Time flies when you’re on an adventure of a lifetime!

It seems like just yesterday I was listing my 20 favorite trips to take in my 20s. Today, I am older and maybe even a little wiser, but one thing is the same: the wanderlust never fades.

In the early 30s, we should create those escapades that will define our 30s.

1. Wellness Trip

To have a well-earned vacation, you must take time off from work to reenergize. I would love to go hiking with my friends again and would jump at the chance to do it.

Ojai is a dreamy retreat destination. It has pools with underwater yoga, hiking trails that are pristine, and a thriving arts community.

2. Bordeaux & Provence

My 20s were the best of my life. I got to see all of Paris, but because I was on a shoestring budget (yep, you can travel Paris on the cheap!) I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do.

Once you are no longer in college, visit Bordeaux and the south of France. From the lush lavender fields of Provence to the posh coastline, France is much more than its capital city.

I enjoyed a fine solo adventure around France after I could finally afford to treat myself to the finer things. After all, it’s the wine food spas and small everyday luxuries that France is famous for.

3. Valle de Guadalupe

I celebrated my third birthday in Mexico’s Wine Region. Just south of the border we found some of the best vineyards ever.

Wine tasting in Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico blew me away. Trust me, Mexican wine is a must.

4. TBA Escapes

Spend a few days bonding with women from all over the world. I’ve met incredible women on our previous trips to TBA Escapes.

From Morocco to South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, to New Zealand, grab your gal pals or come solo and meet like-minded adventurers.

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  • Read highlights from the TBA Escape Jordan Ancient Wonders Tour.
  • My South Africa Beach to Bush Photography Tour
  • I will tell you about my favorite happenings in Mexico.

5. Greece

Greece is a place where you can return and have a different experience every time. Enjoy the non-stop parties during your teens and twenties.

In your thirties, come back again to Greece and indulge yourself in its luxurious side.

I suggest that you check out my guide to choosing the best Greek island, as I think it is a great place for you.

Read More:

  • The Ultimate Greece Travel Guide
  • Travel tips for travel in Greece.
  • A brief guide to the best Greek islands to visit.

6. Croatia

You may want to explore the region of Istria in your 30s.

Known for its world-class food and wine, this is an ultimate Mediterranean escape.

7. Japan

You can explore the countryside of Tokyo, but you can go beyond that. Travel beyond Tokyo and explore the countryside to learn more about Japanese culture.

Spend at least three days in Kyoto, and take a local foodie tour. Take your time to fully enjoy the experience, rather than rushing it.

Read More:

  • The Ultimate Japan Travel Guide
  • 10 Tips for Your First Trip to Japan
  • The Ultimate 3-Day Kyoto Travel Guide

8. Morocco

The dramatic colors of Morocco make it a photographer’s dream. I took these shots in Chefchaouen.

Travel around the country as much as possible. Take different foods and explore different regions of the country; see mountains, forests, deserts, and wild places, and enjoy their beauty.

Read More:

  • The Ultimate Morocco Travel Guide
  • Here are some tips for your first trip to Morocco.
  • The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Marrakech

9. Summit a Mountain

Take your pick. From Everest to Oregon there are countless peaks just waiting to be submitted. Before your knees get too sore challenge yourself!

10. New York City

Like France, I found that traveling home with a bit more cash in my pocket changed the experience.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel to NYC. (Check out my tips on how to save money while you’re in the Big Apple.) It is a great place to treat yourself.

Instead of checking things off your must-see list, stay in a fancy hotel and eat in five-star restaurants. Enjoy the city, rather than trying to accomplish everything in one day.

Read More:

  • Top 8 Things To Do in NYC
  • The Ultimate New York City Travel Guide
  • Ten tips for your first trip to New York City: 1. Be sure you have your passport and a valid photo ID with you at all times. If you forget, call the police from a pay phone and tell them who you are before they send someone to pick up the lost item from the lost and found. 2.

11. Charter a Sailboat

While I loved partying it up during my 20s, I now prefer a more chilled experience. Rather than partying until dawn, I would rather charter a catamaran through the Caribbean for snorkeling and siestas.

Get your sea legs in your 30s with a refined laidback sailing excursion.  

12. Road Trip Through the Countryside

Take a UK road trip to see the hidden gems of England and Scotland.

Take your time going around and stay in a quaint bed and breakfast.

Go for an afternoon bike ride around the countryside. Try sampling the local delights at a place where farm-to-table is the standard of hospitality.

Read More:

  • The Ultimate Guide to Planning a UK Road Trip
  • The ultimate two-week Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • The Wild Atlantic Way is a road trip from Ireland to the west coast of North America.

13. Hike through Switzerland or Ireland

I had an unforgettable adventure during my two-week trip to Ireland and fell in love with Switzerland.

Travel through the lush countryside of either one of these. And consider visiting the local culture by staying with a person who lives there.

14. El Camino de Santiago in Spain

You might not complete the entire 770 km/ 480 miles of El Camino de Santiago, but you’ll love trying to.

