“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
— Bill Bryson
Contrary to popular belief, your 20s do not need to be looked at as “the best years of your life.” After all, that was the decade most people spent working part time while chipping away at their college degree. Sure, early adulthood had its share of whirlwind escapades, but with the advent of the third decade of life comes real adventure. Your 20s are a time of self-exploration, your 30s are designed for world exploration – here are 5 of the best places to travel to in your 30s.
Luxury and travel are synonymous when you are considering a destination like Japan. With a rich history, daring cuisine, and the ability to explore the high-tech urban jungle or visit classical Buddhist temples and shrines, any traveler can find their niche. If you want to mix traditional experience with a luxury feel, Hoshinoya Ryokan in Arashiyama is perfect accommodation for you. You’ll be ferried to your lodging by a traditional Japanese boat before being greeted by a staff whose service is second to none. If you are looking for luxury on a budget, Japan sees the least number of visitors from mid-January through March, meaning more travel deals.
Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, making it the perfect destination if you prefer to travel solo. This chill destination is perfect for hiking, climbing, caving, whale-watching, as well as shopping and fine dining. Hotel Ranga is one of the best luxury lodging options to enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty, the property has its very own observatory which houses high-end telescopes. Between September and April, the dark skies are illuminated with the world’s most renowned light show, Auroroa Borealis (The Northern Lights). You’ll find the most travel discounts during November through February.
Known as “home of the middle-earth”, it is no wonder that New Zealand is a popular destination among 30-somethings. With more than 150 locations used in the famous Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series, you’ll find plenty of magical places to include in your travels. In addition to being a hot spot for filming, you’ll find a touch of luxuryin New Zealand’s naturally-heated thermal pools. For luxury living, The Treetops Lodge & Estate is the best way to go as they offer entertainment experiences for everyone. In the great words of Gandalf, “all you have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you.” If you are looking for the best travel deals, try Fall (March, April, and May) – you’ll experience beautiful weather without the summer crowd.
Consistently voted as one of the top tourist destinations around the world, luxury meets safari in beautiful South Africa. This wild destination is home to some of the most stunning hotels around the globe; with accommodations like the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat and the Kapama Karula, you can relax on the cusp of man vs wild. Looking to get around in style? The South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious vintage train in the world and offers a two night route from Cape Town to Pretoria journey. If you want to travel on a budget and you don’t mind chilly evenings, May would be the best time to hunt for deals.
It will not be hard to create the perfect luxury travel itinerary when Chile is your destination. You can spend the evening in Santiago or venture to Valparaiso to enjoy a colorful fine-dining experience. If you are one of those people who could not call it a destination vacation without sand between your toes, fret not, Chile is home to Viña del Mar and Reñaca. One of the most unique luxury hotels in Chile is the luxury adventure resort Explora Atacama, nestled in the Atacama desert, the highest desert in the world. They offer more than 40 guided tour options and with nearby spots such as the Valle de la Luna, Quebrado del Diablo, and Valle de la Muerte, you’ll have plenty of sights to enjoy. Chile’s summer peaks during January and February, so you will start to see the best travel deals during March.