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The Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List For Your 20s

If you're seeking exhilaration, adventure, and new experiences, you'll want to take a deep dive into this travel geared bucket list for your 20s.

There are so many places to see and activities to experience around the world, and the truth is...we're all scrambling to figure out which ones we'll actually do in our lifetimes. Sure, there are some things you can do at pretty much any point in your life (like visit the Great Wall of China or see the Eiffel Tower), but there are others that require you to be at your highest social and energy levels, and those bucket list items are just a tad bit more important to cross off when you're young.

Whether you want to take in the most breathtaking views in the world, or take on some of the most exhilarating activities on the planet; want to meet lots of new friends, or find yourself through something new...we're here with the adventure travel bucket list for your 20s!

Camel ride through the Sahara

Riding a camel in the Sahara is the ultimate adventure bucket list activity.

Before leaving Morocco, a camel ride through the Sahara desert is a must. We often think of camels when we think of the Sahara and large expanses of sand, but a truly unique experience is the actual camel ride. Instead of riding your horse into the sunset, take a camel and feel transported to an ancient time.


As you zigzag the golden dunes, you'll gain a profound appreciation for the Sahara's grandeur, a reminder of the nomadic heritage that has thrived in this unforgiving yet mesmerizing terrain for centuries. Whether you opt for a short camel trek or an overnight desert camping adventure, riding a camel through the Sahara is an iconic Moroccan experience that will leave an indelible mark on your travel memories.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Morocco.


Drink authentic Mezcal in Mexico

A mezcal cocktail in Mexico with a straw.

Made from the Agave plant (think sweeteners), Mezcal is the OG of distilled Mexican liquors. Made in Mexico for nearly 400 years, it's more than just a drink, it's an experience for your taste buds of the rich culture and hard work that goes into making it. The plants are harvested when most ripe and then roasted in the ground under stone and dirt before the fermented juice is distilled in clay pots. It's truly an authentic experience and has only recently been produced outside of its native land.


Mezcal isn't just a beverage; it's a deep dive into Mexico's artisanal heritage. The art of crafting Mezcal has been passed down through generations, and each sip tells a story of tradition, patience, and the love of the craft.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Mexico.

Dog sled in Lapland

Dogsledding through snow in Lapland.

This is just one of those travel adventure ideas you HAVE to try when in Lapland. Most people go for the Northern Lights and snowy escape (which are also great), but you'll be missing out if you don't take the time to hop on a sled and man your own team of trained dog sledding Huskies. The chill in your face and speed of the wind is adrenaline-pumping, and beyond your everyday travel activity.


It also offers up a profound connection with the wilderness, which seems untouched by time. It's not just a thrilling adventure; it's a journey into the heart of Lapland's untamed forests, a memory that will forever bind you to the soul of this enchanting Arctic paradise.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Lapland.

Go sky diving in south Island New Zealand

Mountains in New Zealand with cloud cover.

While you could probably skydive anywhere in the world and experience a similar adrenaline rush, there's an added bonus to skydiving in this beautiful land. The breathtaking views of the South Island's majestic snowcapped mountains make skydiving in Fox Glacier one of the most scenic skydives in the world.

The vast expanse of glaciers, lush rainforests, and turquoise lakes spread out beneath you like a living canvas, creating a spectacle that truly sets this experience apart.


Get a Vespa ride from a local in Rome

A woman rides on the back of a scooter in Rome.

Of course you could always walk through Rome...but then you wouldn't be doing the city justice! Ride through the city's cobblestone streets like a local, and make the most of your day in Rome. You'll enjoy sightseeing and also saving yourself from what can easily become a tiring experience if you've never walked on uneven roads for several hours at a time, as visitors and tourists often do.

As you glide through the historic streets on a Vespa or bicycle, you can easily check off some of Rome's iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the stunning Trevi Fountain. Feel the breeze as you pass by the picturesque Piazza Navona and take in the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. With the freedom to explore the city at your own pace, you'll maximize your time in Rome and create lasting memories of its timeless beauty.


Learn about our upcoming trips to Rome.

Jump into the fjords in Norway

Fjords and a bay in Norway.

Norway has more than 1,000 fjords, all formed thousands of years ago through geographic transformations that resulted in long inlets surrounded by steep mountains. With so many amazing views in every direction, you're going to want to make the most of your experience there and what better way to immerse yourself into the natural landscape than by jumping in for a refreshing dip? (Do your research ahead of time though, and make sure you're not swimming in restricted areas.) Whether you're taking a plunge into the crystal-clear waters of the famous Geirangerfjord or enjoying a serene swim in the less-traveled Hjørundfjord, the fjords of Norway offer a unique opportunity to connect with nature. The cold, pristine waters and the stunning backdrop of towering cliffs and lush greenery create a truly immersive experience that will invigorate your senses and provide a deeper connection to the unparalleled beauty of this Scandinavian wonderland.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Scandinavia.


