Helen Keller has famously quoted that life is either a daring adventure or nothing else. Travel is a great stressbuster that makes people happy and satisfied. It will allow people to reinvent themselves and think inward. We have put together some travel ideas for each age group and adventures to take in your life.
Adventures to take in your 20s
The 20s probably constitute the most eventful period of a person’s life. This is when you step out of childhood and embark on a journey of adulthood, even if you are not ready or don’t want to. There is no better time to go to travel than now. The 20s are relatively carefree days where you don’t have responsibilities that hold you back, mortgages to pay off, you have a youthful energy that may not be a guarantee in the future. So pack your bags and do these amazing things when you can. Travel teaches you about life and gives you humility.
Travel the world on a shoestring budget
You don’t need big bucks to travel around. That doesn’t mean you should starve and sleep on the footpaths on your holiday. Book the cheaper flights months ahead. Stay in youth hostels where you get to meet people from around the world. Ditch the fancy restaurants to eat like a local. Teach English as a second language for a while. These things will bring you moments that you cherish for your entire life and make you a more confident person.
Interrail/Eurail through Europe
Experience the amazing train journey that takes you through 31 countries in Europe. The Eurail pass allows you to travel as much as you want to whenever you want and wherever you want to. Experience the way technology connects people, meet people from different countries speaking different languages. Explore the country at a much closer level than sleep on an airplane seat with your headphones jacked in.
Do an internship abroad. While this adds greater value to your resume and gives a boost to your career, it also makes you learn so many things at a personal level. It makes you get out of your comfort zone, makes you interact with people from other countries at a much closer level, and most importantly, changes the way you look at the world.
Southeast Asia bound
Travel to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the largest religious complex in the world. See the majestic elephants in Thailand, trek to the heavenly Inle Lake in Myanmar, and experience the addictive madness of Vietnam. Have the thrill of watching Komodo dragons and do slow boating on Mekong Lake that flows through six countries!
Become a surf, snowboard or scuba diving instructor
Like underwater adventures and also excel at it? Well, you could also make some money out of your hobby. Teach people to surf, snowboard, or scuba dive. Complete the required certification and help people see the water closely as you do. You might also earn some handsome money while doing it!
Adventures to take in your 30s
You are in your 30s and worried that you will be 40 one day. While you can’t do anything to stop that eventuality, what you can do is make the most of your 30s by doing these epic adventures
South America bound
South America is the ultimate destination for you to head to in your 30s. Enjoy the carnivals in Rio, see the majestic whales on the Galapagos Island of Ecuador, relax on the serene beaches of Brazil, gorge on heavenly steaks in Argentina, and head to the world’s largest sea flat in Bolivia.
Attend a music festival
Pack your bags to a music festival you always dreamt to attend while you were in the 20s. You have the means now. Go for it before you regret not having the energy to do it. If you don’t know where to go, try Tomorrowland in Belgium, Vijaday music festival in Barbados, or Snowbombing in Austria. Here’s how to survive a music festival in case you need to know that.
Drive Route 66
Go on a drive on Route 66 that stretches between Chicago and Santa Monica, California. Experience the entire history of the United States when you take this route. See Lincoln’s home, drive to Oklahoma City for amazing food, visit the Cadillac Ranch, drive through the red rocks of Albuquerque, and have fun at Las Vegas between the whole stretch. Or cross the USA on a bike.
Get on the Trans-Siberian train for an amazing journey through the vast Siberia region. Starting from Moscow, the train passes through 8 time zones over 7 days, covering nearly 6000 miles before halting at Vladivostok, Russia.
Silk Road Countries
Go on a trip to the countries that were all connected for thousands of years by one road! Embark on a journey to these countries that were part of one of the world’s oldest and largest civilizations in human history. Enjoy the cultures, food, and vast landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for an unforgettable experience.
Adventures to take in your 40s
Being in your 40s doesn’t mean it’s an end of your fun life. In fact, the 40s is when you start enjoying your life. You have a stable job, your kids are growing up and can be left unattended, you don’t have frustrating problems as you had in your 20s and 30s, and you are more mature now. This is the right time to travel around for some adventures.
Always remember to travel smart and pack travel insurance. It’s there to solve adventure’s little mishaps!
Overland Africa bound
Get on an overland African trip to experience one of the most diverse cultures on the planet. Explore the smooth savannah plains of Botswana, see the annual wildebeest’s migration in Kenya, extensive wildlife in Namibia, visit Kruger, the continent’s most prestigious national park in South Africa, enthrall in the natural diversity of Swaziland, the source of Great Nile in Uganda and get fascinated by the largest waterfall Victoria Falls, which is the double the height of Niagara Falls.
Sea kayaking Alaska
What could be better than kayaking in one of the wildest places on earth? Experience the famous glaciers of Alaska, the Glacier National park, and camp within the Tongass National Forest.