The Way of St. James is a pilgrimage path that has been used for generations.

15. Take a Solo Trip

Traveling alone has truly changed my life. It’s transformed the way that I view the world and exist within it. Learning how to get by on your own and appreciate your alone time is one of the best things you have ever done for yourself.

It’s a big jump. I get it.

For starters, head to my guide to solo travel for some tricks I’ve learned along the way.

16. California Coast

There are great places like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but the true beauty of California is off the beaten path.

Take the Pacific Coast Highway and drive slowly on this route. Sip wine from local vineyards, explore San Luis Obispo County, and take your time.

17. Take a Trip through Europe

Take your grown-up friend through Europe. You might travel to Romania, Portugal, or Greece.

Explore all of your options for a European excursion, and upgrade from hostels to Airbnbs. Trust me, everything looks different when you don’t have a backpack half the size of your body strapped to your back.

18. Road Trip New Zealand

The photos of New Zealand are very beautiful, but the beauty of this country can’t be seen in a picture. You have to see it for yourself to understand it.

I will plan the ultimate New Zealand road trip so that I will never forget it.

19. African Safari

During my years living in Cape Town I was fortunate enough to see some of the best of Africa. From safaris in the African bush to gorilla trekking in Uganda this is a true bucket list experience.

20. Holiday River Cruise

Do you go on vacation feeling like you need a vacation? If so, I’m happy to introduce you to the world of river cruising. The slower pace of a river cruise gives you the chance to refresh and relax.

Go with your significant other or parents on a trip. You can sail through Central Europe and see the sights and sites you would otherwise miss.

In this group, the ages skew a bit older, so do not expect much in terms of nightlife. Nonetheless, it’s a good option for when you want a restful sleep.

21. Amalfi Coast

Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Whether you are a foodie or a history buff, it’s a dream destination.

Exploring the Amalfi Coast took my breath away. While I’d highly recommend tracking a road trip through the entire area, you can also have a great time just based in Positano.

22. Greater Indonesia

Leave the party scene in Bali to the young crowd and explore deeper. Indonesia is filled with beautiful destinations that are not Bali.

Lots of places in Bali. Check out Raja Ampat and Komodo islands. Take a cooking class. There are lots of options and you definitely missed out if you only stick to the party circuit in Bali.

Read More:

  • The Ultimate Indonesia Travel Guide
  • 10 places to visit in Indonesia that are not Bali.
  • Diving in Raja Ampat with Samambaia liveaboard.

23. Iceland

Iceland is one of my favorite countries on the planet. Seeing the Northern Lights is one of the ultimate adventures. Soak in natural hot springs.

Even just standing in a parking lot will leave you in awe of this beautiful country.

Gaze in awe at the beauty of Iceland. Enjoy the cool, luxury hotels. Take advantage of the incredible spas. Yes, Iceland is an expensive destination, but you can see it on a budget.

Read More:

  • The Ultimate Iceland Travel Guide
  • 10 Tips for Your First Trip to Iceland
  • Why you should go to Iceland on your first solo trip.

24. New Orleans

Skip Mardi Gras and visit New Orleans. Enjoy the city’s rich cultural heritage, not its Mardi Gras parades.

Eat the local food. This includes some of the best foods on earth! Visit a voodoo shop and really get to know what this unique culture is about.

Read More:

  • 4-Day New Orleans Itinerary
  • 10 Things You Must Do in New Orleans
  • 10 Local Foods to Try in New Orleans

25. Fall Foliage in the US

Take a look at my guide to the Best Destinations in the United States for Leaf Peeping and start planning your next adventure.

26. Learn to Cook a Traditional Dish

I’ve been collecting grandma recipes for years. I’ve been on a mission to collect the best recipes from around the world.

Be mindful of cooking traditions when you attempt to make a foreign dish for the first time.

27. Go Somewhere on “Points”

One of the best travel secrets I have learned is to use a credit card for travel expenses. Spend money that you were going to spend anyway and get something in return.

You can earn a free trip using your travel rewards credit card.

Once you have earned your prize, enjoy it. Don’t be stingy with it.

28. Go Scuba Diving

My PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification has changed the way that I travel.

I have learned that some of the most beautiful places on the planet are well below sea level. When I dive, I discover that some of these places are really beautiful.

Read More:

  • Best places to scuba dive around the world are found in the waters of the Caribbean, Hawaii, Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda, Great Barrier Reef, Australia and South Africa.
  • The ten reasons to scuba dive are: 1. Scuba diving is great for your health. The oxygen in the water makes you healthier because it removes harmful free radicals, which can damage cells. 2. Scuba diving is a lot of fun. It’s like exploring an underwater world! 3.
  • How to get your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification.

Enjoy a first class flight.

If you buy first-class flights, they can be expensive. So don’t pay for them!

I upgraded to Emirates First Class using points and it turned an otherwise long, tedious flight into a relaxing day.

30. Go Glamping

Check out my guide to the Amazing Camping Destinations in the USA. Plan your next adventure at the campsite.

How many of these things have you done? Let me know in the comments below!