Getting up and booking a trip out of the country can happen at any time and any age. Though, don’t you just think there’s something above the freedom of being able to jump up with your best friend, grab a bag and hit the road on an incredible adventure?
Studies are suggesting that more and more travelers in their twenties are spending time in exotic locations, cities full of rich history, and beaches with blue skies that stretch for days. When you’re young, single, without kids and too much responsibility, you can really take advantage of your freedom.
Take a look at some of the best parties, experiences, and festivals that the world has to offer.
The Yacht Week
It sounds as amazing as it is. The Yacht Week is a week-long event that you spend surrounded by people you’re going to remember for the rest of your life. In addition to that, you get to spend it on a beautiful yacht and sail to somewhere new each day. With destinations like Croatia, Greece, and Italy, you’re going to have the time of your life. International DJs, towels, photographers, itinerary and more get included in the price.
San Fermin Festival
Spending the summer in Pamplona, Spain? You should make sure to get there in time for the San Fermin opening ceremony. The world-famous festival is one of the greatest in the world. During the opening ceremonies, you’re going to get covered in sangria, flour, and eggs. It only sounds disgusting! Make sure you get your sleep, though. The rest of the day is going to be spent dancing in the streets, but the next morning is the running of the bulls. Joy and respect are two of the core values held in San Fermin… that includes bulls and people!
Traveling to India and Nepal becomes brighter when you know what you’re getting into. The Holi Festival, or Festival of Colors, is a religious celebration that is mostly observed by Hindus and Sikhs. Typically, the holiday brings in good energy, repairs broken relationships, and parties in the victory of good over evil. The celebrating consists of eating, dancing, spraying bright colors on your peers and having a great time.
What Happens in Vegas…
Taking a trip to Las Vegas with your best friends is a rite of passage. There is endless entertainment in Sin City and something for everyone. From tours, sites, and concerts to magician acts, fancy hotels, palm trees, and casinos; there’s nothing you can’t do. You can do shopping during the day before sipping a cocktail by the pool, and enjoy the nightclubs and limousines at night. You won’t find nightlife like Vegas has to offer anywhere else.
Like Las Vegas, backpacking through Europe is also a coming of age vacation for most young people. One of the primary purposes is to experience all of the rich and vibrant cultures that Europe has to offer, but on a budget. Inexpensive flights, hostels, train access and group discounts are making it easier to move through Europe on a budget. Just remember, you’re there to learn about the cultures and food, not spend loads of money. When you have your friends with you, saving is that much easier.
Belgium is a beautiful country, and the fries, chocolate, and beer make it that much better. In addition to some of the greatest beer, Belgium also has one of the world’s biggest electronic music festivals in the world. Thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world travel to Boom, Belgium for Tomorrowland. It’s a three-day event that has top DJ’s and magical visual displays.
Bay to Breakers
Anything goes in the Bay to Breakers annual run. Surprisingly, it’s the oldest run race in the world and was designed to deepen your appreciation for the beautiful San Francisco city. The city already has an eclectic personality, but the race stretches though neighborhoods with different personalities, and landmarks. What makes it even more special, is anything goes. You can expect to see participants in everything from funny costumes, to their tightie-whities, to their birthday suits.
Many things come to mind when one thinks Munich, Germany, and Oktoberfest is just one of them. Over the years, Oktoberfest has become a tradition that has spread out all over the world, and smaller versions have popped up in smaller cities. The official Oktoberfest always remains in Germany, though. Over 7.5 million liters of beer got sold during the 2017 Oktoberfest, and 2018’s might be more. It’s a great way to finish off the summer by squeezing into a beautifully decorated tent that represents one of Germany’s greatest beers.
Another festival on the list is Burning Man, and it’s one that can’t get missed. Black Rock City is a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The town comes to life during the event, and it’s said to be an experimental community that thrives during the event. It’s based on ten practiced concepts that include participation, immediacy, self-expression, and more.
Take another page out of the “coming of age” book and head down to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday and all of the days that lead you up to Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras events refer to Carnival celebrations and are typically part of the Christian culture. There are many traditions, but the one in New Orleans believes Mardi Gras starts the last day of Christmas. Parades, floats, celebrations and the world’s first cocktail can be found on Bourbon Street. If you go, don’t forget to catch a pair of beads.
Now that you’ve looked through some of the ten best places to visit with your best friend, you can take some notes. Don’t forget to leave a comment on your experiences below. If you’ve made it to any of these festivals, sipped beer in Munich, or ran with the bulls, leave a comment below.