Forget the books, now it's time to test your party and travel skills
Whether it's with a host of A1s or F grades, many of this year's Leaving Cert bunch will be enjoying one last blowout before college. From clubbing parties on a sun-drenched island to island hops in the Adriatic, the world's their oyster. And while the bulk of students opt for holidays straight after the exams are over, a significant number head away after the results are out.
For the ultimate party night, Club 18-30 is hosting its second rock party trip to San Antonio in Ibiza. It's promising top DJs, pool parties and endless entertainment, with a September 16 departure, including flights and a week at the three-star Laura Apartments, from €379 per person. Log onto www.facebook.com/club1830Ireland or call Club 18-30 on 0818 21 41 61. The company also has late departures this month to the island of Crete from €439, Cyprus's Ayia Napa from €429 and Turkey from €389.
Holiday companies report that the hottest destinations this year for Leaving Cert party-goers have been Crete, Ibiza and Zakynthos.
Rivals Sunway still have places available for Majorca, with a week in two-star apartments for €489, departing this Saturday. Check out www.sunway.ie or call 01 288 6828. And holidaysonline.ie has a week in Cyprus, departing Sunday, for €629, with other destinations also available.
For something more upmarket, market leader Contiki (www.contiki.com) has eight days cruising around Croatia from €989, departing on September 3. The price includes seven nights on a cruise boat, seven breakfasts, five lunches and two dinners, port and visitors' taxes, and Contiki representatives and sightseeing tours of all main cities.
For students heading to the Far East, it's got a sensational trip around the beaches of Thailand. Jump your way from the island party on Koh Samui to Koh Tao and end up in Koh Pha Ngan for a full-moon party. Participants get to swim and snorkel off white-sand beaches, go hiking in emerald-green forests, or sip cocktails from a coconut.
Price from €535 departing September 15, including eight nights' accommodation, five nights in three-star hotels and three nights in cabins, eight breakfasts and two dinners.