55 Best Unique Harry Potter Luggage Tags

As I stepped onto Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, I felt a thrill of excitement wash over me. I was finally going to board the Hogwarts Express, the legendary train that would take me to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I looked around and saw other students, some nervous and some eager, all anxiously awaiting the journey to the magical school.

The Hogwarts Express was a marvel of magical engineering, and I knew that the journey ahead would be filled with excitement and adventure.

When I began preparing for my trip, I knew I needed something special to mark my luggage. I rummaged through my supplies and found some plain, white luggage tags. With a wave of my wand, I etched many magical designs onto the tags and slipped them onto my bags to share with you – my friends.

Now, no matter where your travels on the Hogwarts Express take you, your luggage will be easily identifiable as belonging to a Hogwarts student.

This list is a summary of my magical recommendations – no trip to Diagon Alley needed!

“Best Of” Luggage Tags List

This “Best Of” list is based on my personal experience using various Harry Potter themed luggage tags. Subsequent sections of this post include designs and styles that I haven’t personally tried. They are included in this post because they contain interesting design and aesthetic elements.

Best Customizable Luggage Tag: Hogwarts Student (Customize name, hair and house)

Product Performance: I love all of the customizations on this product – there are tons of hair designs & colors, font styles, and skin types. Plus you can choose the robe colors to reflect your house!

The quality was much higher than I expected and the seller responds quickly to requests for alterations.

Best Pun Luggage Tag: “I’m a Keeper” Tag

Product Performance: The vinyl on the tag is high quality and durable and the leather strap is holding up fine, but I wish it was a little more sturdy. Since the color is predominantly black, I wouldn’t recommend buying the tag if you own black luggage.

It took my husband a minute to understand the pun, so my nit-picky wish is that the goal image was a little more pronounced. Once he got the pun, he loved it!

Best Quidditch Luggage Tag: Funny Nimbus 2000 Tag

Product Performance: This tag is made by the same vendor as the last. I like the design and appreciate that it is more identifiable when I use it on my black luggage.

Best Death Eater Luggage Tag: The Dark Mark

Product Performance: I’m not really a dark arts type of person, however the watercolor design looks really nice in person. Its simple and easy to identify as the death eater dark mark.

Also, I like the personal information card insert on the back of this tag. It contains all of the essentials: Name, Address, Telephone, Email.

Best Curses Luggage Tag: I Solemnly Swear A Lot Tag

Product Performance: This design is super cute and I love that it has two parts to attach to my luggage. It feels like my bag had a Harry Potter ambush!

There isn’t a personal information insert anywhere on these tags so if you are looking to label your luggage for loss or theft prevention, I wouldn’t recommend these tags. If you like this style, I have other cute tag options below.

Best Deathly Hallows Luggage Tag: Classic Deathly Hollows Decal

Product Performance: This design is perfect for a Harry Potter fan looking for a subtle design for their luggage. Its clean, simple, and matches with many styles of luggage.

Since the Deathly Hallows aren’t related to a specific Hogwarts house or individual character, this tag would be a really good gift for those who relate more so with the deeper messages of the books.

My only complaint is that the “Deathly Hallows” words are a little hard to read. My friend who isn’t familiar with Harry Potter lore didn’t understand the design and I think it would be nice if the words were large enough to read well.

Best Fantastic Beasts Luggage Tag: Fantastic Beasts Logo

Product Performance: This is the only Fantastic Beasts Logo tag I was able to find. I really like the look, size and vinyl quality.

Another perk is that these tags are bright and distinguishable enough to make it very easy to locate my bags in the airport terminal.

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All Aboard the Hogwarts Express!

As the Hogwarts Express stands waiting in the station, students hubbub about the train, eager to start the new school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Some students sport luggage tags with the classy golden Platform 9 3/4 emblem with their names and home addresses, while others have magical tags that change colors to help them easily identify their bags. Some particularly mischievous students have even been known to use Disillusionment charms on their luggage, making it nearly impossible for anyone to spot their bags among the piles of trunks and suitcases on the train (not featured in this list).

