Life shouldn’t be solely devoted to a list of boring to-dos. Bring on the exciting to-dos, the bucket list of life! Traveling to beautiful destinations and enjoying once-in-a-lifetime experiences makes all of your hard work pay off. And it’s especially exciting to travel in your 20s because it’s one of the first times in your life where you have complete freedom to go anywhere and do anything — even if mom and dad don’t share your adventurous spirit.
In fact, some people choose to take a gap year after college in order to explore the world. This soul-searching adventure is uniquely possible at this time of life because you’re typically not yet tied down by worldly possessions or bills.
Kids often aren’t in the picture yet, you’re transitioning from college dorms to your first rental, and there’s a grace period on paying back your student loans. With virtually no loose ends to tie up, you can easily hit the road or hop on a plane and discover what makes your heart sing.
Think you can’t travel? Think again! Our passionate travel writers have shared countless tips to help you travel safely in a variety of circumstances (such as by yourself or on a shoestring budget) and they share their experiences in virtually every corner of the globe to help you understand what to expect when you get there. Worried about not having enough money for this adventure? You can always try teaching English abroad or seeking another type of job in your dream country.
What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you’d love to visit the incredible frozen landscapes of Iceland or Patagonia, walk along the Great Wall of China, or experience the nightlife in Europe’s best party cities.
Traveling in your 20s can completely change your perspective on life, and having a new adventure to look forward to will always lift your spirits. There’s no better time to make a travel plan!