By Amanda Slavinsky from Farsickness
While travel is a great lifelong passion, there is something special about travelling in your twenties. You most likely don’t have kids or a mortgage and can jet off for weekends away or extended backpacking trips with relative ease. And your twenties are one of the few times in your life when you’ll be able to stay up all night partying and still make it out sightseeing the next day.
If you need some help figuring out where to take advantage of your twenties, take a look at these five destinations. They all have a few things in common: plenty of daytime activities, a fun nightlife, and they won’t break the bank.
1. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is a city filled with history, and has what is probably the best club scene in Europe. Even though Germany uses the Euro, Berlin is still a pretty inexpensive place to explore.
Culturally, Berlin is top notch. Museum Island, located in the city centre, is home to five museums and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then there’s the countless memorials and monuments that can be found all over town celebrating Germany’s long and illustrious history, such as the Brandenburg Gate and ‘Goldelse’ column, as well as reminders of darker warnings from history, like the Holocaust memorial and Stasi Museum.
But if history isn’t your thing, you can always indulge your artistic side and go street art hunting. I guarantee you won’t have to look very hard to find something interesting.
Then once the sun sets, it’s time to check out a few of Berlin’s many clubs. This city, often dubbed the capital of techno, is filled with options, all with different door policies. One thing that doesn’t vary: you’ll be partying well into the morning.
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2. Las Vegas, USA
OK, so Las Vegas isn’t known for being terribly cheap, but it is a place everyone should experience while they’re still in their twenties. As one of the ultimate party capitals of the world, what Las Vegas lacks in culture it more than makes up for in fun.
Spend your days partying poolside, shopping on The Strip, or indulging in one of Vegas’s typically heart-attack inducing eateries. Once the sun goes down, hit one of the many clubs around town. Keep an eye out for a promoter who you can schmoose for a little guest list entry and some free drinks. The next day, simply rinse and repeat.
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3. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is a young traveller’s paradise. By day, you can get your cultural fill by checking out the beautiful ancient temples of Angkor Wat, before heading back into town for some all-night revelry, 50 cent beers, and cheap buckets filled with unidentifiable spirits.
Pub Street, home of the creatively named bar Angkor What?!, is the place to get your party on. A few of the hostels in Siem Reap even have pools, a great way to unwind after a late night. Just make sure spend one of your nights coherent enough to catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat – an incredible and unforgettable sight.
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4. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, often called ‘the Paris of the East’, is as beautiful as its western counterpart, but without the hefty pricetag. Spend your days wandering around the city centre and checking out its impressive and varied architecture, some which originates back as far as the medieval period. If you can spare the extra money, take a dip in one of the city’s thermal baths – a classic Budapestian pastime.
When the evening descends, check out one of Budapest’s famous ruin bars – abandoned buildings that were turned into bars in the early 2000s. Today these bars, with their mismatched furniture and local art, sell cheap drinks and a guaranteed good time.
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5. Koh Phangan, Thailand
Saving the best until last. If there’s one celebration you should experience in your twenties, it’s the Full Moon Party. Held each month on or near the full moon on Haad Rin Beach, it sees thousands of travellers, backpackers and full-time ravers converge for an all-night rager on the beach.
Don a neon get-up, grab a few cheap buckets of Thai whiskey and dance until you drop (literally). When you finally do come to, most likely somewhere you don’t recognise and covered in sand, grab some cheap pad thai from a street vendor and hit one of Koh Phangan’s beautiful beaches to sleep it off.
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Where else must you go while you’re still young, free and easy? Leave your suggestions in the comments…
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Thanks to TheeErin, Trey Ratcliff, Mark Richardson, MG Siegler, Justin Vidamo, Michael Coghlan, Twang_Dunga, Nicolas Vollmer, YoTuT and Joe Stump for the images. Please note, all were under Creative Commons license at time of publishing.