuisines.  Thailand is perfect for that ultimate student holiday you’re your friends or partner. Your pounds really go a long way with Bangkok’s inexpensive hotels and street food vendors. So make sure you book now to experience the greatest swim, snorkel and scuba at their most beautiful beaches like Phi Phi Island. Be sure to have the adventure of a lifetime with our Thai and Asian tours for as little as £649 and see why they call it the land of the smiles.

 Try out Thailand

Tropical Tanzania

Tanzania’s Spice Islands are the ultimate fantasies. The Zanzibar archipelago and Mafia islands are blessed with deserted beaches of white sand, powdery as icing-sugar, lapped by the beautifully blue waters of the Indian Ocean.  Zanzibar has its fair share of luxury resorts, aquariums and safari rides. Let us take you to Tanzania’s mainland the Serengeti, which is home the number-one wildlife wonder of the world, the Great Migration. With up to 40% off accommodations you can sit back and relax as we take you to the most exquisite island.

Tropical Tanzania

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