For many college students, the summer represents the perfect time to take exciting trips. Even if you’re working over the summer or have an internship, there are likely a few long weekends or weeks where you don’t have anything planned. Take advantage of this down time and plan an unforgettable trip. See if any of your college friends also want to travel and make plans to check out one of these beautiful, and affordable, travel destinations for college students.

Albania

If you want to head to Europe, but need to do so on a budget, pay a visit to Albania on the Balkan Peninsula. Tourism is not as prominent in this small country as it is in many of its neighbors, so you’ll feel more relaxed. You’ll find beautiful cities and historical sites, as well as gorgeous oceans off of the country’s two coasts.

Canada

People in the United States do not often think of Canada as a foreign country to visit over the summer, but it’s definitely one to consider. There’s plenty to see and do, such as visiting Niagara Falls or heading to a city like Vancouver or Montreal. If you want to feel like you’re in Europe, head to Quebec City and view its beautiful architecture.

Romania

Romania is a wonderful country to visit with a rich history. Whether or not you’re a fan of literature, pay a visit to Dracula’s Castle, officially known as Bran Castle. There are lots of beautiful small towns to visit and get a taste of the local culture. Head toward the Carpathian mountains for hiking, skiing, or simply to explore the towns in those foothills. There are plenty of other castles to visit and learn about the history of the country. You’ll find 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romania, so there’s plenty to see and do.

Ecuador

If you know a little bit of Spanish, Ecuador is an ideal location to enhance your skill at the language. The country’s accent is easy to understand and you’ll meet plenty of friendly locals. You can visit some great cities, like the capital, Quito, or you can get in touch with nature. Ecuador is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural sites, such as the Andes, Cotopaxi, or Baltra Island. These sites are just a few of the many natural wonders you can see in Ecuador.

Thailand

For a while, Thailand has been particularly popular with college students traveling on a budget. If you’re into a thrill, check out the adventure sport companies in the country that offer kayaking and rafting, along with other activities. You can even go on an elephant ride that offers a tour of the country! You’ll experience a fascinating culture and find great food as well.