We’ve all seen it, rolled our eyes on it, or pressed “like” on it, depending on our perspectives – a Facebook photos of a youthful person playing a board game or cooking dinner or doing crafts on their couch on a Friday night with the caption “LOL, I’m so old!”
First of all – crafts are for people of all ages and for all days of the week. Let’s just get that out of the way first. But my love of hot glue guns aside, the idea that wild weekends with friends are something reserved for those born before a certain date just irks me. I’ve been blessed to spend much of my life surrounded by friends of all decades who are always having a blast and reminding me that joie de vivre knows no age.
That said, for the first time ever, as I stare down twenty-eight candles on my next birthday cake, I have started to have some creeping quarter-life-crisis-y thoughts conjuring in the dark corners of my subconscious.
This season of The Bachelor – when did they start picking such young things for this show? Whoa Alex they have always been this age just when you started watching you were young than them. A working holiday visa in Australia – man do I still want to do that? Because, wow I really only have two years left until I age out, where does the time go?! Hm, I wonder if it is still cute to sweet talk taxi drivers into taking you through the drive through and ordering a hundred dollars worth of fast food to bring to a late-night post-club-closing after party when you’re leaning a little closer to thirty than twenty. OMG FULL MENTAL BREAKDOWN I’M ALMOST THIRTY.
Speaking of that big birthday, there are some crazy trips I want to do before I turn the big 3-0 – an age at which I am well aware I won’t spontaneously die (…right?) But in my current state of party panic, here are all the trips I’m going to do my best to cram into the next few years of my carefree twenties – and a few I’m proud to have already ticked off. Honestly, the vast majority of these you could do at any age, which is really more about how you feel, right? Whatever that means for you, these really are the perfect trips for when you’re living young, and wild, and free.
Yacht Week in Croatia
A fleet of yachts filled with bikini-clad, swan-float toting bronzed beauties from around the world? There’s a reason that these epic sailing trips along the Croatian coast top the list.
These infamous flotillas sail from Split to Dubrovnik and back, stopping along for way for wine tasting, sailing, stand up paddleboarding – and yes, a good dose of partying, too. Highlights include Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Mljet National Park, each of which my daily Instagram scrolls assure me are almost surreally beautiful destinations.
Yacht Week skyrocketed to the top of my list as soon as I caught wind of the world’s first underwater winery, which recently opened in Drače. Scuba diving for wine and party sailing? Europe, here I come!
A Hangover-Style Weekend in Vegas
For this one, I am proud to say check, check and CHECK. I have done Las Vegas and I have done it well, not once but five times.
Why? Well, I think Thrillist said it best when they described Vegas as one of those undeniable party cities – those “burn-the-world-down, no-sleep-till-Brooklyn — or ever, actually — ripped-to-the-nines, no-one-here-is-wearing-underwear, life-is-a-Mase-video, straight-up BEST PARTY CITIES ON PLANET EARTH.”
Personally, Vegas is my favorite. It’s an anything-goes place where almost everyone you bump into has come specifically to get loose and have a good time. There are lots of fun party vibes floating in the air, and all you have to do is let them carry you away! There’s nothing I love more than dancing to overplayed pop music till I feel like my feet are about to fall off.
A few other infamous party capitals I’d love to track down in the next few years? Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, and Ibiza – which technically I have already been to, though when I was too skint (ah, youth is wasted on the young) to go too wild.
Jumping in Carnival in Trinidad
Now, I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at attending the Rio de Janiero version, either. But my experience jumping in the Cayman Island’s Batabano was one of the most fun local festival experiences of my life, and I’d love to graduate now to the biggest and baddest in the Caribbean! And no, I am not ashamed to admit that I basically put this item on my bucket list thanks to a Nicki Minaj music video. Not one bit.
A few other local celebrations I think should be on every party person’s must-rage list? Don’t dare miss Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Songkran in Thailand, or Ecuador’s very unique (and fiery!) New Year’s Eve.
An All-Inclusive Week in Mexico
I never did the typical high school or college spring break trip to an all-inclusive in Mexico. (I have been to low-key all-inclusives in Bali, Aruba, and Jamaica, all of which left me wanting more.)
