You’ve partied through your 20s and tried new experiences through your 30s. Hitting your 40s doesn’t mean it’s time to slow down, though. This is actually the perfect age for travelling, because you have more money, are wiser and more open to new cultures and still fit enough to try some adventure. The kids are older too, which gives you more options for a trip that will be unforgettable for all the right reasons.
1. Go Ayurvedic in India
2. La Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador
The winding Ruta de las Flores in the country’s Western Highlands offers charming colonial villages, stunning scenery, waterfalls, great food and coffee that will make you cry tears of happiness. Between October and February, the route is lined with colourful flowers.
3. Road Trip Around Tasmania, Australia
Tassie, however, is small and compact and offers everything you could possibly want in a road trip: historic towns, vast swathes of wilderness to explore, unique wildlife, adventure sports and great beaches. It’s an up-and-coming foodie destination and did we mention the wineries and whisky distilleries?
In your 40s, you have the patience to deal with the difficulties and reap the rewards of this amazingly diverse island country: animals you won’t find anywhere else, wonderful cultural traditions, landscapes that range from rain forests to deserts and baobab-lined roads in the middle of nowhere, as well as plenty of tropical beaches.
5. Prince Edward Island
The diversity of things to do means it’s a great summer destination for families and if all else fails, you can always hit one of the many stunning beaches.
6. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The good news, however, is that you don’t need technical skills. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, like you can conquer the world, and afterwards you can go on safari.
7. Celebrate a Second Christmas in Kiev, Ukraine
Christmas in Kiev is a big event with a huge seasonal market, ice skating and lots of food. Best of all is that it falls on January 7, so you can celebrate at home and then celebrate again two weeks later.
8. The Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Gauguin was in his early 50s when he came to this Polynesian paradise and his grave is near that of another inspiring artist: Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel was in his late 40s when he decided to make the Marquesas his home.
9. Sail the Panama Canal
If that’s still not quite your thing, you can sail the Canal in style by chartering a yacht.
10. Visit Quebec City in the Winter
You can also celebrate the colder months here with gusto, whether it’s at the Winter Carnival, with a stay at the Ice Hotel or simply by playing in the snow.
11. New York City
Small children and teenagers alike will love it and if you want to visit without the kids, being in your 40s means you can appreciate the museums and fine dining while still being able to go clubbing until the early hours.
12. Salzburg, Austria
If you’re travelling with kids, remember that other thing Salzburg is famous for: ‘The hills are alive with the sound of music.’
13. Explore the Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is a prime wildlife-viewing destination and the area is dotted with luxurious camps where you can listen to lions roaring in the distance while sipping a cocktail at sunset.
14. Eat Your Way Around Oaxaca, Mexico
Try roasted grasshoppers if you’re brave and if you need to work up the courage first, remember that Oaxaca is also mescal country.
15. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Paris of South America also offers everything from great food and shopping to sports, with one common denominator: passion.
16. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Take an island cruise, go diving or hiking and take comfort in the fact that many of those giant tortoises you can see here are much, much older than you.
17. Jasper National Park, Alberta
The kids will love trying to spot the bears, elk, moose, wolves, beavers and the other animals that call the park home.
18. Dublin, Ireland
It’s also a vibrant mix of cultures, impressive architecture, sports, tranquil parks, beaches and mouth-watering food.
20. Mykonos, Greece
The sea here is impossibly blue, the windmills impossibly white and the food simply out of this world. As the sun sets, sip wine on Agios Ioannis beach, just like Shirley.
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