With the world densely filled with adventure and wanderlust nipping at your passport, it's no surprise that millennials are booking more international trips now than ever before. But, if you're like most, you'll feel like you don't have enough money, time, or there's something else holding you back. "Maybe next year," you say.
But time flies and before you know it...you've gotten married or started a promising career and your travel plans get put on hold indefinitely. Stop. Being young and free (as cliche as it sounds) are the best years to get out and see the world. You can climb mountains, eat with abandon, or dance the night away without having to stop for a breath to text your partner. From Dublin to Tokyo to Rio, the world is waiting for a young traveler like you to conquer it.
Barcelona’s beautiful architecture paired with its amazing party scene make it a great place to explore art and architecture. Antoni Gaudi’s incredible buildings help you tap into your artistic side. Be awed by the majestic Sagrada Familia Church before walking through the streets and finding a buzzing tapas bar. People watch along the lively Las Ramblas, a street dedicated to fun and food. For those wanting dramatic beauty, the Gothic Quarter is not to be missed. The city is easy to navigate on foot and has a convenient pubic transportation for those wanting to see and do it all. Barcelona's nightlife is full of clubs, bars, and social crowd of cosmopolitan young people.
Top Things to Explore:
-Gaudi's work including the most famous Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and Casa Mila
-Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
-Top late-night clubs
Check out our trip to Barcelona and South of France.
Prague, Czech Republic
From it's colorful buildings, historical roots, and Old Time Square, Prague is an excellent place to explore and discover your interests. Over 4.1 million international visitors come here every year, making it hip and trendy for young adults. Prague is all about making new friends on free, daily walking tours or over a drink in one of their numerous pubs. The public transit is easy to navigate, helping you get to almost anywhere on your to-experience list. Old Time Square, the historic square of Prague, is one of the most popular things to explore. The Gothic-inspired buildings and timeless medieval astronomical clock will transport you back into a time forgotten.
Things to Explore:
-Old Time Square
Rich with history, cultural, and night-life, Bangkok is not to be underestimated. Ride an elephant, explore vibrant shopping streets and bask in colorful shrines all in one day! The only issue you need to worry about is the state of your feet after all that walking. An easy fix: a Thai massage, of course! Later, chow down on some Thai noodles, drink some local beer or explore numerous food markets. If you're worried about a language barrier, don't. It's extremely easy to meet friends, as the people there are warm and welcoming and young international travelers are aplenty. The affordability of the city also makes it the ideal place for an extended stay if you're looking for more than a week of fun.
Things to explore:
-Hike Khao Yai National Park
Paris might be the best known city of France, but Bordeaux may just give it a run for its money. This stunning city should be on the top of any serious traveler's list. Sparkling with fabulous vineyards and gorgeous architecture, you'll feel as if you've been taken back to a time of masquerades and fluffy dresses. Come thirsty as the vineyards bottle over 10,000 different types of wine. After getting ever so slightly tipsy, take a stroll in Old Town Bordeaux, where you will find amazing restaurants and 18th century architectural buildings. Make some friends and learn about the local cuisine by taking a cooking class. (Escargot may be tastier than you think).
Things to explore:
Marche Des Capucins
Old Town Bordeaux
Visit a winery
Los Angeles, California
Lights, camera, action! Los Angeles is the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States and is teaming with an abundance of activities fit for any young professional traveler. Rent a bike and cruise from Santa Monica to Venice. Pass by local taco trucks, quirky little shops and authentic restaurants. For the more social, spend the day drinking cocktails and meeting friendly Los Angeleans on a rooftop bar. In the morning, indulge yourself by taking a peaceful hike along the Hollywood hills. From the mountains, to the city life, to the beach, Los Angeles has everything you could be looking for.
Things to explore:
Los Angeles rooftop bar
Sushi at Sugarfish
Hike in Malibu
Traveling when you're young helps you realize who you are, what your passions are, and what you believe in. Get out and travel now--before you're married with kids and have to be an a actual adult. You'll thank yourself later!