No matter the type of luggage tag, one thing is certain: the journey to Hogwarts is always an exciting one, filled with anticipation and wonder.

Platform 9 3/4 Printed (Multiple Colors)

Vintage Hogwarts Express

Hedwig & Hogwarts Ticket Pack

Color Changing Luggage Tag

Classy Platform 9 3/4 Emblem

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Rep Your House

As the Hogwarts Express leaves the station, students from all four Hogwarts houses are bustling about the compartments, eager to start the new school year.

As I observe their luggage tags, some Gryffindor students sport luggage tags emblazoned with the house’s iconic lion crest, while others opt for more subtle designs in the house colors of scarlet and gold. Hufflepuffs, known for their loyalty and dedication, often choose luggage tags with their house’s badger crest, while Ravenclaws tend to favor tags with their house’s eagle crest. Slytherins, always a bit more cunning and ambitious, often choose sleek, sophisticated luggage tags in their house colors of green and silver.

No matter the design, each luggage tag represents the unique character and values of its owner & their house.

Traditional House Crest Tags

Sweater Design House Tags

Watercolor House Emblems

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Character Personalities

I paid close attention to the luggage tags of the students who entered my train compartment, were their designs better than the ones I created?

Surprisingly, each one was adorned with an image of the famous Harry Potter and his friends. I spotted tags with illustrations of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Dobby and others as well as tags with illustrations of Professor Snape and Draco.

Harry Potter w/Voldemort Background

Harry Potter Quidditch

Hermione Watercolor Collage

Hermione Illustrated Portrait

Ron Weasley Watercolor

Ron Weasley & Family

Luna Lovegood Glasses

Whimsical Luna Lovegood

Dobby Has No Master Tag

Round Dobby Tag

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

As the Hogwarts Express chugged along, I pulled out my copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and began to scan the pages.

I had always been fascinated by the magical creatures that inhabited the wizarding world, and the Hogwarts Express provided the perfect opportunity to spot some of them in the wild. I scanned the fields and forests outside my window, looking for any sign of the fantastic beasts described in the book. I spotted a herd of unicorns in a distant meadow and a group of centaurs wandering through the trees.

The journey on the Hogwarts Express was turning out to be even more exciting than I had anticipated.

Wand ID Information

Magical Congress Tag

Protect Your Mind Charm

Suitcase Luggage Tag

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Cute Chibi Design

After my completing my magical creature pre-term reading, I pulled out my sketchbook and began to draw some cute chibi characters. With oversized heads and tiny bodies, chibi characters are a whimsical and charming illustrative artform popular in both the magical and muggle worlds.

I couldn’t help but smile as I doodled Harry and his friends. Adding my own creative spin to the already delightful chibi style was an enjoyable way to pass the time. After I was done, I pulled out my wand and animated my characters. They playfully danced around my notebook until the Hogwarts Castle came into view.

Character Chibi Pattern

Cartoon Character Toss

Dumbledor

Voldemort

Fantastic Beasts Nifler Tag

Hogwarts Crest Tag

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Minimalist Style

As we pull into the station, students grab their bags and filed off the train. I easily located my bags because of the minimalist design I created on my tags. The style is simple and understated in a way that subtly incorporates elements from Hogwarts while being distinctively enchanting.

As I walk toward the castle, I turn back to take one last look at the Hogwarts express. I remember my exciting journey and look forward to future travels throughout the magical world.

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Wizard Artifacts Line Art

Magical Items in Sweater Style

Happiness Quote Tag

“Mischief Managed” Quote Tag

Accio Adventure Leather Tag

“Anything is Possible…” Leather Tag

Simple Seeker Tag

Hogwarts Alumni (all houses available)

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Matching Passport & Luggage Tag Sets

At the end of the term, I will pack my bags for yet another adventure in the magical realm. This time, to visit the dubiously dark arts focused school: Durmstrang. Since its far north of Hogwarts (very far outside the country), I will not only need my luggage tag, but a passport cover to match.

