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If the summer wanderlust is hitting ya hard, we’ve got just the remedy! This weekend, we’re here with six of the most kickass trips to take in your 20s. Each is an adventure, but this is likely just part 1 of an ongoing series, so bear that in mind. Also, we’re keeping this entry focused on international locations—we went a bit more exotic than, say, Mardi Gras and Burning Man.
Disclaimer: You can totally take these trips outside of your 20s, too. You do you, fam!
1. Inca Trail to Machu Pichu | Peru
We’ll start off with one or two you’ve definitely heard of but may have needed that extra nudge to take. First: hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. There are actually three overlapping trails for enthusiasts—Mollepata, Classic, and One Day. It’s one of Earth’s most famous hikes, and for good reason—just check out all the views, ranging from triumphant mountains to lush rain forests and ancient af ruins. Yup… well worth your time.
2. Oktoberfest | Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest in Germany is one of the world’s largest Volksfests, a.k.a., a large German event that combines a “funfair” with beer or wine. In the case of Oktoberfest, you’re looking at a 16- to 18-day folk festival ranging from the end of September to the first week of October. Approximately six million people throw down each year; in 2013, 7.7 MILLION liters of Octoberfest beer got served alone. Holy crap.
Note that there’s plenty to do in Munich outside of the festival, too. It’s the capital of Bavaria and includes some of the world’s oldest art galleries and some incredible architecture.
3. Carnival | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
We said we weren’t bothering with Mardi Gras here, but that was only technically true. We just had to include the “godfather” to Mardi Gras, Carnival in Rio. It’s one of the largest parties of its kind in the friggin’ world and, like Mardi Gras, is held each year right before Lent. It began in 1723 and now draws approx. two million peeps to its streets each day. You don’t want to miss it.
4. THE DEATH ROAD | Bolivia
We had some fun with the caps there but North Yungas/“The Death Road” is dangerous, so bear that in mind before packing your bags. It ain’t for the faint of heart but it is for the stout of spirit—adventurers and experienced cyclists should be the only that apply.
It’s safer than it once was and now has guardrails… although, all the same, it may be recommended that you enjoy the views only by automobile unless you consider yourself a true cycling expert. It’s a 43-mile switchback that’s narrow as hell (typically no wider than 10 feet), prone to fog and the occasional landslide, and features cliffs that drop 2,000 feet. However, the panoramic views and waterfalls may do the trick for you, all the same.
5. Full Moon Party | Ko Pha-ngan, Thailand
First held at Paradise Bungalows in Ko Pha-ngan for 20 to 30 travelers in 1983, the event now occurs during every full moon (the night of, the night prior, or the night after). Each party goes ’til sunrise and draws between 5,000–30,000 party unicorns. There’s a wide gamut of music and dancing—drum and bass, reggae, trance, etc.—as well as fire-skipping ropes, alcohol buckets (yeah, buckets), and more.
6. The Yacht Week | Various Locations
Ready for some discovery, debauchery, and delight? The Yacht Week’s a supercharged series of week-long boutique floating dance festivals strewn all around the world. Take to the high seas in your yacht with like-minded mischief-makers and experience everything this beautiful blue orb has to offer. Past destinations include Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, the Caribbean, and more.
Learn about how it works and what’s included.