By Phillip Rodda
Most young people and university students want to travel: it’s natural to want to see what’s out there. But everyone has a different idea of what the perfect overseas trip is. There are so many different experiences to be had, ranging from popular destinations to lesser known parts of the world. Here’s a list of the best travel destinations for those aged 18-30.
For the party animal-
Las Vegas, USA.
The entertainment capital of the world aka “Sin City” is a must for anyone who enjoys a big night. Everything you can imagine is here and open all night long. With clubs, casinos, stage shows and plenty of other adult entertainment, this really is a place to indulge. Just be sure to bring plenty of money and leave the memories behind on your way out. One thing to note is the legal drinking age in Nevada is 21, so best to wait until then to truly enjoy the luxuries of Vegas.
Arguably the most well-known party hotspot in the world, Ibiza has a legendary nightclub scene. Many of the world’s best DJ’s regularly play here for months at a time. During summer, Ibiza is seen as the spiritual home of electronic and more specifically house music. Coupled with a warm Mediterranean climate and it’s easy to see why Ibiza is a popular destination.
The nightlife in London is endless with many different pubs, clubs and bars. Upper Street in Islington features more bars and restaurants than any other street in the United Kingdom. The famous Ministry of Sound club is also found here but be warned, you will be spending plenty of money to truly enjoy yourself.
For the music festival lover-
One of the world’s biggest music festivals Tomorrowland has now become so big it’s held over two weekends. The electronic music festival attracts DJ’s and festival goers from all over the world. It even produced two spin-off festivals, TomorrowWorld in the USA and Tomorrowland Brazil. In 2017, over 400,000 people attended Tomorrowland throughout a six- day period. This one is for those going all in.
Coachella is also held over two weekends and has grown into one of the most profitable music festivals in the world. In 2017 it became the first reoccurring festival to gross over $100 million. A large variety of recording artists and unique styles of music are represented at the festival but most are American. The festival also showcases different kinds of visual art and culture, making it appealing for artists as well. With many food choices for every kind of palette, Coachella has something for everyone.
Glastonbury is Britain’s most popular music festival and the world’s largest greenfield festival. Around 170,000 attended in 2017 over five days. Most of the performers are British but many popular international artists have also headlined the festival. While predominantly music based, the festival also showcases many different performing arts such as comedy, dance and theatre. This is a must for anyone who wants to see all kinds of British culture.
For the backpacker-
Thailand is a renowned backpacking destination. Bangkok is cheap to fly to and cheap to live in. There’s plenty of culture with the many temples but also adventurous things to do. Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your scuba diving certificate and there’s the famous Full Moon Party held monthly on the island of Koh Phangan.
Rich with culture, Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America to backpack in. There are natural landmarks like Lake Titicaca and the world famous, man-made ancient landmark of Machu Picchu. A word of advice, it’s worth knowing some Spanish or having a Spanish-English dictionary handy.
If you’re looking for somewhere to backpack in Europe that’s off the beaten track and cheap, then this is the region to visit. Much cheaper than Western Europe and the UK, countries like Albania, Bulgaria and Hungary provide an alternative to the main tourist regions and a different experience. There’s more countries in the region than you think and some you might not have even heard of. Just have some knowledge of each country and its currency before you head off on a round trip.