8 Spectacular Destinations Everyone In Their 40s Should Visit Right Now!

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Travel is for everyone, regardless of age, so why should only millennials be served by crisp, soul-stirring travel listicles?

You’ve partied through your 20s, had some ground-breaking experiences in your 30s, so don't let your 40s slow you down!

This is the perfect time to start travelling (because you have a lot more money to play with than you did in your 20s and 30s), so why not kickstart this long-halted plan with this listicle?

Madagascar – An avenues of baobabs

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Where: Southeast coast of Africa.

Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. Madagascar is so naturally diverse that the country is fondly called “the eighth continent”.

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Lemurs, rainforest, baobabs, desert, hiking and diving, Madagascar is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. However, Madagascar is not a destination for amateur travellers or for someone on a shoestring budget. Making the best of Madagascar can be challenging and expensive and in your 40s, you actually have the patience and wisdom to deal with all its difficulties!

Places to visit: Ranomafana National Park, Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, Avenue of the Baobabs, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Isalo National Park.

Suggested Stay:

Photo of Nosy Saba Island Resort & Spa, Madagascar by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Nosy Saba Island Resort & Spa, Madagascar by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Nosy Saba Island Resort & Spa, Madagascar by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Nosy Saba Island Resort & Spa, Madagascar by Gunjan Upreti

Patagonia – All about majestic glaciers and mountains

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Where: Located at the southern end of South America.

With its big, jagged mountaintop glaciers, pristine rivers and dusty backwater oases, Patagonia offers an innumerable wealth of landscapes and potential experiences for you soul.

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This triangle at the southern end of South America is huge – about 400,000 square miles – roughly one and a half times the size of the UK. Tourism can be found in the northern lake districts of Argentina and Chile, around Los Glaciares National Park in the former, and Torres del Paine National Park in the latter. Everywhere else, wilderness still rules in Patagonia.

Divided in two parts, the Argentinian Patagonia is mainly empty spaces and ranching country, while Chilean Patagonia is a collage of islands and inlets.

Places to visit: Puerto Madryn, El Chaltén, Palaeontology Museum, Punta Tombo, Cueva de las Manos, Parque National los Glaciares, Futaleufú.

Suggested Stay:

Photo of Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina by Gunjan Upreti
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Dingle – Ireland's most beautiful coastal region

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Photo of Dingle, Ireland by Gunjan Upreti

Where: Ireland

One of Ireland's largest Gaeltacht towns, Dingle manages to be quaint without even trying. From walking in the foothills of Slieve Mish to sandy beaches safe for swimming, strolling routes and a very happening music scene, Dingle is the perfect destination to visit in your 40’s when you're more likely to be able to afford it.

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Places to visit: Dingle Peninsula, Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, Great Blasket Island; You can rent a car and explore the countryside; go pub hopping at famous pubs such as McCarthy’s on Goat Street, An Droichead Beag, Foxy John’s and Adam’s on the main street.

Suggested Stay:

Photo of Emlagh House, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, Ireland by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Emlagh House, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, Ireland by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Emlagh House, Dingle Peninsula, Dingle, Ireland by Gunjan Upreti
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Kiev – A beautiful tapestry

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Photo of Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine by Gunjan Upreti

Where: Ukraine

The capital of Ukraine, with a population of about 3 million citizens, is unlike any other tourist destination. Peaceful during the day and electric when the sun goes down, Kiev and its residents – a merry, tongue-in-cheek and perfectly bilingual lot, are guaranteed to cast a spell on you.

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Places to visit: Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Saint Sophia's Cathedral, National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, Independence Square, The Motherland Monument, Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine.

Suggested Stay:

Photo of Fairmont Grand Hotel, Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Fairmont Grand Hotel, Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Fairmont Grand Hotel, Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Fairmont Grand Hotel, Kiev, Kyiv city, Ukraine by Gunjan Upreti

Liechtenstein – A fairytale in real life

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Where: Central Europe

Comfortably snuggled between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is pure fairytale stuff with a stunning alpine setting.

