Traveling in your 40s is much different from traveling in your 20s (or even your 30s). You’re a little older, a little wiser, and have a clear picture of what you do — and don’t — want when you decide to travel for pleasure. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic choices for travelers in their forties, from relaxing by a sun-soaked beach to exploring the history and culture of a far-off land. We’ve got a list of some of the top places for traveling in your 40s, so take a look and get ready to experience the trip of a lifetime.

Machu Picchu – Peru

History buffs of all ages love exploring the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and it’s easy to see why. There are countless old temples to learn about, and with a friendly and knowledgeable guide by your side you can travel the same trails the ancient Incans once did. While some of the trails can prove a bit intimidating, there are options for every age and experience level; you can even take a vehicle, which lets you relax while you soak in this fascinating culture. It’s an awe-inspiring experience, and one travelers in their 40s won’t want to miss out on!

Prince Edward Island – Canada

For a serene and relaxing vacation that still provides you with plenty to do, Prince Edward Island is the place to be! This picturesque locale (it was actually used as the setting in the classic series Anne of Green Gables) is ideal for long nature walks, relaxing on the beach, or exploring the quaint town itself. The seafood is first-rate, and there are always historical tours and art galleries to keep you busy. It’s the perfect mix of fun activities and quiet time that make a vacation truly memorable.

Naples – Florida

If you or your loved one has a serious passion for golfing, now’s the time to take a trip to Naples, Florida. Dubbed the “Golf Capital of the World,” this charming spot has an abundance of different golf courses to choose from, some designed by luminaries of the field like Arnold Palmer himself. Whether you’ve been golfing for years or are just trying your hand at this beloved sport, there’s sure to be a golf course that suits your needs. And when you need a break from the green, there’s seemingly endless boutique shopping and superlative restaurants to choose from.

Malmö – Sweden

Life can be stressful, and you deserve to relax in style. That’s why a sojourn to a Scandinavian spa might be just what the doctor ordered! Malmö has some truly excellent spas that will cater to your every need, from deep tissue massages that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated to anti-aging treatments that celebrities swear by. Once you’ve been pampered, explore the stunning parks in the area, or take a tour of a local castle. It’s a serene spot that will do wonders for your sense of inner peace.

Nairobi – Kenya

Kenya is one of the most breathtaking spots in the whole world, which makes it easy to understand why travelers in their forties love heading there for trips. You can schedule an all-inclusive trip complete with a jungle safari that lets you get up close and personal with some exotic wildlife. As you drive over the plains, you’ll enjoy an unprecedented view of lions, giraffes, elephants, and other animals that are kept safe in the Nairobi National Park. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the magical world we live in.

Bordeaux – France

Go ahead, find some flights to France, and enjoy the finer things in life with a luxurious trip to Bordeaux. This celebrated wine region is divine for connoisseurs, and travelers in their 40s have delighted in scheduling tours across the country. The south of France is packed with quaint villages, scenic spots that will look great on your Instagram, and some of the finest wineries in the world. You’ll be able to sample all they have to offer, and learn a lot about wine in the process. What’s not to love about that?

Have you traveled in your 40s to one of these destinations or maybe somewhere else we didn’t mention? Tell us about your trip in the comments section! 

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