Your twenties are truly a magical time. It is during these years that you will find yourself crossing the bridge from youth to adulthood. These years are also likely to be the last ones for a while in which you’ll find yourself with significant free time or flexibility – whether in the form of a gap year after college or a few months in between jobs as you seek to find your long-term career. With this free time, I can’t think of a better thing to do than see the world and maybe cross a few items off that travel bucket list (you know you have one!) while you’re at it. The list is definitely different for everyone, but as far as I know, these are some of the best cities to visit in your twenties
Best cities to visit in your twenties
1. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is one of the best cities to visit in your twenties, probably because of the thriving culture of young backpackers that has developed in the city in recent years. There are hostels everywhere in Budapest, available at all price ranges, making the city an excellent option for young people who may not have a lot of savings yet. In a similar vein, it’s also a generally affordable city, especially compared to other popular European destinations like Paris or London.
While Budapest may not boast as much glamour or generally renown as those cities just mentioned, it is certainly not lacking in appeal. For one thing, it’s a beautiful place packed with a unique artistic style that makes it unlike any other city in Europe. Additionally, it’s just a fun city to explore without needing to cross obligatory attractions off your list. Rather than famous towers, museums, or government buildings, it’s the ruin pubs, public baths, and cozy coffee shops that offer the best of Budapest.
The ruin pubs, in particular, tend to be quite the draw for young people exploring the city. These are venues spread out across the city’s District VII, which was the Jewish Quarter before World War II left it somewhat ravaged. Basically, some of the buildings that were decimated in the war were turned into bars rather than restored, and today. they’re some of the most vibrant nightlife spots in the city.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
When else in your life will you have the time and motivation to travel all the way down to the southern tip of Africa? Now’s the time to do it, and Cape Town is the place to go! This one-of-a-kind city offers an unusual blend of things you usually wouldn’t find in one place. There’s an important global history, which you can take in via the short boat ride to Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was once held as a prisoner. It now has an impactful museum which you can explore as well.
There is a sensational natural beauty, which you can take in from the towering vantage point of Table Mountain plus delightful wine tours in the surrounding area that can expose you to some of the finest vintages in the world. And if you want to experience an African safari like no other, then embark on an 18 hours journey to Kruger national park which is one of the best national parks in Africa.
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown has a little something for everyone, but it’s especially ideal for young people given its combination of daredevil activities and exciting nightlife. You can spend your days in town bungee jumping, skydiving, or riding in jet boats – all activities the city (and New Zealand as a whole) is known for. At night, though, you can take advantage of something that doesn’t get as much attention: the casino scene.
If anything, New Zealand is known for its online casinos. In keeping with a few other online gaming hubs around the world, New Zealand now has an extensive collection of online casinos that allow people to make easy deposits, play cutting-edge video arcades, and, if they don’t want to risk anything, explore large selections of free pokies (“pokies” being “slots,” in New Zealand). As much attention as these offerings get though, Queenstown happens to have a charming, modern, real-life casino that can make for an excellent nightlife stop after a day of adventures.
SkyCity Queenstown allows you to play your favorite games in person, which naturally tends to be more of a draw for tourists even if the locals find their games online. Specifically, there’s a range of table games (blackjack, roulette, and more), as well as 86 gaming machines. This is all contained within a very attractive environment, with the tasty Wild Thyme restaurant just a few steps away. And if you want to further explore the local casino scene after a day of adventuring, SkyCity also operates a second venue in town: the Wharf Casino, which offers more of a boutique experience right by the water.
4. Las Vegas, USA
As long as we’re discussing casino tourism, we may as well include Las Vegas on the list! In all seriousness, Vegas is a place that is best experienced while you’re young, and you’re free to dive into a destination where most of the fun happens after sundown. That said, it’s not all about the casinos and nightclubs, which get so much attention. For instance, one of the favorite ways to experience the city is by taking a mini-tour of the world there.
You’ll quickly notice that many of the biggest casino resorts are styled to resemble international destinations, like Paris, Venice or even ancient Rome! While these resorts are often booked out, you can still enjoy much of what they have to offer without actually having a room.
Most include restaurants, bars, shopping areas, even pool decks that you can enjoy as you pass through. Another way of saying this is just to suggest you try a bit of everything in Vegas. But the “mini world tour” idea is a nice way to map things out.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
Similar to Budapest, many young adults head to Bangkok as part of a larger backpacking trip during which they plan to explore the world, and also themselves. As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is a pretty crowded city, flooded with tourists and locals alike. But while that can be a little unsettling in some places, it’s part of the inherent charm of Bangkok.
You can almost allow yourself to simply be swept up in the crowd to experience the best of the local culture, whether that means sampling street foods, seeing one of the famous cabaret shows, or whatever else it may be.
For a specific recommendation though, no one place exudes the charm of Bangkok’s bustling nature quite like Chatuchak Market. This massive outdoor market is open every weekend and is home to 15,000 stalls spread out over 35 acres of land. It’s just the sort of place that can get you up to speed with the local culture before you explore the city further.
There you have it Millenials – if you were looking for the best cities to visit in your twenties, I hope this list gave you some bit of inspiration on where to start from.
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