There’s nothing better than that glorious holiday feeling, but it’s even sweeter when you’ve been waiting for exams to finish. Ready to swap books for boat parties this summer? We’ve got the lowdown on the best holiday destinations for students – so you’ll be snapping boomerangs on waterslides in Tenerife or searching for trinkets in Ibiza’s famous hippie markets before you know it. And the best part about a First Choice holiday is that it’s All Inclusive as standard, so all of your food and drink. Say goodbye to student life and hello to luxury. We’ll be the ones drinking cocktails on the unicorn lilo in the pool…
Try Tenerife’s best resorts
As the biggest island in the Canaries, there’s loads to do in Tenerife and plenty of big resorts to choose from, like Playa de las Americas or Costa Adeje. The latter is home of waterpark Siam Park, which has a wave pool big enough to surf in – just imagine the Insta-stories – and hosts the I Love Music Festival, so you’ll be spending warm summer nights listening to live music acts like Craig David. Then there’s Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife north, which shows off the Canaries authentic side. Relax on one of the famous black sand beaches or check out Jardin Botanico, the botanical gardens, which features a Tree of Sausages. And for a mini city break, head to capital Santa Cruz and visit Loro Parque, the local theme park. The city is less than an hour’s drive from Teide National Park, where nature lovers can stretch their legs in the sun.
Boogie on Bulgaria’s biggest beach
Bulgaria is a real up-and-comer when it comes to a summer break, and the bar scene is definitely worth shouting about. The Sunny Beach resort has an eight-kilometre long Blue Flag beach, perfect for lazy days after late nights on the strip. You’ll find a bit of everything in the bars and clubs here, from foam parties and EDM music festivals, to Cuban beats and alcoholic milkshakes. If you prefer action-packed days, beach volleyball and watersports are both on offer. And the ancient town of Nessebar is only 15 minutes away – it’s filled to the brim with impressive Roman architecture waiting to be explored. Plus, the weather forecast from June to August sits firmly in the high 20s, so toasty temperatures are guaranteed.
Investigate Ibiza’s bar scene
Ibiza is without a doubt Europe’s party capital. San Antonio is one of the world’s most iconic student destinations, and the spot to head for big nights out at famous clubs like Amnesia and Pacha. If you fancy partying in the sun rather than a dark nightclub, check out the Zoo Project. Party-goers dress up as zoo animals and cover themselves in luminous body paint. Cool off in the pool, or get a massage – plus, the line-up usually features unannounced special guests. The White Isle isn’t just for clubbing though. Es Cana is home to Ibiza’s weekly hippie market, where you can test out your haggling skills and chow down on local eats to live music. The Spanish city also has some of the best sun, sea and sand on the island, meaning it’s perfect for snorkelling sessions, boat trips, and learning to surf. There are clubs here, too – but it’s a much calmer scene. It’s also only an hour away from the capital, Ibiza Town, so make sure to visit.
Meet Mexico’s Mayan ruins
Ok, so it’s a bit further than the Med – but in Mexico you’ll find Cancun, home of the ultimate supersized student holiday. Spring Break takes place here every year from February to April, but it’s never too early to get planning for next year. Born off the back of university holidays in the USA, Spring Break is world-famous. And you’ll be partying alongside all nationalities at clubs like Coco Bongo, Mandala Beach Club, and La Vaquita. But just like Ibiza, there’s plenty of local culture to check out, too. Visit the Mayan ruins of Tulum, only 90 minutes away by car. And on the west coast, Puerto Vallarta has brilliant whale-watching spots, mountain trails, and jungles full of waterfalls to explore, too.