Your 20s are the perfect time for travel – you have minimal responsibilities, you have financial freedom and it gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures and meet new people. It’s also a great way to do things or see places that put you outside of your comfort zone and push you to try new things. Here are five of the best destinations to visit in your 20s, whether you’re seeking great nightlife, an entirely new culture or unbelievable scenery.
Thailand has long been associated with gap year travel and those looking to explore, but there’s plenty of evidence to explain the hype behind this exotic destination. From island hopping to exciting night markets, to the beautiful temples and one of the best culinary scenes in the world, Thailand is diverse and fascinating. Cultural and historically rich, Thailand is truly captivating, whether you choose to visit the frenetic capital of Bangkok, the old city of Chiang Mai or the pristine beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui.
Malaga is the ultimate party capital, with a legendary clubbing scene and fantastic beaches. For travellers wanting somewhere sunny, friendly and with plenty of bars and clubs to enjoy, this is the ideal destination. From foam parties to world-famous DJs and the best drinking spots along the Malaga strip, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable vacation here with an electric atmosphere that’s second to none. When you arrive at Malaga airport find a car hire vendor to make getting around this fun-filled location even easier.
Yes, it’s a long (and pricey) flight but New Zealand is well worth the effort – it’s one of the most spectacular destinations in the world and has incredibly diverse scenery to explore. From bungee jumping, kayaking and taking unforgettable wildlife hikes, this is one for adrenalin junkies. And that’s not all – there’s also glaciers, geothermal cities and mountain terrain, all topped off with serving as the backdrop to the Lord of the Rings movies. New Zealand needs to be seen to be believed and your 20s are the perfect time to experience all the adventure it has to offer.
Budget-friendly and easy to get around, Morocco is a cultural paradise that’s great for young travellers. Kick off your trip in Casablanca, travel to Fez and explore the vibrant medina then on to Marrakesh for the rainbow colours of the Jardin Majorelle. Morocco is a unique destination, with enticing aromas, striking vistas and memorable experiences, from trekking through the desert on a camel to witnessing the street theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna.
Berlin is a fantastic city for young people, with so much to experience – it’s affordable, has a lively atmosphere and the locals are incredibly friendly. With the historic landmarks, the contemporary art galleries and the great nightlife, there’s something for everyone here. Berlin is easy to navigate on foot and has plenty of transport options, as well as serving up delicious food and beer in its many cafés, bars and restaurants.