There are so many epic experiences to be had and crackin’ places to explore all around the globe. There’s no better way to learn about yourself and the world than by venturing out of your comfort zone into an unfamiliar culture. So take advantage of your freedom while you’re young and without too much responsibility. Here are 20 travel experiences for your 20s that you need to do!
1. Yacht Week, Croatia
Get your crew kitted out with matching fancy dress costumes, pitch in to a booze kitty and have the time of your life sailing and partying around the stunning Croatian islands.
2. Budget backpack in Europe
One of the original rites of passage, go solo or with a bunch of mates and make lifelong memories backpacking through Europe for the summer.
3. La Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain
Get messy in the world’s biggest food fight with over 100 metric tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes. It’s chaos and every man for themselves, but most of all truck loads of tomatoey fun.
4. Glastonbury Festival, UK
The largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, get your tents and wellies ready for a 5 day whirl of excitement and debauchery.
5. Travel to watch the World Cup
Even if you’re not a huge football fan, there’s just something incredibly special about being in the thick of the action and cheering on your home country from a world stage stadium.
6. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
Take the 4 day trip of a lifetime to this exclusive globally iconic site and experience the enchanting mystery of the fabled Inca civilisation.
7. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
Lederhosen and steins at the ready, join 6 million beer lovers from all over the world and play your part in consuming 7 million litres of ale at the world’s biggest folk festival.
8. Route 66 Road Trip
Take in the timeline of contemporary USA and embark on the adventure of the 2000 mile ultimate road trip between Chicago and LA.
9. Cycle Death Road, Bolivia
Definitely not for the faint-hearted, and maybe mention it to your mum after you’ve survived it, this terrifying bucket list item will be one you remember forever.
10. Full Moon Party, Thailand
Leave your inhibitions at home and dance from dusk until dawn under the magic of the moon on the white sands of Koh Phangnan island.
11. Holi Festival, India
Get wet and dirty enjoying the carefree festival of colours, as water and vibrant coloured powders assault you from all directions.
12. Volunteer abroad
Make a real difference and gain a whole new perspective on the world by giving your time to the life-changing experience of international volunteering.
13. Tomorrowland Festival, Belgium
Experience the elixir of life and join the masses at this huge enchanting electronic music festival in aptly named Boom town.
14. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Extravagance, revelry and fancy dress galore, dance your way through the streets of Rio and party all day and night to the sassy samba beats.
15. Surf camp in Costa Rica
Take some time out and become addicted to the thrill of the Caribbean surf and the ‘pura vida’ laid back attitude of this jungle paradise.
16. Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua
Thrills don’t come much bigger than racing down an active volcano on a little piece of wood, maybe another one to relay to your parents after the event.
17. Kawarau Bridge Bungy, New Zealand
Literally see the world from a whole new perspective by flinging yourself off this 43m jump in the adventure sports capital of the world that is Queenstown.
18. Explore South East Asia
Take a few months, grab your backpack and join the banana pancake trail to experience the delights of South East Asian culture and its phenomenal beaches.
19. Hiking in Patagonia
A multi-day hiking and camping trip through the famed Torres del Paine National Park in South America takes you to some of the most photogenic landscapes on the planet.
20. Working holiday in the UK!
Head to Pommie land to learn new skills and meet amazing people as you earn to fund your travels around the rest of Europe.
How many can you tick off before the mortgages and the kids? Remember to come and visit us at The Whole World or Nothing for more tips and tricks on specific locations.
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