Laying the groundwork for a lifetime of wanderlust, there are certain trips that are well-suited for your 20s when you can endure the hostel lifestyle and party until dawn. Aside from the obvious big-city must-sees like New York, Paris and London, these bucket-worthy trips may spark your curiosity about a part of the globe you’ve never considered exploring. Offering you a chance to change your worldview and learn more about yourself, these are just a few of the best trips to take in your 20s.
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Go backpacking in Southeast Asia (Nearby Hotels)
Rich cultural attractions and a favorable currency exchange rate, Southeast Asia is great for your twenties. Explore the bustling city of Bangkok, the digital nomad hotspot Chiang Mai or attend a Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. See the historic Angkor Wat in Cambodia or dodge motorbikes in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh, and if you’ve got extra time, squeeze in a trip to experience the diversity of Kuala Lumpur or the beaches of the Palawan in the Philippines.
Camp in the Sahara Desert in Morocco (Nearby Hotels)
Full of exotic sights and sounds, Morocco is the gateway to Northern Africa where you can bargain at its spice souks and marvel at mosaic-covered buildings. Walk around the Marrakech Medina, see the bright blue village of Chefchaouen or sign up for a camping excursion to ride camels at sunset, go on a 4X4 adventure and camp underneath the stars in a traditional Bedouin village in the Sahara Desert.
Win big in Las Vegas (Nearby Hotels)
While Las Vegas is known for its luxury casinos and world-class clubs where you can party all night, it’s also got plenty of other attractions, from the roller coaster at New York-New York and famed Cirque du Soleil Beatles LOVE show to its lively pool parties. A fun-filled night in this city can lead in a thousand directions, from dining at Top of the World at Stratosphere or finding Jim Morrison’s mug shot in Hogs & Heifers Saloon.
Test out the coffee shops in Amsterdam (Nearby Hotels)
Considered a rite of passage, visiting the coffeeshops in Amsterdam offers a memorable experience. The city also features 800 years of history to explore, showcasing a beautiful collection of ancient churches, excellent museums and quaint cobbled streets. Take a bike tour of the city, then explore the Van Gogh Museum or visit the Anne Frank House. Walk along the postcard-perfect streets of Jordaan, take a canal cruise or stop and smell the flowers at Rembrandtpark.
Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Nearby Hotels)
New Orleans is a party mecca, home of the world-famous Mardi Gras celebration where travelers come from around the world to sip grenades and collect beads. It’s not all about the party though, as the melting-pot of culture offers enticing Cajun cuisine and a jiving live jazz scene. Enjoy a night on Bourbon Street, then recharge with deep-fried pastries at Cafe Du Monde or po’ boys at Bevi Seafood Co.
Explore the lush landscapes of Bali (Nearby Hotels)
Bali is an exotic island paradise that will appeal to those in their twenties, from the vibrant nightlife of Kuta to its ancient monuments and lush landscapes. Visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, go surfing at Kuta Beach and marvel at the jaw-dropping views at Tanah Lot Temple. If you want a challenge, hike Mount Batur at sunrise or visit the cheeky monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest, while traditional dance performances offer a dose of culture.
Step into a fairy tale in Prague (Nearby Hotels)
It’s hard not to be charmed by the “city of a thousand spires”, as Prague offers views of domed churches and has one of the best preserved historic city centers in Europe. The city is perfect for your twenties, where you can walk along the beautiful Charles Bridge, explore the Jewish Quarter, then step back in time at the Prague Castle that dates back to 970 AD. Before you leave, catch the hourly Astronomical Clock display in the Old Town Square.
Relax on the beaches of Mexico (Nearby Hotels)
With the perfect combination of rich cultural heritage, stunning scenery, endless sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches, it comes as no surprise why Mexico is a top vacation destination for spring breakers. You can visit world-class museums in Mexico City, relax along the beaches in Tulum or enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling excursions in Playa Del Carmen. While Cabo San Lucas and Cancun are hotspots for resort-loving travelers, Oaxaca is a great place to experience authentic Mexican traditions with its annual festivals and flavorful cuisine.
Experience the nightlife in Barcelona (Nearby Hotels)
The delightful Mediterranean climate of Barcelona lures in visitors from around the world with its stunning architecture, flavorful cuisine and cosmopolitan ambiance will have you wanting more. Make sure to see Gaudi’s Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, then gaze across the city at Parc Guell. Walk along the famous La Rambla promenade, explore the medieval maze of squares in the Gothic Quarter, then take a break in the tranquil Parc Ciutadella before indulging in the city’s famous nightlife scene.
Go island-hopping in Croatia (Nearby Hotels)
A great place to enjoy outdoor adventures and natural splendors, Croatia boasts spectacular shorelines and beautiful vistas from charming coastal towns, where you can explore historic landmarks and admire the Adriatic Sea. Head to Hvar to admire yachts bobbing on its sun-soaked shores, enjoy the golden shores of Zlatni Rat beach on Brac or discover Croatia’s version of Ibiza at Pag Island. If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, head to Rab Island.
Sip Guinness in Dublin (Nearby Hotels)
Dublin is the small capital in Ireland with a big personality known for its museums, eateries and of course, historic pubs. Start at Phoenix Park before making your way to the medieval streets of Temple Bar. Sip a pint (or two) of Guinness before heading to Trinity College or the shops along Grafton Street. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Guinness Storehouse, see the historic Book of Kells that dates back to 800 AD before admiring the colorful floral varieties in the National Botanic Gardens.