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20 Things You Should Do Around The World In Your 20s

20 Things You Should Do Around The World In Your 20s

While there’s no specific age to get up and travel, there is something unique about taking off and experiencing the world in your twenties. Go while you’re youthful, single and without a lot of obligation.

There are such a variety of epic gatherings, celebrations and culture far and wide, so stretch your wings and get out there!

In no specific order, here are 20 things to experience worldwide in your 20s!

1. Yacht Week

Get your friends together, pick a goal (Virgin Islands, Thailand, Croatia, Greece or Italy), pick a yacht and prepare for The Yacht Week– a seven-day sailing holiday. Every day you sail to another destination and every night you party under the stars with kindred Yacht Weekers from around the globe.

2. San Fermín Festival—Pamplona, Spain

Touch base in Pamplona for the San Fermin Opening Ceremony where you will spend the morning being drinking sangria and the evening meandering the lanes filled with music and dancing.

The next morning, prepare for the renowned ‘Running of the Bulls.’ You can either take part in the run or be an observer. In any case, it’s an ordeal you’ll always remember!

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3. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

Set off on one of the most amazing trails on the planet. The Inca Trail is ever-changing, bringing you over towering mountains and through the forest, just to ending up at Machu Picchu. The hike is trying at times yet is very rewarding. Take as much time as necessary and appreciate this physical, visual and otherworldly voyage.

4. Travel to Watch the World Cup

Despite whether you’re a diehard soccer fan or not, watching the World Cup live is an unquestionable requirement! Other than the crowds and the excited energy in the stadium, the World Cup is the biggest tournament, bringing from around the world together. Bring your jersey, paint your face and prepare to cheer.

5. Oktoberfest—Munich, Germany

Who doesn’t love  a good German beer? Oktoberfest is an awesome way to celebrate the end of the summer season by partying in one of the fourteen beer tents, each representing one of Germany’s finest brews.

Before you know it, you’ll be on top of table singing with your new pals from around the world.

6. Burning Man—Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Encounter a week unlike you’ve ever experienced  in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert at Burning Man. A a huge number of people meet up each year to construct Black Rock City—a city that is built out of respect for craftsmanship, self-expression and independence.

7. Mardi Gras—New Orleans, Louisiana

Make a beeline to New Orleans to observe Fat Tuesday and the days paving the way to Mardi Gras. Take a sip of Sazerac (a local New Orleans alcoholic beverage); walk around Bourbon Street; and make sure to catch the parades!

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8. Take a Solo Trip

Taking a solo trip makes you have to figure out how to make your own choices on your own and learn how to get yourself from place to place. This type of independence is bound to increase your self-esteem.

Also, to be honest, you’re never truly alone. There’s always potential friends to make—in your hostel, at tourist sites, etc. Give yourself the gift of autonomy, a chance to encounter new cultures and an ideal opportunity to find out more about yourself.

9. Carnival—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carnival is regularly viewed as one of the greatest celebrations on the planet and is the benchmark in which every other carnival around the globe looks at. The festival is rich in Brazilian culture, craftsmanship, music and festivity.

10. Motorbike Through Vietnam

Begin in Saigon. Take a boat ride and explore the Mekong Delta. Then jump on a motorbike to explore the rest of Vietnam. Remain overnight with local people in their towns as you go up (or down) this beautiful nation.

You can go solo or go with friends. Make this outing as short or as long as you want to make it!

11. California Coast (Highway 1) Road Trip

Begin in Southern California and drive one of the most scenic routes on Highway1. This drive takes you through the mountains, woodlands and the sea.

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12. Cycle The Death Road in La Paz, Bolivia

This is not for the feeble of heart. Jump on a bicycle and set out on a cycling ride on one of the world’s most dangerous roads. While the road comprises of steep, tight streets, it does take you through waterfalls and stunning scenery. It’s like nothing else!

13. Full Moon Party—Thailand

This party is based off of the lunar calendar. Every time there is a full moon,  a Full Moon Party assembles in Koh Phangan, Thailand. 10,000-30,000 people gather. Be prepared to paint your body in shiny paints, watch jugglers and fire-breathers, and hit the dance floor. It’s very touristy, however, insane and enjoyable to experience when in your 20s!

14. Holi Festival—India

The Holi Festival, or the Festival of Colours, is an old Hindu religious celebration that commends love and sharing. This festival is known for dancing, playing music and tossing powdered paint at each other. Don’t wear anything you’re not willing to get paint on!

15. Party in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City. Las Vegas is the city where you can discover everything without exception and it has a bit of something for everybody.

Sip mixed drinks at one of the pools or take off for some shopping during the day.

In the nighttimes, experience nightlife that is unparalleled to anything else quite like it.

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Also, obviously, practice your poker face at one of the numerous casinos.

16. Bay to Breakers—San Francisco, California

This 7.5 mile race happens on the third Sunday in May. Runners begin in the northeast side of  San Francisco and advances to Ocean Beach. A good time for both  runner and observer; plan to see individuals wearing anything between strange ensembles and (and maybe even some birthday suits!).

17. Explore Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the most populated travel circuits on the planet for 20-somethings. Take a month or two and go river tubing in Laos, hit the shorelines in Thailand, and visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Local people are friendly and the food is beyond-amazing.

18. Surf Safari—Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Go down to the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, hitting up a portion of the best surf spots like Nosara and Playa Avellanas. Try not to stress in case you’re not an extraordinary surfer. There are a wealth of surf schools that will teach you. If surfing isn’t for you, there’s also a  lot of yoga retreats and excellent shorelines.

19. Take a Budget Backpacking Trip in Europe

Hiking through Europe is the stereotypical “transitioning” for most youthful explorers. With little preparation, modest flights and heaps of hostels, it has turned out to be easier and cheaper to move from region to region around Europe, while encountering different cultures, languages and food.

20 Tomorrowland—Boom, Belgium

Jump on over to Belgium to encounter one of the biggest electronic music festivals on the planet: Tomorrowland. Top DJs and loads of people from everywhere throughout the world assemble here for some of the best electronic music and live performances you’ll get all year. Even though the festival take place in Boom, make sure to spend a couple of additional days investigating other parts of Belgium. Don’t forget to check out the beer, chocolate and frites—some of Belgium’s bests!

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Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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