10 Epic Adventure Trips for Young Adults to Book Now
Want to come home from the trip of a lifetime with stories and new best friends? Whether traveling solo or with friends, these adventurous trips around the world ideal for young adults in their 20s and 30s offer something for everyone.
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Travel South America for 40 Days
Whether you're looking for a trip for yourself or to gift to a loved one, these trips are ideal for travelers in their 20s and 30s. Each of these small-group trips focuses on adventure and is budget-friendly—even the most expensive tour on this list doesn't top $150 a day. See something you like but don't fall within the age range? Each company here offers similar options without age restrictions, as well.
Ready to start daydreaming? Consider Intrepid Travel's "Epic South America" tour. In 40 days you’ll visit six countries: Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. You and 5 to 15 other travelers between the ages of 18 and 29 will hike to Machu Picchu, soak in hot springs in Banos, Ecuador, visit the salt flats of Bolivia and the massive Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and party in Rio de Janeiro. You’re bound to come home with a handful of new friends and a book full of stories to tell.
Visit Vietnam, Cambodia + Thailand on a Budget
Spend nearly three weeks traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand on this 18 to thirtysomething trip for the smallest of budgets. You'll stay in hostels and inexpensive hotels and explore nature, history and the beach in Koh Rong, Chambok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Bangkok, Angkor Wat and more. Don't have 20 days of vacation time? G Adventures has similarly budget-friendly trips available for travelers with less time.
Travel Africa for Two Months
Go on the adventure of a lifetime with this 9-country African tour from G Adventures. Over the span of 55 days with a group of travelers ages 18 to 39, you'll go on safari, spot gorillas in Uganda, go skydiving or dune boarding in Swakopmund, Namibia, visit Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi, and so much more. By the end of the trip, you'll have visited Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The group is capped at 22 travelers.
Adventure in Belize, Mexico and Guatemala
This trip to Belize, Mexico and Guatemala promises the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. This 16-day trip with G Adventures will have you swimming in cenotes, or water-filled sinkholes, scuba diving among coral and exploring ancient ruins like Chichén Itzá. You'll have plenty of time on your own to explore, as well. Only travelers between the ages of 18 and 39 can book this trip, so you'll be among peers.
Explore Morocco and the Sahara for Under $75 a Day
This 11-day trip to Casablanca, Marrakech and other cities in Morroco is mind-blowingly affordable; you just have to get there. Over the course of the trip, you'll get to sleep under the stars and catch the sunrise from the top of a sand dune in the Sahara Desert, make traditional mint tea, travel by camel, and visit iconic markets to try all the street food you can eat. And those are just the highlights. This Intrepid Travel trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds and has a maximum group size of 16. This budget-friendly trip would make a great gift for a recent graduate who's ready to broaden their horizons.
Trek New Zealand's Most Iconic Landscapes
Visit gorgeous natural gems across New Zealand on this epic 20-day adventure. Participants will go on guided hikes in places like the iconic Fiordland National Park, Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, with geysers and bubbling mud pits, and the rainforest of Whirinaki Forest Park. Most nights, you'll stay in hotels, but on a handful of evenings you'll backpack into the wilderness and camp in a tent or at a hut you must hike to. The next departure is scheduled for December, which is summer in New Zealand.
Explore "Real" Central Europe
This 15-day trip will take you to seven countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. You'll visit cities like Krakow, Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, along with Slovenia's storybook-like Lake Bled. You'll stay in guesthouses, hotels, hostels and even an overnight train (that's how you know this trip is truly for the budget-conscious traveler). The trip is capped at 16 people, and everyone must be under the age of 30.
Cruise Through Egypt on the Nile River
Explore Eygpt's greatest treasures by foot and by boat with a small group of 6 to 20 travelers. This trip starts in Cairo with a tour of the Great Pyramids, then you'll take a flight to Luxor (included) to visit the Karnak Temple complex and Luxor Temple. Board the riverboat here for four days of cruising along the Nile with many stops along the way.
Hike Along the Great Wall of China
If you're looking for a physically challenging adventure interwoven with history and culture, look no further. This 9-day tour takes you to lesser-visited parts of the Great Wall, with six full days of guided hiking (don't worry, your bags will be ported for you). You'll stay in a combination of hotels, guesthouses and homestays. Most meals are included so you can feel supported in trying new cuisine. The next departure is in early September.
Visit Japan's Gems on a Budget
Japan may be expensive, but it doesn't have to be out of reach. This 10-day tour for travelers between the ages of 18 and 29 will show you the best of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka at budget-friendly prices. You'll stay in hostels, eat all the sushi you want, visit temples, go shopping in Tokyo, try sake and, of course, give your vocal cords some exercise with authentic karaoke. The next departures are in late July and early August.