While travel is an exciting adventure at any age, you may not have the same interests at 45 as you did at 25. Picking the right location is essential to making sure you get an experience to match your lifestyle. Narrowing down your endless choices across the globe, our travel experts curated a list of some of the best destinations to visit in your twenties, thirties, and forties!
- Head to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras and the infamous Bourbon Street where the energy of the city is simply electric! Add some variety to your visit by enjoying the city’s Cajun cuisine, famous beignets and live jazz in the French Quarter.
- Portland’s booming food and craft brewing scene makes for a tasty trip, while the affordable domestic travel makes for a great way to enjoy the city’s trendy nightlife with a big group of friends.
- Backpacking in Europe is a classic coming of age experience. Europe’s extensive train network makes an easy, scenic way to traverse the continent’s historic cities and broaden your cultural horizons. Keep the trip within your budget and meet diverse young people from all over the world by taking advantage of the abundant hostels in each city.
- Trips to Iceland have become trendy in recent years, but it’s still a little off the beaten path for most tourists, meaning it’s the perfect destination for a memorable experience while having a little personal elbow room. The island nation is incredibly diverse, with geysers, gorgeous waterfalls, glaciers and lush greenery. Head there in the warmer months for (literally!) endless summer days or brave the winter months for a chance to see the Northern Lights.
- Grab a few friends and pack your travel neck pillows for a long flight to Japan. The culture, architecture and thriving food scene of Tokyo are experiences that will last a lifetime, meanwhile, the excellent transportation system makes the scenic countryside easy to get to.
- South America offers so many tempting options to get in touch with nature with friends or your special someone. Hike Machu Picchu or revel in the jaw-dropping rainforest in Chile.
- Take in the sights and sips of French wine country. Like you, wine only gets better with age, and enjoying a glass of Bordeaux or Burgundy in their home regions beats shouting your drink order out at a noisy bar in a more urban setting.
- See some of the world’s most majestic animals on an African Safari. This can be a great experience for families to show kiddos things they’ve only seen on Nat Geo. Be sure to pack your best sleeping mask to get your beauty rest on the long flight.
- Meditate, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature in one of America’s national parks. National parks make a great trip with outdoorsy friends and can be a great opportunity for families to teach kids about the environment.