I’m excited to introduce our latest guest blogger, Angela Dewar! She’s a good friend of mine, fellow interior designer, and travel buff. She’s sharing some of her recent travels along with some other enticing areas to hit up before you turn 30.
My name is Angela Dewar and I am an interior designer at Whitlock Design Group in Waltham, MA. As a designer, I am constantly looking for new inspiration. One of my favorite ways to get inspired is through travel. I got the travel bug on my first European adventure, visiting my younger sister while she was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. At first, the task of planning my own international trip was daunting. But, it soon became a hobby of mine that I’m excited to share!
Top 5 travel destinations
If you’re like me, you have a short list of 20+ places you want to travel to in your lifetime. But some of those destinations will be much more fulfilling now in your twenties than they will be later in life. Here is my list of the top five places you should visit before you turn thirty because soon enough we won’t be able to hang like college kids.
1. IBIZA, SPAIN
Okay, I have to admit, I’m a little biased with this one. I took a trip this past summer to Ibiza with 20 people. Few of which I had even met before and had an ABSOLUTE BLAST. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Ibiza is an island off the coast of Eastern Spain and is a part of the Baleric Islands. Ibiza has been the go-to party destination for Europeans for decades, but not until recently has it become a destination for us Americans. Thanks, Mike Posner.
Ibiza hosts nightly EDM concerts at various clubs throughout the island. Many popular DJs take up residency during the high season (June through October) and play shows weekly. Concerts can go all night and the clubs stay open until as late as 8am. During the day you can relax on the beach, there are plenty beautiful spots on the island. This is definitely a vacation that should be had in your 20s while you can still hang with the Europeans. Book this in September when the heat dies down but the party is still burning up!
2. MACHU PICCHU, PERU
A strenuous trek for many, Machu Picchu is definitely a trip worth taking while you still have the stamina for an all-day or multi-day hike. Built by the Incas, this site has stumped historians as to its intended use. With water surrounding the cliff some 2,000 feet below, scholars believe this could have been used as a safe haven for ruling families or some sort of ceremonial retreat. Regardless of its intended purpose, it is a fascinating site and surely thrilling when you reach the peak. Travel + Leisure has some excellent tips on how best to experience Machu Picchu. Grab your camera and get to hiking. This place is excellent for capturing your next profile picture.
3. KOH PHANGAN, THAILAND
So you may never have heard of Koh Phangan. But, you will definitely want to check this party island out during one of its monthly Full Moon Parties. Every month, party-goers from all over flock to this island off the Eastern coast of Thailand to experience one of the greatest beach parties ever in existence.
The party starts at dusk and lasts until the sun comes up. Anywhere from 10,000-30,000 people can be found dancing on the Head Rin beach on any given night and the DJs play music all night long. Just a short one hour flight from Bangkok, this destination is sure to be on your list.
4. AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Somewhat of a no-brainer, Amsterdam is best experienced before the clock strikes 30 for various reasons. A lot of activities that us Americans cannot enjoy freely back in the states (think Red Light District and legalized marijuana) are available in this liberal city. But maybe lesser known is Amsterdam’s incredible beauty. Rent a bike for the day and ride around the city, there are beautiful canals that are definitely picture-worthy. And if you get thirsty from all that peddling, stop on a tour of the Heineken brewery!
5. THE GRAND CANYON, UNITED STATES
I had to slip in at least one destination state-side. We all studied the Grand Canyon in school and know that it was formed by a river thousands of years ago. What we didn’t learn in middle school geography was that there is an amazing waterfall / swimming area in part of the Grand Canyon National Park that is only accessible by hike or helicopter!
Havasupai Falls is part of an Indian reservation in Arizona. Depending on which trail you take, the hike is approximately 8 miles downhill to the base of the falls where many tourists each year flock to take a dip. It is highly recommended to camp overnight. Or, try to take a helicopter ride back up to the top of the trail, this is not a one-day hike!
Where have you traveled to this year? Any upcoming trips in your future? We’d love to hear about your travel experiences! Comment below.