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I’m crossing the quarter century mark on January 1st. In America, that means I have to pay for my own health insurance — the last legal milestone as an unmarried “grown up.”

My personal milestones include moving overseas (that was hard!), [formerly] running two non-profits, and starting my own business.

I’ve also had the luxury of world travel and doing more cool things at twenty-five than most people will get to do in their lifetime. I’ve had the privilege of experiences I didn’t know existed!

As you write up your New Year’s Resolutions and I look at turning a year older, consider some of my moments that pop the most.

I can’t say that these are the BEST 25 world travel experiences because I haven’t done it all. These are all activities I have personally stumbled upon and will never forget. Some were done as a blogger, some as a study abroad student, and others I financed in my gap year (aka why not all of these photos are professional).

I enthusiastically recommend my top 25 world travel experiences at 25:

[In no particular order]

1. Canoe through the Amazon Jungle, hold an anaconda and venture Machu Picchu, Peru - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25

Read: 5 Peruvian Sites You Missed Haulin’ Bum to Machu Picchu (Photos)

2. Rock Climb the Dolomites at sunrise – South Tyrol, Italy - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25

Read: Where Nature Breathes: Dolomites, South Tyrol (Photos)

3. Run with the bulls and splash sangria at the San Fermin Festival, Spain - 25 world travel experiences at 25

4. Catch Sunset in the Abu Dhabi desert after touring the Shiek Mosque and a 7 Star Hotel - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25

Read: 5 Reasons Abu Dhabi is the Most Fascinating City in the World (Photos)

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5. Hang-Glide in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 25 world travel experiences at 25

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6. Wake up in Halong Bay, Vietnam

7. Shark dive in Sydney, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, sail Whitsunday Islands, camp at Fraser Island, pet a koala, and road trip the Great Ocean Road, Australia - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25


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8. Motorbike from Chaing Mai to Chiang Rai’s White Temple of Death, play with elephants, and drink from a bucket at the Full Moon Party, Thailand - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25


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9. Look for four-leaf clovers on the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway, Ireland - 25 world travel experiences at 25

10. Experience Yacht Life, Hvar, Plitvice Lakes, Krka National Park, and take a seaplane over the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia - 25 world travel experiences at 25 - 25 world travel experiences at 25

Sea plane photo via @TaylorMichaelBurk

Read: The Green Mediterranean: Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park, Croatia (Photos)

Read: 5 Reasons Not to Visit Hvar Island, Croatia (Photos)

Read: Yacht Life or Yacht Family? Beyond Croatia’s Craziest Parties (Photos)

11. Capture sunrise over Angkor Wat, Cambodia - 25 world experiences at 25

12. Row a boat to the clock tower on Lake Bled, Slovenia - 25 world experiences at 25

Read: Slovenia: Lake Bled, Ljubljana, and Triglav National Park (Photos)

13. Play laser tag in a real private combat jet plane – Las Vegas, Nevada - 25 world experiences at 25 - 25 world experiences at 25

Read: The Craziest Thing to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photos) 

14. Shark Dive in Sydney, Australia

15. Bungee Jump in Queenstown, New Zealand (or anywhere) - 25 world experiences at 25

16. Cover up for the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey - 25 world experiences at 25

Photo of me by @LaurieSatran

17. Zip Line Upside Down in the Dominican Republic - 25 world experiences at 25

18. Amsterdam. Amsterdam. Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 25 world experiences at 25

19. Take a helicopter ride or hike volcanoes in Guatemala - 25 world experiences at 25 - 25 world experiences at 25

Read: The 7 Wonders of Guatemala (Photos)

20. Walk the Old City of Jerusalem, swim in the Dead Sea, and crater rappel in Israel - 25 world experiences at 25 - 25 world experiences at 25 - 25 world experiences at 25

Read: Israel Photos: Treasures of the Past and Present

21. Chase waterfalls on two continents at once – Iguazu Falls, Brazil/ Argentina - 25 world experiences at 25

22. Dance in the Caribbean, Curacao - 25 world experiences at 25

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23. Chase the electric city of Akihabara, stroll through Harajuku, and eat sushi in Tokyo, Japan - 25 world experiences at 25

Tokyo, Japan Photo via Travel Blogger James Kelley,

24. Glacier hike in Patagonia, Argentina (or Chile) - 25 world experiences at 25


25.  London. Just as much as you can of it.

Read: 5 Things the World Can Learn from London (Photos) - 25 world experiences at 25


I’ve done so much, but there is so much to do. What would you add to this list?!

