The Perfect Vacation Spot for Each Stage of Life

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People want different types of vacations at different stages of their lives. When you’re young, it’s all about partying and staying somewhere inexpensive. As you get older, you may become more interested in family-friendly locations that are higher-end. Then, at the next stage in life, you’ll probably want to feel pampered somewhere super luxurious. Whatever age you are, or what you’re looking for, this list has got you covered!

20s and 30s

Costa Rica is perfect for your 20s because it’s different enough from the US for you to feel like you’re getting a true experience abroad, but it’s geographically close enough for you to find cheap flights. It also has a low cost of living, making it a lot easier to travel there on a tight budget. Costa Rica offers adventurous activities such as surfing, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, zip lining, and kitesurfing. It also boasts beautiful scenery, tons of animal sanctuaries, and incredible rainforests.

Japan is the ideal destination for travelers in their 30s. It has cities, mountains, hot springs, and beaches, making it the perfect place for everyone. No matter what type of traveler you are – or who you’re traveling with – there’s something you and your group will enjoy in Japan. Tokyo boasts clothing stores, nightlife, and cafes. Kyoto has palaces, gardens, and cultural and historical sites. Whether you’re traveling with friends, a significant other, or children, everyone will love Japan!

40s and 50s

Machu Picchu, Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime type of trip that everyone should experience, but it takes a lot of preparation. That’s why it’s most suitable for people in their 40s, who have the time and money available to dedicate to planning such a big trip. It’s also important to work on one’s fitness prior to traveling in order to be able to handle the trek on foot. As of the time of writing, Machu Picchu is closed to tourists, but that will hopefully change soon.

The Galápagos Islands make for an incredible vacation, but it can be quite pricey, making it ideal for those in their 50s who may have a bit more cash to spare. It’s best to book a boat tour and, since you’ll be living at sea for a bit, you may want to splurge on something luxurious. Plenty of Galápagos Islands boat tours boast Wi-Fi, hot tubs, and delicious meals. This is definitely a trip worth saving up for.

60s and 70s

Rekindle some romance with your partner by visiting France when you’re in your 60s! Of course, a trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower is essential. However, we also recommend visiting less famous French locations, such as Marseille, Nice, Cannes, Cassis, and Antibes. With incredible food, shopping, history, architecture, museums, and tourist traps that are completely worth it, France is a location that everyone should travel to at least once.

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Those who are in their 70s or older would enjoy a trip to South Africa. There are countless tours and safaris that will enable you to see all the incredible animals but do all the planning for you. If you’ve got the time and the money to spend on a big trip, South Africa is the perfect destination. You can choose your tour based on how much physical activity you want to participate in, what you want to see, and how luxurious you want the trip to be. If you want a perfectly planned vacation that just requires you to show up and enjoy, South Africa is the perfect place!