Many of us wait until we retire to travel the world. Even though you may have a bigger travel budget in your golden years, there are some places that don’t get better with age. Here are 10 destinations that deserve to be seen before you reach 65.
1. Florence, Italy
Take a trip to Italy’s art capital when you’re young so you can wander the streets marveling at all the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Tour the Uffizi Gallery, do some people-watching in the Piazza della Signoria and don’t forget to eat some gelato—eat lots of gelato!
2. Yosemite National Park, California
Enjoy this beautiful natural paradise taking the 10-12 hour hike up the iconic Half Dome. Join the thousands of adventure-seekers per year who brave the blistering summer heat or the fluffy white snow in the winter to experience the breathtaking view of Yosemite National Park from up in the heavens.
3. The Great Wall of China
Don’t be one of those people who wished they saw this wonder of the world but never had the chance. Not only is the sheer size and structure of the wall astounding, the view is absolutely incredible. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to walk it when you’re young.
4. New York City, New York
Sure the Big Apple is a classic destination at any age, but your 20s is a great time to soak up all the underground clubs and bars. Check out the world-class nightlife or cross the Brooklyn Bridge and go to a concert in Williamsburg. You’re sure to have the best night ever.
5. Carnival, Rio de Janeiro
Want to go to the best party in the world? Visit Rio de Janeiro during Lent and let loose at the annual Carnival. This is the ultimate carnival and is best experienced while dancing in the streets or bathing on the beach.
6. Southeast Asia
This is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for twenty-somethings. If you have a couple of months to spare, go tubing in Laos, visit the beautiful beaches in Thailand, visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia or take a cruise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
7. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is a sensory overload of a city. From clubs to historical monuments to world-class shopping destinations, this bustling metropolis is definitely best experienced when you’re still able to stay up past 2am.
8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is where young Europeans go to have a good time. From the infamous Red Light District to its colorful coffee shops, Amsterdam has a huge amount of amazing sights—and a legendary laid-back atmosphere! Plus, the city has many free attractions which gives even the most thrifty traveller a chance to still experience everything the city has to offer.
9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is a massive salt flat located close to the wild and stunning Bolivian Andes. The salt flat developed when a gigantic saltwater lake dried up, leaving behind all the salt with none of the leftover water. Rent a car out to the plains and spend a day racing around the flats while taking the occasionally moment to soak up the beauty of this natural wonder.
Take a sabbatical down under, travel the country with a work visa and pick up some money as a server or bartender. Australia is one of the most popular international destinations for twenty-somethings, so you’re also bound to meet a few other fellow nomads during your travels.