At every single stage of life we have a different type of pressure on us. At uni, it was that we had to be with the best friends having the best times constantly. I thought that would lift when I graduated, and it has, but it’s been replaced with the massive pressure to make something of my life. Right now, that means a graduate should get the best possible job with lots of responsibility and hopes of promotion while being able to support yourself away from home for the first time in your life. Somehow, I’ve actually managed to achieve most of that and honestly, living completely without handouts from your family or the government in the form of student loans is incredibly empowering.
But what isn’t empowering is the thought that now that I’m working, like many of my just-graduated friends, we’ll be working until we’re easily getting towards our 70s. My friend Jess just got a letter to confirm that she had started a pension. She’ll be able to start receiving the money in 2060. That’s over fourty years of five weeks holiday per year and living for the weekends. A job might be the ultimate success on the surface, but we can’t seem to handle it straight after the freedom of University. A stable job at 21-years-old is not what my circle of friends seem to strive for. We want to get out when we’ve barely even gotten in.
That’s why so many of us want to travel long, far and soon. We are a generation who refuses to be tied down by work, homes or anything else. We want freedom. I’m not sure where I want to go, but I’ve had a look around and here are some places that will appeal to a lot of wanderlust-filled recent grads.
UPDATED 2017: I love watching these Disney vloggers and YouTubers whenever I can’t be at the place where magic lives. One of the main problems with loving Disney World is that you can’t be there all day, everyday. So during those depressing times when you’re not in Orlando, why not live vicariously through others? Lots of other people have filmed their whole Walt Disney World holiday experience and uploaded it for the world to see. Not only do you get to live their vacation alongside them, but it’s also a great source of inspiration for your next trip. From amazing new restaurants, to hints and tips, they have a lot of knowledge to share.
If you’re dreaming of your next holiday, get into the spirit with these six vloggers. Let me know if your favourite isn’t on my list – I’ll probably dedicate the next week of my life to catching up on all their vlogs!
UPDATE: Since writing this list, I decided to vlog my own Disney World trip! I’ve started uploading my vlogs on my own channel, so be sure to take a look. I went to Florida in 2016, and I’ve now got an annual pass at Disneyland Paris. Here’s day one of my Orlando trip:
London is an amazing city to visit, and an even better one to live in. Yes, we might have to deal with the highest rent in the world, but there’s nothing like having one of the planet’s best cities to explore each and every weekend. I feel quite a bit of pressure to make the most of my treasured days off now that I work the 9 ’til 6 life, so I spend a fair amount of time trying to discover new places with my friends.
Greenwich is one of those places that, while being slightly off the main tourist trail, is postcard perfect. If you’re ever looking for something slightly different to do with your weekend in London, especially if you’re interested in meeting Llamas and a small hike to an incredible skyline view, then read on.
One of the main attractions in Las Vegas are the hotels, so deciding which one to stay in can be tricky. One thing is worth saying from the outset: even the cheapest hotels on the strip are quite expensive. If you feel like splashing out there are some definite perks like great pools, casinos and restaurants, and often great views over the city from your room.
If you’d rather flit away your money in the bars and casinos than on accommodation, there are cheaper options just off the main strip. However, there are lots of less-than-safe areas in Las Vegas that are just a stone’s throw from the tourist areas, so be aware and do your research first. Here are my recommendations for every budget.
Las Vegas is a very odd place, but you probably already knew that. After hours of driving down long, straight roads through seemingly endless desert, it rises up through the sand. There is no other major civilisation for hundreds of miles around, and yet people from all over the world flock to this patch of the Mojave desert to gamble, drink and have the best time ever.
Rather than falling in love with Vegas, I was bemused by it. It is the child of excess. The world doesn’t need Las Vegas, and yet it exists anyway. If you go, and I think you should just to experience the madness, here’s what you should do.