10 Terrific Places To Strike Off Your Bucket List Before You Turn 30
The twenties are a magical time. Unencumbered, without a worry, not yet part of the rat race, a time when you still view the world through rose-tinted glasses. It’s the decade when roughing it out seems like a fun sport, and a shoestring budget is your best buddy. Travel plans are spontaneously made, hastily executed, and go awry way too often! Yet everything seems like an adventure. Whether you’re traveling alone, in a group or with a significant other, here are a few fun spots to hit before you turn thirty.
- 1 1. BE A PART OF THE CARNIVAL IN RIO
- 2 2. HIKING IN AMAZON’S RAINFOREST
- 3 3. PARTY IN PATTAYA
- 4 4. GUZZLING AT OKTOBERFEST IN GERMANY
- 5 5. EXTREME FUN IN NEW ZEALAND
- 6 6. BACKPACKING THROUGH VIETNAM
- 7 7. DIVING IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
- 8 8. GAMBLING IN LAS VEGAS
- 9 9. VOLUNTEERING IN AFRICA
- 10 10. CLUB HOPPING IN IBIZA
1. BE A PART OF THE CARNIVAL IN RIO
Welcome to the wildest party on earth! This annual fiesta is a riot of colours, where men and women come dressed in the most outlandish costumes. Once the parade starts, streets reverberate with the sound of drums and electrifying music. Dancers adorning little more than exotic feathers, take over the city. Rio is where you come to shed your reserve, and pick up a few samba dance steps! It’s just perfect for the twenty something traveller.
2. HIKING IN AMAZON’S RAINFOREST
These dense forests are also referred to as the planet’s lungs. The terrain is untamed and unpredictable, a lot like a young tourist’s state of mind! Be warned that the Amazon will test the limits of your body. Climbing, canoeing, hiking, are just some of the arduous activities waiting for you. What makes it worth it? A vast, virgin green jungle teeming with wildlife, and the world’s largest river, the Amazon!
3. PARTY IN PATTAYA
This is the place to come to with your best friends to celebrate a special milestone; like a 21st birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette bash. During the day there’s the beach for swimming, water sports and basking in the sun. Pattaya by night is scintillating and enticing. Bars, discos, naughty shows, are all part of the city’s legendary night life. From measly dormitories, to ultra-luxurious hotels, Pattaya suits all wallet sizes!
4. GUZZLING AT OKTOBERFEST IN GERMANY
The world’s largest beer festival begins every year in the last week of September, and lasts for sixteen days. Beer flows by the litre, and there are hundreds to choose from. Do you need a better reason to be here? Foot-tapping Bavarian music, and local delicacies will serve as apt accompaniments to your drinking spree. Rest assured, there’s nowhere else you can have a more intoxicating time!
5. EXTREME FUN IN NEW ZEALAND
For the young, danger equals fun. After New Zealand has wowed you with it’s scenic beauty, get ready for the giddiest adrenalin rush you’ll ever experience. This country is the Mecca of extreme sports, and we recommend bungee jumping. You can take off from a height of 1,300 feet, or lower if you’re scared! Make the jump from a building, a tall crane, or a high cliff. It’s time to take a leap of faith!
6. BACKPACKING THROUGH VIETNAM
There’s no better way to discover your ‘self’, than by packing one’s belongings into a rucksack and taking off. Vietnam is tailor made for backpackers. Its people are friendly, the landscape is a collage of mountains, water, thick vegetation, and you’re going to bump into avid travellers from around the globe. Trek from Hanoi to Ho Chi Min City(Saigon), to witness first hand Vietnamese resilience and humility, despite the country’s tumultuous history.
7. DIVING IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Rule Book Of Life says that you’ve got to do something crazy and stupid before you’re thirty. Besides 1,500 miles of stunning coral, there’s another reason to dive into the depths of the ocean- The Great White Shark! Enclosed within the confines of a cage, come face to face with this magnificent deadly predator. If you loose your nerve at the last minute, cooling your heels on one of Australia’s glorious beaches is not a bad option!
8. GAMBLING IN LAS VEGAS
Slot machines, Russian Roulette, Black Jack, the tinkling sound of coins as someone hits the jackpot; welcome to the exhilarating city of Las Vegas, and it’s suave casinos. Nowhere else will you find gambling dens as elegant and alluring as here. Even if you do loose a few thousands, age is on your side and you have a whole lifetime to make up for it! Remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
9. VOLUNTEERING IN AFRICA
You are most likely to visit this continent for a wildlife safari. Besides satisfying your quench for the obvious, many African countries offer tourists the privilege of participating in development projects. Volunteer at a nature reserve, teach young kids, help out at a farm or an orphanage; there are many opportunities to make a difference. Contributing to a community is small payback for the hospitality extended by the host country. Africa will change you. For the better.
10. CLUB HOPPING IN IBIZA
Ibiza is the Holy Grail for party goers. As day dawns, revelry begins on the island’s beaches. Sun-kissed, toned, fit bodies compete for attention. Ibiza by night, is a force to reckon with. Trendy night clubs and discos open shop for the nocturnal. Disc jockeys of world repute play music till the wee hours of the morning. The young and frenzied boogie like there’s no tomorrow. The Venga Boys became famous with their chart buster song, “We’re going to Ibiza…” So should you!
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