Cultural Immersions: Best Travel Experiences for the Over 40s

Broaden your horizons as we walk you through 5 of the best travel experiences for over 40s

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Seeing what the world has to offer shouldn’t be limited to your 20s, so why restrict yourself when there is still so much to see? By the time you reach 40, you may think that your adventuring days are behind you, but that’s far from the truth. With the lingering energy of your youth, and the wisdom that has gathered with time, 40 is the perfect age to continue to explore the earth’s beauty with like-minded people.

Travel gives you amazing opportunities to embrace your life past 40, whether it’s offering a new perspective on the world, or a much-needed escape from your comfort zone. But where do you begin? Broaden your horizons as we walk you through 5 of the best travel experiences for over 40s!

  1. Marvel at the Northern Lights

One of nature’s greatest wonders, the Northern Lights tops the bucket list for most travellers. Watch as the colours glow and dance through the night sky by taking a trip to the north of Norway, an experience you must see at least once in your life. Visit during December time to witness polar night, a phenomenon where the country remains dark for 24 hours. This will give you the best chance to see the aurora borealis take over the sky, as well as experience the many exciting winter activities that Norway has to offer.

  1. Dive in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is known as one of Australia’s greatest national landmarks, so whether you’re PADI certified or looking to dive into something new in your 40s, this trip is not one to miss. It is the largest and one of the most beautiful coral reef systems on the planet, filled with marine wildlife in every colour you can imagine. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef is popular amongst tourists and locals; take a daytrip from the mainland or spend a few days on a liveaboard dive boat. This once-in-a-lifetime experience would be unforgettable for any traveller.

  1. Visit neon lights in Tokyo

A trip to Tokyo has a variety of beautiful experiences for you to enjoy in the Japanese capital. The city is full of futuristic spots and pop-culture locations, making Tokyo a must-see area if you’re a video game fanatic. Although it is notorious for its fast-paced

allure, Tokyo is also filled with historical beauty and an abundance of delicious food. If you don’t want to travel that far on your own, you could join a group tour for over 40s with companies like The Dragon Trip. Try a sushi-making class or watch sumo-wrestlers take the stage in an extraordinary adventure.

  1. Go on an African Safari

Africa is a diverse continent, so if you’re dreaming of seeing the big 5 then this would be the ideal trip for you. Enjoy the natural rhythm of an African safari and fall in love with wildlife watching in the savannah. You will rise early to discover what the day will deliver; everyone’s experience will be unique but naturally amazing. Your guide will you talk you through the expedition, so witness as wild giraffes and elephants roam their natural habitat. Enter the southern circle at dawn and you have a possibility of witnessing lions amongst their pride or listen for the distant whoop of a hyena.

  1. Visit the Maldives

The Maldives is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world, and it’s the perfect place to relax if you’re over 40. Snorkel with the tropical fish that surround your sea hut accommodation and leave the worries of your life at home behind. Although it may be expensive, the Maldives has an abundance of natural beauty that you can’t see anywhere else. It is an all-inclusive paradise that delivers unforgettable experiences, and you even get to ride in a sea plane!

Travelling over 40 is the perfect time to start your adventure and revamp your life. Of course, the above is only a suggestion; there is a multitude of beautiful places that are just waiting for you to visit. Whether it’s a group tour across Asia, or a solo trip to see the Northern Lights, we know that you can make the most of your traveling experiences no matter your age.

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