20 Trips to Take in Your 20’s

20 trips to take in your 20s

“Your 20’s are your selfish years. Old enough to make the right decisions and young enough to make the wrong ones. Be selfish with your time – travel, explore, fall in and out of love, be ridiculous and silly, stupid and wild. Be twenty something.”


20. Ibiza

Sitting at the legendary Cafe del Mar watching the sunset over the Mediterranean, hitting the dance floor at the world’s largest nightclub Privilege, partying at Space as the sun rises over the Terrace – there’s quite a few ‘reality check’ moments in Ibiza. It is THE party capital of the world attracting nearly six million tourists each year.

Great Barrier Reef

19. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. Snorkel or dive into the thousands of reefs home to countless species of colourful fish, turtles, dolphins and sharks. A sight you wont ever forget.

death road

18. Cycle the Death Road

Cycle the worlds most dangerous road, “Death Road” in Bolivia. Take on the challenge using mountain bikes, dropping an incredible 3600 metres in a couple of hours, from a literally breathtaking altitude of 4750m and snow, to the steaming valley floor of the Amazon Jungle. Certainly not for the faint-hearted.

sparty, budapest

17. Sparty in Budapest

Everybody knows at least two things about Budapest: the city is famous for its thermal baths and that its inhabitants love to party. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the most unique parties in the capital take place in these hot thermal waters. The most popular thermal bath in Budapest, Szechenyi Spa & Baths is famous for its summer night spa parties, sparties, for short. Think the ultimate pool party, but instead in thermal baths in the middle of the night.

bay to breakers, san francisco

16. Bay to Breakers in San Francisco

Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace in San Francisco, California on the third Sunday of May. Participants run up the iconic Hayes Street Hill, along the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park, while the city of San Francisco cheers them on. It is a quintessential San Fran experience that has attracted participants from all over the globe.

machu picchu, peru

15. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru

The Inca Trail is by far the most famous trek in South America, if not the world. In just 26 miles (43km) it manages to combine beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest, subtropical jungle and, of course, a stunning mix of Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels. The final destination of the trail just cannot be beaten: Machu Picchu, the mysterious “Lost City of the Incas”.

new zealand

14. Adrenalin seeking in New Zealand

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, head over to New Zealand, also known as the “adventure capital.” Skydive out of planes, bungee jump off bridges, go glacier hiking and then finish your day off by relaxing in the vineyards.

rio de janeiro carnival

13. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Although Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival capital of the world. There’s over two million people per day on the streets and the type of energy that the city of Rio emulates is just simply electrifying.

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12. Go on a USA road trip

Take a journey on one of the most scenic roads trips in the world: California Coast Route 1 Highway. Endless sunshine, amazing cities, best-in-class theme parks, incredible natural treasures—no matter what you want to do and see on your next vacation, California has it.

oktoberfest

11. Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany during late September (and running to early October). There’s fourteen massive tents with what seems like all the beer in Germany where you can sing, dance and cheers along with all your new friends!

take a solo trip

10. Take a solo-trip

Although you may be alone while taking a solo trip, you’ll never feel lonely. It is liberating and rewarding in a way few other experiences can match. You’ll be the master of your itinerary, you’ll make closer friendships, you’ll become independent, confident and learn things about yourself that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

south africa

9. Backpack South Africa

Camp under the stars, cross countries in overland trucks, lose a few days of your life to trance parties, canyon down waterfalls, hit the clubs in Cape Town, and swim with great white sharks. Africa is the adventure of a lifetime.

holi festival, india

8. Holi Festival in India

Holi festival is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is one of the major festival of India to celebrate the beginning of Spring and is the most vibrant of all. Celebrated across the four corners of India, it  involves covering everyone in colored powder and water!

las vegas

7. Party in Las Vegas

Vegas is one big party that’s certainly not for the empty pocketed. Dance until the sun down in one of Vegas’ world famous pool parties before hitting up the casinos. Party too hard? Don’t worry, take a quick trip to Hangover Heaven to rid your hangover and you’ll be good to go again that night. Only in Vegas.

6. Adventure through South America

World famous waterfalls, salt flats, zip lining through rainforests and swimming with sea lions – South America is a world of fun and incredible experiences. It’s a photographer’s playground with so many vibrant colours, interesting cultures and people, and amazing light to capture it all.

full moon party, thailand.

5. Full Moon Party in Thailand

Young travellers (about 20,000) gather every month on a beach in Koh Phangan, a remote Thai island and dance the night away in front of a strip of bars and clubs pumping out dance music. It is an all night party, so dance the night away until the sun comes up on the eponymous sunrise beach. Hundreds of thousands travelers over the past 25 years claim it’s the best party they’ve ever been to.

yacht week

4. Yacht week

Without doubt, one of the craziest and best weeks of my life was yacht week in Croatia. Wake up jumping into crystal clear waters and then partying it up until sunrise on a new island every night! You’ll make memories and friendships of a lifetime.

