Travelling can be one of the most mature experiences of your life: the freedom of movement, the brand new experiences you live when you encounter new people and cultures, and the feeling that you're expanding your horizons. But being mature doesn't always have to mean being a staunch adult. Travelling can also inspire you and entice your imagination, letting you express the child-like wonder that lives in each and every one of us. Here are some of the best destinations to inspire the kid in you to run amok.
Make a Bough your Cradle
It doesn't take much of a leap to feel like a kid while staying in an exotic treehouse hotel. Of course, they come in all shapes and sizes, including more adult flavors and can be found as close or as far from home as you like. Whether you're looking for a whimsical but luxurious treetop stay or a rustic, rough adventure, there is a tree waiting for you. Treehouse getaways have only grown in popularity. It's okay to let yourself go and be a little silly, and no matter which one you choose, staying high up in a canopy will always tickle your sense of adventure.
Winter in the Carpathians
Isn't there just something about snow that makes you want to giggle and drink hot chocolate? Maybe it's the holiday vibe or that iridescent sparkle, but snow just brings out the kid in people, especially those of us who aren't into sun worship. Not every vacation has to be about chasing the heat and there are tons of getaways that will allow you to act out your Elsa and Anna fantasies in full. Finland is known for its skiing but you can always punctuate your trip with a visit to a Finnish ice hotel or experience their year-round Christmas villages. There is something just so wholesome and fun about falling backwards in a puff of snow and flailing wildly to create your own snow angel -- and with a few more adult activities, like ice bars, you won't even have to feel a bit foolish.
Tower of London
If the kid in you is the kind that absolutely cannot resist a good horror flick, there are many creepy (and sometimes crawly) supernatural and ghost tour destinations to choose from. Tower of London is always popular but there are ghost towns and cryptozoology tours just about everywhere. Bigfoot tours on the West Coast of North America are not only excellent opportunities to get absolutely terrified as you convince yourself that no regular animal could possibly be breathing that loudly outside your tent, but double as an adventure among giant sequoias and a gorgeous coastline.
The trick to choosing the right destination is remembering that we travel for fun and relaxation. It's a chance to leave everything behind, even if only for a week or two, and cater to our whims and desires. If that means being the oldest one in line for the tallest slide at a water park, so be it! After all, being a grown-up is what got you there in the first place!