Once upon a time, nobody gave a fuck. The end.
For many Americans, Hawaii is the ultimate honeymoon destination. With a variety of attractions, the Big Island offers both fun and scenic valleys — especially when it comes to the less commercial Kaua’i, equipped with clear waterfalls and dramatic coastline terrain.
Saint Barthélemy — or St. Barts — is a vacation favorite of A-listers and home to villas and luxury resorts that make St. Barts the most exclusive of destinations in the French West Indies.
The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is easy to reach and offers a vibrant nightlife and miles of colorful reef. Take in the cerulean waters and relax on one of Jamaica’s many sandy beaches.
This historical Austrian city is home to some of the best contemporary art galleries as well as the best of baroque palaces, gothic cathedrals, and music history. Who wouldn’t want to have a day in Vienna like the one from “Before Sunrise”?
Revamped hotels and new restaurants have recently made Anguilla a favorite destination for celebrities. Enjoy crowd-free beaches for some blissful intimate alone time. There’s no need to fight for beach space with other couples!
1. If buying a new car, make sure you a buy a used one.
It’s nice to finally be making some better cash in your 20s, but don’t go out and spend the extra money on buying a brand new car. Use the extra money you’d be putting towards a brand new car towards your savings; or invest it. After recently graduating from college I had to get a new car because my old one was going under. I bought a good used car. My friend who bought a new car, but the same model as mine was kicking himself when he found out he was paying an extra $200 per month while our cars looked the same. Get a good used car. Make sure to check the Kelly Blue Book to find the right price for a vehicle you are looking for.
2. Stay true to who you are and your values as it will be a compass.
If anything, your early 20s has probably challenged your beliefs & values as you’ve either ventured off to college or into the real world. Stay true to your beliefs and values because it is a part of who you are.
3. Stay close with friends who care, not just friends you have a good time with on the weekends.
You will find that as your friends start to graduate from college, get married, or move to different parts of the country that you may start to losing some friendships. Invest in friends who will be there for you when you really need it. I typically find who I should in by asking this question: “If I needed ‘such and such a friend’ to fly here for an emergency would they?” By asking this question, I find the friendships I should be investing in. You may find it disqualifies those friends who you party with on the weekends. They are lot of fun… but not always the best friends.
4. Live the life that you want to live, not the life that others expect you to live.
It seems like a lot of us in this generation have had many people looking over our shoulders telling us which direction we should go. Use your internal compass to dictate your future. Don’t let someone else dictate it for you.
5. Continue to pursue your dreams, even if you’re not currently living your dreams.
It can often be discouraging when you get those first ‘crap’ jobs in your early 20s. Persevere; you’ll get your dream job. You just may have to pay a few dues along the way. Enjoy the journey.
6. Take time to give back.
This can be very rewarding. Often times, when we give, it takes the attention off of ourselves for a moment. During these times where we decide to give back, we can gain some perspective on what really matters.
7. Step outside of your comfort zone. Be willing to learn and take on challenges you may not want to do.
It’s those times when we decide to step out of our comfort zone that real growth takes place, especially in your 20s where you have ample opportunities to take on new challenges.
8. Be thankful for what you have.
We are so often looking the things that we don’t have, that often times we forget about the things we DO have. Take a moment to be thankful for what you do have.
9. Seek advice from those who know. Don’t just take opinions from others who don’t have a proven track record.
Opinions are everywhere, and everyone is always quick to give theirs. But, you don’t always have to follow other peoples advice. Take advice from those who truly know what they are talking about. Those who have walked the walk and are not just talking the talk.
10. Start investing now.
This tip is stressed in almost every financial column you will ever read. Compound interest is amazing. So take advantage of it and start investing now. If you don’t know where to start, begin reading articles or seek help from a financial planner.