December 20, 2017



With more life experience and less energy for party-centric vacation destinations, your 30s means you can comfortably enjoy trips that deliver the perfect mix of authentic cultural experiences, adventure and excitement.Your 30s are a magical time. You’re a fully formed adult, with all the responsibility that adulthood entails, but you might also have disposable income to spend. Thirty-year-olds “are not looking to save money necessarily, they’re looking to spend it quickly." Each destination offers rich opportunities for seeing the world, and yourself, as you embark on journeys with more self-confidence and most likely, more disposable income. Perfect for traveling solo, as a couple or with your family, here are just some of the best trips to take in your 30s.  

1.) Eat Sushi in Japan

A blend of ancient traditions and modernity, Japan immerses you into its unique cultural experiences. Visit Mount Fuji, dazzling golden temples, bustling markets and tranquil gardens. Head to Tokyo to see fresh fish sold at Tsukiji Fish Market, walk through the towering Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and spot geishas in Kyoto, then visit bowing deer in Nara. Marvel at the Osaka Castle or Himeji Castle, then indulge in sake, ramen and sushi at any one of the local restaurants.  

2.) Go Island Hoping in Greece 

It’s hard to resist the allure of Greece’s idyllic seaside charms, as its picturesque islands are known for its whitewashed architecture, cobblestone lanes, historic landmarks and tranquil water views. Head to Mykonos to enjoy the crystalline waters and golden sand at Super Paradise Beach, admire the blue shutters and bougainvillea on Santorini or escape the crowds at the picture-perfect coast of Corfu. For a luxurious stay in a seaside resort, head to the Athens Riviera.

3.) Chase waterfall in Iceland 

Iceland’s incredible scenery is bucket list-worthy, but not necessarily cheap. Save money to rent your own car so you can embark on a relaxing day at the famed Blue Lagoon, then admire the Hallgrimskirkja Church before making your way around the Golden Circle for a chance to see plunging waterfalls and the northern lights. Experience natural beauty along Ring Road, which runs 800 miles around the island and passes crystal ice caves, geothermal pools and black-sand beaches.    

4.) Enjoy scenic train rides in Switzerland

Known for its postcard-perfect backdrops, Switzerland is full of verdant valleys, dramatic waterfalls and sheer mountain peaks. All of these views are accessible on its array of train journeys, with many of them considered the most scenic in the world. Hop on the Bernina Express connecting Chur to Poschiavo to see the Swiss Engadin Alps, see Matterhorn and Zermatt on The Glacier Express or experience Europe’s highest railway station next to the snow-capped Jungfrau on the Jungfrau Railway.  

5.) Go Wine Tasting in Bordeaux, France

If you have retired from the club scene years ago and moved on to the art of eating well and enjoying the finer things in life, like wine, then meandering through the lush vineyards of Bordeaux, sipping some of the most highly coveted wine blend in the world, blending your own wine and taking a cooking lesson to prepare the perfect meal to pair with the wine are just some adult ways to have fun.

6.) Snorkel in the Maldives

It be cliched to say, but the Maldives truly are paradise on Earth. The 1100 islands that make up the Maldives are home to some of the largest coral atolls on Earth. Swimming right off your over water villa is like diving right in to a life-sized aquarium. The over water villas with private plunge pools, underwater restaurant where you can dine on aphrodisiacs like lobster, couples massages and pristine white sand beaches at many of the beautiful secluded villas which makes for a sexy holiday best shared with your special someone.

7.) Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

You don’t have to be an astronomy buff to appreciate the ethereal night sky from atop Mauna Kea.  The going is slow and windy on your way to the summit, best aided by a 4x4 and extra layers to stay warm, but it’s a climb worth making in time for a spectacular sunset picnic. Head back down the hill to the visitor centre where volunteers are on hand to help you spot the Milky Way, the North Star and more with free telescopes.  

8.) Visit unique arthouse galleries in Sweden 

Your thirties are all about cultivating a distinctive sense of taste and style. And in Stockholm, you’ll have world-class museums, galleries, design stores, and concept boutiques at your fingertips. A few must-stops Sven Harrys-Art Museum, a slick new art space that houses the private collection of collector Sven-Harry Karlsson; Malmstenbutiken, a storied Swedish brand known for its furniture and textile designs, and a range of art house hotels.

9.) Dine out late at night in Seville, Spain

Spain is known for its 10 p.m. dinners and a go-all-night nightlife. But you don’t need the stamina you had in your twenties to have an unforgettable trip there in your thirties. Consider Seville, in the southern part of the country, where there are delicious tapas, afternoon siestas, cortados at sidewalk café, and the relaxed lifestyle emblematic of Spanish culture. Don’t miss a meal at the resplendent San Fernando Restaurante at the Hotel Alfonso XII, where you’ll feast on Andalusian fare like Iberian pork cheek with paprika and garlic, and strolling around the 16th-century Alameda de Hercules, which has a fresh market, jazz bars, and al alfresco cafes.   Travelling in this decade allows for both an appreciation of local culture and the ability to indulge in a bit of luxury. After all, your bank balance will be a hell of a lot more healthy than it was a decade ago. In need of portable internet while travelling abroad? Book your Wifipalm before you leave and have internet access the moment you land!  

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