Completing one’s studies is a significant accomplishment and bittersweet end of an era, which can also be a reality check as students embark on the next phase of their lives. Vietnam and many other destinations around the world, however, serve as idyllic locales for a celebratory vacation.

According to Lonely Planet, the country is affordable, beautiful, and welcoming, with a graduation trip to Vietnam serving to push travelers out of their comfort zones.

Being immersed in the sea of mopeds in Hanoi, slurping pho on stools along the sidewalk, and heading to Halong Bay where travelers can explore its limestone islands on a junk boat, are all fantastic activities for visitors, the website noted.

It also recommended experiencing the urban metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, wandering through Binh Tay Market, or exploring Vietnam’s only Taoist temple at Khanh Van Nam Vien Pagoda before cruising along the Mekong Delta and interacting with locals at the Cai Rang Floating Market.

Topping the list is Mexico, which is budget-friendly and offers a diverse range of activities, making it the perfect post-graduation escape. Alternatively, embarking on a road trip across the United States with friends provides the ideal post-graduation send-off.

Other destinations that made Lonely Planet’s list include Greece, Costa Rica, New Orleans, Louisiana, New York City, South Africa, Iceland, and Italy.