Some say that life ends at 30. Others that this is when it all begins. If you are an avid traveler, you know that some places are better experienced with a certain mindset, and that others require more preparation. You and your parents will most certainly experience the same destination differently. If you are still in college, are planning a gap year, or simply want to see the world before you settle down and commit to anything in life, here is a list of seven places you should experience before you turn 30.
Lagos is a beach town located south of Lisbon, and at first glance, may not seem like much of an adventure. However, in reality, it is home to a huge number of international visitors, all looking to have the best time of their lives. If you are looking to have a great time, dance the night away or meet a bunch of new friends from all over the world, Lagos is the perfect place to do just that. Remember to stay safe!
Havana is even more beautiful in person than it is on the big screen. Yes, the cars are all amazing, yes, the streets are wide and colorful, and yes, there really is only one kind of shampoo to buy. You will certainly experience a bit of a culture shock, but that’s just what your twenties are for! Exploring the city will not cost you much, and you will be welcomed with open arms, as a wealthy tourist. Book yourself a holiday in Cuba and embrace the rhythm.
If you are looking for a laid-back experience, Dublin is the place to be. This vibrant city is famed for its pubs and its literature, and the locals are the friendliest you can dream of. The pub scene is magnificent, and the food is also some of the best you will try. Dublin truly is a city full of young people, waiting to share their experiences and chat over a pint. If you are a fan of Joyce, don’t wait too long before you pay Dublin a visit!
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is simply a city of beauty. Its bridges are breathtaking and its cobblestoned streets sometimes feel like a fairytale. The pubs are also amazing, and the local beer is excellent! There is a stunning Gothic castle you need to explore, and quite a bit of more recent and more sinister history to unravel. Stop by the Museum of Communism or the National Museum to witness some of the darkest periods of Czech history.
Cape Town, South Africa
If you are coming from Europe, Cape Town will amaze you with its ocean and its beaches. Cape Town is also a city with a party to be had on every corner. Mzoli’s is the place for a Sunday open-air party, or you can find a trance party a few streets further. You can also choose to venture into the wilderness outside town, and experience more of Africa.
Barcelona is a city of history, culture, and again, some amazing nightlife. Even if you are just in it for the music, don’t miss out on visiting the Sagrada Faamilia or the Park Guell, which is a fairytale within itself. Climb the Tibidabo for a breathtaking view of the city itself, and the sea in the distance. Try some of the seafood and enjoy the siesta!
New York, USA
You didn’t really think we’d leave the Big Apple out, did you? The city that never sleeps truly has something to offer for everyone, from the bar scene, to its museums, from Central Park to the boroughs, you will not want to sleep a wink, just to be able to take in as much of the city as you possibly can. Plan your days ahead, in order not to miss out on any of New York’s wonders.
Your 20s are the perfect time to head out on an adventure. Wherever you decide to go, remember to stay safe, but also to explore as much of the local culture and cuisine as you can. You don’t want to find yourself wishing you’d have been able to travel more when you still had the time. Just set out on the road, and soak up as much of life as you can, to keep you going once the nine to five sets in.