Explore the Middle East
The Middle East is a fascinating place full of enigmatic deserts, mosques, and great architecture wonders that should be explored at least once. Visit the spectacular sandstone city of Petra and sprawling Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, the majestic pyramids in Egypt, the magical city of Istanbul in Turkey, and the ancient city of Jerusalem.
Give Van Life a Try
This might sound strange if you haven’t heard it, but you can have a fantastic holiday in one of the camper vans available these days which lets you try camping in style. What’s better than enjoying a few carefree holidays where you don’t think about your everyday life. Get a camper, sleep on the bunk beds of it, go for a road trip, have some amazing food on the roadside. You will understand how simple life can be.
Travel solo if you have not done so before
If you haven’t traveled solo yet, this is probably the best time. Go on a solo trip and take advantage of having time and energy on your side. From Thailand to Cuba, solo trips are great because you meet some fantastic people on your trips, it gives you time to contemplate your life in a good way and makes you a more confident person.
Adventures to take in your 50s
Whether you had a list of dream destinations to travel to but couldn’t because of various reasons, or you traveled extensively in the past decades and are still interested to explore the world, it’s not too late to take an adventure in your 50s. Pack your bags to these destinations to have experiences that you absolutely cannot miss.
Wine taste your way around Southern Europe
Head to Southern Europe, one of the best wine regions of the world, to have a first-hand experience of winemaking and tasting. Take guided tours of the historic wine towns, visit the local landmarks, and enjoy the local cuisine with wine.
Walk St. James Way (Camino de Santiago)
Visit Camino de Santiago to take a walk on one of the most ancient walking routes in the world. Camino de Santiago is a UNESCO world heritage site and a place that is home to some of the oldest cathedrals, poppy sprinkled wheat fields, and Baroque Cathedral, which is the resting place of St. James.
Explore Australia and New Zealand
Visit the incredibly diverse and fascinating countries of Australia and New Zealand for some breathtaking moments. Called The Down Under, Australia along with New Zealand has spectacular sea coasts, amazing biodiversity, and great wildlife. You cannot miss going to these countries.
Giving Sailing a Go
Sailing is fun. Get onto a boat, lie down under the sun with a drink while watching the majestic water. Take a dip in the warm water if you want to, enjoy the great food, and have a relaxing time.
Go on that hot air balloon or take a helicopter ride over your favorite place on earth
Have a dream of watching the Grand Canyon or Mount Everest over a helicopter? Just go for it. Make your dream come true and collect a thrilling moment that you will never forget.
Adventures to take in your 60s
You probably have seen everything. I had a successful job that earned you money. Your kids grew up and probably have grandkids too. Now that you are retired, or about to retire, this is the perfect time to travel and have a relaxed holiday.
River cruise Europe
Take on a river cruise in Europe and learn about the culture, history, art, and cuisine of some European destinations. Enjoy activities like exploring the local markets onshore, wine tasting, and local sightseeing. Douro, Seine, and Danube rivers are excellent choices.
Go on a wellness retreat
Get yourself a relaxing time in a wellness retreat that calms your body and mind. Learn meditations, yoga, spa therapies, and wellness workshops. The states of Kerala and Uttarakhand in India, as well as the island of Bali in Indonesia, are known for the number of quality retreats they offer all year long. If budget is an issue, enroll in a traditional Indian ashram instead (read Inma’s experience of Yoga Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh).
Jump on a luxurious train journey
Slow down the time by traveling in a luxurious train and enjoy the diversity of the places. Get on Belmond Andean Explorer of Peru to enjoy the luxury train ride through Peruvian Altiplano, Lake Titicaca, and Sumbay Caves. Explore the Japanese countryside on Suite Shiki Shima. The Presidential Train of Portugal will take you through Douro Valley and the Maharaja’s Express of India will give you a tour of some of the most fascinating places of India coupled with delicious Indian food.
Move to your favorite destination on earth
What is better in life than moving to your favorite place and settling for good? Of course, moving to a new place is not easy. But these days of digitization have made things like learning about new places easy. Use the internet to research residential places for sale. Learn the local language if your dream destination is not in your country. Research about the customs and culture of where you are headed and then embark on an adventurous journey, staying in your favorite place for an extended period.
Buy an RV and turn your life into an endless road trip
We know this is easier said than done, and that’s why it is called an adventure! On a serious note, if you are someone who loves traveling, isn’t content in traveling once in a year or six months, and always yearns for traveling it could be the most ideal option for you. Buy an RV, customize it according to your needs, and start your fantastic road adventures!
Travel makes one’s life interesting and brings completeness. If you look back, it shouldn’t be your office or work that you remember. Age is just a number and various traveling activities can be taken up at different stages of life. What matters is the experiences you gain and the moments you collect. Like T.S Eliot said it’s the journey that matters not the destination.
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