What a better time to remedy that than a ten year high school reunion, or a five year college one?! I love the idea of this type of trip because once everyone has agreed on the destination and flights, you never have to negotiate or split a bill again – everyone just meets on the beach for sunset, Mai Tai in hand. This isn’t the kind of trip where you try to see all the sights or try every new restaurants; rather, it’s all about bonding with your nearest and dearest – and the bartender at the swim-up bar, duh. Talk about a seriously stress-free vacation!
An Insane Summer Music Festival in The UK
No secret here – I’ve got festival fever. In the past few years, I’ve ticked off music festivals like Tomorrowland in Belgium, Tomorrowland in Brazil, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Wonderfruit in Thailand, one night flings like Sunjam in Honduras and the Full Moon Party in Thailand, and art-focused events like Equillibrio in El Salvador and Burning Man in Black Rock City.
Yes, you can attend festivals at any age – heck, I took my mom to Bonnaroo this summer! But there are definitely some that I think probably just aren’t as entertaining once you reach parenthood – yes, I’m looking at you, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
I’ve currently got my eye on whatever the next Secret Garden Party is in the UK (2017 was the last edition, and I was thisclose to booking a last minute ticket to go) and AfrikaBurn in South Africa for my next land-based festival adventures.
A Summer Bartending in Greece
It’s always been a dream of mine to spend a summer slinging drinks somewhere in the sun. Now that I have a pretty busy and fairly lucrative full-time job – ahem, blogging – this might seem quite frankly crazy to some. But the heart wants what it wants – and it appears that what I want is to spend a high season pouring ouzo directly into the mouths of party-hardy visitors to the isle of Ios, Greece.
I have many friends I’ve met on the road who have financed their travels via gigs like this, and their hilarious tales of life behind the bar, camaraderie with their coworkers and days off spent on the beach have left me googling “how to get a job in Greece” many a late night since my own wild tour through the islands a few years back as a customer. Want to be on the customer side of the bar with a built in crew of the best party mates you’ve ever known? Take the Contiki tour. Trust me!
A Festival At Sea from Singapore
And here’s where I announce my next big thrill! Once I return to Thailand a week from today — gulp — it’s going to be pretty low-key until November. I’ve got an insane amount of work to catch up on, and plus, fall television will really be popping off (hahaha except guys I’m not kidding I really love TV.)
But for my birthday, I decided to treat myself to two insane back-to-back dream trips! The first I think I’ve decided to keep a secret till I’m on the plane, but the second? It’s The Ship, Asia’s largest party cruise! I’m taking my love of festivals and my love of the ocean and mashing them together for one big four-day dance fest at sea. I love that it’s going to be a full on festival with the creature comforts of a plush cruise cabin to return to – plus, tickets include all meals and almost all onboard activities. It’s been ages since I’ve been on a cruise ship!
My friend Katie will be my partner-in-crime and we’re already planning crazy costumes, late-night bowling adventures, sunrise dance parties and beyond. I’m also be spending three nights in Singapore pre-and post-cruise, and I’m looking forward to taking a longer look at a country I’ve only glanced at in the past.
The best part? You can come with me! I arranged 10% off all cabins for Alex in Wanderland readers, using code ITS2017xAlexandraB (Valid till 30 September).
So now it’s your turn to tell me – what’s been the craziest party trip of your life? What do I need to add to my bender bucket list?
Note: I swear, I’m really not trying to be age-ist in this post. I’m just being real about grappling with my own personal fears of getting older and losing my love of a night out on the town! Most of these trips have no hard and fast age limits. Feel free to assuage me with stories of how fun and fabulous your life is post-thirty.
I’ve never been a huge partier, but I have been pleasantly surprised to find I can still hang! True, the hangovers can be more brutal and the recovery time longer, but I just turned 35 last week and I’m having as much fun as I ever have, if not more. I’m smarter about how I party, but that doesn’t stop me from dancing til 4am on a rooftop in Accra when the opportunity presents itself. So don’t fear the big 3-0 – life may change, but if you’re doing it right (which I think you are), it just keeps getting better!
Yay, that makes me happy to hear Mary! The hangovers ARE more brutal but I’ve gotten way more pro-active about drinking tons of water on a day I’m having a night out, and trying all kinds of potions from party patches to hangover teas, ha ha. I think they do help!
