8 Affordable Places to Visit in Your 20s

Life in your twenties is all about having fun. Your career is on the rise, so you may not have much money, yet you have more energy and time to enjoy life. Very often, young people in their twenties have started their careers but haven’t started a family yet – a great time to travel the world. Well, if you’re one of them, this is a guide for you. Here are eight affordable places to visit in your 20s. The best locations to see something new, have fun, and don’t break the bank!

Reasons to travel more in your 20s

Still not confident about their job or future family, many young people are unsure of the best way to spend their free time in their 20s. But, we wanted to list a couple of reasons why traveling in your 20s is the best way to spend your money and time. Here’s why you should start planning your next trip as soon as possible:

  • You have more energy and time to travel at this age – the enthusiasm is pretty high in our twenties, once we’re independent and have more free time.
  • Urge to meet new people and have some fresh experiences – making friends is probably easier when you’re younger. That’s why traveling in your twenties and meeting new people and cultures makes sense.
  • Fewer responsibilities – as you’re independent now and still don’t have a spouse or children, you also have fewer responsibilities. This makes it easier to leave home and stay on the road for a while.
  • New experiences and connections – an excellent foundation for the social and business situations that are expecting you in the future.

Finally, traveling when you’re younger will ensure you’ve got a ton of stories to tell when you’re older. This will surely make the relationships with your future spouse, kids, coworkers, and friends much more exciting and prepare you for the new life chapter.

Where should you go next? Some of the best affordable places to travel when you’re younger

Thailand

If you’re into exotic travels and enjoy pristine beaches bathed in sunshine, then Thailand is a destination for you. Locals are friendly and welcome travelers with the biggest smile. Thailand is a country of beautiful natural landscapes – you see it in movies. Clear waters, greenery, and picturesque cliffs truly offer unique experiences to those who visit them. Combined with rich history, temples, and fantastic food, there’s not much you can go wrong with in Thailand. Finally, visiting this country will certainly not break your bank. Accommodation, food and drinks, and day excursions are much cheaper than in similar locations, so start browsing your next destination now.

Thailand scenery and nature
Thailand will astonish you with its powerful and breathtaking nature.

Cuba

If you’re into unique cultural experiences, then Cuba is the way to go. This colorful country has a lot to offer to its visitors – at very low prices. If you’re into sightseeing, active vacation, or just enjoying a resort – Cuba’s got it all. You can see some fantastic architecture, meet extraordinary people, try out Cuban cigars, and have a ride in their one-of-a-kind cars. One thing is for sure – Cuba is one of the affordable places to visit in your 20s.

Eastern Europe

One of the places you can be pleasantly surprised with is Easter Europe. The beauty of this area is that you can enjoy so many different things but still not travel a lot. Start with experiencing one of the best cities with exciting nightlife, Belgrade. Serbia and Croatia can also offer some first-class skiing resorts in winter. And if you’re visiting in the summer, don’t miss the beautiful coastline of Montenegro and Croatia. You can plan the route to have it all, enjoy it to the maximum and spend a minimum amount of money. And if you decide to make this travel a bit longer, take care of your items at home while you’re on the road. Place your valuables in storage so you can travel without worrying, knowing your belongings are kept safe.

Aerial view of Croatia
Easter Europe is undoubtedly one of the affordable places to visit in your 20s – you can do and see so much here!

South Africa

If you’re ready for a one-of-a-lifetime adventure, you have to visit South Africa when in your 20s. The country can offer so much, as it is home to amazing wild animals, plants, and the most beautiful natural sights. Night camps, safaris, and other experiences are available at different price ranges – depending on how much luxury you want. Its breathtaking coastline offers many ways to have fun and enjoy your best time.