3. Eurotrip

It’s easy to travel across dozens of countries in only a few weeks in Europe. Grab yourself an interrailing pass and border hop between Paris, Rome, Budapest, and more. Start your journey interrail journey here.

2. Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is one of the biggest electronic music festivals held in the world, taking place in Belgium. In 2016, Tomorrowland sold out 185,000 tickets from over 75 countries in only 40 minutes (with another 130,000 locals on the waiting list). It’s more than just a festival, it is almost as if it’s a city. You can also purchase “Global Journey” tickets, where you’ll jump on board a party tomorrowland flight with live DJ sets. If that doesn’t tempt you, the aftermovie sure will.

1. Backpack Southeast Asia

From relaxing on a beach in Thailand, hitting up Angkor Wat, island-hopping in Halong Bay, the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, cocktails at sunset bars in the Gilis, and tubing in Laos – it’s all there for you in Southeast Asia (and on a reasonable budget!). Immerse yourself in new (and occasionally bizarre) experiences like snake wine, ice in beer, motorbike taxis, and $5-a-night bungalows.

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  • LOVE this article! Already planning on several of these in the near future, including the Holi Festival and the Full Moon party! Hadn’t even heard of the Sparties, but now I want to join one!

    Sharing this on my Facebook page today! :)
    — LisaLDN.com

    • Don’t they look amazing! Thank you for sharing Lisa :)

  • These places all sound so amazing! I really hope I can explore more of the US in my 20s. xx

    http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

    • Couldn’t agree more Lucy!

  • Everywhere looks and sounds amazing. Machu Picchu is one place that’s definitely on my bucket list to visit! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

    • Mine too! What an incredible experience it would be!

  • These places look so much fun! I love traveling and now I can add more places on my travel list!
    http://livingblissfullybalance.weebly.com/

  • Ibiza <3

  • These are amazing places. I’ve already been to SF (I did a road trip) and to Las Vegas. It was amazing. Traveling truly is the best thing you can do for yourself. x
    Lynn | http://nexttolondon.com/

  • Love this!! Travelling is the best thing you can invest your money!

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  • Love this post! I have never done any of these but someday soon I hope to cross a few off this list! Thank you so much for sharing these!
    Take care,
    C | http://atlantic-c.blogspot.ca/

  • Love this! I turn 20 this month so this is a great list for me. Interrailing around Europe is top of my list right now :)

    Sophie | Dreams and Colour Schemes

  • chntl

    This is such an amazing list of places and definitely some that I would love to visit while still in my 20’s. I have done the US quite a few times so I think Eurotrip id definitely next on the agenda! Great post! xx

    Chantalle | cece & grace

  • my wanderlust is in full swing today, I just want to get up, leave everything and go! I want to visit and do so many of these things, I want to road trip america and then end up in Hawaii after, I want to travel south east Asia and Australia and I want to inter-rail europe, and thanks to this post I now want to add more places to my list!
    http://www.elzbthchlmrspps.blogspot.co.uk

  • Yay, Tomorrowland made it to your list! <3
    Love from Belgium,
    Amal

    helloitsamal.com

  • Elisa Berry

    Amazing photos, I can’t wait to do all of these things!
    http://www.elisaberryslife.com

  • Oh, that’s a lot to do in only 3 years left (not even!). Beautiful list. There’s so much to do…

  • Miera Malcampo

    I must be living under a rock. It’s the first time I’ve heard about Full Moon Party in Thailand. Haha! This is a good list! Just wondering, have you tried going to these events by yourself such as the Full Moon Party? :)

    And speaking of backpacking in Southeast Asia, I suggest you guys go to the Philippines as well! There are A LOT of beautiful beaches here. :)

    littlemissmiera.blogspot.com

  • This is good if you love wild parties, but there’s more to life than that… I prefer museums, historic sites… things like that. And yes, I am 25. If your 20’s are the years to grow yourself, but you spend the whole time partying, you’re sort of wasting it…

    • I agree there is more to life, but these are the things that only seem mostly appropriate in your 20’s! I don’t agree that time spent having fun is time wasted. It’s always good to let your hair down as well as visiting museums & historic sites. I like a balance :) xx

      • Yes, but not everyone considers partying and clubbing to be fun. I find it tedious, and I get more fun and enjoyment out of museums and theater. I don’t think it’s fair to say that the same things are appropriate to all 20-year-olds. There are people who just aren’t into clubbing.

  • Really good list. I’ve been backpacking in Europe and travelled much of the US, but Asia is still on my bucket list.

    Tip for Vegas visitors: prepare for you parties before hand and avoid expensive ambulance rides if you overindulge! As a paramedic we get calls all of the time from folks who are not used to being out in the Las Vegas desert, or they think they’re Superman and really go overboard.

    Thanks for sharing, love the information and the images!

    Jennabea Struman, NREMT-P
    https://resquaredmedical.com

  • Meagan Henderson

    Fantastic list. But watch the typos. “a terrifying route that terrorists love. ” OUCH haha

    • Oh my god how did I not notice that haha, just removed. Thanks for letting me know!! x