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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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How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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