I find myself thinking, “This is your best post” WAY too much. So I won’t do it again! But this one is freaking awesome! Unlike many people in my age group I find myself having more fun now than I ever did. And I just may treat myself to one of these trips on A-Rock’s list!
Ha, thanks Juan! Love hearing that you’re loving life 🙂 That knows no age limit!
I love the sound of a cruising festival! I’m sure it will be an absolute blast. If there were any way to get myself over there, I’d be signing up in a heartbeat, but alas. As someone who turned 28 this past May, I definitely relate to (and appreciate) this post.
Thanks Marni! I know a lot of people in this age range are kind of having these same feelings right now… it is good to know you aren’t alone, even if it can sometimes feel like you are when you’re with certain groups of friends. (And that can make you feel like a real loser like ugh, why don’t I want to grow up like everyone else?!)
I totally understand this post! I’m nearing 30 in T-minus 4 months and I’m really freaking out about it. I love these suggestions and I’m definitely bookmarking a few of them to try in my post-30 years. With few friends left who are still into partying out like this (like seriously they just want to party at a cabin in the woods – which I’m all down for, just not every year for the past 4 years), I sometimes wonder if I’m getting too old for it. And then I immediately say hell no, because if I love dancing till dawn then I’m not going to stop just cause of a number!
I’m so with ya — I’m all for a house party or a weekend at a cabin or whatever, but I still like leaving residences to have a good time every once in a while 🙂 Basically, AMEN!
These all sound so fun! I think bartending for the summer in Greece sounds AMAZING. I had a friend that did Yacht Week in Greece two summer ago and she said it was unreal. I’m still hoping to tick Vegas off my bucket list before my 30th!
I think it would be a great one FOR a thirtieth! Vegas is so fun — definitely go there for an enormous celebration!
If you are looking for a buddy for Africaburn next year let me know! I’ll be living in Joburg and I really really want to go but don’t have a crew as of yet.
Wish I could make it to the boat party but don’t think my budget could swing it at this part of my trip 🙁
Can also attest that Rio Carnivale is one of the craziest parties I’ve attended. I didn’t sleep for 2.5 days and then hopped on a 42 hour transit back to Melbourne. I arrived so sick but it was so worth it!
Kudos for that Carnivale stamina, girl! Can’t wait to check that one off the bucket list. As for Afrika Burn… I’m tempted!
My twenties saw me raising children and taking care of my husband, no time for a nightlife
That sounds like a well worthy trade off Jo-Anne! Different strokes for different folks!
umm PLEASE write about this cruise right after LOL
I will try to Erin! It’s going to be so dang fun!
I’m from the UK so I have to agree with you on British music festivals – they’re messy but they’re soooo good and a complete escape from reality. Personally I love the Isle of Wight festival for it’s heritage and mix of new and classic acts on the lineup each year. I’m also going to put in a shout for the island of Ibiza – it’s a stunner of an island that has so much more than just the party scene, but a night of sundowners in San Antonio followed by bars and clubs until the sun rose again next morning is a night of my twenties I’ll never forget
I’d love to go back to Ibiza now as a person that isn’t, well, totally stingy and unemployed 🙂 I think I’d enjoy it quite a bit more these days… not that I didn’t love it when I first went!
I personally am kind of excited to get older (and hopefully wiser lol) but I do admit there are many things I do want to tick off the list while I’m in my twenties. Because, responsibilities. Right now I have about zero of those! Plus for things like the Australia working holiday visa, the age cap is a real thing xD I’d love to do New Zealand too
There are a lot of great travel visa opportunities that have age limits! I believe Ireland has one that is even more restrictive. Time flies!
Such a good list! I heard through the grapevine that Secret Garden Party is sadly finished BUT may I recommend Bestival? Just went for the first time this past weekend & in 18 years of yearly festivals, this was THE BEST! The vibe (Brits bring it like no other), the setting (a castle on the south coast of England complete with roaming peacocks and an Avatar-esque forest), the variety of entertainment — an Indian circus, a rag tag brass band playing Daft Punk covers, a festive group leading a whole tent in a Scottish folk dance set to house music — the beautiful, wildly creative production design (bit like a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film)…it blew me away. Literally on the Sunday actually when I felt wind like never before. But you already know about English weather.
