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. 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.

Introduction to Travelling in Your 30s?

By the time you hit your 30s, you have a pretty good idea of who you are, what you love and where you want to go.

Whether you’re a veteran world traveler or aspire to become a globetrotter, now is the time to spend a little extra time and money on getting yourself out of that comfort zone and waking up your senses. Consider going solo or adding a new travel buddy – no hurry, you’re only getting better.

Remember, as a young adult, you probably had little to no responsibility. Whether it was to pay off school debts or to go clubbing until the wee hours of the morning, you lived the life that you wanted, and more often than not, didn’t really take into account what others would think.

When you’re in your 30s, you are most likely married (or on the verge of being married) with a child or two, and possibly job promotions at work. Your priorities shift slightly – you think twice before making every decision, and you definitely take note of how things will affect those important to you. This doesn’t mean you are necessarily less wild, just more aware of what you’re really doing.

That said, you’re probably looking for ways to do it smarter – to make the best use of your money and your time, and possibly to create memories that you can share with those you love.

Anyone can hop on a plane and head to a tropical island, but how many people can really say that they have traveled and preferred smaller destinations? If you are one of the few who have, then you already know how much more rewarding it is to experience a place where you can interact with the local people and get to know their culture.

The top travel destinations in your 30s

When people in their 30s are asked to name their top travel destinations, they’ll generally say either India or Thailand. Both countries offer a variety of travel experiences, from the urban to the rural, and the cultural to the traditional. You will experience the Southeast Asian culture and way of living first-hand when you visit either country. Plus, at any time of year, there is never a dull moment with the ancient temples, the exotic cuisine, and the densely populated metropolises, all of which will leave you astounded and with a new appreciation for cultural diversity.

Is Travelling Adventurous?

Adventurous travel is one of the best ways to see the world and everything it has to offer. Whether you want to trek in the Himalayas, see the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, or conquer the Inca Trail in Peru, there are many exciting adventures available. You’ll never do a journey like this in your 20s and 30s, when you are most likely to be single and able to get away with pitching tents on any beach in the world or renting a shuttle to a mountain to climb. However, these journeys aren’t for the faint of heart, and can easily cost you your life if you go solo or underestimate the conditions. While you certainly don’t have to be an expert climber or a pro skier to tackle these challenges, you do need a high level of fitness and, most importantly, a good attitude and a willingness to believe that you can conquer any hurdle.

What age is best to travel with children?

Of course, if you’re a parent who has already given your children a taste of travel in their younger years, then this isn’t news to you. Traveling with children in their 30s is a lot easier, since they’re at an age when they are easy to keep entertained and excited about the next destination. Some awesome destinations for going with children in your 30s include South Africa, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Where to go if you have an adventurous spirit?

If you have an adventurous spirit and are looking for the experience of your life, then heading to Peru is a great idea. This country offers all kinds of adventure, including trekking, trekking and rafting, rafting, paragliding, and horseback riding. Plus, there are countless nature reserves within Peru, so if you want to take a day off from the ride and hike, you can always hop off the tour and enjoy the flora and fauna of the region.

When you visit Peru, you’ll experience all of what it has to offer, and you’ll find that this country has beautiful scenery and exciting cities. Lima, the capital of Peru, is filled with history and culture, and is the perfect place to start if you want to explore the region.

Best family activities in your 30s

Want to experience an active and adventurous vacation? You might be thinking of taking your entire brood to Australia, and that’s a great idea. You can go hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and even see the Great Barrier Reef. You can also check out the many cities in this country, such as Melbourne and Sydney. These cities offer all kinds of activities for people of all ages, including outdoor concerts, music and theater, sport events, and anything else you can possibly imagine. There is just one catch – you need to book those activities far in advance. In other words, if you want to secure the best seats at the best prices, start your planning at least 90 days before your journey.


Tuvalu

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Tuvalu is the least visited country in the world, meaning it’s one of the few places that remain unadulterated by commercialization. Also, it’s been predicted by scientists that Tuvalu is going to sink in the future, so people in their 30s definitely should go before the beautiful island is swallowed by the sea. You can enjoy magnificent views of the long stretching beaches, which you would see on both sides of the road because the country is so small. Plus, you’ll find that the Tuvalu culture is amazing.

They have this awe-inspiring sense of community where they all treat everyone like family. They eat together, invite each other over, and play together on beaches and fields. Tuvalu is really one of the places you can relax and experience the simple island life.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires is the ideal vacation spot to hit in your 30s. My wife and I spent a month in Buenos Aires before having kids. It offered the mix a rare mix of being extremely affordable, yet upscale. As two people who love food, we hit up just about every high-end restaurant in the city, without breaking the bank.


Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, often referred to as co-capital. Thessaloniki is a city loved both by locals and visitors for its character and history, and for good reason.Throughout the year, there is a plethora of activities to try, places to visit and food to taste, and it’s ideal for families with children, millennials or budget travelers.


New Zealand

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Holidays to New Zealand can be as mellow or as action-packed as you like. You’ll find some of the world’s most beautiful national parks and beaches, dramatic coastlines, dynamic Māori culture, world-class skiing and surfing, as well as must-see museums, impeccable restaurants and stylish bars.

Save this trip for your 30s when you have a little more to spend; the journey across the Pacific can be pricey, but you’ll be rewarded with plenty of sublime landscapes, exquisite mountain ranges, glaciers, lush forestry, and even some remarkable glowworm caves. New Zealand is jam-packed with adventure activities, from bungy jumping in Queenstown to abseiling in Auckland, home to all things Tolkien, and filled with a trove of quirky wildlife to discover. You can take guided tours, or tick these activities off your bucket list on your own.


Rwanda, Africa

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Opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on the planet while also deepening understanding of our global community including poverty and suffering. Although third world, it is now one of the safest African nation and provides a wonderful diversity of rural and urban settings, progress and poverty, landscapes and nature.


Sri Lanka

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For such a small island, there’s a never-ending list of things to see and do. Maybe you like cultural adventures, or you’re a foodie, or you like to dive or surf or just spend the afternoon admiring the endless green around you, or perhaps seeing an elephant is on your bucket list? Whatever you prefer, Sri Lanka has it all. Not to mention that it’s cheap, extremely laid back and the tourist industry is only just taking off there, so it’s not overrun yet. It’s truly one of the most incredible place I’ve ever been and I can’t recommend it enough.


Israel

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Israel has everything you could ever want in an exotic travel location as a young adult. If you want to have fun, there’s amazing nightlife, great food, and tons of varied cities and towns that each have their own special flavor. Plus, you can have a true middle eastern experience by visiting places like the shuk (a popular outdoor marketplace). If you want to see beautiful scenery, Israel has amazing hike options and beaches.

You can also see ancient structures with religious significance to many, such as the Western Wall and Temple Mount, or visit the Dead Sea, famous for being the lowest point below seawater in the world. If you want to have a meaningful trip and learn about history and different cultures, the Israel is beaten by none. Most major religions have been fighting over this land for thousands of years, and Jews, Muslims, and Christians all hold it dear and have their own stories to share.

Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, visit Nazareth (the home of Jesus), pray at the Western Wall or Temple Mount, and so much more. Whatever you decide to do, it will definitely open your mind up more than you could imagine.


Budva, Montenegro

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I am a huge advocate of Montenegro since my trip to Europe. It is one of the hidden gems that have yet to be ruined by an influx of tourists. Located on the coast, Budva is a great seaside city that boasts some of the best seafood I have ever tasted in my life. The prices for food and drink are actually very reasonable as well. My two friends and I ended up eating a massive seafood platter right on a pier that extended into the water.

After all was said and done the total dinner only cost about $15 US for the massive seafood platter and drinks. Budva is nice to walk along the promenade for a night. The lights light up the waterfront city in something that looks like you are in a surreal picture. If you like parties Montenegro boasts one of the best-rated clubs in Europe called Top Hill. It is a massive outdoor nightclub venue that boasts an amazing sound system that has hosted some of the top DJs in the world.


Kotor, Montenegro

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If you are a couple looking for a place to travel, skip Paris and go straight to Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor is a small romantic town that is enclosed in an inlet protected by the mountains. It provides amazing views of the town and I would say it is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. If you like homegrown food and markets then the “Markat” facing the water the place to be. The city of Kotor can be best described as a mini Dubrovnic but inside there are many amazing restaurants, bars, and gelato shops waiting to be discovered.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous you can do a hike up to the Kotor fortress and live all the postcard views that your heart desires. If you are looking to do a day trip then head to Perast where you can do some swimming and pier jumping by day and go to some fancy dinners by night. If you are a couple I hight recommend going to the diners as you are sitting waterfront taking in the beautiful views of the inlet while having some amazing seafood. This is the ultimate affordable luxury experience that is still available in Montenegro.


Thailand

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Thailand has a great mix of culture, beach life and an exciting party scene.. Enjoyed by backpackers and couples, it’s perfect for those of us who still wish to party like we are in our early 20s. There is a party Island named ‘Koh Phangan’ where tourists flock for a Full Moon Party once every month. Alternatively, as we get older and wiser we want to get more cultured. Thailand is perfect for culture as it has an abundance of Buddhist temples not to mention the mouth-watering Thailand cuisine. Thailand has some of the best crystal clear waters in the world, surrounded by limestone cliffs protruding through the sea and is a hot spot for tourist from November – February.


