Citizen Reporter
3 minute read
11 Oct 2017
2:12 pm

Best travel destinations for the young and young-at-heart

Citizen Reporter

When it comes to youth travel, adventure remains high on the list of priorities for the Millennial and Gen X crew.

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Modern youth are willing to step outside of their comfort zones to experience that holiday of a lifetime.

When it comes to choosing a travel destination, the tech-savvy generation turn to reviews and recommendations on social media to affirm travel choices. Unsurprisingly though, many of these favourite youth travel spots are familiar travel staples, ticking all the boxes for global explorers.

Trendy Turkey

Oludeniz is one of the most famous beaches in Turkey

Oludeniz is one of the most famous beaches in Turkey. Picture: iStock

The wide variety of boat cruises are not only reasonably priced but also an easy escape to some of the most scenic snorkelling spots in the world. Oludeniz, arguably Turkey’s most beautiful beach, also offers one of the best paragliding spots.

From exploring ancient ruins and coastal caves, or hiking to one of its many waterfalls, Turkey too is the perfect destination for an action-packed holiday filled with adventure. As many cruises offer package deals that include accommodation, meals and sightseeing, it means that there are no nasty surprises when it comes to cost.

Terrific Thailand

Railay beach, Krabi. Thailand

Railay beach,Thailand. Picture: iStock

Whether it’s island hopping, rock climbing, snorkelling or exploring remote rain forests, there is no shortage of adventure to be had in scenic Thailand. For those looking for a bit more R&R, kilometres of pristine beaches provide the perfect location to unwind.

Travellers can explore using their taste buds and enjoy a variety of fresh and tasty local dishes on offer. Food and accommodation is relatively affordable with many destinations offering discounted youth packages.

Hospitable Vietnam

Islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Picture: iStock

Renowned for its welcoming locals and hospitality, Vietnam provides the ultimate destination for the fit and agile to explore by bike; whether it be travelling into the mountains or trekking along a trail to one of its magnificent bays or beaches.

A trip into Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the War Remnants museum is another definite must. The fresh vibrant food on offer is not only a gastronomic delight but also extremely affordable. Accommodation options are endless, allowing travellers to tailor their holiday to their taste for adventure and ideal travel experience.

Incredible Ireland

Ruins of Three Castle Head, County Cork, Ireland

Ruins of Three Castle Head, Ireland. Picture: iStock

With vast and varied tour packages on offer, Ireland remains a firm favourite when it comes to popular youth travel destinations. Due to its size, exploring this part of the world does not involve travelling great distances or having to pay large amounts of money to see its many popular attractions.

Whether it’s opting for a guided tour or hiring a car and self-exploring, travellers can experience the history and culture of the Emerald Isle in a few days. One of the best times to visit Ireland is in March, when everyone celebrates St Patrick’s Day of course. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.

From bustling Dublin with its vibey pubs and markets, to the castles and seaside villages further afield in the magnificent countryside, Ireland is a destination just waiting to be explored.

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