As for fun after 30 umm, I’m 36 and my year has included a week in Ibiza with 10 friends, a wedding turned rave, a girls’ weekend in Belgium that also included a rave…in a secret forest…til 6am, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Notting Hill carnival, 3 fashion weeks, the aforementioned Bestival & more nights out than I care to recall. I think it’s safe to say I will never get over “fun.”
This is officially my last comment until I hear back from you, Missy. Where you have you been? Was it something I said?! 🙁 🙁
Yes sadly Secret Garden is over! This was the last year and I was SO tempted to go. My friend Kat has also been bigging up Bestival quite a bit so you might just see me there someday! Also your life sounds perfect and exactly like I want mine to be in eight years — I think the British really know how to live in this regard (I know you aren’t British by birth, but by choice at the moment 😉 )
As for comments I’m SO sorry I’ve been AWOL! The old free plugin I was using that notified people via email when I replied to their comments broke and I had to commission my developers to make a new one. In the meantime, I didn’t want to be replying if no one would see it so I took a hiatus and am catching up now (which is quite a big job at this point, ha.) I posted a notice on Facebook but in retrospect I should have popped something into the ends of my post as well!
These are all amazing places and sounds so fun! I really want to go to a music festival darn it! I turn 30 next year and my list of… Things to do before I’m 30 is still quite LONG, lol! Most of my life I have told everyone I will have kids when I am 30 and now thats coming up quick so I am freaking out! SO, with that said these next 11 months are my great excuse to go wild and free!
We had a wild bender in Miami for my GF birthday this past May! Im not really a Vegas gal so beaches, pool sides and exploring here was AMAZING! It was easy to have a blast at the strip club till 6am! 😛
Ah I LOVE Miami and definitely am due for much more time there. It is kind of Vegas by the sea, in a way 😛 I’m so glad you had such an amazing time there! Your trip sounds like a blaaaaast!
Ha, good disclaimer at the end 😉 I never put an age on things, only a health. As long as I’m healthy I can party, travel and do whatever I want to do. Age is literally just a number in my mind.
That is an amazing attitude… I’m trying to adopt it!
ahh I love this list !! I am deff trying to tick some of these off before my next birthday like Yacht Week has been a long dream of mine <3
Maybe I’ll see ya there next year 😉
I only discovered Secret Garden Party this year and was super disappointed that it was the last edition.
Ugh, I know Steph! I think I’ll always be gutted I missed that one!
That’s amazing! I especially love Las Vegas since I have celebrated my 21st birthday there and returned several times ever since 🙂 It’s so much fun! Love your article, very informative! It makes me want to try lots of other places as well before I reach my 30s 😉
Hugs from Hamburg,
Ha, I did my 21st in Vegas as well 🙂 Thanks for reading, Karo!
I haven’t been to Europe’s Tomorrowland, but, living in Atlanta, I got to go to Tomorrowworld all the years that it was here! And it was incredible! I’m still dying to try out Yacht Week in Croatia though! Boats and the sea own a piece of my soul <3
Amen! I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to check out Tomorrowworld Atlanta but the other two were ace! Wonder where they might launch another one next…
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Thirty is easy.
35 is the tough one!
Its at that moment you realize you are half way to 40.
Oh my — I’m going to put off that freakout for a few more years 😛 One at a time!
Oh my The Yacht Week in Croatia and The Secret Garden Party! I would love to breathe out all the stress with that kind of party.
Ha, that’s a perfect way to describe it! What a way to blow off steam!
awesome amazing pictures I loved it!
Thanks Jessy! Happy trails!
Great list! I grew up in Trinidad and it’s the best carnival imho, but I just wanted to (gently) point out that it’s not referred to as ‘jumping’ there. I think this may be a thing in the other islands? Anyway in Trinidad it’s called ‘playing mas’ or just ‘playing Carnival.’ I hope you make it there one day!
Ah, thanks for the heads up! That is what it’s called in the Cayman Islands and I thought I’d heard Bahamian people use the same term for Junkanoo, good to know it’s not region wide 🙂 I’m actually tentatively planning to attend in 2019 so PLEASE give me all your tips 🙂
Thirty is easy.
35 is the tough one!
Its at that moment you realize you are half way to 40.
I’m sure that will be a big shock to the system, indeed! Clinging to my twenties for as long as I can!
i think so ^^ tks very much