20 Things to Do in Wales in Your Twenties

The Principality Stadium
The Principality Stadium | © Graham Hogg/Geograph
Poppy Jacob

Wales is an affordable country with a beautiful coast and countryside, lively cities, outdoor activities and plenty of pubs – perfect if you’re a twenty-something. Here’s a list of everything you should do in the Celtic country in your third decade…

Catch all the bands at Sŵn

Held across multiple venues in Cardiff’s city centre, music festival Sŵn (‘sound’ in Welsh) features a mix of big and small acts from Wales and further afield.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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CentralAmerica

COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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Europe

SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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Asia

SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Go to Swansea

The university town has loads to do and is right beside the sea, so you can spend the day rifling through vintage shops and generally exploring the city and be on the beach by sundown.

The Gower, Swansea

Head to the beach

Talking of beaches, Wales has some of the best and least spoilt in the world. You can swim, surf and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Of particular note is Barafundle Bay – often voted in the top ten 10 best beaches worldwide. When you see its clear blue-green waters, white sands and backdrop of forest and dunes, you’ll know how it earned its place on those lists.

Barafundle Bay

Go on a night out in Cardiff

When photographer Maciej Dakowicz released his series Cardiff After Dark of the busiest strip of bars in Cardiff (St Mary’s Street) where ‘everything takes place in public – from drinking, fighting, kissing to crying and sleeping’, it caused a bit of a stir and added to Cardiff’s reputation for rowdy nightlife. If you’re in your twenties, there’s every chance this is exactly what you want; if not, there are plenty of bars and clubs to suit everyone and all music tastes.

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Have a barbecue in one of its parks

Thanks to Wales’ climate, there are plenty of lush green spaces where on a sunny day you can go with a disposable barbecue, food, drinks and a Frisbee and spend a whole day enjoying yourself.

Go to Green Man

This independent music and arts festival is held in the countryside of the Brecon Beacons. It’s a colourful and easygoing festival with acts spanning folk, psychedelia, indie, dance, world music and electronica.

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Party in a mansion

A mansion called Baskerville Hall hosts small festivals such as Big Love and Truefest. It’s an incredible place to party, with rolling hills and rivers surrounding the site and a grand house as your playground for the weekend. Both the accommodation and the stages are spread between the house itself and the grounds, and, unlike other festivals, there’s a sauna and showers open to all ticket holders.

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Spend a weekend listening to jazz at Brecon Jazz Festival

Slightly more high brow is Brecon Jazz Festival, which gets big jazz names form all over the world.

Ride on a zip line

Wales is fast becoming the place to go for adventure sport, including zip lining. Called the closest thing to flying, you can soar along over the Welsh countryside on zip lines such as Velocity – the longest zip line Europe and the fastest in the world.

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Go coasteering

This activity was basically invented in Wales. It involves going along the coast, jumping off rocks into the sea and exploring caves (with a qualified guide of course).

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Go to all the pubs

The Welsh like a drink and have the pubs to show for it. There are pubs in all sorts of astounding locations both rural and metropolitan.

Llanthony Priory hotel and pub

Go bog snorkelling

The World Bog Snorkelling Championships are held in the bogs of Llanwrtyd Wells every summer, along with the stiletto race and belly-flop competition…

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Hire a kayak and go down the River Wye

Go with a group, fall in and end up in the pub.

Go camping

For a super-cheap holiday, pitch up at one of Wales’ many campsites in stunning locations across the country.

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Watch a match at Cardiff’s stadium

The atmosphere at the matches at the huge city centre stadium, especially when Wales are playing, is electric with flames, battle music and thousands of people cheering around you.

The Principality Stadium

Have some brunch

After a night out in Cardiff, how about curing your hangover with a Bloody Mary and a full Welsh breakfast at one of these top brunch spots.

Traditional Welsh breakfast complete with cockles and laverbread

Take a pedalo out onto Roath Park Lake

Spend a cheap day out with some boats on this pretty lake in the Roath area of Cardiff surrounded by weeping willows and full of bird life.

Sit in a beer garden

What is better than a cold pint in a beer garden on a warm summer’s evening? Literally nothing that’s what.

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Go to a kilo sale for vintage clothes

If you love bargain vintage clothes, a kilo sale will be a dream come true. Usually held in large venues, you can browse second-hand vintage clothes and buy what you want in bulk by getting your picks weighed at the checkout. There are kilo sales in Cardiff and Swansea every few months.

Drink up at at Penderyn Distillery

Try a selection of renowned malts and spirits on a tour of the distillery in the Brecon Beacons.

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