There’s a constant ‘Everything must be experienced!’ emotional liquidation feeling in your twenties, isn’t there? Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, love a lot, love a little, travel, explore, and never touch the ground because your 20's are the most eventful years of your life.
Travel because it’s a different experience. You’ll figure out what drives you, what entices you, and what makes you happy, without the voice of another person in your ear. Here's a list of countries that you must experience in your 20's because this is the time to try anything and everything, and come out a wiser person.
1. Take a wondrous journey through Morocco.
Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, and rugged coastline. Morocco’s mystique can be found in medinas that brim with color, soaring mountains that give way to endless desert, and stunning Moorish architecture.
Visit Marrakech, The Sahara Desert, Essaouira, Casablanca, Chefchaouen, and Tangier. Your journey here will be full of joy, surprise, awe, and wonder!
2. Visit the last frontier, Mongolia.
The allure of Mongolia for many is the vast emptiness of the land dotted with true nomadic people of the world. In the emptiness, nomadic families live quietly with their animals grazing freely.
For those of you interested in traveling to Mongolia, the sights are plenty. In the south is the incredible Gobi desert home to the double humped camels. In the west are the majestic Altai Mountains, where the Kazakh eagle hunters reside. In the east lies the steppe of Mongolia with vast untouched rolling hills for miles on end. Finally, the north is home to the majestic Khuvsgul Lake and the Tsaatan reindeer herders of Mongolia.
3. Walk in the rainforest, or relax on a houseboat, in Zimbabwe.
Your friends will raise their eyebrows when you tell them you’re vacationing in Zimbabwe but don't let that turn you down. Zimbabwe is stunning – a verdant land teeming with beautiful wildlife and capped off with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
4. Immerse yourself in the culture of Turkey.
The friendliness of the Turkish people makes visiting Turkey a pleasure. Cities steeped in history, beaches, and beautiful countryside, Turkey promises an enchanted vacation. Istanbul, once the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, features prominently in most travel plans, but there are many more great destinations like Ankara, Mardin, and Konya.
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5. Lose yourself in underground river caves at Laos.
Experience best elements of Southeast Asia in one bite-sized destination. Trek through some of Southeast Asia's most pristine forests. From thrill seeker to gourmand, every type of traveler finds what they're looking for in Laos, one of the most authentic destinations in Asia.
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6. Enjoy endless beaches and timeless ruins in Sri Lanka.
Be it windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing, scuba diving or jut lazing around for the perfect tan, Sri Lanka offers it all. Apart from beaches, Sri Lanka is filled with romantic landscapes, governed by rising mountains, lush forests, ocean like tanks and gushing waterfalls.
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7. Witness the breathtaking natural beauty of Vietnam.
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8. Experience mysticism in Indonesia.
17,000 intriguing islands, Indonesia is a country with myriad adventures. From the western tip of Sumatra to the eastern edge of Papua, this nation defies homogenisation. It is a land of many cultures, people, animals, customs, plants, features, artworks, and foods.
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So now you know that your next impulse trip doesn’t have to be to Goa.
Which other countries have you been to that you found to be really cheap? Drop a line in the comments below to let me know.