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Are You in Your 20s? Start Your Travel Bucket List with These Budget-Friendly Destinations!

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Shannon Durso
Written by Shannon Durso

While in your twenties, daydreaming of traveling is bound to be on the mind. Many twenty-somethings scrolling through social media come across exotic destinations they’ve always dreamed of visiting. And while traveling at a young age with little responsibilities and a small income can seem nearly impossible, it’s time to think again! When planning a trip abroad or even within the U.S. you must do your research, sketch out an itinerary with activities you’re able to afford, and you’ll be on your way to scratching off your travel bucket list in no time!

Here’s a look at 7 destinations around the globe that are perfect for the twenty-something traveler on a budget.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Located on the Adriatic Sea is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the island hopping, sightseeing travelers, Dubrovnik is surely bucket list worthy. The architecture, limestone pavements, and rooftops all the same shade of orange can be found in the Old City. And while you're here, spend the days in the sun on a yacht in the crystal blue sea.
Marrakesh, Morocco
Explore a brand-new culture at this budget-friendly destination. The authentic cuisine, secret gardens, local shopping, and perfect weather make for a beautiful trip in your twenties. Whether you're traveling solo or with a pal, we suggest you go on an outdoor adventure and take a sand dune tour or even ride on the back of a camel!
Queenstown, New Zealand
Although this country is a pricey one to visit, it's best to take a trip here during your younger years. There are many study-abroad programs offered in New Zealand, which may offer discounts on travel. While you're here, you can go to the extreme and bungy jump off cliffs or bridges, or simply stay on the ground and whale watch or head to one of the many wineries for less of an adrenaline rush.
Pacific Coast Highway, California
Roll down your windows and enjoy the fresh crisp California air as you cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway. Beach lovers will enjoy the breathtaking coastal views and can stop to rest at the long stretch of beaches. You should also stop for the most memorable views at the cliffs of Big Sur, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and Pismo Beach.
Nashville, Tennessee
This popular country town has so much to offer for young travelers. From delicious brunch spots, to the Johnny Cash Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, and a lively night scene what else does one need? Stay entertained without emptying your wallet while in Nashville. Oh, and don't forget to pack your cowboy boots!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Traveling to Buenos Aires at any age is a great idea but during your twenties may just be the best time to go. Start your day with a cup of fresh coffee and spend the rest of your time hiking, perfecting your tango moves, and touring the city. This cosmopolitan city doesn't sleep so prepare to dance the night away. And you MUST try the quality steak and wine while you're here -- it's divine!
Berlin, Germany
Only speak English and looking for a lively new city to explore? If yes, add Berlin to the top of your bucket list. The city is very welcoming and is a great destination for young travelers to stay because getting around Europe from here is quite simple and cheap. While in Berlin, you'll marvel at the impressive architecture. And, if you're a beer drinker or a fan of some good entertainment you'll certainly be satisfied!
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Located on the Adriatic Sea is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the island hopping, sightseeing travelers, Dubrovnik is surely bucket list worthy. The architecture, limestone pavements, and rooftops all the same shade of orange can be found in the Old City. And while you're here, spend the days in the sun on a yacht in the crystal blue sea.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Located on the Adriatic Sea is one ...
Marrakesh, Morocco
Explore a brand-new culture at this budget-friendly destination. The authentic cuisine, secret gardens, local shopping, and perfect weather make for a beautiful trip in your twenties. Whether you're traveling solo or with a pal, we suggest you go on an outdoor adventure and take a sand dune tour or even ride on the back of a camel!
Marrakesh, Morocco
Explore a brand-new culture at this...
Queenstown, New Zealand
Although this country is a pricey one to visit, it's best to take a trip here during your younger years. There are many study-abroad programs offered in New Zealand, which may offer discounts on travel. While you're here, you can go to the extreme and bungy jump off cliffs or bridges, or simply stay on the ground and whale watch or head to one of the many wineries for less of an adrenaline rush.
Queenstown, New Zeala
Although this country is a pricey o...
Pacific Coast Highway, California
Roll down your windows and enjoy the fresh crisp California air as you cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway. Beach lovers will enjoy the breathtaking coastal views and can stop to rest at the long stretch of beaches. You should also stop for the most memorable views at the cliffs of Big Sur, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and Pismo Beach.
Pacific Coast Highway
Roll down your windows and enjoy th...
Nashville, Tennessee
This popular country town has so much to offer for young travelers. From delicious brunch spots, to the Johnny Cash Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, and a lively night scene what else does one need? Stay entertained without emptying your wallet while in Nashville. Oh, and don't forget to pack your cowboy boots!
Nashville, Tennessee
This popular country town has so mu...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Traveling to Buenos Aires at any age is a great idea but during your twenties may just be the best time to go. Start your day with a cup of fresh coffee and spend the rest of your time hiking, perfecting your tango moves, and touring the city. This cosmopolitan city doesn't sleep so prepare to dance the night away. And you MUST try the quality steak and wine while you're here -- it's divine!
Buenos Aires, Argenti
Traveling to Buenos Aires at any ag...
Berlin, Germany
Only speak English and looking for a lively new city to explore? If yes, add Berlin to the top of your bucket list. The city is very welcoming and is a great destination for young travelers to stay because getting around Europe from here is quite simple and cheap. While in Berlin, you'll marvel at the impressive architecture. And, if you're a beer drinker or a fan of some good entertainment you'll certainly be satisfied!
Berlin, Germany
Only speak English and looking for ...
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Shannon Durso

Shannon Durso

If she’s not searching for the world's coolest destinations she has yet to explore, you can find her writing content at Fareportal or maybe even drooling over a foodies latest post. Shannon’s a Brooklyn native who enjoys good company, new adventures, and a great laugh!

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