5 Best Countries for Young People to Travel

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There are so many incredible places to travel in the world – where do you start? These five tried-and-true countries are the perfect destinations for students – great nightlife, abundance of students, and lots of cheap options. Whether it’s for a study abroad or a spring break trip, consider adding these spots to your bucket list.


There’s no wonder Thailand is full of 20-somethings from around the world whenever you go. The beaches have crystal-clear waters, the streets are full of bars, and the food is delicious and cheap – what’s not to like! The infamous Full Moon party draws people for an all night dance on the beach that might be the most epic party you’ve ever been to. Hop on a motorcycle to explore the backcountry and go wherever the road takes you. You can always take a break from the thrill and spend a peaceful afternoon at one of the countries hundreds of temples.


Explore this stunning country one village at a time, but don’t forget the big cities! Life itself is a fiesta and everyone is invited. Start in Barcelona to watch the sunrise on the beach and enjoy the art that is infused into the city itself. Dine on tapas and sangria for a truly Spanish experience. Hike the mountains, then hit the nightlife in Madrid to flamenco until dawn. Most of the beaches get over 300 days of sun a year, so you can visit anytime for a beachside party.


Cruise the historic canals of Amsterdam, one of the hippest cities in Europe. Amsterdam has a rich culture, history and arts, sports, amazing historical architecture like museums and canals, beautiful cobblestone streets, delicious food, and of course, nightlife. Plus you can purchase marijuana in most coffee shops and smoke it publicly. Grab a bike and explore this beautiful city, but don’t forget the rest of what the Netherlands has to offer! Beautiful scenery, the Van Gogh museum, and historic spots around the country make it a great place for students to visit.


With an entire coast devoted to a unique beach culture, you are always expected to have a great time in Brazil. The best time to go to Brazil is during Carnival, a week-long festival that takes place throughout the country. Streets are filled with decorative costumes, dancing, and singing. The country pretty much stops for a week to take part in this festival. Brazil offers big adventures for travelers with budgets large and small. There’s horseback riding and wildlife-watching in the Pantanal, kayaking flooded forests in the Amazon, ascending rocky cliff tops to panoramic views, whale-watching off the coast, surfing stellar breaks off palm-fringed beaches and snorkeling crystal-clear rivers or coastal reefs – all are part of the great Brazilian experience.


Any sushi-lover would be seriously missing out if they didn’t visit Japan. This country is a foodie’s dream – from super fresh sushi to steaming bowls of ramen, the Japanese are dedicated to excellent ingredients and presentation. Tokyo has an incredible combination of traditional culture with modern art and fashion. In the shadow of skyscrapers you can visit a kabuki stage, a sumo tournament or stroll under the cherry blossoms. Then you can enjoy the wonderful world of Japanese pop culture, including anime, Harajuku fashion, and Japanese pop stars.