Your 20’s is a defining decade, a journey in becoming the person, that as a kid you dreamed you would be.
For many of us, our 20’s are filled with goals we wish to accomplish; graduate college, buy your first car, move out of your parent’s house or travel to a place you’ve never been before.
Travelling is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself and the world you live in.
Real-life education, new experiences and life-long friendships are just some of the benefits that come from visiting different parts of the world.
As you get closer to the age of 30, your priorities in life might change and travelling to far off and distant places may not be as easy as they once seemed. So, in hopes of inspiring and giving you that extra push, here are ten travel related things you must do before you turn 30.
1. Backpack through Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is the place backpackers rave about. The food, the affordable and readily available transport between destinations, cheap living expenses and a fun culture shock (for most) promise an experience like no other.
2. Ditch the hotel for a hostel
Sure, staying at a fancy hotel with a king-sized bed and a mini fridge filled with booze bottles sounds nice, but sharing a room with complete strangers, connecting over happy hour and sharing a communal washroom builds character! There are few common misconceptions about hostels; dirty, grungy, weirdos, but many of them offer clean, vibrant and spacious living areas. Unlike hotels, hostels are much more affordable, staff are friendlier and engaging and most times, you end up making new friends who are the most ideal travel companions! Just be sure to bring shower shoes.
A Euro-trip is on almost everyone’s bucket list. There are so many ways to explore Europe be it by rail, bus, plane, car or boat! There’s an endless number of places to see and plenty that you could visit more than once! There are the classic locations such as London, Paris or Venice but you could also spend a week on a yacht off the island of Mykonos in Greece or ‘ahh’ at the architecture in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The food, the people and the lifestyle of Europe will keep drawing you back before, during and after your 30’s!
4. 4. Trek to Machu Picchu
This four-day hike is one of the best known in the world. Challenge yourself physically and mentally as you trek along the Inca Trail and be rewarded with a stunning combo of history, architectural ruins, rolling landscapes, mountainous views and cloud forests.
5. Move Abroad for a Short Time or Long Time!
What better way to expand your life and your mind than by moving somewhere new! It might be scary, but guarantees new experiences, new people and a wiser, more mature outlook on life. Being in your 20’s is an ideal time to tick this one off your bucket list, before you ‘settle down’.
6. Learn a Language
Learning a new language might not be the easiest thing to do but it is makes travelling fun and is a truly valuable skill to acquire. Download a free language app, take a class or travel overseas and learn from the locals. This skill looks great on your resume too and is sure to impress.
7. Take a Coastal Road-Trip
Get together with your best friends, pack your bags and get ready for the wide-open road. One great journey might be down the Pacific coast of the USA! See stunning views and iconic monuments like the Golden Gate Bridge, travel through the Big Sur in California and dip your feet in the ocean in Malibu. Road trips are a unique bonding experience and make memories that are sure to last a life time.
8. International Festivals
With more and more festivals popping up around the world, it’s now even harder to decide which one to attend. Some of the better-known festivals such as Tomorrowland in Belgium, King’s Day in Amsterdam, Burning Man in Nevada, USA or Glastonbury in England are best experienced as a 20-plus year-old! Pack your stamina and some good dancing shoes, to endure the festivities, bright lights and music mosh-pits. Attending one of these before your bed time changes to 10PM is the best way to go.
9. Swim with Sea Life
Unless you’re an adrenaline junkie, the older you get, the more risk adverse you become and so, swimming with marine life is definitely something you should add to your pre-30 bucket list. Swimming with dolphins is always a memorable experience but if you’re feeling a bit more daring, why not swim with whale sharks in Western Australia or go shark-cage diving in South Africa?
10. Travel solo
Travelling solo might sound intimidating at first but it is one of the best ways to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It can be one of the most eye-opening experiences you’ll have. You get to set the pace of the journey and learn about yourself. Your self confidence is guaranteed to grow and you’re likely to improve your awareness and understanding of the world! Ofcourse, travelling with a friend or in a group is fun, humans are social creatures after all, but travelling solo helps us to recognize the benefits of solitude, and live in the moment.