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About 25km long and 12km wide, Liechtenstein doesn’t have an international airport, so getting into the country is slightly tricky. You will have to fly to Switzerland's Zurich Airport to reach this Alpine country that's still ruled by a prince.

In your 40's, what's better than a feeling of entitlement for having visited one of the most petite countries in the world?

Places to visit: Loiter in The Liechtenstein National Museum; appreciate art at the The Liechtenstein Art Museum; enjoy some complimentary wine at the Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein in Vaduz; explore the 400km-long hiking trails in Liechtenstein; visit the majestic Gutenberg Castle.

Suggested Stay:

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Lakshadweep – The untouched beauty

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Where: India

Located off the Kerala coast in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep literally means one lakh islands. The smallest union territory of India is a tropical archipelago of about 36 islands with 12 atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks.

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Lakshadweep is as stunning as it is isolated. Parts of the island system have deliberately been detached from tourism. Out of the 36 islands, only 10 are inhabited, mostly by fishermen, and only five are accessible to tourists.

Lakshadweep can only be visited on a pre-arranged package trip and everybody, Indian or otherwise, requires a special permit – the easiest way to acquire which is to book a package tour through the government's tour operator, SPORTS, or arrange a hotel to sort it out for you.

Places to visit: Kadmat,Kalpeni and Kavaratti Islands, Bangaram Atoll, Kavaratti Beach, Minicoy Beach, Kadamat Beach, and Bangaram Beach.

To book hotels in Lakshadweep, visit Lakshadweep Tourism.

Kenya – Gripping natural landscapes

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Where: Africa

Situated on the east coast of Africa, if you are looking for a taste of true African living and waiting to start your love affair with the continent, then Kenya is perfect. Whether you're a wide-eyed first-timer or a frequent visitor, Kenya cannot fail to get under your skin.

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Gripping natural landscapes, vast savannahs peppered with wildlife – all against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and natives who love nothing more than an excuse to get together and enjoy some nyama choma (open-flame roasted meat) – you get access to it all.

Places to visit: Nairobi National Park, Kiambethu Tea Farm; Challenge yourself at Mount Kenya; Unwind on the East African Coast; Visit the picturesque offshore island of Lamu; Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Lake Naivasha.

Suggested Stay:

Photo of Hotel Intercontinental, City-Hall Way, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Hotel Intercontinental, City-Hall Way, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of Hotel Intercontinental, City-Hall Way, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya by Gunjan Upreti
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Aspen – Adventure in abundance 

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Where: Colorado, United States

A perfect amalgamation of Euro panache, Hollywood glam, Ivy League brains and cowboy grit, Aspen is the kind of place where no matter what season it is, you can bring on a head rush in multiple ways. Enjoy the fine wining and dining in Aspen and re-ignite your adventurous spirit to rock all those adrenaline pumping outdoor activities!

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Places to visit: White River National Forest, Mount Elbert, Maroon Bells, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Mountain, Silver Queen Gondola.

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Photo of The Gant, South West End Street, Aspen, CO, United States by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of The Gant, South West End Street, Aspen, CO, United States by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of The Gant, South West End Street, Aspen, CO, United States by Gunjan Upreti
Photo of The Gant, South West End Street, Aspen, CO, United States by Gunjan Upreti

So these were the best destinations I could come up with for your next big adventure! Do you have your own wish list? Share it with us here.

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who can help arrange a tour at such offbeat destinations ??? pl advise
Sat 02 25 17, 10:26 · Reply · Report
Travel has no age-bar. Every age point will have a different perspective of the place you travel.
Fri 02 24 17, 04:51 · Reply · Report
I couldn't agree more that travel in your forties can be more satisfying than in your twenties but I'm fortunate enough to have started travelling in my teens so have the benefit of being able to compare how things have changed through the decades. That spa pool in Patagonia has my name on it
Tue 02 21 17, 23:44 · Reply · Report
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