Being a millennial can be both special and scary at the same time, especially since it is a generation that is slowly drifting towards its 30s and 40s. If you fall in this age group, you may feel anxious; as if the time to do fun things is running out. However, the truth is that age is just a number, and you will actually love this journey into the third decade of your life, if you make the most of what you have now.
Instead of mourning the passing of your 20’s, you need to welcome your 30’s with open arms. One of the ways you can enjoy every bit of springtime left in you is by saving up and taking a long vacation. After all, you deserve a long break from the process of self-discovery and fulfilling career goals of the early 20’s.
Traveling is the best way to say adios to the first two decades of your youth and welcome the rest of it! And there are places out there you can visit to begin this process. Here, we list out 20 places everyone needs to visit before they turn 30. Single or taken, these places can be enjoyed by anyone.
Travel to these destinations to revitalize your energy and strength before you turn 30. Don't worry, we are not giving you a list of places where you can go and be old, but instead a list to remind you that age is just a number and 30 is young!
20 Florence, Italy – Days & Nights Memorable
Birthplace of artistic geniuses such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Masaccio and Donatello, Florence is an enthralling city in Italy’s Tuscany region. Stretching along the banks of river Arno, Florence is the cradle of renaissance and culture in Europe. It is surrounded by vine-covered hills and has several iconic sites that captivate the visitor.
The contemporary arts, exquisite architecture, happening nightlife, and vibrant culture of the city will make your days and nights memorable. If you are in the mood for some vintage music, you can visit a classical or opera theatre. The city is an anachronism built on the crossroads of modernity and antiquity, and is best enjoyed before turning 30.
19 Patagonia, South America – Doubled The Magic
Patagonia is a region in the southern tip of South America shared by Argentina and Chile, and bordered by the Andes. The magical place is marked by arid steppes, grasslands and deserts on Argentina's side, and glacial fjords and temperate rainforest on Chile's side.
If you have never been to border cities before, you should consider a visit to this wonderland. It will show you the true meaning of harmony and coexistence. Its impregnable granite ranges, blue lakes of greenish hues, and gargantuan glaciers will soothe your eyes and reinvigorate your youth. Patagonia also offers outdoor adventures such as hiking. Seriously, 30 is many decades away from old age!
18 Coba, Mexico – Climb, Swim & Stare
Located in the Mexican State of Quintana Roo in the Yucatán Peninsula, Coba is an ancient Mayan city that has several fascinating archaeological sites. The city also has several temple pyramids built thousands of years ago. The panoramic view of lake Macanxoc from a pyramid of Coba, known as the Temple of the Church, is breathtaking.
For daredevils, Coba offers a slew of opportunities to hike its highest cliffs and enjoy the lush jungle landscape sprawling over vast areas. There is also the limestone cenotes where you can snorkel. A trek to the heights of the mysterious pyramids and a swim in the deep cenotes amid the rainforests of the city are things you need to do before you hit 30.
17 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Perfect Holidaying
Mountains, beaches, nightlife and adventures - that’s our idea of the perfect holiday for people in their mid and late 20’s. Offering all these in a bombastic package experience, Rio De Janeiro woos travelers from around the world. The tropical paradise place features golden beaches, lush mountains, smouldering landscapes, Samba-fueled nightlife, picture-perfect lakes, stunning architecture, and epic football matches make the city ideal for holidaying.
Rio De Janeiro is overseen by Atlantic rainforest mountains and guarded by shimmering white beaches. The dramatic landscapes, adventure sports avenues, emerald rainforests, cerulean lakes, and sensuous beaches will make you feel 18 all over again. The coastal city requires high energy levels if you want to enjoy it to the fullest.
16 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Dance Into Sunset
Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, is a unique fusion of qualities of both France and Italy. The metropolitan city boasts of a heritage of grand architectures from both the European countries.
Buenos Aires doesn’t sleep - exactly what you need before you hit 30. The city is lit up by a diverse range of clubs and live-music concerts and vibrant murals painted by street artists enhance the beauty of its streets
If that’s not enough, you can visit Buenos Aires during the carnival season when the city gets really exciting and tempting. Explore the famous landmarks and icons of Buenos Aires, sync with locals, and groove to the raving music.
