You might not have been around for the Summer of Love in the ’60s, but this week-long jaunt around Northern California might be the next best thing. You’ll start and end your trip in San Francisco, the home of free love and undoubtedly one of the best places to travel in your 20s in the US. There are plenty of other pinch-me moments, including waking up to giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park and road-tripping the iconic Pacific coast. You’ll get to drink some of the Golden State’s finest wines and craft beers along the way, too – so long as you’re over 21, of course.
Looking to escape the daily grind and reconnect with nature? The Hebridean isles, off the west coast of Scotland, are the perfect place to go. On this seven-day adventure, you’ll experience a spectacular side of Britain not many get to explore. Wild swimming in the mystical Fairy Pools on Skye, searching for dolphins in the waters near Raasay island, and hiking the Tolkien-esque landscapes of the Trotternish hills are just a handful of the highlights. Did we mention there’ll be artisan gin tasting and white-sand beaches? This trip truly has it all.
While Asian countries such as India, Thailand and Vietnam regularly feature on the backpacker trail, Sri Lanka is often overlooked. Yet this small island country has all the charm and palm-lined beaches of its more-travelled neighbours, and you’ll get to see the best of it on this 12-day trip. This one’s for the thrillseekers: you’ll climb the ancient fortress at Sigiriya, go whitewater rafting, abseil down the Sandun Ella waterfall and see herds of wild elephants in Minneriya National Park.
With its reliably gorgeous weather and vibrant nightlife, Croatia has become a go-to destination for travellers in their 20s. On this island-hopping trip along the country’s Dalmatian coast, start as you mean to go on, sampling the bars of Split before kayaking to hidden beaches around Marjan Hill and heading to Hvar – Croatia’s sunniest, liveliest island. It’s not all drinking – although there will be a chance to try grk, a local dry white wine – as you’ll also explore atmospheric medieval towns, cycle past pine forests and sample fresh oysters on the Pelješac peninsula. Round it all off in charming Dubrovnik, renowned for its Unesco-listed old town.
If a tropical island with a mix of lush jungle, fabulous beaches and buzzing nightlife sounds like the perfect solo trip, look no further than Bali, the Indonesian island that draws yogis and beach bums the world over. Culture Trip’s 12-day adventure takes you to some of Bali’s beautiful spots – one day you’ll be swimming in rock pools at the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, the next you’ll be learning the secrets of traditional Balinese cuisine in a cooking masterclass. You’ll also get to experience a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony, surf, and hike up an active volcano at sunrise.