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  1. Sassy April 29, 2016 at 7:24 am - Reply

    So many wonderful experiences at such a young age! I envy you 🙂 You’ve done so many things and have seen so many places, and you still have the rest of your life ahead of you. So inspiring <3

  2. Grace June 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Looks like you’ve crossed a lot of things off your bucket list already! Do you have goals for where you want to go/what you want to do before the next milestone?

    • Stephanie Be June 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      I’d like to spend some time in Africa and do Antartica. Right now, my priorities are on focusing on the longevity of my travel lifestyle and business. I finally learned to spend some time and energy on solo travel and “me time” and now I look forward to spending more time with family, friends, and the travel community. Travel isn’t just about the thrill anymore, it’s about integrating it into my lifestyle — and navigating to have a life outside of travel too. I’ve been traveling for four years now, and blogging for almost two. The next milestone is in learning to keep what I’ve worked for without making it my everything 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  3. Sally Nguyen June 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    That’s so great, Stephanie! I admire you so much! You ‘re brave, beautiful and intelligent. You make me want to remove all to travel. :)))

  4. Jean June 22, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I just stumbled on your blog (via twitter) & I am loving the articles. You have definitely done so many things at a young age. I am 26 and I feel like I need to see the world.I cant wait to take my next trip. Love from Nairobi, Kenya.

    • Stephanie Be June 22, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

      I would love to go to Kenya! Thank you so much for reading. Best wishes 🙂

  5. sophie nadeau July 2, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, you’ve done so many amazing things!!! Bucket list goals or what!!

  6. Meghan December 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Incredible and inspiring. I have so many places to go and things to see!

  7. Tamara December 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday love! Such a great list already- I’m hoping to get to Argentina and the UAE soon!

  8. Nathan December 31, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Wow– you’ve had a crazy year and walked away with some amazing photos! Of all the adventures I’m most jealous of the shark diving. It’s so high on my bucket list! I hope to cross it off this year!

  9. Hra January 1, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

    i love your travel experiences!!! you look you had awesome time!! Love your photos too 🙂 Happy New Year

  10. Dana January 1, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

    You’ve had so many incredible experiences! I need to add many of these to my bucket list! I didn’t get to go up in a combat jet, but I did go up in a helicopter in Vegas 🙂

  11. Jen Joslin January 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    You’ve had so many amazing experiences in 25 years! Your adventures in the middle east and South America look especially cool as those are place I haven’t explored yet. Thanks for the travel inspiration!

  12. Mar Pages January 2, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    It’s so wonderful to be able to travel while you’re young. Really inspiring stuff. out of all those experiences, I wouldn’t be able to choose a top one. They’re all so marvelous in their own way. Here’s to another quarter century!

  13. Joan Torres January 3, 2017 at 2:11 am - Reply

    All experiences are great! But I liked that you mentioned the Fiesta de San Fermines as your top experience. I’m from Spain, and truly this is by far the wildest party and celebration I’ve ever been to. I hope any foreigner will agree on that! Good experiences!

  14. Sara Broers January 3, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Wow…. when I was your age, I was taking care of a one year old son and traveling occasionally. You have seen a lot of amazing things, I’m sure the next 25 will be just as awesome! All of your adventures looks great, but dang, that hang gliding experience looks out of this world.

  15. Chrysoula January 3, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Amazing experiences! Tou have done so much! From your list I have only been to London. Anyway I wish you that the next years you will have more amazing experiences around the planet

  16. Carmen's Luxury Travel January 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, I’m exhausted just reading all of these 😉 But seriously, you’ve done some incredible things! I can’t believe you ran with the bulls! Insane. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Kenny January 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a great list. Definitely some amazing experiences it sounds like. Some of mine : Seeing Northern Lights in Iceland, Land and water safari in Chobe Natl Park in Botswana (only feet from lions and elephants), Seeing the Alhambra from inside and from afar in Granada, Enjoying Moroccan Mint Tea from Cafe Hafa in Tangier facing the sea, helicopter ride over Victoria Falls, walking through Bukit Bintang at night in Kuala Lumpur feeling the energy of the city, so many others. Wow, I think I know what I’ll write about next, thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Wendy January 17, 2017 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Traveling is the best gift parents can give to their children. My eldest son is 13 and had been in 23 countries. Probably he will be the future travelblogger 🙂

  19. CherylBean12 March 28, 2017 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Woww, fabulous images I must say. Thank you so much for this wonderful post. Keep sharing such useful articles with us. I am a travel freak and love exploring the world. This a great list. Sounds like a superb and exciting experience. Keep blogging and rocking..

  20. Magnificent Japan January 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

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