Explore limestone caves in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Limestone mountains in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Within the world famous limestone cliffs of Halong Bay are a series of naturally formed caves that make up an enormous cave system. These beautiful ancient caves can be hiked, walked, and some, kayaked through. The unique formations within the caves make for awesome wildlife encounters and some definite Insta-worthy pics. Exploring these mystical caverns is like stepping into another world, where stalactites hang like ancient chandeliers, and chambers echo with the secrets of time. Marvel at the play of light and shadows on the cave walls. As you kayak through the calm waters within these geological masterpieces, you'll discover a sense of wonder and adventure that's uniquely Halong Bay.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Vietnam.


hop the Greek islands

A church with a blue roof in the Greek islands.

There's nothing quite like it, and it's best to do this while you're young, energetic, and ready to take advantage of some seriously excellent nightlife. Expect lots of sunshine, pristine beaches, beautiful views, and of course, delicious cuisine. Get from one island to the next by ferry, speedboat, or sailboat, and bask in the sun while enjoying one-of-a-kind views of towns perched up against the region's glassy, turquoise waters.

It's a dynamic blend of relaxation and adventure, where every island you hop to unveils its own unique charm, ensuring that your Greek Island-hopping adventure is an unforgettable journey through both natural beauty and cultural richness


Learn about our upcoming trips to Greece.

take a volcanic mud bath in Colombia

People enjoying a mud bath in Colombia.

Here's one of the best places in the world for a mud bath! No trip to Cartagena is complete without stopping at this popular destination! Located near the city is Volcan, El Totumo, a mud pool that is visited by thousands of people every year who are looking for a shot at a slippery, earthy experience in the active mud volcano. Experience a warm mud bath and even get a massage from an on-site masseuse while you're at it! The therapeutic properties of this mineral-rich mud are said to rejuvenate the skin as you effortlessly float in its dense embrace. It's an unusual yet incredibly enjoyable way to unwind and connect with the earth's natural wonders while visiting this vibrant Colombian city.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Colombia.

Discover Cenotes in Mexico

A woman stands in a cenote in Mexico.

Along the Yucatán Peninsula is one Mexico's most distinct geological features, a series of cenotes that today are a huge bucket list destination for outdoor adventurers. With more than 6,000 cenotes to explore, adventurers will find themselves wanting to return time and again. There are many different kinds of cenotes, some with high vertical walls and others that are wide and low, but they're all essentially water-filled sinkholes. Many of these have yet to be explored.

Cenotes are also a window into the ancient Mayan civilization; some were considered sacred by the Mayans and were used for ceremonial purposes. Swimming, snorkeling, or diving in these crystal-clear, freshwater pools is a journey back in time and a chance to connect with the natural and cultural heritage of this remarkable region.


Sandboard in Morocco

People walk through the desert in Morocco to go sandboarding.

Experience the amazing sand dunes of Morocco in the best way possible: sand boarding down their steep slopes. The area of Merzouga in the Sahara Desert is the best place for sandboarding, and the unique experience calls out to snowboarders, skiers, and surfers alike. So rent a board and ride those dunes!

Learn about our upcoming trips to Morocco.

Walk 400+ steps to the top of Florence's Duomo

The Duomo in the center of Florence.

Strolling through Florence is one way to get lost in the city's beauty, but climbing the 400+ steps to the top of the iconic dome is an absolute treat and if you make it the top, you'll be rewarded with expansive views of the city, unlike any other. The climb itself is absolutely mesmerizing as you are just feet away from monumental frescos painted within the interior. Though you can admire this building from outside, it becomes an experience when you can climb it from within (just make sure to book your ticket and date in advance).


It's like stepping back in time as you ascend through the heart of Renaissance art and architecture, and when you finally reach the summit, the panoramic views of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan landscape will take your breath away, making the effort and anticipation well worth it.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Tuscany & Rome.

Explore endless waterfalls in Iceland

A woman stands under a large waterfall in Iceland.

Iceland's magic is endless, and while the dramatic landscapes alone are enough to make you want to visit, it's the magnificent (and abundant!) waterfalls that get us going. Wherever you go, you're bound to come across one, but some of the most iconic ones include Seljalandsfoss, located in the southern region, Dettifoss, "Europe's most powerful waterfall," and Gullfoss, one of the country's most visited. Stand in awe as you walk behind Seljalandsfoss and its curtain of water, or feel the sheer power of Dettifoss as it roars into the depths below. Gullfoss, with its double-tiered splendor, is a testament to the raw and untouched beauty of Iceland's wilderness.


If that sounds like your kind of fun, check out our Iceland itinerary.


Explore Capri on a speed boat

Boats along the coast of Capri in Italy.

One of the best ways to make the most of your visit to the southern coastal region of Italy is by zipping around in a speed boat. This way, you'll get a chance to enjoy some time over the water (or in it, if you're down for a dip), and you'll also get up close and personal with the beautiful island of Capri.


There, you can explore the coves along the coast of the island or the iconic Blue Grotto. Beautiful views and an exhilarating experience make this the ultimate year-round travel experience for adventurers.

Learn about our upcoming trips to Southern Italy.

 

These are just a few of our suggested travel bucket list destinations and experiences for every young traveler who wants to get out and live it up! Let us know where your travels are taking you next, or if you're interested in traveling with a new group of friends, check out our upcoming International Group Trips and start checking off that bucket list!

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