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Young, Broke And Adventurous? Here Are 20 Destinations To Travel To In Your 20s

Young, Broke And Adventurous? Here Are 20 Destinations To Travel To In Your 20s

When you are in your 20s the entire world is evolving around you. You are young, beautiful, strong and relatively carefree, which makes you the perfect traveler. Even if you are broke! There is no such thing as the perfect age to travel, but when you are in your 20s you are able to adapt to new situations easier and cope with lack of comfort easier. The high stamina 20-somethings enjoy is another advantage when you are on the road.

Not that when you are older you can’t enjoy traveling, but you are not that happy with the perspective of sharing the room with other 5 backpackers, for example. On the other side, as you become an older adult, you start thinking of building a career, which leaves little room for traveling, unless you are a digital nomad, but this is another topic.

Learn how to travel cheap and take on the world, diving head first into all those epic parties, festivities and amazing personal experiences. Here Are 20 Destinations To Travel To In Your 20s!

1. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for the not so legal entertainment, but this is not the reason you should be visiting the city. You need to see Amsterdam on your own for its freedom: the culture and the friendly locals are going to change your perspective on traveling, so it’s a great place to start your adventure.

2. Berlin

Berlin is another European city that oozes coolness, as hipsters and entrepreneurs mix on its streets. Once there, you need to check out the bars of Kreuzberg, explore the city streets admiring the architecture and take bike rides at the abandoned airport. Berlin has a lot more wonders for you to discover, so blend in with the “uber” coolness of Berlin.

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3. Dubrovnik

Located in Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of the cities every 20-something should visit at least once in his or her lifetime. Apart from being one of the locations where Game of Thrones is being filmed, Dubrovnik has an amazing old town where you can take long walks, imagining life in the medieval times. The city has an unique party atmosphere, enhanced by the charm of the Adriatic sea. Before you leave Dubrovnik you need to check the Buza bar, which offers breathtaking views on the sea.

4. Budapest

Often mistaken with Bucharest, Budapest is one of the cool cites of Europe. Divided by the Danube river, Budapest is home to two types of locals: the party people on the Pest and the tourists in Buda. There is also a Jewish part in the city, so you have plenty of things to do and people to meet.

5 Istanbul

If you can’t travel to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate, just make sure you visit Istanbul. The only city which sits on two continents has an amazing bridge over the Bosphorus, which looks very festive in the night. But before diving into the nightlife in Beyoglu, you need to hear the goose-bump inducing call to prayer from the Blue Mosque and take a walk in the Great Bazaar to discover the hidden hideaways, where you can negotiate for every item you buy. Also visit a hammam to relax during a traditional Turkish bath.

6 London

The highly cosmopolitan London is definitely a city to be experienced by a 20-something. When you witness the cultural diversity of the city you really feel like you are feeling the entire world. Check out the Portobello Market for some vintage clothes and don’t get lost in the large London subway.

7 Reykjavik

Reykjavik is surprisingly expensive, but it’s worth the effort to see it. Icelanders are very creative and warm people, so you can learn a lot from them. Visit the island from North to South, East to West, then enter a local pub and order a schnapps, nicknamed the Black Death. You will see why!

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8 Santorini

The island of Santorini is going to imprint a never-fading image in your brain. The white houses and the ancient archaeological sites are complemented by the blue sea, which brings you a one-of-a-kind emotion. There is a party vibe in Santorini, but there is also a welcoming peace, which is going to stick with you for the rest of your life.

9 Barcelona

Barcelona is where you can taste the original tapas, but only after you’ve admired the exceptional architecture of Gaudi. Other places to check out are the Gothic Quarter and the Park Guell, where the lively Spanish culture is visible all around.

10 Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a lot to the enthusiastic traveler: food, shopping and entertainment. Start by tasting the local dumplings, one of the Chinese specialties you need to try when visiting the city. The place to look for these foods is the cheapest and highest rated in China: Tim Ho Wan. Once your belly is full enjoy the lights in Victoria Harbour and dip into the nightlife of the expat community.

11 Tokyo

If you want to experience something different, go to Tokyo, the mother of all weird things and alternative cultures. Go undercover as your favorite Manga character, toast with sake in the Golden Gai area and have a meal in a toilet restaurant. And these are not the weirdest things you can enjoy in the city…

12 Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is an amazing city in Sri Lanka, which is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites for its amazing history and the ancient ruins. The entire area is breathtaking, with the jungle almost taking over the city. If you travel to the island for the first time, there is a lot to see and do, but you can start by admiring the panoramic view of the sunset on top of the Mihintale.

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13 Tel Aviv

Who would think the party capital of Middle East is Tel Aviv? Well, this is the most unexpected fact you will learn of the city when you visit it. The beautiful beaches provide a great relaxing area after you’ve rocked the parties around the town. To get a taste of the local flavours head to Lilienblum Street.

14 New York

New York has a lot to offer to the hungry traveler in food, sightseeing, nightlife and urban culture. Because you would need a lot of time to explore the Big Apple, you need to first pick one area of the city and then decide what to do in the concrete jungle.

15 Las Vegas

There is more to Las Vegas than the crazy parties, but if you scavenge the internet you can find a lot of interesting things to do in Vegas, apart from drinking and gambling.

16 New Orleans

The native city of jazz is famous for its elusive dark side games, but the spirit of the city is richer. The French Quarter has a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment, while the entire New Orleans is the perfect destination for gourmands.

17 Rio de Janeiro

Brazilians are known for their parties, which is good news for a 20something traveler, but the real entertainment comes from dancing. Pick up a cocktail and head to the beach to practice your samba moves.

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18 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires also has a passion for dancing, but this time is all about tango. Between two dance demonstrations you can enjoy the rich architecture and the contrasting locals. The city is nicknamed the South American Paris because its citizens are a mix of hot-blooded Latinos and sophisticated European-like people.

19 Montreal

Montreal is the second largest city where locals speak French and it’s the venue of multiple festivals. The city looks like an old European city and the cuisine is amazing. Montreal is going to amaze you with its creativity, especially if you hang out in one of the stylish cafes.

20 Melbourne

Melbourne is a stylish city, where the modern architecture blends with the Gold-Rush era buildings. It’s dynamic and exciting, being able to reinvent itself to adapt the latest trends and lifestyles.

Featured photo credit: Flickr/Johnny Silvercloud via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 18, 2019

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

Why is this so critically important to you?

The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
  • The man facing the judge.
  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

2. Accept Your Fear

Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

And here’s what can be done.

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3. Get Some Perspective

I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

  • Are you really at risk?
  • Will this kill you?
  • Which leads us on to..
  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

4. Hold a Hand

As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

Ask yourself:

  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
  • Could that really happen?
  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

8. Assume the Worse

If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

11. Go with Fear

When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

13. Own Your Fear

Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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