Thank goodness for my trusty wand, magical knowledge, and ample creativity. The journey ahead is sure to be filled with adventure, and I can’t wait to see where it will take me. 

Marauder’s Map

Hogwarts Crest

Advanced Potion Making Text Book Tag

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Killer Airbnb Experiences Found In The Bay Area

Ever since I moved to the Bay Area, I’ve been on the search for unique local experiences. Wouldn’t you know? I found the best ones on the tech platform darling that started in the heart of downtown San Francisco – Airbnb.

Are you planning a trip to San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area cities but don’t know where to start?

I’ve searched high and low to find some of the best and most interesting experiences available on the Airbnb platform. Check out these incredible options for your next vacation and make sure to take as many pictures as possible!

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Silent Disco Beach Yoga at Baker Beach

Baker Beach, CA

If you’re looking for a unique experience, look no further than Silent Disco Beach Yoga.

This event is held on weekends at Baker Beach, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: yoga in silence. You’ll be wearing wireless headphones that allow you to hear instructions from your instructor while also hearing music from local DJs.

It’s an awesome way to get active and enjoy San Francisco city scenery while listening to some great tunes.

Haunted SF Ghost Hunting and True Crime

Experience San Francisco’s ghostly history first hand! This real ghost hunt through old Chinatown and Gold Rush alleys will allow you the opportunity to use modern ghost hunting tools to seek communication with local spirits (tools include a Spirit Box, dowsing rods, and an EMF detector during the tour).

Start the tour after dark at the Transamerica Pyramid and follow your guide through spooky alleys, mystical neighborhoods, and nefarious street corners.

Visit Gold Rush cemeteries, listen to stories of paranormal activity after mysterious deaths, visit the site of an ignominious mass slaughter, and learn of Gold Rush–era apparitions who still remain in our realm.

Ramen Making Party in the Mission

The Bay Area is one of the best places in the USA to be if you like ramen. With many of the top ramen spots in the country located here, it’s no wonder people come from all over to try them.

If you’re looking for something more authentic than purchasing a steamy, large bowl of soup, try this an awesome experience that gives guests the chance to make their own ramen noodles at home! You’ll learn all about how ramen noodles are made, make some yourself, and take home some delicious recipes!

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Private Tour of San Francisco’s Iconic Queen Anne Architecture

The Queen Anne architectural period was named after Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who was born in 1689 at 10 Downing Street (the residence of British Prime Minister). She became friends with King George II, and the style later became known as “Queen Anne” because of this friendship between them.

On this tour you’ll get an insider’s look at some of the most famous buildings in San Francisco, including those featured in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Princess Diaries.

Dyeing a Scarf With Local California Plants

This craft experience has been getting rave reviews from travelers who love to do something a little different and creative. It’s fun and easy, and you get to take home your own piece of art at the end! You’ll get everything you need to dye scarves in beautiful colors using plants like acorns, eucalyptus leaves, and coffee berry bush leaves.

Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is one of California’s most beautiful and unique cities, known for its natural beauty and laidback attitude. It’s also one of the best places to explore the outdoors and find a wide variety of edible plants, including mushrooms. This tour will take you on a 1-3 mile hike through the woods where you can learn how to identify food in nature and sample some delicious wild edibles. You can even bring home some extra treats for your next meal!

Sonoma Winery Hop in a Vintage VW Bus

Many people make their way to Sonoma County to do wine tastings, but if you want to get there in style and with retro flair, check out this Vintage VW bus experience on Airbnb. You’ll have time to explore each winery before getting back on board to head over to another one.

The owner will drive you around and show you interesting spots along the way. Tasting fees are not included and will be charged at each winery.

