40 things to do before you’re 40

40 is the brand new 30, ideal?! We are celebrating our 40th birthday this year, and we are filling it by significant amounts of balloons, cake and experiences. We have looked back on our past 40 years and invented the ideal bucketlist of items to do until you reach our era.  With pictures from STA Travel workers who have been there, done that, and have the pictures to prove it…

Therefore, if you are seeing on your fantastic 40s , have a couple of years to go, or have not even hit the large 2-0 however, we have got a list to assist you #StartTheAdventure.  

Dance beneath the Northern lights in Iceland, Norway or Sweden

Mark Reynolds, STA Travel Store Manager, Victoria, London, UK

 

Sleeping under the stars in Australia’s outback 

@BorderlineBackpackers

Hire a campervan and roadtrip aaround Australia or New Zealand 

Jack Levick, STA Travel Creative Content Executive, Auckland, New Zealand

Swim with luminous plankton from the Maldives, Puerto Rico, Japan or Cambodia 

The Maldives | Courtesy of Kevin Wolf on Unsplash

Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef 

Rachael Porter, STA Travel Digital Advertising Executive, London, UK

Live as the natives do at a homestay at IndonesiaNepal or Mongolia 

Rumah Papa Homestay at Bohorok, Indonesia | Carina Müßen, Integration & Program Manager, Frankfurt, Germany

Ride the bullet train in Japan 

Fikri Rasyid, Unsplash

Ride the panoramic train from Kandy to Ella at Sri Lanka 

Or jump it off to admire the scene! | Jess Uhren, STA Travel Creative Studio Manager, London, UK

Eat your heart out in a Dubai brunch 

Birthday brunchin’ | Rachael Porter STA Travel Digital Advertising Executive, London, UK

Hike a world-famous mountain or trek a world-famous trek such as the frosty altitudes of Everest Base Camp, the wilderness of this Annapurna Circuit, or the magnificent active volcano of Mount Fuji

Hannah Jeffery, STA Travel Global Copywriter, London, UK

Drive along Route 66 from the USA 

Jessica Graham, STA Travel Search Executive, London, UK

Eat genuine local food: Ramen in Japan, pasta in Italy, pho at Vietnam and try your hands in a cooking course

Cooking course in a Bagan village at Myanmar | Rachael Porter, STA Travel Digital Advertising Executive, London, UK

Watch a Broadway/West End series  

Laura Rösser, STA Travel Expert, Giessen, Germany

Feel anything but grim at Morocco’s Chefchaouen, aka Blue City 

Another from Uunsplash, Because of Mohammed Lak

Proceed a Gaudi-hopping tour of Barcelona 

Park Güell | Alexandra Hayward, STA Travel Advertising Executive, London, UK

Beverage Guinness in Ireland 

Guiness Storehouse, Dublin | Courtsey of Louis Hansel on Unsplash

View the hot air balloons (and perhaps even go in a single ) in Cappadocia, Turkey 

Alexandra Hayward, STA Travel Advertising Executive, London, UK

Watch the miracle of Angkor Wat in Cambodia 

Hayley Willis, STA Travel Contracts Manager, Australasia

See the pink walls of Petra in Jordan 

Jermaine Te Kawa, STA Travel Expert, Christchurch, New Zealand

found a Gorgeous sunrise at a far-flung destination such as Myanmar, or above the Taj Mahal in India 

Kim Durbridge, STA Travel Senior Content Executive, London, UK

Sail round the Mediterranean 

Laura Rösser, STA Travel Expert, Giessen, Germany

Visit one of the world’s biggest drops (Angel, Iguassu, Niagara) 

Iguassu Falls | Jadan Hutchings, STA Travel Expert, Manchester, UK

Watch the penguins at Antarctica 

Natalie Langley, STA Travel Store Manager, Dunedin, New Zealand

Party at sunset on Balinese island Gili Trawangan, Pula in Croatia, or even Thai celebration island Koh Phangan 

Dimensions Festival, Croatia | Kim Durbridge STA Travel Senior Content Executive, London, UK

Go on an African safari… any African safari 

Serengeti | Anneli Buehrle, STA Travel Volunteering & Ancillary Product and Contracting Manager, London, UK

Hike the Inca Trail  

Jade Tyrrell, STA Travel 1Source Development Manager, London, UK

Drink beer and eat chocolate in Belgium 

Sasha Khan, STA Travel Land & Product Marketing Executive, London, UK

See at least a national park in the USA: Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Guadalupe… the list is endless!  

Yosemite viewpoints | Jess Graham, STA Travel Search Executive, London, UK

Listen to jazz in Chicago or New Orleans 

Nathan Bingle, Unsplash

Beverage rum at Havana, Cuba 

Kim Durbridge, STA Travel Senior Content Executive, London, UK

Sleeping someplace from the normal  

Treehouse at Brookhouse Woods, Herefordshire | Alexandra Hayward, STA Travel Advertising Executive, London, UK

Go to the pyramids of Giza 

Alice Carter, STA Travel eCRM Manager UK/US/AU

Sail the Galapagos Islands 

Jade Tyrrell, STA Travel 1Source Development Manager, London, UK

Have a cup of java (and perhaps a bit of cake) at a conventional British tearoom — Betty’s, for instance.  

Sarah Bedford, STA Travel Country Manager, New Zealand

Volunteer abroad — together with kids, animals, neighborhood communities. Whatever floats your boat.  

Serengeti, Africa | Anneli Buehrle, STA Travel Volunteering & Ancillary Product and Contracting Manager, London, UK

Traveling Some of the Silk Road… at least 

Iran | Gwenllian Jones, STA Travel Brochure Production Manager, London, UK

Learn to navigate. Can it be in Australia, Hawaii, Bali or South Africa… 

Steppys Inlet, Australia | Vivian Brewer, STA Travel Global Designer, Melbourne, Australia

Zoom across the sandy paths of Bagan’s Archaeological Zone to a scooter, seeing temples and ruins 

Jermaine Te Kawa, STA Travel Expert, Christchurch, New Zealand

Visit a festival (cultural or musical). Be pummelled with berries at La Tomatina, get muddy in Glastonbury, colourful in India’s Holi, or dancing til sunrise in the Rio Carnival

Muddy Glastonbury | Hannah Jeffery, STA Travel Global Copywriter, London, UK

Marvel at the natural wonders of Iceland (such as the Reynisfjara black sand shore ) 

Lea Kunz, STA Travel Expert Trainee, Karlsruhe, Germany

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