They say life begins at forty, so why not celebrate your coming of age with an exciting holiday?
Reaching a milestone birthday is the perfect excuse to start ticking off that bucket list, whether your dreams involve luxurious far-flung destinations or thrill-seeking activities.
Go bold at the beach
We all have dreams of trying unique experiences, from snorkeling in the great deep to skydiving. Summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to chase an adrenaline rush, since sunshine and beautiful backdrops only enhance the experience.
Spain is a centre of beachside watersports. Here, paragliders and jet skis have become as commonplace as paella and fiesta. The Costa del Sol has plenty of sun-kissed beaches lined with fantastic watersports opportunities.
Upgrade your holiday to Malaga with unique water top experiences. As well as the adrenaline-pumped classics like jet skiing and water skiing, the popular Spanish resort has a choice of next-level thrill-seeking activities. Ride in a light aircraft from aerodrome Velez-Malaga or bungee jump from Puerto de la Torre – the opportunities are endless.
Turkey is a hot destination for a balloon ride, especially over Cappadocia region. If you’re looking for alternative destinations in Turkey, the Central Anatolia Region is a landscape packed with mystery.
If you’ve always wanted to experience the rush of parachuting from a plane, Australia and New Zealand are home to some of the world’s most popular skydiving locations. Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most stunning skydiving landscapes, and the snow-capped mountains and glassy blue lakes attract thousands of visitors every year.
Mission Beach, Queensland is one of Australia’s finest skydiving locations. Here, you can pick up the pace after a tranquil day on the golden sands and enjoy mile-high views of the luscious Cassowary Coast. The Great Barrier Reef is visible from the skies, offering a unique way to see the world’s most spectacular coral reef.
Climb a mountain
Whether you’re doing it for the breathtaking views, your bucket list or a simple sense of achievement, mountain holidays are a great way to try something different.
Though Everest and Kilimanjaro will always be the most extreme options, the great news is there are plenty of stunning peaks only a short plane trip away. Tenerife is home to Spain’s tallest mountain – towering Teide. Cable cars mean it’s possible to reach the peaks even if you’re not a seasoned explorer.
In fact, the Canary Islands make great places to experience an otherworldly volcanic landscape. Spend a morning on the shores of Playa Blanca, then venture into the spectacular moonscape of central Lanzarote.
Whether you’re booking your own celebrations or surprising a loved one, a great way to mark a new decade of life is to venture into a new continent.
Asia and the Middle East have a surprising variety of locations on offer, from the glitz and glamour of Dubai to the paradise beaches of Sri Lanka and Thailand.
With unique cultures and landscape that will make you feel a million miles from home, Asia has many great landmarks. Many of the Seven Wonders of the World are located on this expansive continent, including the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. It’s difficult to imagine a more magical way to spend a holiday.
Unique wildlife experiences
If nature is your thing, experiencing some once-in-a-lifetime wildlife wonders is a great way to add zest to any holiday.
Embark on a Big Five safari in Africa to see majestic creatures including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo. Step into luxury on the white sands of Zanzibar, then take to the road to explore the riches of African nature.
The Portuguese Azores are home to one of the world’s largest whale sanctuaries. The crowning jewel of these islands is Sao Miguel, where you can take a tour through the natural beauty and catch a glimpse of whales in their natural habitats. The summer months see spotted dolphins passing through the azure waters, while blue whales are common at the end of winter.
A romantic city break
With age comes responsibility – whether this involves work or family commitments. If you and your other half struggle to find time to spend as a couple, a milestone birthday makes the perfect excuse.
From London to Copenhagen, the city breaks scene is changing in Europe. Take a look at the best European city breaks for 2019 to discover somewhere new.
Why lie on golden beaches when you can lounge on some of the purest white beaches on earth? There are few places more luxurious than the palm tree-lined shores of the earth’s tropics.