15 Eiffel Tower, Paris – Make A Wish
Regarded as a must-visit landmark in Europe, the Eiffel Tower, an iconic landmark in Paris, should be in your bucket if you are reaching your 30’s and are still hopelessly in love (which millennial isn’t?!). If you aren’t, you can still get drenched waist-down in the beauty of the towering monument, and take pictures or shoot videos to show to your friends and family.
If you believe in magic, you can make a wish for your next birthday from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Or you can stare at the gorgeous tapestry of the city of light from a bird’s-eye view atop the Tower. You can also buy colorful and cheesy macarons while you gape at the delicious view the place offers.
14 Bukit Peninsula, Bali – An Exotic Trip
Known for its arid landscapes, Bukit Peninsula is an enchanting group of islands in the southern end of Bali. It is a fantastic holiday destination that offers exotic recreational activities for tourists, and appeals to people who have a lot of energy to burn before they enter the third decade of their lives.
You can surf and swim along the white sand beaches of the island. The peninsula is a photographer’s paradise where they can capture spell-binding views, including sunrise and sunset, on their cameras.
On the southern tip of Bukit Peninsula lies the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple where devotees perform the famous Kecak and fire dance ritual.
13 Venice, Italy – Fairytale City
Built over a fleet of islands in the Adriatic Sea, Venice is an epitome of beauty. Titled “the floating masterpiece,” Venice has no roads, just canals. The garden islands, great artworks, incredible lagoons, Venetian cuisines and scrumptious seafood are a few of the several delights Venice offers.
The fairytale city is filled with life and hope. The people of Venice are warm and welcoming. The fuschia sunsets over historic attractions in Venice will melt your heart. The ballet shows and live music will heighten your spirits. Venice is certainly a place you would want to visit when you are young.
12 Turks & Caicos Islands, Bahamas – Beautiful Escape
With 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Turks & Caicos is an archipelago in the southeast of Bahamas. The archipelago was named among the world’s top two scuba diving destinations. Even the beaches in the islands, especially of Providenciales, are crowned “the best beaches in the world”.
The place is a beautiful tropical escape from worldly pressures and tensions one may face in their mid and late 20’s. The clean beaches, blue and gentle waters, and warm sun rays are said to be relaxing. Basking under the light of the blazing sun beside the glittering waters and the cool sea breeze is an experience you do not want to miss.
11 Cape Town, South Africa – Cape Marvel
Cape Town, the capital city of South Africa, is a marvelous tourist destination. The vibrant cultures, luscious cuisines, adventure sports and exciting landscapes make the coastal city a must-visit place for people before they turn 30.
Also, the place is blessed with natural wonders such as the Table Mountain National Park, Lion’s Head, the historic Company’s Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and Green Point Urban Park.
While the city has plenty of pleasures to offer, you can also go for adventures such as surfing, mountain biking, tandem-paragliding and more at Lion’s Head mountain. Besides its natural beauty, Cape Town is also a center for art.
10 Maui, Hawaii – Truly Magnificent
Maui is an island in Hawaii that enchants every soul that sets foot on it. It offers many attractions and activities for tourists. The island is perfect for an adventure of a lifetime, whether or not you are below 30. You can hike on the dormant Haleakala, and learn the history and culture of the sites such as Lao Valley State Park, Old Lahaina Luau, and Banyan Tree Park.
You can take a ride to Hana to catch the best scenic coastline views of Maui. Alternatively, opt for a helicopter trip for an aerial view of the island. The snorkeling tours, national parks and beaches are truly magnificent.
9 Napa Valley, California – Everything's Shining
Napa Valley is noted as the world’s premier viticultural regions. Located in California, the wine country is a land of grand estates, quaint towns, and ethnic food galleries. There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa Valley. From harvests to art exhibitions, the place is always teeming with rustic charm.
The diverse restaurants in Napa Valley exhibit gourmet food prepared by the locals. If you visit the place during the harvest festivals, you can get your hands and feet dirty too. Take a bike ride to explore the wine region or lose yourself in the fresh air of the valley. This may look old-school, but give it a try before you turn 30.
8 Machu Picchu, Peru – Hint of Mystery
Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan citadel floating in the Andes of Peru, is another site we would recommend for people below 30 for its adventure and history. The site inspires art lovers and travel-seekers alike. Machu Picchu is the most visited place in Peru, and for good reason! Tourists marvel at the architecture and grandeur the citadel offers.