Bali

The place that is also quite affordable and exciting is Bali. Its astonishing scenery perfectly blends with history and culture. At the same time, young people can enjoy lively nightlife at low prices. It’s probably one of the best locations in Indonesia, so it’s undoubtedly worth visiting. But, while you’re visiting Bali, Transparent International recommends storing your most precious items in sturdy boxes. You will want to make your trip longer and see other Indonesian gems. That’s why your 20s are the perfect time to do this tour – pack your bags, store your other valuables safely, grab your passport and go!

a historic building in Bali
Bali is for those enjoying exotic destinations filled with a rich history.

Turkey

The country is known for amazing shopping deals, unique souvenirs, the tastiest food, and rich culture. Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Izmir – there’s so much to see. It’s well connected by local and international flights so you can reach this country easily (and affordably) from all around the world. You will be able to enjoy cheap accommodation and be in one of the best places to visit while you’re in your 20s.

Cappadocia aerial view
Hot air balloon ride early in the morning? Visit Turkey for this one-of-a-kind experience.

Kos, Greece

Yes, Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos are popular and therefore more expensive, but there are far more affordable places to visit in Greece. The country includes over 200 beautiful islands, and Kos is surely one of the locations to go to if you want to experience the vibrant nightlife and the most incredible beach times.

Nepal

Last but not least, Kathmandu in Nepal is one of the affordable places to visit in your 20s that we couldn’t skip. It offers a unique experience to its visitors that mixes breathtaking views, rich culture, and history. It’s a place for those into adventures and active vacations – probably most people in their twenties.

12 Smart Tips To Improve Your Traveling Experience

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Like most areas in life, you are not born a savvy traveler; smart travel comes with experience and with making a lot of travel mistakes! Some traveling mishaps can be avoided and some of them are just a part of traveling. You cannot plan for everything, however, keeping a few things in mind will make your travels more enjoyable and make you a better traveler.

Now that things are opening up once again, I want to start booking trips and visiting new places. These smart tips to improve your traveling experience will enable you to save money, sleep better, and be safe.

1. Do Your Research

When you are planning a holiday, you are going to want to find the best deal when it comes to flights and accommodation. The best way to do that is to investigate deals from different travel companies as well as independent travel sites.

When traveling, research can significantly impact your time for the better. Researching prior to setting off can give you deep insights into the area, telling you places to avoid and places that you must go.

When you have settled on a destination, here are some things that you should research:

  • What are the country’s visa requirements?
  • What’s the weather/climate going to be like?
  • Are there any public holidays going on?
  • What is the tipping etiquette?
  • What clothing is culturally appropriate?

As well as being completely relaxed before you even leave, being prepared to travel in advance will make your time in-country a more joyful experience as you will have reduced any potential risks. Here are 5 things you should research when you have chosen a destination:

  • Currency and exchange rates
  • Mode of transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Culture – what is acceptable and what is not

2. Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can give you extra protection if our holiday doesn’t go ahead as planned especially when it comes to the COVID pandemic. It is particularly important to take out travel insurance if you are traveling independently because you may find yourself stranded due to unforeseen traveling problems.

If you are planning to engage in holiday activities such as water sports, it is vital that you check that your insurance policy covers you for activities like diving for example.

3. Make A Packing List

Before your trip, you should make a list of everything you need to pack. Writing a packing list is a great way to stay organised whilst traveling. It is important to write a list so that you do not forget vital travel documents and essentials that you will need. Using a list when you are getting ready to pack can save you time as well as reduce stress.

4. Stay Near Or At The Airport The Night Before

If your funds allow staying overnight either at or near the airport, you’ll start your holiday a little earlier! Instead of rushing to the airport on the day of your flight, you can relax and have a slower start to your day. You will be able to eliminate the stress and worry of being stuck in traffic or missing your train.

5. Take A Credit Card For Emergencies

Disasters can happen. It is always a good idea to have a backup in case you lose your card or even worse, you are robbed. You do not want to be stuck somewhere without access to your funds. It is important that you check your bank when it comes to withdrawing money abroad to ensure that you do not incur any fees. Also, let your card company know that you are traveling and where you are going before you leave. This will enable them to track any fraudulent activity on your account.