Lima, Peru

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Many leisure travelers we work with in their 30s keen to enjoy luxurious trips, but also not wealthy enough yet to pay through the nose for everything. For those who want to live the high life, eating at world-famous (and top ten) restaurants for… frankly the same price you’d pay for a normal meal at a normal restaurant in any major US city, Lima—and specifically the Miraflores district—is the place to go.

Gourmands will love the major names, including Central, Maido, Astrid y Gaston, Pescados Capitales, Mercado, Osaka—as well as the more local, homey places. Lima makes for a great base for adventurous jaunts to famous bucket list sights, such as Machu Picchu, but boasts plenty of trip-worthy experiences (beyond just the food) of its own, including awesome oceanside walks, parasailing, surfing, cooking classes, and museums.

Now, we, personally, are hardcore believers in price arbitrage (maximizing price diferentials across borders during vacations and busienss travel), so we also love Lima for its private hospitals, which have high-quality medical procedures—in facilities that are pretty much the same as many US clinics—for a fraction of the cost we’d even pay with insurance in the US. The last time we visited, we got full, in-depth blood, urine, and stool tests just for the heck of it (and actually found out some helpful info)—the trip yielded a super fun cultural experience plus we came away with health-related takeaways that are ultimately going to save us money on medical bills going forward.


Seoul, South Korea

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We jokingly refer to Seoul as budget Tokyo; one can enjoy much of the Bladerunner-style futuristic world offered by major Asian cities—as well as awesome fashion, culture, and cuisine, for a fraction of the price, especially if staying at an Airbnb apartment in Seoul (and there are loads).

To our 30-something clients who like killing multiple birds with one stone on each trip, we recommend a slice of life style trip to South Korea, taking one or two weeks to just work remotely and live in a Gangman-based apartment. Go out to eat, go to grocery stores, book a cooking class in someone’s house to learn how to make kimchi or some other classically-Korean dish, and—if you’re keen to on aesthetics—get a cosmetic procedure done (we can’t imagine a country with better expertise on this front).


Mongolia

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In my opinion one of life’s greatest skills is to be able to spend time alone. It frees us bad relationships, friendship and habits because we don’t worry about being lonely. Mongolia is the ultimate destination to practice solitude and reflection, especially when you go out in the wilderness. There’s very little wifi and a good chance you won’t see other people. When I went there I did a tour of where Gengis Khan lived and died exploring rugged terrain and steppes, seeing wolves, yak and camels along the way. I really appreciated the sound of silence, the ability to enjoy nature by myself and the ability to go off the grid.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam is a must-see, with its endless inexpensive hostels and street food along the canals, and the allure of the infamous Red Light District. You can take the time to really immerse yourself in the history of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age, including the beauty of Van Gogh Museum, the somber history of the Anne Frank house, and the modern art of Stedelijk. For a fun experience with your travel partner, rent bikes and explore the city as locals do.


Rome, Italy

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Also known as the Eternal City, Rome one of the best places to visit for both solo travelers and couples. Rome is a living and breathing historical site, where you can explore ancient Roman history by simply walking through the streets. You can visit the iconic Colosseum and the Pantheon on the same day while enjoying a romantic dinner in a traditional Italian restaurant in Trastevere at night. You can visit St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican city, or just choose to get lost in the winding streets and bridges of the city. Just make sure to drop three coins at the fountain of Trevi before you go. As the legend says, it will make you one day return to Rome, fall in love, and get married!


South Africa

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South Africa is a great place to experience in your 30’s. From seeing the big 5 on safaris in Kruger National Park to exploring Table Mountain in Cape Town, visiting some of the best wineries in the country and even seeing wild penguins on Boulders Beach. This is a great place to travel to in your 30’s because there’s so much to experience, with its rich history and natural beauty. An African safari is on a lot of peoples bucket list and the perfect time to experience one is in your 30’s when you might have a little more money to splurge on big bucket list items.


Paris

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I recommend Paris as the perfect destination for people intheir 30s. There are so many monuments and things to visit including the EiffelTower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Les Champs-Elysées, Sacré Coeur, Notre DameCathedral and many more. If you’re on a tight budget, you can take in the beauty ofParis by simply walking through the streets and parks. I strongly recommend youvisit the Jardin de Luxembourg, close to The Louvre. If you’re feeling hungry after all that walking and sightseeing,you’re in the right place. France (and Paris in particular), is famous for itsgastronomy and there are over 11,000 restaurants to choose from to suit alltastes. Bon appétit and bon voyage!


Iceland

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Iceland is home to spectacular natural beauty in its landscapes, seascapes, and geothermal wonders. A soak in the Blue Lagoon will help you relax after a day spent exploring waterfalls and glaciers. The most amazing thing to see in Iceland, if you’re lucky, is the Aurora Borealis. You have a greater chance of seeing the Northern Lights there than just about any other travel destination.