Machu Picchu is shrouded in mystery and fascinates visitors and archeologists alike. It was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The historical aspect and the overwhelming curiosity surrounding it should be experienced at least once in our youth.
7 Apokoronas, Greece - The Local Way Of Baking
Apokoronas is a region in Greece that extends to the northeastern part of Chania. The unique blend of green hills, blue waters, and villages and settlements render the place picturesque. The shallow water beaches of Apokoronas is well-suited for people with a fear of water or novice swimmers.
Apokoronas is also known for its fun bread-baking and cheese-tasting cooking tours. If baking is in your to-learn list, then you should visit Apokoronas and learn from the Greeks the fun way to do it. While you are at it, you also should explore the stunning Lake Kournas, the vibrant Kalivaki Beach, the happening Ombros Gialos Beach, and the mysterious Samonas Cave. That’s a lot of fun before you turn 30!
6 Walt Disney World, Orlando – Magical Tour
Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids. It has several attractions for adults too. The Disney theme park is as exciting for a grown-up to visit as it is for a child. Walt Disney World also offers extravagant nightlife. From live music to scrumptious food, the Disney Springs spots will exceed your expectations.
You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate the stunts people pull off at the theme park. The acts of strengths and agility by performers will blow your mind away. The magical treats, theme parks, fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, and real and virtual thrills, to name a few, will make your jaw drop.
5 Goa, India – Sun, Sand, Spirituality
Goa is a place you must visit in your early or late twenties. Goa is a Union Territory in India that stretches along the western coast of India in the Arabian Sea. Also known as the party capital of India, the coastal region is a mesmerizing ensemble of essences from Italy and Portugal. The place has clean beaches, sunset and sunrise views, great seafood, nightlife, and spiritual getaways. Vacationing in Goa is pocket-friendly and never disappoints tourists.
The sunrise and sunset over the golden-sand beaches of Goa is a “divine” experience. The UT also offers traditional healing courses, including meditation and yoga. Goa will unburden your emotions and lift your spirits before you turn 30.
4 Costa Rica, Central America – Biodiverse Country
Bordered by Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, Costa Rica is a rainforest nation in Central America. Costa Rica is lined with caves and volcanic peaks. Titled as one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, Costa Rica is home to more than half a million species. By harnessing and enforcing green energy, the country is able to sustain its developing infrastructure.
If you are a spirited youth in mid and late 20’s wanting to bring a change in your own country, you should visit and take inspiration from Costa Rica. Besides this, Costa Rica offers outdoor adventures such as rainforest hiking and surfing for people looking to do something amazing before they turn 30.
3 Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Heavenly Touch
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, and one of the most remarkable places in Australia. The natural masterpiece is enriched with marine life. The sun-soaked golden beaches above the reef are perfect for photography.
The Great Barrier Reef is ideal for outdoor adventures such as snorkeling, scuba diving, aircraft touring, bareboating, glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and more.
The natural wonder is the only singular structure made by living organisms, and is larger than the Great Wall of China. The vast labyrinth of reefs and passages, coral cays, and exotic islands above the reef will bring back that spirit of youthfulness in you.
2 Dubai, UAE – Before You Bid Adieu To Your 20s
The city of Dubai is one of the seven “emirates” of the United Arab Emirates. It offers luxurious shopping and entertainment facilities. The emirate has several monuments and ancient places that draw the attention of the world. Dubai has an opera house that offers several pieces of regional and global entertainment.
Not to mention, the panoramic view from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world, is an exhilarating experience. If you are in Dubai, you must explore its textile, gold, and spice souks in the Dubai Creek. If you still have enough money to burn, you can take a hot air balloon above the desert dunes and skydive over the Palm Jumeirah before you say bye to your 20s.
1 Tokyo, Japan – Always On The Move
Known to be always on the move, Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, shines with its culture and passion for life. If you want to get inspired and need motivation before kick-starting the third decade of your life, then Tokyo will help you. Tokyo has a culture of its own and is known for the unique work ethic of its people.
The interesting museums, historic temples, fine gardens, entertainment venues, restaurants, and futuristic buildings will blow you away. The neon-lit streetscapes of Tokyo resemble sci-fi movie sets. The utopian shopping mega-malls and designer boutiques are a treat to the shopaholic. The unlimited entertainment, culture, and cuisines are just a few of the reasons you need to visit Tokyo.