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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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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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