Tours & Trips for Young Adults
Whether your travel goals include partying in ruin bars or hitting up every beach in Asia, a group tour can make your wildest dreams come true! Join a group of like-minded travellers and indulge in unique, life-enriching experiences with experienced guides at your side. Eat your way through Vietnam, hike in Iceland, bike in China and discover places and experiences you never knew existed!
Popular destinations for young adults
Travelling while you’re young is a great idea: it broadens your horizons, introduces you to new people and ways of life, and provides life-enriching experiences you wouldn’t have had otherwise. A visit to one of these top vacation spots for young adults is sure to leave you planning for your next tour as soon as you get home!
Japan offers a little bit of everything, for every kind of traveller. History buffs will enjoy the country’s museums and ancient cultures and traditions, party animals can sing the night away in Tokyo karaoke booths, and athletes will love the world-class skiing available on the northern island.
An ever-popular destination for young travellers, Thailand is sure to show you a good time! Time your visit with a famous Full Moon Party and spend a night dancing with your fellow travellers on a pristine beach. For those looking for a slower pace, you’ll find it here too: stroll through local markets, dine on local cuisine, or plant yourself in a beach chair and watch the world go by.
Bella Italia is home to incredible experiences around every corner! Of course, many people dream of visiting Italy for the food, and that certainly doesn’t disappoint, but there’s so much more to this stunning country! Hike along cliff-side trails, follow in the footsteps of history, soak in some culture in the world-renowned museums.
If you’re looking for a big trip to take when you’re young, Australia is it. This lively country is known for its nightlife, jaw-dropping natural beauty, and exhilarating activities that seem to follow travellers wherever they go.
Popular Europe tours for young adults
There’s so much to see and do in Europe! Check out some of the best Europe tours for young adults to help you decide where to go.
Bucket list experiences before turning 30
If you’re looking to cross some items off your bucket list before you turn 30, we have more than a couple of suggestions! Travel is the perfect way to check off those life-changing experiences.
Go sailingWhether you’re looking for a daring adventure through the Northwest Passage or island-hopping across Southeast Asia, a sailing tour is the perfect way to feel like an explorer while still maintaining the comforts of home and making new friends. From whales to full-moon parties, you never know what you’ll find!
See the Big FiveThe Big Five - the African elephant, the black rhinoceros, the African buffalo, the lion, and the African leopard - are all prized spots amongst safari-goers, and checking all of them off is an incredible accomplishment! Join a safari tour in one of Africa’s many national parks for your best shot at seeing these amazing animals in the wild.
Go on a yoga retreatIf your day to day life is getting too stressful, why not spend your time off finding your zen on a yoga retreat? These tours combine breathtaking scenery in places like Southeast Asia and Mexico with supportive yoga classes for every ability level and fresh, healthy food. What’s not to love?
Polish your photography skillsFrom massive icebergs in Antarctica to fields of lavender in France to Peru’s ancient ruins, one of the best parts of travel is being able to take photos and preserve your memories for a lifetime. Sharpen your skills by taking a photography tour, or just let the natural beauty of your destination inspire you!
Go off-the-beaten-pathTravel is all about finding those hidden gems and places you would never have visited if you weren’t in the know, and touring is all about getting visitors in the know! Whether you’re hiking on an abandoned trail in Nepal or finding the best hidden cafe in Paris, you’ll always have a chance to explore your destination for yourself.
Take a solo tripSolo travel is an amazing way to get to know yourself better while growing as a person, and one of the best - not to mention safest - ways to do it is on a group tour! You’ll have the freedom to travel the way you want, while enjoying the security a group tour affords.
Budget tours for travellers in their 20s
Travel doesn’t have to break the bank - here are just a few places you can travel in your 20s on a budget.
Full of amazing food, striking natural beauty, and important sites like Machu Picchu, Peru will take your breath away, and still let you stick to a budget! An average of $25 USD per day will be more than enough to eat, drink, and adventure your way through this amazing country.
Whether you’re travelling down the Mekong Delta and visiting floating markets and rice terraces or enjoying cocktails in chic Ho Chi Minh City, you can have an amazing time in Vietnam without breaking the bank. At an average of $20 USD per day, you’ll be able to enjoy all the amazing food and activities the country has to offer, and still be able to bring some souvenirs home!