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Once in a Lifetime Experiences in Europe

Europe is a continent filled with history, culture and adventure. Whether you’re looking to explore ruins, hike mountains or sip wine on the beach, Europe has something for everyone.

But there are some unique attractions that make a world-class tourist destination even more special.

What some might call “Once in a Lifetime.”

What are the Best European ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experiences?

Read along to find out!

Tour CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

Geneva, Switzerland

In the realms of particle accelerators, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is like a Ferrari. It is the only one of its kind in the world, has more than seven miles of tunnel underground, and can accelerate particles to 99.999999% of light speed in its 27km long ring.

The LHC is also a massive scientific experiment that operates on an unprecedented scale: when operating at full power, it generates an amount of energy that’s equivalent to 20 million households – all just so scientists can study subatomic particles.

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Ride the World’s Only International & Time Zone Spanning Zip Line

Sanlúcar de Guadiana, Spain & Alcoutim, Portugal

The small town of Sanlúcar de Guadiana gives international travelers a unique transportation method to reach their next destination: zip line.

In the space of a few minutes, the thrilling air based river crossing starts in Sanlúcar de Guadiana, crosses the Guardiana River, and ends in Alcoutim Portugal.

The sponsoring company, Limite Zero, also prides itself taking visitors “forward in time” due to the fact that both Spain and Portugal are in different time zones.

Stay Overnight in the Same Rooms as Historic Celebrities at the Guinness Family Castle

Cong, Ireland

The experience of staying overnight in a castle is an experience that will “make” a trip, however staying in the famous 800 year old Ashford Castle is truly once in a lifetime!

Join historic guests such as Mary Queen of Scots, King George V, Princess Grace, Brad Pitt, and President Ronald Regan. Even the author Oscar Wilde spent much of his childhood in the neighboring area.

There are 30 estate activities, elevated beyond standard five star luxury. Guests have the opportunity to participate in falconry school, clay shooting, archery, horse riding, and fishing in addition to standard spa & golf amenities.

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Attend the Lucrative White Turf Event

St. Moritz Lake, Switzerland

The White Turf event is a must-see if you’re looking for something a bit different than the usual tourist attractions. It’s organized by the International League for Equestrian Sports (ILES), and it takes place at St. Moritz Lake in Switzerland during December, January and February.

The event consists of four competitions: dressage, show jumping, reining and stadium jumping. Each competition runs from December to February over several days; most events are about 20 minutes long so you can see many in one day if you have time!

Toss a Coin into the Fontana di Trevi

Rome, Italy

This fountain is located in the Piazza di Trevi, Rome, and has remained famous for hundreds of years because of its location at the intersection of Rome’s three most important historic roads.

Tossing a coin in the fountain, using the correct method, is said to make the following wishes come true:

  1. It will bring you back to Rome again, someday.
  2. It will allow you to find love or romance while in Rome.
  3. It will allow you to marry an Italian.

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Ski Downtown

Copenhagen, Denmark

If you’ve ever had the desire to shorten your work to ski commute, Copenhagen is the city for you!

The futuristic CopenHill, designed by Bjarke Ingels, is a ski slope in the heart of Copenhagen. Bring your skis / snowboard or rent them at the slope!

Watch a Live Opera at Vienna’s Legendary State Opera House

Vienna, Austria

Opera, typically takes place in a theatre, is performed by large casts, and often featuring a live orchestra.

The Vienna State Opera House is considered one of the most important houses in the world because, it has the largest repertoire of composers and shows since its creation.

If you want to have a unique, historic experience, there’s no better place than Vienna’s legendary State Opera House!

Conclusion

There are so many incredible things to do and see around Europe! We hope you enjoyed our list of some of the best once-in-a-lifetime experiences around the continent. If there are any other amazing things that we didn’t include on this list, let us know and we will add them for future readers!

Last Minute Gift Ideas When Visiting Friends

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When you’re traveling to visit friends or family, it can be a little intimidating trying to find the right gift. You don’t have access to the same resources that they do, so it’s hard to think outside of the box.

