Though I am a firm believer of ‘age is just a number’; that there is no age for adventure. Still there are some things that become more special if you do them in your twenties. For instance, plan a spontaneous solo trip to Laos, or book a month long Euro Trip just because you have the luxury of time.
Coming to think of it, there is an endless list of places that you should tick off in your bucketlist before the thirties show their wrath. So here are the 20 best places to visit in your twenties, the young and free period of your life.
While you’re young, you should travel as much as you can But you don’t want to travel just anywhere. You want to travel to places that are awesome for young people. While you can go anywhere in the world, some places are just better suited for 20 something year olds! Here’s my take on the best places to visit while in your 20’s!
Inca Trail, Peru
Machu Pichu, a major benefactor to every wanderlust’s travel diaries. You can reach the Inca ruins by train, but save it for your old age. Trek your way through this stunning slice of nature. The forests, the scenery, the wildlife, and the ultimate destination full of paving stones, ruins and tunnels- Machu Pichu will leave you breathless and speechless at the end of this visual and spiritual sojourn.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
PCH makes perfect sense for a road trip plan with your folks. Arrange a smooth clunker, put a lot of beer in it, and get started! This highway runs along a major portion of the Californian coast.
There is so much to see and explore along the journey- eternal sunshine, excellent theme parks, amazing natural resources, great cities and a spectacular view all along.
Drive from LA until San Fransisco. The West Coast will leave you slack-jawed with its ocean, forests, desserts and endless mountains.
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world, has earned this accolade for all the right reasons. All the thrill hunters come to this country for extreme adventurev sports. Skydiving, Bungee Jumping, White water rafting, skiing, jetboating and so much more!
New Zealand is an immensely beautiful country. So besides all the adrenaline, the place is brimming with peace and quiet too. You can take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of the snowcapped mountains and ceaseless forests.
Or simply put- Oktoberfest! This 16 day festival held every year in Munich begins in the last days of September. All the locals and tourists of the city get split out in the fourteen beautifully decorated, massive tents, each representing one of Germany’s finest beers. It looks like all the population and beer of Germany has got along to sing, dance and booze with the countless new friends!
Oktoberfest is something you’d enjoy more in your twenties. You are free, spontaneous and willing to take risks. The memories from here won’t leave your head for many many days to come.
No adrenaline, no crazy nightlife. I recommend Shanghai for a course in Martial Arts. This holy place where Kung Fu is worshiped lets you experience and understand this art even if you know nothing of it.
Shanghai is a must-go, especially in the age when your bones are strong and will power resilient. No only will this education boost your self defense, but also increase your awareness about your body and soul, something that lacks in the present generation.
I consider this a highly recommended opportunity for you in your twenties.
Holi, a very popular festival of India, is celebrated in the month of March. This festival of colors involves playing with water and colors with everyone around. You end up looking hideous, but it’s all worth it in the end.
In Vrindavan, the festival is celebrated using original flowers. So if you are up for some street fun where there’s music, dancing and lots of colored powder, India is waiting for you.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The irrefutable sin city of the planet, Vegas is awake 24/7. Get going with you poker face in one of the many casinos, buy your friend a lap dance in the decadent nightclubs, drink like fish and party till sunrise. Live you wildest dreams here, because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
There are top-notch labels to splurge in the daytime, countless fine dine restaurants for the evening, and an insomniac nightlife to after-party. Vegas is in every ‘before 30’ bucketlist.
Koh Phagnan, Thailand
The legendary full-moon party attracts droves of youngsters from across the globe. There’s booze, there’s rave, there’s every kind of fun you can dream of, right there at the beach.
So get ready (with a glow paint all over you) to drink vodka from the buckets and party under the stars all night long.
In the daytime, stave off the toxins and fatigue in one of the many Thai Spa salons. It’s indulgent and pays off really well in the end.
Llama Trek, Colorado
The snow-capped rocky mountains of Colorado are the sturdiest, most exotic trail on the charts. If you are new to the area, go for a guided back-country llama packing trip. Ahead of you are one of the grandest mountain playgrounds of the planet.
10th Mountain Division Hut System, an epic accommodation network in the high country of Colorado offers you camping, sleeping in tents and lodges.
The capital city is replete with music, dance and an ever-ending nightlife. Ljubljana is the student hub of Slovenia. So the youth fervor is inevitable here. Most of the area is restricted for pedestrians and cyclists only. So that makes the town all the more beautiful and Amsterdam-ish.
Croatia has off-late, gained a lot of tourist interest. The extravagant Yacht week is all about partying in the clear waters on a new island every morning. There’s no night here in the ceaseless party experience. Plus you get to meet amazing people and make lifetime friends.
Andaman Islands, India
Andaman has one of the most beautiful, untouched corals in the world. Pristine beaches, white sands and turquoise skies, Andaman is one of the most gorgeous beach destinations in my experience.
Scuba Diving is up for grabs even if you are a swimming virgin. Besides that, there are all kinds of water-sports to try out with your friends.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras, the biggest carnival of New Orleans celebrating music, parades, picnics and excitement. It’s almost like a National Fancy Dress show for the city. Families gather up in vibrant attires, dancing and enjoying in the streets. Make sure you carry a large bag with you to loot all the beads and trinkets showered in the parade.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio, the Carnival capital of the planet, showcases this electrifying festival out in the streets. The Carnival has now become a benchmark for every major festival in the world. Millions of people participate in this merry making event where love, music and dance are taken to a whole different level.
You’ve got to attend one of the Sparties (Spa Parties) in Budapest’s thermal pools in your 20s. Hungarians are party animals and spa devotees, so combining the two in these thermal baths is obvious.
Szechenyi Spa and Baths is a top party pool for such sparties. So get set to party and relax, both at the same time.
Kailash Mansarovar, China
One of the hidden treasures to the world, Kailash Mansarovar gives you an enthralling experience with the legendary Mt. Kailash. There Lake Mansarovar at the foothills of the this divine mountain. Reaching this destination is quite a challenge, with all the natural calamities and extreme weather conditions. But in the end, you wouldn’t want to go back.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Get over with Pizza and Venice. Italy has way more to offer you than a romantic or educational expedition. Head on to Cinque Terre, a cluster of five towns, all connected by an excellent hiking trail that runs adjacent to the coast. This picturesque colorful island looks utterly dreamy and surreal.
There’s party, fun, peace, beauty- all in one place.
The Amazon, Africa
Get close to the wilderness to test your limits. The replete wildlife of the Amazon would remind you of Anaconda and those many movies made in the river running through this dense forest. Don’t forget to carry your safety gears and your guts, as this one’s a godfather of all the extreme adventures.
Needless to say, Miami is the ultimate party destination for all those dreading to enter the 30’s. The place is overflowing with amazing discos and bars. Get a tattoo before it becomes immature for your age. Drink like fish at one of the beach taverns and wake up with a crazy hangover. Do all that you would probably won’t do again.
Twenties is the perfect age to live your live king size. You aren’t too volatile like in your teens, and your bones are still young to try out new avenues. So make sure you live this decade to the fullest.