Your 20s are all about doing things for yourself. They’re about traveling to beautiful new places and making even more gorgeous memories. That’s why Elite Daily put together this “shopping list” that features experiences over products — things to try over things to buy. These years are about soaking up as much of life as possible, and this list will home in on the experiences you can't afford to miss.
Walk The Wildflower Trails In The Great Smoky Mountains
Los Angeles recently had a record 160,000 people visit its Poppy Reserve — and therefore totally ruined the lush fields by proxy. This wildflower excursion is built for visitors. Travelers to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina can get in touch with nature's paintbrushes in this 69-year-old tradition. It's free, but donations are welcome.
A Millennials Cruise From Amsterdam To Frankfurt
A few years ago, I went on a multi-city Eurotrip and found the constant flights exhausting. With this river cruise, you can float to multiple destinations while you sleep, and wake up every day in a new, spectacular city. Prices vary depending on when you travel.
A Horseback Tour In Essaouira, Morocco
You can be an absolute beginner or an expert at this horseback riding experience on the beaches of Essaouira in Morocco. Select the horse that's suitable for your skill level, and get lost in the dreamy sand dunes and endless blue ocean.
A Tequila, Tacos, & Tombstones Food Tour In San Diego, California
I live by the three Ts: tequila, tacos, and... tombstones? OK, so tombstones is a new one, but what better way to go ghost hunting than with a full belly and a few margaritas under your belt? This tour hits Old Town San Diego, a notoriously haunted town, where you can stop by the El Campo Santo cemetery and check out the paranormal activity for yourself.
A Year Of ASOS Two-Day Shipping
I swear by ASOS two-day shipping. There's no reason to ever be stressed out by a last-minute event again. Pro-tip: Order multiple sizes so you can get exactly what you need in two days, and return the rest (for free!) later.
The Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Program
Marriott Bonvoy is a one-stop shop for rewards earned from plane ticket, hotel, car rental, and experiences bookings. If you rack up enough points, you earn access to points-only VIP opportunities, like master chef classes or Bonvoy-only Coachella experiences.
Two Days Of Meditation, Hiking, & Yoga In Woodbourne, New York
You don't need to devote countless days off work to get a refreshing recharge. At this two-day retreat at the the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in New York, taking time for you (and getting to meet new people!) doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars.
Clear Kayaking In The Dominican Republic
If snorkeling freaks you out because you're too close to fish, this is the next best thing. The barrier allows you to get a closer look without worrying about becoming fish food. The crystal clear waters in the Dominican Republic are the perfect setting for clear kayaking, where you're at a safe distance but have all the spectacular views of the sea.
Taste Champagne In Champagne, France
Champagne in Champagne? Sounds like the most luxe tasting ever. Enjoy a Moet tasting in Northeastern France, and tell all your friends you sipped the iconic bubbly straight from the source.
Marta's Private Paella-Making Class In Barcelona, Spain
What does combining shrimp, mussels, broth, and Spanish countryside get you? Paella — but for the 'Gram. Indulge in this paella-making class in its origin country and impress your friends for years to come.
A Glamping Experience In A National Park Of Your Choice
Choose from Zion, the Grand Canyon, Moab, Mount Rushmore, and more to glamp in style in the middle of some of the most beautiful National Parks in America. Under Canvas provides tents, daily housekeeping, king-size beds, and more, so you can camp in style — without having to pack linens and sleeping bags. Prices vary.
A Wellness Staycation In New York City
The second I'm done with a workout class, the only thing I can focus on is hitting the showers. After being drenched from your Peleton spin class, simply walk over a few feet to your private bathroom in this Yotel NYC suite, complete with a king-sized bed, a private shower/tub, and a Peleton bike with skyline views. Prices vary depending on when you travel.
A Glamsquad Membership
If you're at that time in your life when you have a wedding to hit every other month, a Glamsquad package can be one less stressor for you when you're trying not to re-wear your look from last month's Instagram post. Glamsquad comes to you, so you can focus on supporting your bride BFF and looking like you have it all put together. Prices vary for different membership levels.
A Zero-Gravity Massage
This "zero-gravity" massage takes place while lying in a hammock, so the rocking back and forth imitates the ocean tide nearby. Though the term "zero-gravity" is usually paired with something more action-packed, like skydiving, enjoying a relaxing zero-gravity experience is sure to rejuvenate you so you're ready for any future adrenaline rushes.
A Two-Night Stay Under The Stars In Sedona, Arizona
L'auberge de Sedona
We may love astrology over in NYC, but when was the last time you actually saw the stars? This two-night luxe getaway in Sedona, Arizona, offers backdrop views for Instagram, an actual learning experience, and a $200 dinner credit. Find the stars in real time using a provided map and get cozy in Mother Nature. Prices vary depending on when you go.