6. Take The Correct Plug Adapters

Different countries have different plug sockets, so ensure that you have the right one – do your research! Better still, invest in a universal adapter (covers all sockets worldwide), so that you don’t need to worry. You don’t want your camera, phone, or electric toothbrush to run out of charge!

7. Make Extra Copies Of Your Passport And Important Documents

Don’t forget to email yourself a copy as well. You never know when you might need to have some sort of documentation with you as you may not want to carry the originals. Additionally, if your passport is stolen, having a copy will be helpful for your police report and any trips to the embassy that you may need to make.

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8. Don’t Forget An Extra Camera Battery

You never want to reach for your camera to take a photograph of a memorable moment and realize that your camera battery is dead. By bringing an extra battery, you can always ensure that you have one on charge and you can alternate. That way, you’ll always be ready to capture those favorite moments!

9. Roll Your Clothes!

The best way to prevent creases and make the most of your space is to roll your clothes. Lay tops face down, fold in the sleeves, and roll from the bottom up. For trousers, put the legs together and roll from the waist down. Place your shoes and heavier items in first and place your clothes around them. Alternatively, once you’ve rolled your clothes, put them in packing cubes – another space saver.

10. When You Go Out, Take Only What You Need

You should limit the amount of cash and bank cards you carry with you, so if something does go wrong, you can easily recover.

11. Drink Responsibly

This has to be one of the most important safety tips for travelers. There is nothing wrong with exploring the local nightlife. However, keep in mind that it’s even more important to drink responsibly when abroad. When you are away from home, you are more likely to get lost or end up in a dangerous neighborhood. Keep an eye on your drink at all times and don’t accept any from strangers.

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12. Make Sure That You Know The Phone Number For The Emergency Services

Be sure to look up the emergency services number for your destination, even before you get there. It is also a good idea to look up the number for your home country’s nearest embassy before you leave. Save them in your phone, so you will have easy access to them in the event of an emergency.

What Are Your Travel Tips?

These are my top 12 travel tips to help you have a safe, enjoyable, and stress-free holiday. What is one travel tip you would give? I’d love to hear in the comments.

This post was written by Lauren, Bournemouth Girl. She is a creative and personal development blogger from Bournemouth, England. Lauren is a lover of travel among other things.

10 Things to Know When Traveling to New Zealand

A view that you can experience after traveling to New Zealand.

New Zealand is on many travelers’ ‘to go’ list, and for many excellent reasons. This beautiful island country in the Pacific Ocean has everything an adventurous traveler might wish for. Breathtaking nature, ranging from turquoise beaches to snowy mountain peaks, friendly and welcoming people, and unique culture. Not to mention New Zealand is an ideal destination for an active holiday. You can go surfing, swimming, bungee-jumping, skiing as well as hiking and climbing. Plus, it’s the perfect place to go exploring, either on your own or as a part of a tour group. If all of this appeals to you, it’s time to pack your bags and visit the land of kiwis, haka dance, and mesmerizing natural beauty. However, if you want to make the most of your trip, it’s best to prepare well. Here are the ten things you should know when traveling to New Zealand!

Customs screening is quite rigorous

New Zealand is an island country with a sensitive environment. There are many endemic species, and introducing non-native plants and animals could jeopardize local biodiversity.

For that reason, visitors aren’t allowed to bring any animals, insects, plants, herbal medicines, or fresh food. Even packaged food and dirty camping gear or shoes may be forbidden.

So, if you want to go through customs smoothly, declare anything of this sort you may have. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay some hefty fines!

Prepare for all kinds of weather

Most of us never travel without certain things, but when you’re traveling to New Zealand, don’t neglect your wardrobe either. The weather here is often described as ‘crazy’. That means that within the same day, you may experience intense sun, rain, and snow!

While it is part of the charm, it’s best to prepare accordingly – pack everything you’ll need, from swimsuits to rain jackets! Additionally, don’t forget to bring sunscreen (a lot of it) and some bug repellents (sandflies are notorious!).

