Turning 30 is a significant milestone. It’s the end of your 20s and the beginning of a new decade. It’s also a time to reflect on the past and celebrate all you’ve accomplished. And what better way to do that than by planning an amazing trip? Whether you’re looking for excitement, such as bungee jumping or chartering a private yacht for a week-long cruise around the Greek Islands, here are eight incredible travel destination spots to celebrate your 30th birthday in style.
1. Valletta, Malta
The island of Malta has its distinct charm, owing to its mix of North African and European influences. It is a popular destination located in the Mediterranean sea, offering stunning scenery, sandy beaches, and clear blue waters. Malta has a rich history and culture dating back to Roman times and is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, the awe-inspiring Hypogeum of al-Saflieni, and the Megalithic Temples. You can also explore castles and other historical and religious sites such as St. Paul’s Grotto. For those who may recall, in the Bible, it was the island of Malta where the Apostle Paul’s shipwrecked on his way to Rome. There are many other activities to enjoy, such as relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, or a day trip to Gozo, Malta’s sister island. Malta’s vast and varied nightlife caters to even the pickiest of night owls, with an endless range of pubs, casinos, clubs, and restaurants. St. Jillian’s is the place to go if you’re looking to indulge your inner party animal. Alternatively, you can enjoy your favorite beverage in one of Valletta’s posh wine and cocktail bars.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia is a popular travel destination for a reason – it’s stunning. Bali has something to offer everyone with its remarkable beaches, lush jungle, and fascinating culture. Although Bali is known for its nightlife, there is more to the island than meets the eye. Bali is home to a few of the world’s amazing beaches, including Seminyak Beach, known for its luxury resorts and spas. If you’re looking for a relaxed vibe, there are plenty of beach cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the views. If you’re looking for adventure, you can go hiking or explore ancient temples. In addition, there’s surfing and golfing, diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, and other watersports. For party-goers, there are many bars and clubs to keep you entertained. Your eating-out options are endless, with plenty of international cuisines and fantastic local food. No matter your style, Bali is sure to have something that will make your 30th birthday trip truly memorable.
3. Capetown, South Africa
The breathtaking views of Cape Town, South Africa’s legislative capital are matched by an intriguing history and rich culture. This vibrant city is home to various attractions, from the spectacular Table Mountain to the historic Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront is also a scene of many activities, including sunset cruises, helicopter rides, and aquariums. You can also explore the vibrant nightlife scene, sample delicious local cuisine, and shop for beautiful handmade goods. If you’re looking for an exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping adventure, shark diving will suit your fancy. And, of course, a trip to Cape Town would not be complete without a visit to one of the many marvelous beaches.
4. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza, Spain, is well-known for its scenic beaches, clear turquoise waters, and sprawling nightlife. However, there’s more to this Mediterranean haven than partying; this Spanish island boasts a rich history, delectable cuisine, excellent year-round weather, quaint villages, and challenging hiking trails. Aside from lounging on the beach or engaging in various water activities, Ibiza’s Old Town, Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see. Dalt Vila is an intriguing labyrinth with white-washed architecture and cobblestoned line streets that stands in stark contrast to the island’s reputation. The Castell d’Eivissa castle and its commanding views of the sea and the famed Baroque-cross-Gothic Ibiza Cathedral are also worth a visit.
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast has been called one of the most beautiful places in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. The Amalfi Coast is not only one of the most scenic areas in all Italy, it’s also home to 13 coastal towns that cling dramatically against gorgeous cliffsides with brightly colored houses that seamlessly blend into their surroundings. It’s one of the best places to relax and enjoy some of the best food and wine that Italy has to offer. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from exploring the Grotta della Smeraldo cave in Positano to taking a boat trip around the island of Capri. The famous city of Pompeii is a must-see for visitors to the Amalfi Coast.
6. Santorini, Greece
There are very few places in the world can rival the beauty of Santorini, Greece. The island’s spectacular landscape, idyllic white-washed buildings, dramatic cliffs, mild climate, and vibrant nightlife make it a popular destination for travelers worldwide. The white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and stunning sunsets make Santorini a beach lover’s paradise. In addition, Santorini’s archaeological sites are some of the most important in Greece. The island is home to the ruins of Akrotiri, one of the largest Bronze Age settlements in the Mediterranean. Santorini is also home to many other important sites, including the ruins of Ancient Thera. While the island has many wonderful spots to explore, the towns of Oia and Fira should be at the top of your itinerary. Fira boasts panoramic views of the Caldera, while Oia is noted for its spectacular sunsets. And, of course, a visit to Santorini would not be complete without enjoying a glass of wine or two while watching the sunset into the Aegean Sea.
7. Dubrovnik, Croatia + Yacht Week
Croatia has become one of the most popular tourist destination in Europe. The country’s stunning Adriatic coast is dotted with medieval towns, historical landmarks, secluded coves, and clear turquoise waters. And what better way to explore this beautiful country than by yacht? Yacht Week offers visitors the opportunity to see Croatia from a truly unique perspective. One can choose to sail between any of the country’s many islands, stop for a swim or a hike, or anchor offshore and enjoy the breathtaking views. And with plenty of stops for partying along the way, yacht week is the perfect way to experience all that Croatia has to offer. If Yacht Week isn’t for you, the medieval walled old town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a charm. It is also home to many museums and art galleries and vibrant nightlife. In addition, Dubrovnik is home to some of Croatia’s most picturesque coves and bays and an ideal starting point to explore the country’s most beautiful islands. Dubrovnik is a perfect destination for those who want to experience a mix of old and new.
Saint Martin (French); Sint Maarten (Dutch) is a Caribbean paradise known for its powdery white sandy beaches, duty-free shops, and unlimited watersports activities. With French and Dutch influences, St. Martin is a truly unique destination. The Dutch side boasts a bustling atmosphere and a festive nightlife. On the other hand, the French side exudes a boho-chic, serene, laid-back atmosphere. Popular wonders on the island include Maho Beach, where planespotters can watch jets land or take off just feet above sunbathers’ heads; Orient Bay with its clothes-optional status; Loterie Farm for outdoor adventures such as hiking, climbing, and ziplining over a treetop canopy. If you’re looking for further adventure, take a day trip to one of the nearby islands.