The 20 best trips to take in your 20’s
Let’s start with the old and faithful. One of the best trips to take in your 20s is now and forever will be, ‘the Eurotrip’. An idea once made famous by a certain film has long been a tradition of college graduates… so what are you waiting for!?
Studying at college or university in your 20’s – dubbed the “best years of your life” – can sometimes feel like a drag. You’ve got your classes, lectures, essays, deadlines… and that’s just the weekdays. If you want to make the most of your studious years and try something new, look into your study abroad options. A semester in Rome? A year in Paris? The opportunities are endless when you start looking at your options…
Volunteering in Africa
An increasingly popular trip to take in your 20s (and of course your 30’s, 40’s+++) is to dedicate your most precious asset – your time – to volunteer in an African nation. If you’re uncertain on where you’d like to go and feeling overwhelmed by the options available, Volunteer Africa is a good place to start.
South America Adventure
Once the road less travelled, South America is becoming an increasingly popular choice for 20-something travellers. Hot spots such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires are a good place to start, but be sure to include more of the best places to go in South America in your travel plans – there’s a whole continent to be discovered!
Fun times with Friends
While a solo trip is a bold and noble move to make in your 20’s, if you have the chance to travel with friends, don’t take it for granted. Later in your life (and theirs) you may not be able to have the same chance twice, so take advantage of having a travel companion to make memories with.
Nature lovin’ in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is to Americans what Bali is to the Aussies… backpacking central and an oasis for surfers, nature lovers and those just looking to take a legitimate break from reality.
Backpacking Southeast Asia
For proximity purposes, Southeast Asia is the first choice for young 20-something Australians looking for a quick or extended break on the road. Because of its’ cultural allure and ‘far far away’ factor for the Brits and Americans, Southeast Asia is considered by those in the Northern Hemisphere to be the ultimate backpacking destination to lose and find yourself.
Jumping off and out of Things
Whether you’re bungy jumping off the highest jump in Macau or jumping out of planes over Las Vegas, there’s plenty of thrills to seek around the world. Traditionally thrill seekers would head to places like New Zealand for outdoor adventures, but over the years these thrills have spread out across the globe and you can expect to jump out of things almost anywhere in the world!
Want to take a trip around the world but don’t have anyone to go with? Why wait!? Going solo can be one of the scariest and most challenging decisions of your life, but it can (and will) also be the most rewarding. It won’t be easy but it certainly won’t be dull.
Yacht Week off the coast of Croatia has quickly become the ‘in thing’ among 20 and 30-somethings the world over. My friend Kristen (aka The Blonde Abroad) wrote a great introductory post for first timers.
Bike Riding Death Road
Of all the trips I’ve taken in my 20’s so far, bike riding death road in Bolivia has been the most nerve-racking. Indeed – this one would not be for the faint hearted.
Holi Festival in India
Holi (colour) festival in India is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ trips you will never (ever ever ever) forget in your lifetime. Be sure to take some friends along for the ride, India is a country best enjoyed with a few travel companions and an open mind in its’ purest form.
If you find yourself in Germany during September/October, you simply cannot pass up the opportunity to head straight for Munich to enjoy the festivities that are Oktoberfest (aka beer fest…in October).
(source: Roberto Trm)
Full Moon Party in Thailand
Things are about to get wild….. very wild. If there’s one tried and tested piece of advice before going into the Full Moon Party in Thailand – it’s that there’s no piece of advice I could tell you that you haven’t already heard or know to be true. The stories aren’t fiction…. these are some of the craziest parties you can attend. So why not, right!?
Road Trippin’ in the USA
Travelling cross-country in the United States of ‘Merica is about as down right authentic as it gets. Grab some friends, load a vehicle, and get ready for an eye-opening adventure as you see ‘the other’ side(S) of the States you’ve only read or heard about. Nothing is to be unexpected.
Hiking in Patagonia
Ahhh…. Peaceful and pristine Patagonia. Be sure to leave ample time for eye boggling and horseback riding, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for pumas roaming nearby.
Climb something… anything!
Whether it’s a one day hike, ten day hike, or climbing to the summit of Mt Everest – nothing will leave you feeling more like you’ve conquered the world than to climb something… anything!
Row a Viking Ship in Norway
Could there be anything more appealing than rowing a boat in the Norwegian fjords, an area still reminiscent of Viking times? No. Probably not.
Ride a Camel in Morocco
If you want to get off the beaten path and try something a little different in your 20’s, consider heading to the Arabian desert for an adventure you’ll never forget.
Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
Last but certainly not least, have you considered the wildly exotic Australia? Marine wildlife, hot summer days, cold beers as a reward for your troubles… Australia may be geographically isolated, but we think there’s a good reason. It is one of the most naturally beautiful areas of landmass in the world.
So, how many have you done? How many will you aim to do before 30?