Travel in your forties is different than in your thirties or twenties. You have different perspectives and needs, different interests and experiences. Naturally, the places you’ll want to visit will change as well. Maybe you don’t have the energy for a 24-hour party town, but you still want to explore and see the world. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing options for those with wanderlust. We’ve got the top vacation spots you won’t want to miss for travelers over 40.
For a vacation that combines the best of history and the most exciting aspects of the future, Kyoto is a perfect choice. You can explore ancient temples on guided tours, or simply wander the city and soak up the sights. There’s no end to the culinary adventures Kyoto has to offer, and there are plenty of tasting tours to satisfy your cravings. The cutting edge technology that abounds in the city offers an amazing contrast to the sense of peace you can locate in a timeless Zen garden.
There’s nowhere in the world quite like London, and it’s a city everyone should try to visit at least once in their lifetime. While there are plenty of modern hotels to stay in, try and look for one with a historic edge to really get a feel for the city. Take in a play, and treat yourself to dinner at one of the incredibly posh London hotspots. Be sure to hop on a bus tour for a fast look at the city (there are tons depending on your interests), then slow it down with cocktails overlooking the London Bridge.
La Ruta de las Flores, El Salvador
Looking for some peace and quiet in a gorgeous locale? Then it might be time to head over to El Salvador. This picturesque spot is the perfect place to unwind while surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Hike out to gorgeous waterfalls within the jungle, or sip cocktails while looking out over the water. For those who love going out, there are plenty of small clubs to dance the night away while soaking up the local flavor.
When it comes to old European cities, Bruges reigns as one of the most romantic. Couples can take romantic evening walks along the canals, which are lit up at night. Stroll through historic churches and visit ancient windmills for a truly unique look at the distant past. There are tons of small shops to explore, and spots like the famous Grote Markt are perfect for anyone looking to snap an unforgettable vacation photo. Take in a romantic dinner at one of the quaint local restaurants, and you’ll quickly see that when it comes to romance, it’s hard to beat Bruges.
Although Aspen is a wildly popular winter spot, don’t count it out the rest of the year. This city has tons to do, no matter what your interests may be. There are the obvious winter sports for those with an athletic bent, including world-famous ski slopes. If you’d rather not hit the slopes, there are tons of art museums and galleries to explore while sipping on a coffee. Small local shops are perfect for anyone with an eye for shopping. For those that like a little history in their travels, you can explore an actual ghost town where miners once lived. And don’t forget to swing by the Aspen Brewing Company for a tour and a sample of their famous brews.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Ready for an adventure of a lifetime? As the highest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro offers an experience you simply can’t get anywhere else in the world. Never been on such a trek before? Don’t fret! There are routes perfect for beginners, as well as more challenging options for experienced hikers. You’ll see breathtaking natural beauty, learn about the rich local culture, and come back with a host of absolutely unforgettable memories. For those that like to explore off the beaten path, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
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