Fear not! We’ve rounded up some great ideas for gifts that you can bring along when visiting friends and family into three categories:

What are the Best Gifts From Your Hometown or City?

When you’re traveling, your hometown shows your roots and . Share a little bit of it with the people you’ll be visiting! Bring a quality, item from your hometown or several small items as part of a “my favorite things” gift basket.

Local Coffee or Tea

Local coffee or tea is easy to transport, and it’s something that can easily be personalized for your hostess. Besides being easy to find and buy (especially online), local coffee is also typically roasted within 100 miles of where you live so you won’t run into any issues getting it shipped on time.

Nice Bottle of Wine

Whether you’re visiting someone’s home or hosting a dinner party, it’s always nice to have a bottle of wine on hand. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you can afford it and know what you like, there’s no shame in bringing a nicer bottle.

Local Craft Beer

As a last-minute gift idea, consider giving a local craft beer. There are so many wonderful breweries in every state (and even some abroad). You can usually find these beers at your grocery store or liquor store, which also makes them easy to pack for travel!

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Biscotti, Pretzels, and Other Baked Goods

Biscotti and pretzels are two classic snacks that are easy to travel with, especially if you buy them from a local bakery or market. They’re also easy to put into a plastic bag or container without looking too fancy. Plus, both of these treats go well with wine or any other beverage that your friends might offer.

Flavorful Candles & Soaps

Candles and soaps have an extra touch of home! You can typically find then at local shops made from regional ingredients.

Raw Local Honey

Locally produced honey is full of antioxidants, pollen, protein, minerals, and vitamins. You can buy raw honey at most grocery stores or farmers markets (and even some big box stores). If you’re buying local honey, look for those that are marked “local” or “organic.”

Neighborhood Chef’s Cookbook

You might not be able to take them to your favorite restaurant, but you can bring your favorite to them in fresh, gourmet style! If your friend is more of a foodie, consider getting them a cookbook by a chef from your favorite restaurant in your home neighborhood.

Local Music (CD or digital download)

If you know the taste of your friend, then you can easily find an artist or band that they will like at a local music store. Next time they come visit you, invite them to see the local musician live in concert!

What are the Best ‘Luxury Practical’ Gifts?

The best gifts are the ones that are thoughtful, but also practical or consumable. I like to gift items that can be consumed, but are of a higher or nicer quality than the host typically buys for themselves. I refer to these items as ‘luxury practical’.

Note: This may not be the ideal gift type if your host regularly purchases high quality consumable items for their household.

Candles

Candles make a great luxury practical gift. They’re easy to find, transport, gift, and store. Consider the candle tier levels below:

Flowers

Flowers are the perfect gift for a hostess or host. They’re easy to find, and you can have them delivered directly to their home or office. Most people don’t buy flowers regularly for themselves so having a fresh bouquet is definitely a natural luxury that your host will enjoy!

Chocolates

If you’re pressed for time and looking for a last-minute gift idea, consider high quality chocolates. Ideally, you can purchase fresh chocolates from a local shop, however, these chocolate brands will also emit the same luxury vibe:

What are the Best Experience Gifts?

What if your host is the “person who has everything”? Consider getting an experience gift instead of something material. Experience gifts provide lasting memories and are often more meaningful than material items. Check out our suggestions below:

Treat Them to a New Restaurant

If your friend loves to try new food, but hasn’t had a chance to visit the new local Thai place, consider taking them out! If you’re short on time you can also, purchase a gift card for them to use at a more convenient time.

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Give Them A Night Off

Uninterrupted, free time is a wonderful treat. If they have kids, either volunteer to pay for a babysitter or watch the kids yourself. You could also consider paying for other relaxing services such as a spa day, massage, or pedicure.

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Tickets to One of Their Favorites

If your friend or family member enjoys theater, movies, concerts, or other artistic events, then tickets are a fantastic gift idea. You can purchase them online and have them sent directly to their phone or email.