Driving and getting around

Another thing you should definitely know and keep in mind is that you should drive on the left side. There are plenty of signs warning visitors about this. But even if there aren’t, check how everybody is driving and keep traffic rules in mind.

On the whole, roads in New Zealand are mostly quiet, and there’s not a lot of traffic. However, if you’re planning to visit more remote areas, ensure you know the way and check road conditions before the trip.

A mountain cliff with Maori motives and a lake in New Zealand.
Camping is an excellent way to experience New Zealand’s stunning nature and local culture.

Camping in New Zealand

If camping is your thing, there’s no better place for you than New Zealand. While free or dispersed camping is discouraged, there are plenty of other great options!

For example, you can stay at any of DOC (Department of Conservation) sites – you can find them all over the country, often amidst breathtaking scenery and beautiful nature. Or, you can opt for Holiday Parks – they’re slightly more expensive, but they offer many amenities you might want.

Internet connection

If you want to go ‘off the grid’ and immerse yourself in nature instead, New Zealand is the place to go. While wi-fi is available in larger cities and towns, there are many beautiful remote areas where you won’t have a signal. However, exploring them is definitely worth it!

The best way to explore New Zealand is by a camper van

Those adventurous folks who love road trips will enjoy traveling around New Zealand by campervan. It’s the best way to explore this splendid country on your own. Not only will you be able to make your own schedule, but you’ll also find many pleasant surprises along the way!

When is the best time for traveling to New Zealand?

The summer season in New Zealand lasts from December to February. The weather is wonderful, and these months are perfect for all types of outdoor activities. However, during this time, New Zealand is also crowded with tourists.

So, if you want to avoid crowds and cut down on costs, November and April are better choices. The weather is still lovely, but experiencing New Zealand at this time feels more intimate and less touristy.

New Zealand coffee is delicious.
You can expect to find fantastic food and beverage when traveling to New Zealand – make sure you try flat-white coffee!

Food and beverage in New Zealand

While New Zealand’s cuisine is not so different from the UK or the US, there are some unique combinations and flavors worth trying out. For example, don’t miss out on delicious seafood and Maori hangi, as well as some delicious desserts such as Kiwi Pavlova and Hokey Pokey ice cream!

Additionally, coffee is a serious business in New Zealand – long black or flat white are a must. Also, plain water is simply superb, and the wine is exquisite (and cheap!).

Immerse yourself in the local culture

When preparing for the trip of a lifetime, brushing up on the local culture is always an excellent idea. Therefore, learn a bit of the Maori language and culture before you visit.

Kiwis are generally friendly, laid-back, and hospitable. Showing some respect and knowledge will make a great impression on your hosts and enhance your experience.

Plan ahead to visit Hobbiton in New Zealand.
If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Hobbiton tour and hobbit-dinner are a must!

Make the most of your visit!

New Zealand is a perfect place for an extended vacation – there’s simply so much to see and do! However, if you’re planning a short stay, ensure you make a to-do list and even schedule some of the tours well in advance. Here are some events you surely don’t want to miss:

  • schedule your tour of Hobbiton – experience a true Middle Earth where the Lord of the Rings movies were made
  • visit the glow worm caves in Waitomo
  • more than one of third of New Zealand are nature reserves, and they’re free to visit
  • famous hiking trails such as Tongariro Alpine Crossing or Milford track
  • enjoy scenic road tours and don’t be afraid to go off-the-track
  • plan enough time for all the other outdoor activities

Relocation to New Zealand

Visitors often fall in love with this beautiful and unique country. They usually can’t wait to go back or even decide to make New Zealand their home! If you happen to be one of them and want to relocate to NZ, ensure you create a detailed checklist for your international move. Changing countries can be both exciting and daunting. So, if planning to relocate here from another country, ensure you cover all the bases!

Enjoy your stay!

Last but not least, enjoy your visit to the fullest and embrace everything this fascinating island has to offer! Hopefully, these ten tips for traveling to New Zealand will help you prepare and have a pleasant and exciting experience!