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7 Must-Travel-To Destinations Before You Settle Down


People often don’t realize how much freedom and ingenuity they can exercise if they’re not married with a family. You can spread your wings and do almost anything you like without consulting another individual or worrying about letting someone down.

Travel isn’t always suited to family life, after all. That’s why it’s best to travel when you’re young and unattached.

Most families can foot the cost of a trip to Disneyland or another domestic destination, but overseas travel is much more difficult. Also, many of the places you may want to go aren’t necessarily family friendly.

When you’re young and don’t have the level of responsibilities you’re likely to accumulate in the future, get away as much as you can. Funding can be tough, but it’s possible if you work a few extra hours and live a frugal lifestyle to save up.

Here are some of the best destinations for single travel.

1. Prague

It’s true that many people visit beautiful Prague while they’re in college, but it’s still a hot spot. It’s ideal for backpacking and has lots of charm for either the wild partier or the soulful observer. This location is loaded with history and incredible sights.

2. Cuba

It’s getting easier to enter Cuba, now that the political strain between that nation and the U.S. has eased. Still, it’s not a place you’d want to go with a family in tow. To get the most out of your experience, start with Havana, one of the world’s most beautiful beach cities. Then head inland to enjoy the gorgeous countryside that many tourists neglect to visit.

3. Patagonia

Located near the southern tip of South America, this Argentinean destination is great for both scenic views and adventuring. There’s water, skiing, wildlife, glaciers, and rain forest. You might want to book a zip lining tour over the rainforest to experience the area in full.

4. New Orleans

Though this may seem a little close to home, it’s also not a place you’re likely to want to visit with your family. Aside from the hurricanes that wipe out sections of the city every few years, New Orleans has a lot of “grown up” culture and even more partying. This is an ideal destination for the unattached.

5. Berlin

Berlin is a surprisingly welcoming city for young people. There are plenty of English speakers, so you don’t have to worry about a language barrier. There’s food and drink aplenty, and it’s one of the cheapest places to fly when you visit Europe.

6. Middle East

Obviously, you won’t be going to Iraq, Syria, or other war-torn areas of the Middle East, but you might enjoy a stop in Egypt, Northern Israel, Cyprus, or Qatar. This may be your one and only chance to see this part of the world. Travel here is not easy for families, and it may not be long before it becomes impossible to visit one or more of these countries due to the political strife and wars.

7. Panama

If you take this trip, either go there by boat or arrange a trip to the Panama Canal. This modern wonder is worth the experience and the neighboring greenery and mountain views are breathtaking.

Be warned that Panama is considered one of the worst cities in the world for violent crime, however. Watch for pickpockets and avoid sketchy areas. If you stick to the touristy areas and use common sense while traveling, you should be safe.

Unless you won the lottery or are born rich, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to take all of these trips before you form any serious attachments. Do your research and choose the best vacation or two for yourself. You won’t regret the experience.