Tropical paradises aren’t just for people on luxury vacations! You can easily explore the lush jungles, pristine beaches, and unique animal life in Costa Rica for about $30 USD per day. Enjoy ziplining through rainforests, ocean kayaking, and encounters with some seriously amazing wildlife without worrying about how much you’re spending.
While this country isn’t always known for affordability, some careful planning and budgeting can allow travellers to only spend $10-$30 USD per day, depending on the region. Hit the town in New York City, learn to surf in California, or take in the gorgeous scenery of the Grand Canyon.
Tips for young travellers
Overpacking is one of the most common mistakes new travellers make. When packing, especially for a longer trip, thinking about everything you wear in one week, and be prepared to wear clothes more than once wherever possible. If you can do laundry on the road with a portable washing machine, you can significantly cut down on the clothes you need to bring!
Learn local words and phrases
The most important thing to remember while you’re travelling is that you’re a visitor in someone else’s country, and, while you may be on vacation, they aren’t. That means being respectful of public spaces, courteous to locals, and, where possible, showing that respect by learning a few basic words and phrases (hello, how are you, where is the bathroom?) in the local language. Believe us: you’ll always gain points for trying!
Learn how to prepare one local recipe
One of the best parts of travelling is getting to experience new food! Learning a local recipe is the souvenir that keeps getting better: not only will you get to remember your time in that country, you’ll get to share you travels with friends and family by showing off your delicious new skills.
Festival & events you can't miss
Considered the biggest carnival in the world, nearly two million people per day take to the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to celebrate in beautiful, intricate costumes. Held every year before Lent (usually in February or March), Carnival is one of those bucket-list experiences every traveller should experience once!
The world’s largest festival of its kind, Oktoberfest in Munich is a 16- to 18-day folk festival which runs from mid September until the first weekend in October. Travellers are treated to parades, live music, carnival rides, and, of course, all the German beer they could ask for!
Have you ever wanted to do something outrageous just for the fun of it? La Tomatina might be for you! This annual festival in Bunol, Spain, is held on the last Wednesday of August and is generally known as the World’s Biggest Food Fight. 20,000 people take to the streets for a messy, crazy, and amazing food fight, painting the streets red with tomatoes.
Often misrepresented as “Mexican Halloween,” this festival across Mexico is much more than that. In honour of loved ones who have passed away, celebrants create altars to remember the dead, serving traditional dishes for their families. It’s a heartfelt, colourful, and beautiful holiday!
What is the average age of passengers travelling on these tours?
The average age can vary depending on the tour, however, most passengers are between 18-39. The majority of passengers are backpackers and university students who are going on vacation looking for a focus on nightlife and are happy to use budget multi-share hostels as accommodation. Find out more on TourRadar.
Do many people travel alone?
Small group tours are often very popular with people who travel alone or with their family and friends! If you are travelling alone do not worry as it is a great way to meet like-minded people who also love to travel. Discover more on our page about small group tours.
I am travelling with friends, can we share a room?
When staying in hotels, you will be able to share a room with your friends or partner. However if your tour includes stays in hostels, you will generally only be able to share a room with those of the same gender due to the rooms being multi-share. For more information please do not hesitate to contact our team of Travel Experts or read our page about single supplement.
Can you meet people before joining the tour?
Some tour operators provide a Facebook group or a platform where you can meet your fellow travellers. If your tour operator does not provide this service, then you can meet each other over a drink at your welcome meeting on Day 1 of your tour.
Do we get any free time on tours to do our own thing?
The majority of tours have a scheduled itinerary that includes activities, excursions and allocated free time. This allows plenty of time to see the sights as well as time to explore at your own pace. Otherwise, you can book a private tour.
Are the tours party focused?
Some tours are heavily party focused such as Oktoberfest. However, the majority of young adult tours allow you to see the sights by day, and relax or party by night.
Are there early morning starts?
Your days are usually planned out to allow more time at your tour destinations and less time actually travelling. Generally, most tours will depart your destination at around 9:00 am allowing plenty of time for you to have breakfast and hit the road!
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