20 Trips to take in your 20’s

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 The 20 best trips to take in your 20’s

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The Eurotrip

 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!?


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Studying Abroad

 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…


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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.


Rio de Janeiro Contiki

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. 


Costa Rica


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.  


angkor wat Sam Garza / / Wiki Commons / Via

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.


Skydiving Vegas

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!


brooke flying

Going Solo

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


Yacht Week

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.


la pa death road

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).


Full Moon


(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.

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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. 


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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.


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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?

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    Was looking to travel to Africa. Do you have more information on travelling Africa, help would be much appreciated.

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    November 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Great post,Love to go these places in future..Please visit, Coles Bay & Freycinet National Park, Tasmania in Australia if you like beaches, hiking, camping, great views and adventure and beautiful national park.

    Suzan@San FranciscoTours
    November 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    This is the best list! I’ve done few things… Your list makes me feel, I have missed out some places. I will have to do them in my 30’s.

    Julia Moore
    September 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Haha love it!

    Jumping out of things is one of my favourite things to do as well! Can’t beat that adrenaline rush!

    I have skydived 3 times already and can’t wait to see where I get to go again!!!

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    While there’s no perfect age to get up and go, there is something special about hitting the road and experiencing some of the world’s most incredible adventures in your twenties. Go while you’re young, single and without too much responsibility.

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    December 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I’ve done 9, but I’m only 171. this blog is so inspiring!

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    December 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    May name is Mafalda, I am Portuguese, at 19 years old I lived alone in Italy, to study, at 21years old I moved to Dubai to became a flight attendant and I manage to do and see a little bit of everything in the world 😀 I love traveling more than anything in life !
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    One thing on top of my list is Skydiving 😀
    I love your blog it is an inspiration!


    December 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I did only 5 of them, but I’m only 23 years old, so plenty of time. But I absolutely want to do the Holi Festival in India and go hiking in Patagonia! Great list 🙂

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    November 12, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Wow you have done lots! I need to get my feet moving, i’m nearly 29!

    Christine King
    November 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Great Read. I loved the Full Moon Party in Thailand. A lot of other wonderful places to visit and not just in your 20’s, 30’s too.

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    November 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I’ve volunteered in Africa, but I want to do all the others so much now! Thanks for the great ideas 🙂

    November 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is a great list. I definitely have a lot more to do.

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    November 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Costa Rica is definitely my top choice!

    November 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Hoping to check off Eurotrip and Volunteer in Africa in the next two years *fingers crossed*

    Grace @ Green Global Travel
    November 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This is great list! So many exciting things to see and places to go 🙂

    November 3, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Trying to do all of these during my year around the world! I will add bungee jumping to the list though 🙂


    November 3, 2014 at 3:03 am

    On my to go list!



    November 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    nice to see Costa Rica on the list 🙂

    there are a few trips that I personally wouldn’t prioritize, but some others are great ideas that I have to add to my must-do’s!

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    November 1, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Ah such an inspiring post! This is seriously my new bucket list.

    November 1, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Such a great list, I have a lot of catching up to do! Holi festival in India looks so much fun.

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    October 31, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    nice tips . its helpful for traveling. Thanks for posting nice views

    October 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Ooh these look amazing! I’ve done 9 on the list, and I’m doing an internship in London next year as part of my masters (so does that count as studying abroad? Ha!) I’d love to experience Holi in India though, and Costa Rica! Oh well get there someday…

    October 31, 2014 at 6:46 am

    This post resembles my bucket list. I have a lot of work to do!


    October 31, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I’ve done 7 so far, but I still have 2 years left to tick off a few more! Sadly, I won’t be able to check off Study Abroad since I finished school already, but I’d love to go to Holi – didn’t think of that one before!

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    October 31, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I’ve done 13 of these, so far! Celebrating Holi in India is so much fun 😀 Soon I’m going to Australia, so then I’ll finally get to visit the Great Barrier Reef. So excited! I also have Patagonia really high on my list. The landscape there truly looks unreal!

    October 31, 2014 at 2:36 am

    One of my favorite posts of yours so far! I think it’s worth mentioning that if you’re tight on funds, exploring your own country or state is always worthwhile. If you happen to be from one of these places all the better!

    I love that you mentioned roadtripping USA! My series Modern Road Trip has some tips and great spots to stop 🙂


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    October 31, 2014 at 2:24 am

    while planning many of the rips and thinking of traveling or simply doing things, many of these options are left out! Volunteering caught my attention, I never thought about it before. Great article!

    October 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I did some of these already, six more years to complete the others I guess!

    October 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Would love to go to Costa Rica.. have you been there?

    Duke Stewart
    October 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I loved this list and although it’s too late for me (over 30), I’ve still got a few of these in mind. The Death Road has haunted me ever since watching a video of it way back. That must’ve been a rush for you. Angkor Wat is probably the best thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. You shared a great photo of that place. Really so much to deal with it. You’ve visited a lot of the best places. Thanks for sharing.

    October 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This is so inspiring and gives me many goals for the future and more ideas for my next trip.

