One of the tricky things about planning travel is that when you have time, you might not have money, and vice versa—especially when you’re just starting out in your career. But not to worry: The six destinations listed here are not too expensive, and they offer nightlife and social scenes that are ideal for a younger set. So be sure to check them off your bucket list before you turn 30!
Dublin, with its centuries-old cathedrals and castles, and gorgeous homes along the River Liffey, would be reason enough to visit the Emerald Isle. However, a lesser known feature of Ireland—and one perfect for road trip fans!—is the Wild Atlantic Way, a route stretching Ireland’s entire west coast that features stunning cliffs, crashing waves and plenty of green! So why visit before 30? Two words: pub culture. Ireland’s old-fashioned drinking establishments are the place to go for a good pour, traditional music and plenty of craic. That won’t be quite as enjoyable when you’re older and may even have kids in tow.
Affectionately known as the “Isle of Spice” for the abundance of herbs and spices grown on this West Indies island, Grenada is one of the Caribbean’s more unheralded vacation destinations. Grenada offers convenient access to outdoor activities such as hiking and scuba diving—especially at the amazing underwater sculpture park—as well as relaxing at your resort, or exploring the adorable shops and restaurants of Saint George’s, the island’s capital. It’s also pretty romantic, ideal for young starry-eyed couples!
Lying at the meeting point of European, Mediterranean and North African influences, Spain features a melting pot of cultures whose final product is a uniquely beautiful vacation destination. Barcelona is probably the most famous city in Spain, but for something a little more off-the-beaten-path, check out the Cordoba Patio Festival, a celebration that occurs each May honoring the gorgeous flowers, architecture and culture of this southern Spanish city! Overall, Spain is a great destination for the younger set, both due its nightlife, as well as its late hours: Spaniards typically don’t eat supper until 9pm and the nightlife gets going even later than that.
Like many southeastern Asian countries, Indonesia has an enviable mix of classic vacation offerings and culturally rich activities. For some quality rest and relaxation, head to Bali, Indonesia’s resort capital featuring lush villas alongside pristine beaches. Java is the perfect place to explore Indonesian culture, as the island features an array of Buddhist temples, and then there’s Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital and largest city! While it’s a beautiful place to vacation at any age, affordable accommodations, and nightlife that includes full moon parties and a vibrant backpacker culture make it a great place to visit while you’re young.
Not unlike Indonesia, Thailand features a stunning mix of resort destinations and cultural activities. Depending on when you go, either the Andaman Sea (Phuket, Ko Phi Phi) or Gulf of Siam (Ko Tao, Ko Samui) islands will be in dry season. All of these islands feature endless opportunities to relax, although Phuket is particularly known for its nightlife, while Ko Tao is heralded as the de facto scuba diving capital of Southeast Asia. Don’t forget the mainland, though, which is home to the capital Bangkok and also the breathtaking ancient temple cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai! Like Indonesia, Thailand is filled with affordable accommodations, vibrant backpacker culture and fantastic party scene, so it’s ideal for the under-30 set.
Despite being our planet’s second biggest country by population, many young people don’t consider India when crafting their international vacation bucket list. But if you are into stunning architecture and cultural immersion, India is definitely the place for you, as the Taj Mahal, Gateway of India, Amber Fort and Swaminarayan Akshardham are all world-famous monuments to India’s rich cultural history! You’re going to need some time to explore this vast nation, since it covers about 1.3 million square miles, and offers something very different in every region. That’s why it’s best to go while you”re still fairly young and don’t have to have too many responsibilities back home yet.
Which country will you add to your bucket list? Let us know in the comments.
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