30th Birthday Travel Ideas

Our guide on the best places to celebrate this special day

Where will you celebrate this special occasion?

You only get to turn 30 once. So rather than throw yourself a big party, why not gather your friends, family or special someone and celebrate on an unforgettable holiday? You could spend your birthday strolling around a cosmopolitan city, in search of wildlife on an epic safari or, for the most adventurous, taking on one of the world’s greatest treks. To help give you a little more inspiration, here’s our selection of travel ideas that will make your 30th birthday that bit more special.

Active Adventures

If you’re someone that loves a challenge or getting off the beaten track, then this selection of active adventures will be right up your street. Offering world-class trekking and incredible landscapes, they’ll ensure the start to your 30th year is one to remember.

Trekker in Khumbu valley on a way to Everest Base camp
The Ultimate Challenge

Everest Base Camp

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and celebrate your birthday by taking on the adventure of a lifetime. The trek to Everest Base Camp is no easy feat, but with traditional Sherpa villages, magnificent glaciers and breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountains along the way, you can be sure it’s worth the effort. And once you’re done, you can unwind in cities such as Kathmandu or Bhaktapur and soak up more of Nepal’s colourful culture.

Woman enjoying sunrise in the Sahara desert
Experience True Wilderness

Trek the Sahara

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those in search of a true wilderness experience, there are few places more remote than the Sahara Desert. Hiking along little-used trails in Morocco, you’ll pass through incredible desert landscapes to wild camp amongst the towering dunes. Spend your birthday evening stargazing under one of the clearest night skies, then awake to a spectacular Saharan sunrise. And when it’s time to get back to civilization, you have the bustling souks and spicy aromas of Marrakech to enjoy.

Hot air balloon flying over rock landscape at Cappadocia Turkey
Otherworldly Landscapes

Cycle through Cappadocia

If you love exploring the world on two wheels, then you simply must cycle through the unique landscape of Cappadocia. An off-road adventure, the ride sees you pass through the stunning Ilhara Valley and the bizarre scenery of Goreme, with its fairytale chimneys and rock-hewn dwellings. To top it off, you could end your trip with a sunrise hot air balloon ride and get a bird’s eye view of this mind-blowing landscape with a glass of champagne in hand.

Bucket List Destinations

Start your 30th year with a bang and visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to go but haven’t yet ticked off the bucket list. Turning 30 truly is the best excuse, so to give you an idea of the possibilities on offer, here’s our pick of the top bucket list destinations.

Pyramids of Giza in Egypt

The Pyramids of Giza

The last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Giza are among the oldest and most famous attractions on the planet. Fronted by the legendary Sphinx, these magnificent monuments are found just on the outskirts of Cairo. Tick this ancient wonder off your bucket list, then why not head down to the cosmopolitan resorts of the Red Sea? You’ll find golden sands, world-class diving and a host of water sports and activities.

Northern Lights in Iceland during winter

Northern Lights

If you haven’t yet experienced the breathtaking natural wonder that is the Northern Lights, now is the time to cross this off your bucket list. When you’re not gazing at the dazzling lights of the aurora dancing across the sky, there’s a wealth of other activities on offer depending on where you decide to go. You could be taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, hiking amongst the stunning fjords of Norway or skiing through Finish Lapland.

Angkor Wat at Sunrise

Angkor Wat

Journey to Cambodia for your birthday and experience the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. Representing the heart and soul of the country, this beloved temple is the world's largest religious monument. Little can prepare you for its sheer scale and beautiful symmetry. And nothing beats the view of its stunning silhouette at sunrise. You could easily spend several days exploring the Angkor Complex, then discover what more Cambodia has to offer.

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest

The world’s largest tropical rainforest features on many peoples’ bucket lists - and for good reason. Spanning eight countries, the Amazon Rainforest offers staggering biodiversity, epic jungle and the winding waterways of the world’s largest river. Spend your birthday experiencing this incredible landscape, either on a trek seeking out its animal residents, or canoeing on the water. Then stay overnight in a unique jungle lodge.

Safari Holidays

If you’ve always dreamt of seeing some of the world’s most iconic animals in the wild, then a safari holiday might just be the perfect way to celebrate your 30th. And going on safari doesn’t just mean a trip to Africa, with a wealth of national parks in Sri Lanka also worthy of your attention. Here’s our pick of the best of the bunch.

