40th Birthday Travel Ideas
Where will you choose to celebrate?
Turning 40 certainly calls for a celebration. And what could be a better way to mark the start of a new decade than with an amazing holiday? To help you decide where to go, we’ve selected the best active adventures, safari holidays, city breaks and more, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect destination no matter what your interests, timeframe or budget.
Bucket List Destinations
Everyone has a bucket list of destinations they’d love to see and experience. And turning 40 is the perfect excuse to tick one of yours off. To give you a little more inspiration, here’s our pick of bucket list destinations guaranteed to make your birthday memorable.
Few sights are more impressive than the longest wall in the world. Stretching for over 21,000 kilometres, the Great Wall of China traverses steep mountains and stunning natural scenery, making it an incredible feat of ancient defensive architecture. Take the relatively easy walk along the Badaling section close to Beijing, then enjoy some sightseeing in the capital discovering its palaces, temples and culinary delights.
This breath-taking natural wonder is Vietnam’s top tourist destination for a reason. Hundreds of towering limestone pillars and jungle-clad islets are dotted over sparkling emerald waters, with grottoes, caves and hidden coves all awaiting discovery. Spend your birthday on a traditional junkboat enjoying a relaxing cruise around the surreal landscape of Halong Bay, then enjoy a spectacular sunset over the peaks.
Seeing the Northern Lights is one of the world’s most incredible travel experiences. And one you can ensure will make your 40th birthday one to remember. Iceland is one of the best locations for seeing the Aurora Borealis, meaning you could also spend your holiday exploring the magnificent waterfalls of the Golden Circle, whale watching off the coast or simply unwinding in the thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
Much like the pyramids or the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu is an iconic site that everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime. Offering a spectacular setting amongst mist-shrouded mountains, this Inca Citadel was deservedly awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and is quite possibly the most famous archaeological site in all of South America. Reach it by the Inca Trail or Lares Trek, or take the easier train journey, no doubt it’ll be worth it.
Join a group or do it your own way?
Our group tours visit an exciting range of destinations all over the world, perfect for if you’re travelling on a budget or planning a solo adventure. Alternatively, we also arrange private tailor-made holidays, so you can create a customized birthday trip to enjoy with your friends and family.
To help with your birthday planning, here’s a selection of our tours visiting the destinations mentioned here. However, if you haven’t found quite what you’re looking for, head to your chosen destination page to view our full range of tours and itineraries.
If you’d like to discuss any of the destinations mentioned here or any other itineraries you have in mind, then get in touch! Our reservations team will be more than happy to help plan the perfect holiday to celebrate your 40th birthday.