These trips will revitalize your zest for living, test your physical limits, and help you cherish fleeting moments as you celebrate the mid-point of life. It’s not all downhill from here!
Holi festival, India
It’s impossible to feel middle-aged surrounded by this fun festival of color! Taking place all over India and other Hindu countries at the beginning of March (the exact date varies each year), the celebration has its roots in Hinduism, but everyone is welcome to participate. Throw on some old clothes, stock up on naturally-derived dyed powder, and perfect your aim. Wondering what color to choose? According to National Geographic, green symbolizes new beginnings, perfect for those bursting into a new chapter of life. Inspired by color? Here are the most stunningly colored natural wonders on Earth.
Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
Make like Cheryl Strayed in Wild as you attempt the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail—or at least a few miles of it—and use the time alone in nature to reflect on your past and think about where you’re headed. Plus, the physical challenge will keep you in shape—something that unfortunately gets harder as you age. The trail runs along the entire west coast of the United States., with many spots to pick it up along the way. No surprise, it’s one of America’s most stunning trails to hike.
Drive cross-country with your kids
If you have children, take a major trip with them before they get too far into their prickly teenage years to enjoy it. Rent an RV, or even just pile into the family minivan for unforgettable memories from coast to coast, visiting national sites, parks, and monuments along the way. Stay in budget hotels and campgrounds to save money. If cross-country is too far, try a famous U.S. roadway instead, like Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here are 10 more family vacations even the most jaded teen will love.
Backpack around Europe
Follow the time-honored tradition of college students studying-abroad before you’re too old to pass for one (don’t worry, it’s OK if it’s too late). Staying in cheap, communal-style hostels is a great way to meet people from all over the world, and a Eurail pass is an inexpensive way to see a whole continent. You don’t even have to plan out your itinerary ahead of time—just decide on a whim where to go next. Or, pick one country and really get to know it, carrying everything you need on your back. Try more cheap travel destinations that can still feel like VIP adventures.