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The 20-Something’s Bucket List for Backpacking Europe

Backpacking Europe is a quintessential rite of passage for young movers and shakers. Make your travel experience extraordinary by checking off as many items on this bucket list that you can while you are in your 20s – or try to do them all in one epic trip! You’ll be sharing the stories of your fantastic adventure long after your return flight home.

  1. Swim in the turquoise Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece.
  2. Watch the sunset from the top of the Eiffel Tower – bonus points if you take the stairs.
  3. Drink a pint of Guinness in Ireland.
  4. Kiss someone you’ve just met on a gondola ride in Venice.
  5. Trade travel tips with your hostel buddies, and make new friends for life.
  6. Party all night long in Berlin at the wildest dance club you can find.
  7. Get hit in the face by a flying tomato at La Tomatina festival in Spain.
  8. Ride a bicycle to a Tuscan vineyard and sample the wine.
  9. Scream your head off on a roller coaster at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
  10. Eat a croissant with jam and butter at a sidewalk café in Paris.
  11. Toast to your good fortune with a giant stein of beer at Oktoberfest.
  12. Touch the ancient stones of Roman ruins and contemplate the hands that carved them.
  13. Sleep in a castle in Scotland, and listen for ghosts.
  14. Meet new friends on the beach in Portugal, and invite them out to dinner.
  15. Sing “The Hills Are Alive” as you spin on a mountainside in Austria.
  16. Wear something fancy and gamble at the famous casinos of Monte Carlo.
  17. Rent a campervan and explore far beyond the beaten path.
  18. Stretch your arms wide at the Rock of Gibraltar and savor the end-of-the-earth feeling.
  19. Smell a field of fresh flowers in Provence.
  20. Hang out with the locals at a beer hall in Prague and sing along with their songs.
  21. Learn to sail along the coast of Croatia.
  22. Visit Scandinavia in the winter and gaze up in wonder at the Northern Lights.
  23. Visit Amsterdam’s infamous coffee shops and indulge in the local treats – even if it’s just a beer..
  24. Pick wild cherries in the forest in Switzerland, and eat them on top of the Alps.
  25. Dance for hours at a major music festival like Glastonbury, Roskilde or Pukkelpop.