5 Destinations Every 30-Something Should Visit
You still have the same zest for travel that you did in your 20s, but your tastes have matured a bit. You want a good meal before your night out. You’d rather go to a wine bar than a foam party. You’ve got a little more disposable income than you used to, and are a little more adventurous than you will be in your later years. With that in mind, here are five places every 30-something should visit.
Perhaps overshadowed by neighboring Spain, compact Portugal is a destination in it’s own right. Pristine coastline, friendly people, and perfect weather make this small country a must in any European itinerary. Its capital city of Lisbon boasts excellent restaurants and world-class nightclubs, along with kiosks on just about every corner selling adult beverages to sip in the sunshine.
Get lost in the cobblestone maze of the Alfama district and tuck into a tiny Fado bar, where you can watch this traditional folk music performed. Be inspired by incredible street art and stumble upon countless stunning viewpoints. Escape to any number of beautiful beaches and charming towns just a short train ride away. It’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with Portugal.
New Zealand boasts some of the most incredible natural beauty of any place on the planet. And the best way to really experience it is in a camper van. The ferry connecting the North and South Islands can easily accommodate your home on wheels, wherever your wanderlust may take you. And there is nothing quite like sleeping beneath the stars in an often deserted paradise.
Float through caves illuminated by millions of glowworms. Explore otherworldly geothermic activity. Cruise through majestic fjords. Take a helicopter ride to hike upon a glacier. Swim in jaw-droppingly blue lakes and hike amongst fairy-tale scenery. At the end of all this activity, reward yourself with one of their many craft brews or notable wines. Nowhere else is quite like New Zealand, so get there now while you can fully embrace it.
It doesn’t get much more metropolitan than Hong Kong. Covering less than 500 square miles and packed with more than 7 million people, its teeming energy is exhilarating. Technically a “special administrative region” of China, this former British colony is worlds away from its mainland neighbor.
Hip dining, swanky bars and a nightly light show along the riverfront are just a few of the things you can expect in this bustling destination. Take a ferry across the harbor for captivating views in every direction. Visit neighboring islands for a slice of traditional life. Hike in the surrounding lush jungles to get your blood pumping. And don’t forget its beaches. With so many attractions in such a small space, it would be a challenge to run out of things to do in Hong Kong.
If you haven’t made it to Africa yet, South Africa is the perfect introduction to this massive continent. With so much to experience in just one country, it’s well worth the long journey it takes to get there.
After enjoying the beaches and bustle of Cape Town, take a short jaunt to nearby wine country for small-town charm and award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Further afield, dare to jump into a cage and come face to face with a great white shark. Or hop in a four-wheel drive vehicle and spot wildlife on a safari. Appealing to leisure lovers and adventure junkies alike, South Africa is a must on anybody’s bucket list.
There is so much more to Mexico than the spring break trips of your youth. It’s a country of rich history, mouthwatering cuisine, alluring scenery and unique culture. Both city and beach life are on offer, in addition to an abundance of natural wonders and ancient ruins.
Start your trip in Mexico City, whose happening art and culture scene may take you by surprise. Get hooked on the tantalizing street food and sample some local Mezcal for a true taste of this fascinating region. Enjoy the surfing towns along the southwest coast, and swim in the incredible cenotes (giant sinkholes) of the Yucatán Peninsula. Cheer at a Mexican wrestling match, and marvel at Mayan ruins, in a place where no two days need be alike. If you have only ever been to a resort town in Mexico, you haven’t really been to Mexico.
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