An elephant in the Masai Mara, Kenya
Safari and Beach

Kenya

A long-time safari favourite, Kenya boasts the stunning savannah plains of the Masai Mara. Famed for its excellent wildlife viewing, with high chances of spotting the Big Five, and the annual Great Migration, which sees thousands of wildebeest arrive from the Serengeti. Being home to the Masai tribes people as well, a safari in Kenya can be as much of a cultural experience as it is a wildlife adventure. And you can top off your trip with some rest and relaxation on the tropical beaches of Mombasa.

Leopard in the wild on the island of Sri Lanka
Elephants, leopards and more

Sri Lanka

It’s a little-known fact that Sri Lanka is one of the top five hotspots for biodiversity in the world. And when it comes to safaris, the Teardrop Isle’s national parks really do pack a punch. Not only is Yala National Park home to the highest density of leopards in the world, but Udawalawe National Park is one of the world’s best destinations for spotting elephants in the wild. Sri Lanka is also well-known for its turtles and whale watching, so you can add even more wildlife experiences to your birthday holiday.

A group of Kruger Park Lionesses starting to hunt
Malaria-Free Reserves

South Africa

Offering diverse landscapes, world-renowned game reserves and the chance to see the Big Five, South Africa is also a safari destination worth considering for your birthday celebrations. Kruger National Park is one of the biggest national parks in all of Africa, home to a whopping 147 mammal species and over 500 different types of bird. Then over in the Eastern Cape, you have a range of malaria-free reserves, perfect for if you’re travelling with children.

Okavango Delta in Botswana
Diverse Landscapes

Botswana

A safari destination like no other, Botswana offers scenery ranging from the endless stretches of the Kalahari Desert to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta. Choose between classic game drives on land or explore the delta on a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe pushed with a long pole. As well as abundant wildlife, Botswana also boasts a variety of luxury lodges, so you can be sure to have a memorable stay in this beautiful southern African country.

Cultural City Breaks

If you want an unforgettable holiday but are short on time, a cultural city break could be your best bet. Offering stunning architecture, world-class museums, buzzing nightlife, excellent shopping and more, here’s our pick of the best city break destinations to kickstart your 30th year.

Street life scene in Havana Cuba with american yellow vintage car
Step Back in Time

Havana

Visit the colourful capital of Cuba and you’ll feel transported back to the 1950s. Vintage American cars cruise down streets lined with the crumbling facades of colonial buildings. UNESCO-listed Old Havana is brimming with stunning architecture, cobblestone plazas, museums, galleries and restaurants. And the city also boasts an excellent café scene and thriving modern Latino culture, so after a day of sightseeing you can hit the bars for some Cuban salsa and live music.

Marrakech by night
Exotic Flavours

Marrakech

Capturing all that is so alluring about Morocco, the city of Marrakech is a must-visit. Top sights include the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, dating back to the 12th century, and the UNESCO-listed Djemaa el Fna square, which overflows with food stalls and street performers. Surrounding the square you’ll find bustling souks, selling everything from leather bags to colourful lanterns, with spicy aromas filling the air. Snap yourself some birthday bargains and stay in a Moroccan Riad for a truly authentic experience.

Colourful canal-side in Amsterdam
Something for everyone

Amsterdam

Lined with iconic tilting gabled buildings, the charming canal-sides of Amsterdam never fail to disappoint. Stroll, cycle or enjoy a cruise amongst this watery network and discover all that this famous capital has to offer. Those in search of history and culture can visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House. Those keen to shop can hit the markets, vintage stores or independent shopping streets. And those keen to check out the nightlife have a wealth of bars and clubs to choose from.

Wat Arun Temple in bangkok at night
Foodie Fun

Bangkok

One of the most famous cities in Southeast Asia, Bangkok’s buzzing atmosphere and lively street scene draws travellers from across the globe. Spend your city break marveling at its gleaming palaces, shopping in the markets and sampling its famously good street food. This colourful capital is a city of contrasts, with golden temples beside giant skyscrapers and Buddhist monks walking with smartphones in hand. See it for yourself and end your celebrations enjoying Bangkok’s famed nightlife.

Join a group or do it your own way?

If you’re on a budget or flying solo, why not join one of our group tours? We offer an exciting range of destinations around the world where you could spend your big day with other like-minded adventurers. Alternatively, if you would prefer a customized trip, we can also arrange private tailor-made itineraries, so you can bring your own travel ideas to life.

GET IN TOUCH TO START PLANNING YOUR 30TH →

If you’re ready to get your birthday adventure booked, then get in touch! Our reservations team will be happy to chat about any of the destinations covered here or any other itineraries you may be thinking of. So feel free to contact us to start organizing your dream 30th celebration.