Antarctica

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The best place to travel in your thirties is Antarctica. I know it sounds a bit far fetched, but it’s the perfect destination. You’re beginning to progress in your career and have your feet solidly planted. Thanks to working hard, you’re now making enough money that it’s time to think of a trip on the pricier side. A decent salary allows you to fully experience the destination rather than attempt to skimp to save money. You’re also likely in a place where leaving for 2 weeks is something that can be arranged. Your thirties is the perfect time to visit the seventh continent!


Bhutan

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An original and unique travel destination, Bhutan is beyond any pretense. This iconic Himalayan kingdom is a land of myths, mountains and magic. Bhutan is a must visit for a profound travel experience. Both in spirit and scenery!


Madhya Pradesh

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Situated at the center of the spiritual guru in the east, India, Madhya Pradesh is a very serene and chilled out place. It captures the essence of India. Peek into the ancient architecture, laid on the harmony of art, religion, power and culture. Feel less like a tourist and something more of a traveler on lost ancient trails, Do visit!


Nepal

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As diverse as the high it offers. Home to the eight of the ten highest peaks in the world, the altitude ranges from 70 meters to 8848 meters. Not a fan of trekking or adventure sports? Savor the unique foods. Make the most of the colorful markets and attractive streets, UNESCO heritage sites, and awesome wildlife reserves. Take in and capture the contrast of rural pleasures and much more.


Napa Valley, California

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There is no place you can appreciate more in your thirties than Napa Valley, California. Gone are your twenties, when you drank whatever you could find, ate ramen and pasta every night, and stayed in dirty hostels just to afford the trip. Napa Valley just speaks to thirty-somethings, as it offers romance for (perhaps newlywed) couples, surprising outdoor activities for young families, or plenty of amazing wine to sip and gourmet food to sample on a girls’ getaway. Now that you’re a little more secure in your finances and place in the world, celebrating with fine wine and beautiful accommodations (such as the Candlelight Inn) is the perfect way to unwind.

The famous wine train is hours of fun for both adults and kids (if you decide to bring the family), hiking, biking, and kayaking lure the fit, and let’s not forget the wine tastings! These simply make for a wonderful afternoon of leisure and deliciousness. Let’s face it: if you’ve survived your twenties, you deserve to treat yo’self. It can be said that Napa is perfect for thirty-somethings, because it’s at the level of maturity to make you feel like you’ve won “adulting” but fun enough to appeal to those who are still young and fit enough to enjoy it.


Dali, Yunnan Province, Western China

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China is not an easy place to travel within and getting to the west coast can be an exercise in patience and humility. Dali is the most bohemian city in China – it’s chic, relaxed, and the opposite of a party spot – this likely appeals to people in their 30s because it’s a place to decompress, take lots of day trips, and experience the one the most unique areas of the country. Dali is a place best enjoyed slowly – take your time to wander the city, walk the lake, cruise the back streets, and generally live the slow life that Dali is known for. Additionally, housing in Dali can be on the expensive side so people in their 30s (or with established careers) will be in a better position to stay somewhere cool and unique.


Japan

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First, Japan is not a budget backpacker destination, so you’re going to encounter a more mature crowd of fellow travellers.. Secondly, Japan also caters to a lot of different types of travellers, which is perfect because the 30s are usually full of big life changes, but everyone experiences them differently. If you have a young family, then Japan is great for kids: cute bento boxes, adorable cartoon figures, arcades, theme parks and plenty of outdoor adventure. Couples can enjoy staying in a traditional ryokan: kaiseki meals, yukata robes, onsen baths and futon bedding.

If you’re traveling solo, then Japan’s capsule hotels are a must-have experience and you’re sure to meet plenty of other travellers during your trip, plus it’s easy to get around the country on your own via trains with a JR pass. Snow sports can be enjoyed in Hokkaido in winter, history and culture can be found in abundance in Kyoto, city-lovers will be in their element in Tokyo and Osaka, incredible diving can be found in Okinawa, plus spectacular food, drink and photo opps can be found everywhere – Japan really does have something for everyone, and therefore every type of 30-something.


Siargao Island

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Termed as the surfing capital of the Philipines, it is located in Surigao del Norte. This precious island offers beautiful coral reefs, pristine clear waters, uninhabited sandbars, and one of the largest mangrove forests in the Philippines.


The Great Barrier Reef

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One of the seven wonders of the world and found in Australia, it is the largest collection of coral reef in the world and a great place for diving and marine life exploration.


Salar de Uyuni

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The largest salt flat int the world found in Potosi, Bolivia, also known as Salar de Tunupa, it is a massive salt crust. The clear skies, flat surface after rain, turns the Salar salt flat into a beautiful mirror-like surface.

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