20 Awesome Spots To Travel To In Your 20’s


20 Awesome Spots To Travel To In Your 20’s

“Experiences are far more valuable than money ever will be.”

I have always known that experiences are by far more valuable than money ever will be.   I guess I always figured that it takes money to get those experiences, but I have learned that this is not necessarily true.      I’m here to tell you that you can travel on the cheap or maybe even free if you play your cards right.   If you are interested in going to these places on the cheap, then check out my bonus post 10 Ways to Travel on the Cheap or Free Worldwide where I explain it.

I wanted to cover 20 places that you should travel in your 20’s.    Go places before you settle down, get married and then start a family.   Trust me on this one!   Take the time in your 20’s to do this, even if it means backpacking and camping in tents as you make your way across Europe, Tahiti, Thailand, Brazil and more.   You will thank me later when you have a life filled with experiences.  It might not cost as much as you think if you are frugal about your approach.

The other aspect of travel is that it expands your horizons beyond the bubble of your home land be it the United States or elsewhere.   When you are raised you are brought up with certain beliefs which are important, but seeing how other people live life abroad will open your horizons more than any book will be able to teach you.   When you see how people live in the depths of India or Mexico or Thailand, these experiences will forever change you.

Unfortunately, until you take that first step to see and experience these new places, you will not understand what I am telling.

So take my word for it, go out when your young, when you have the time and explore the world…

Remember… “It’s the Journey, not the Destination.”

Journey on … here we go

Floating Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Each year swarms of Lanna-style lanterns light the sky in Thailand as they celebrate Yi Peng, which means “full moon day”.   As you can see from the picture below, thousands of lanterns are set up in the sky and it’s a sight that can’t be missed.   This festival has been has been a yearly event for Thailand since the 16th Century.

Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built atop the 2,300 foot Corcovado mountains overlooking the Guanabara Bay is a must see experience.   This statue took 9 years to build and was finally finished in 1931.     In 2007, more than 100 million people voted around the world to make this one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Oia in Cyclades, Greece

What a beautiful yet quaint village on the hills of the island of Therasia.   This small village was built up from the trade routes that were developed in the eastern Mediterranean from previous centuries and today has become a worldwide wonder in beautiful architecture.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Carved through the state of Arizona over millions of years, the Colorado River was responsible for this wonder and trust me when I say this it’s breath taking.   When I walked up to the edge of this beast of mother nature, it literally took my breath away.  It’s awe inspiring and is a must visit.

Cherry Blossoms at Mount Fuji in Japan

Nestled in the hills of Fujiyoshida City across from Mount Fuji, the Chureito Pagoda is a dramatic setting for this beautiful landscape of fresh spring cherry blossom trees.    You must come here in Mid April to see all that Japan has to offer, especially the cherry blossoms.

Paris, France

Famous for the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, Pyramid of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris is filled with adventure, history, food and fun.   Exploring this place in your 20’s Absolutely!  Did you know the Mona Lisa is housed here in Paris?    There’s so nany things to do and amazing food to eat.

Taj Mahal – Agra, India

India is an amazing country, full of so many different cultures and tradition.  Over 1 billion people crammed in this small relative area as well.   The Taj which was built in 1632 is a must see for those traveling to this Agra, India and is the site of a mausoleum of Mughai emporer, Shah Jahan’s wife.   Can you believe that the Taj Mahal was built by over 20,000 artisans?

London, England

Home of Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abyby, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower Bridge, London is alive with history and culture.  If you hang around long enough, you might even catch the Queen of England or the Royal Family around and about.

Rome, Italy

Home of the Colosseum (as pictured below), St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and many other attractions.   Every time I think of Rome, I think of the movie Gladiator which was a great movie if you haven’t seen it.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Ok, so this is probably the #1 place to go when you are in your 20’s.   Sin City is awaiting every person willing to take it all in and experience what this city in the desert has to offering.   From gambling to night life to awesome shows and great food.   There is something exciting here waiting for anyone that’s willing to make the trip.     I have had friends that go and win enough money to pay for their entire trip.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights which are those green lights in the sky shown in the picture below.   That actually exists and you can check it out if you make the trek up to Iceland.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

This island is tucked away in the French Polynesia in the South Pacific.   You pretty much can’t get any farther away from civilization before you would be coming back on the other side of the earth.   This place is literally in the middle of the Pacific.   It’s a speck on the map, but as you can see it’s absolutely breathtaking beautiful.   I want to live here!

New York City

Home of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, One World Trade and Time Square.   This is the city that never sleeps.   I love this city.   It has every culture that you can imagine stuffed into the most densely populated city in the United States.   From the food to the people to the entertainment, this place has it all.   We went to see a musical on Broadway last year and it was Brilliant!

Maui, Hawaii

This island is the second largest of it’s sister islands and is one of the most beautiful places in the world.   From snorkeling, windsurfing and of course surfing, the beach has many activities awaiting those with adventure in them.

Venice, Italy

This city is stretched across a total of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges to form this very romantic place to experience.  Venice is filled with music, architecture, arts, wonderful cuisine and many other things to experience.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

This town is a scene of many famous cultural tourist attractions, many of which survived the destruction of 20th century Europe.     Check out Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and many others.   I used to work with a girl that had a lot of family from here and she used to visit every year and would return with fond and warm stories to share.

Zermatt, Switzerland

You go to Switzerland for one main reason, the Swiss Alps.   This is the place you want to be if you want to catch some slopes and ski to your hearts content.   The swiss also like their Alphorn…  yup the big horns that make them famous.   Check it out…

St. Petersburg, Russia

An important port on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is rich with culture and color as shown in the pictures below.   This city was founded by Peter the Great and is Russia’s cutlural center.  If you want to get a taste of what Russia has to offer, then this is the place to go.

Marrakech, Morocco

Home to mosques, palaces and beautiful gardens, Morocco is a medieval city with thriving marketplaces and rich cultural foods.      If your looking for an adventure like no other, Morocco may be suited for you.

Machu Picchu, Peru

In 2007, this location was voted in a world wide internet poll of over 100 million people as one of the world’s seven wonders.   It’s home to a 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain range in Peru.

Wow! What a worldwide tour that we just went one.   Each one of these destinations holds an adventure ready for the taking.    If your in your 20’s get out there and some how make it happen while you are still young.   You only live one life and try to make the best of it.

If you say Drew, I can’t afford to travel like this I challenge you to maybe think about landing in these destinations in a different way.   No one said you had to travel traditionally.   Be sure to check out my post on  10 Ways to Travel on the Cheap or Free Worldwide.   It might just give you a different outlook on how to travel to these 20 places and not break the bank doing it.

Take my word for it, go out and travel the world over.   There is no better time than traveling in your 20’s.

Remember… “It’s the Journey, not the Destination.”

Journey on …


What other places around the world did I miss?   Where would you like to go in your 20’s?

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