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Conclusion

Next time you visit friends or family out of town, don’t rush out to buy a generic present at the airport! Instead, take some time to find something special in your hometown, that is ‘luxury practical’, or that is a high quality experience.

I hope these ideas have helped you make your shopping easier. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!

9 Best Uncommon Trips For High School Graduation

High school graduation is a milestone that’s well worth celebrating, and it can be a great time to take a trip with friends or family. If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual senior class trip, check out these uncommon travel options. Each is sure to make your graduation extra special.

Depending on your interests, you might also consider trip suggestions from our other posts:

Volunteer Vacation

If you’re searching for uncommon trips, volunteering is an option that will allow you to do something good while experiencing a new place. For example, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity International build homes in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico or even New Orleans.

It’s also a great way to celebrate your graduation from high school by giving back to others in need. Volunteering helps teens learn about themselves and the world around them by connecting them with other people from different countries and cultural backgrounds.

These volunteer opportunities are not only fun but educational as well! If you’re considering applying for college or university programs after high school graduation then it may be useful for your application essay if you have experience working with people from different ethnic backgrounds outside of North America (or even within North America).

Music Festival

Music festivals can be an absolutely amazing experience for high school seniors. They can provide an opportunity for students to spend time with their friends and bond over their shared love for music. They also offer an opportunity for students to explore new places and meet new people from all over the world.

Trip Abroad

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more adventurous, consider traveling abroad. If you have the time and money, traveling with a group of friends is a great way to celebrate your graduation. Look into more exotic locations such as Paris or Hong Kong where there are more activities available than just gambling and shopping.

Hiking Excursion

Graduation is a time of change, as you move from one phase of life to another. It’s a time to reflect on what you’ve learned and accomplished, and how much you’ve grown. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy nature. Hiking is the perfect way to do just that.

National Park

If you are someone who enjoys all outdoor activities (hiking, camping, canoeing or kayaking), then the national park system is the place for you! The United States has great national parks all over the country. You can find everything from deserts to rainforests and mountains with all of the accompanying outdoor activities.

River Rafting

Wouldn’t you know it? The best time of year to go river rafting is also the same time as high school graduations (late May through late June). If you’re looking to challenge yourself and build confidence, a river rafting trip is the perfect place to start.

There are several places around the world to take these kinds of trips – but if we had our way we would recommend going somewhere like Chile or New Zealand where there will be plenty of amazing sights along those rivers themselves too so make sure not just focus on what could happen during this trip but also how great everything else might be too!

Road Trip With Friends

One of the best ways to celebrate graduation is by taking a road trip with your friends. This can be done before or after graduation, depending on how long you would like to spend together before moving on with your lives. A great way to do this is by renting a van and driving across country, stopping at places like national parks, beaches, amusement parks and other points of interest along the way. This will give you plenty of time to bond with each other as well as see some amazing scenery while traveling across America!

Visit Family You Haven’t Seen in a While

If you have a lot of family in another state (or country), this is a great option. You’ll get to see relatives that you might not otherwise, and it can be a nice change of pace from your normal life. If some members of your family live far away, then this could be a good chance to connect with them more than usual.

If you don’t have a car, or don’t want the hassle of driving long distances on the trip there and back, it’s possible to catch rides with friends who live closer by. This way, everyone gets where they need to go without driving themselves crazy or spending money on gas

Take a Train Somewhere

When you’re a high schooler and don’t have too much money to spend, train travel is a great way to see the world. It’s also an affordable and convenient way to get around. Depending on where you live, there may be several different routes that allow you to take in your surroundings while traveling by rail.

These out-of-the-box ideas are fun ways to celebrate graduating high school!

If you are graduating high school, then chances are that you’ve been thinking about a graduation trip for a while.

We hope this list of ideas has inspired you to think of your own ways to celebrate graduating high school. No matter what you choose to do, we wish you luck in the future!