    On sunday I turn and Twenty and I embark on my first solo adventure to South East Asia over christmas.

    Reading over your Blog has been so amazing and so inspiring. I also brought your guide to solo traveling and it has put my at ease when planing and preparing my trip. It’s amazing.

    Looking forward to more blogs 🙂

    October 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve already done ‘the Eurotrip’ and I travel to a new place in the US every year. But as far as studying abroad while I’m in college I’m still undecided. I’m considering the idea of not studying abroad, but rather taking trips every summer to different places I want to visit. That way I’m not sacrificing a huge amount of time (a semester), but still visiting the places I want to see.

    October 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    These are awesome!
    You forgot one though: St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!


    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    October 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    So many fantastic choices here! Although I’d rather eat glass than attend a full moon party, I pretty much agree with every single one of your choices!

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    October 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Loved this post! It’s super relevant to my life right now as I build my wanderlust list and figure out what to do after college. So far out of this list I studied abroad and I’ve been around Europe! And I almost rode camels in Morocco but due to travel plans, we couldn’t! So sad! But I have a question, where is the first photo taken in this post? It’s gorgeous!

    October 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I really really really wanna see Patagonia!!
    XO Janina

    October 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Cannot wait for my own southeast asia backpacking adventure! And I think it seems that roadtripping in Australia is also an experience that a lot of non-aussie 20-somethings tend to do. I guess for us australians we get away whenever we have time/can afford it to somewhere that isn’t our country, even though it’s incredible in itself!

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    October 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I’ve done 2! Backpacked Europe this summer and went on a clubbing holiday with 9 friends haha! Does ride a camel in Egypt count- not morocco but the same continent! haha if so that’s 3 😉 8 years to do the rest…x

    October 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for the shoutout lady bird! xx

    October 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Hmm, not sure about the bike ride but being in India for Holi would be incredible! I have thought about studying abroad however I decided it wasn’t for me and so hope to travel in my long summers away from university!

    Heather x

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    October 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I strongly believe traveling when you are in your 20’s and single is very important, I always tell any friends or relatives that are in this age group that this is a must before settling down. Those trips are experiences that you will always treasure. Great post!

    Grace Arthur
    October 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I have done 3 so far, but I’m not 20 for another 6 months… Good going so far!

    E Catherine
    October 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I’m lucky enough to have grown up and lived in Europe my entire life and traveled most of it, I thought I’d covered the majority of it all but jesus, makes it all seem like a small drop now. India has got to be my next stop once I’m home. Rickshaw run, here I come!

    October 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Wow! This is a great list. I myself have only 7 knocked off. I guess I need to prioritize my list before I turn 30 🙂

    October 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    This is more of a lifetime goal list, rather than something to complete in 10 years! You’d have to really save up to manage 🙂

    Alana and Kyra
    October 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Omg Brooke, you have been through so many cool experiences! Really cool post 🙂

    October 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Only 5 so far, but I still have five year to take those trips 🙂

    October 30, 2014 at 7:26 am

    These are definitely going to my bucket list! All of these sound like such an amazing experiences.
    Once again, you have written this post amazingly and it gives me more inspiration to leave Finland and go traveling.

    October 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

    You have gone some amazing places. We had a fake Holi festival this weekend in Brisbane. It was so much fun! I just blogged about it this week. We are planning a backpacking trip to Asia, but your Patagonia trip really looks tempting. It is ok to do these trips after 20’s though. I am currently 30…oops. 🙂 love reading about your adventures.

    Yara Miora
    October 30, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Honestly these all sound amazing! But pursuing them before I turn 30 seems like asking for trouble 😉 I do have a 20’s travel list myself though, so I’m currently working on that!


    Charlotte Smart @ A Love Triangle
    October 30, 2014 at 6:54 am

    These all sound amazing 🙂 I so want to experience the Holi Festival in India, I can imagine It’s incredible! 😀

    Marie @ Marie Away
    October 30, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I think teaching English abroad is a significant experience for 20-somethings (and older!) as well. Of course, it’s something you must be sure that you are doing for the right reasons (interested in teaching, interacting, and living in another culture rather than just as a means to travel). If you are doing it for those reasons, it can open the doors to many unique and interesting travel experiences, the chance to live in and get to know a country (and its people) well, while paying off debts and being able to afford a more substantial travel lifestyle.

    You’ve got a great list here–some things I’ve done, others still yet to accomplish, but I’m working on it!

    October 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    All these trips sound amazing, I really should get to South America, I have been wanting to do this for ages.
    Thanks for all the great tips.

    xx Cheyenne

    October 30, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I’ve done the Euro trip, studied abroad, been to South America, traveled with friends, and climbed the Duomo in Florence and the Fortress in Salzburg! And I’ll be spending a month in South Africa next year! So all of that by 25 isn’t too bad. I have 5 years to catch up 😉

    October 30, 2014 at 6:27 am

    4! Southeast Asia backpacking is our favourite by far (still got lots of things to experience all over the world though!). We’ve written about our various experiences on our blog!