Sweet, sweet matrimony. What could be more beautiful than meeting the man or woman of your dreams, falling head over heels in requited love, tying the knot and then living happily ever after surrounded by a small army of your spawn, your spawn’s spawn, and so on? Surely nothing.
But before you get into that glorious phase of your life there is some serious work to be done. There are wild oats that need to be sown, drinking games that need to be played, raucous 24-hour parties that must be attended, scary cockroach infested hostels that need to be stayed in, hired motorbikes that need to be driven slightly too fast and solo journeys of self-discovery that need to be undertaken.
Marriage is a guaranteed blast, but there are certain things you need to get out of your system before you leap into that white-hot frying pan of love and commitment.
Enjoy the Most Brutal Hangovers of Your Life on a Debauched Week in Ayia Napa Cyprus’ party capital is gritty, sometimes grimy, extremely charming and always intensely fun! The party never stops in Ayia Napa, and nobody who visits this former-peaceful fishing village has any intention of behaving themselves, so it’s best to visit this haven of revelry before you get married. Then you can freely sample all of the mayhem and pleasures that Ayia Napa offers.
Share Your Deepest Secrets with Friendly Strangers as You Walk the Camino de Santiago Many people claim that walking the Camino de Santiago – an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain from the French border to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – is the most life-changing experience they’ve ever had. Doing the Camino is a commitment; the walk takes a while to do (one of the most popular routes is almost 500 miles long).
Basically, you leave the rest of your life behind when you undertake the Camino and for several weeks all that matters is making your way west. Each day of your journey you meet fellow travelers on the road, and the fact that you have the Camino in common means that mundane small talk is unnecessary. In fact, it’s not uncommon to have some of the deepest conversations of your life with a relative stranger as you trudge down a steaming road in Northern Spain. The Camino de Santiago is most rewarding when experienced solo, so best to do it when you are free and single.
Spend a Few Months Riding Around Southeast Asia The landscapes, villages, towns, and cities of Southeast Asia are so fascinating, richly diverse and fun to explore that a week or two on the road is never long enough. To truly explore this magical region of the globe you need at least a month, and ideally more. Nobody goes to Southeast Asia and comes back the same. The people you will meet, foods you will eat and crazy experiences you have will stay with you forever and are sure to be deeply formative.
There is no better way to explore Southeast Asia than on a motorcycle; the hot and bright sunshine perfectly tempered by the cool wind (and occasional torrential downpour) as you cruise down the road towards yet another novel adventure. Motorcycling around Southeast Asia can certainly be fun with a spouse riding behind you, but if you can do it solo (before you get hitched), you will be able to experience the wonderful joy and carefreeness that comes with exploring this lovely place on your lonesome – totally free from commitments.
Delve Deep into the Recesses of Your Consciousness on a Meditation Retreat in India You can learn a lot about yourself by going on a (sometimes grinding and difficult, but always rewarding) meditation retreat, and India is surely the most legit place to have this deep and meaningful experience. Sitting in silence for hours on end every day is a difficult thing to do, and all sorts of good, bad and indifferent realizations will come to you during those long, solitary expanses of time. There is so much to process and attempt to understand that when you do a meditation retreat, it’s best to do it solo in order to get the full life-changing effect.
Hit the Spring Break Pool Parties in Cancun The most iconic spring break parties happen in Cancun. This top Mexican party destination is filled with wild American spring breakers every Easter. There are no parents allowed and mad shenanigans are mandatory! What happens in Cancun stays in Cancun. There is a lot of drinking, dancing and partying taking place in Cancun during this time, and very few clothes are worn, so it’s probably best to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience before you settle down into a calm life of matrimonial bliss.
So there you go – 5 vacations you must do before you get married. While you are getting doused in foam on a dance floor in Ayia Napa or Cancun or delving deep into your soul on the Camino de Santiago, don’t forget to share your pre-marriage experiences on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #BUCKiTDREAM!