When it comes to trips every woman should take, your late 20s and 30s give you some terrific opportunities to travel - your body is young enough to spring back easily after a night of roughing it in a tent, and you can build up plenty of youthful experiences to regale your friends with when you're older! This list won't give you an ultra-specific itinerary since only you know whether snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef sounds like heaven or hydrophobic hell! However, these are some vacationing experiences and trips every woman should take before hitting 40.
The Camping Expedition
Even if you think that you would hate sleeping outdoors, camping is one of the trips every woman should take at some point--you never know how you'll feel about lying in the forest and hearing the sounds of nature lull you to sleep until you try. Camping also forces you to slow down, unplug, and appreciate the natural beauty of the world around you. As much as you might enjoy looking at the great outdoors through your window, nothing will make you appreciate it like immersing yourself in it for an entire vacation.
The Romantic Escape
Some vacations are best enjoyed with a little tingle of romance in the air - whether it's because you're watching the children play and cooing at the thought of having your own someday, or because you're spending the entire time ordering room service to your king-sized bed. You don't have to wait for a dream honeymoon to have a romantic escape with your sweetheart. Just take a trip that's a honeymoon in spirit and enjoy the together time.
The Girls' Trip
One of the trips every woman should take is the trip with her gal pals. When you take a trip with your significant other or your family, you''re in "girlfriend mode" or "mom mode." With your girlfriends, you can have the "let it all hang out" joy of a solo trip with the fun and camaraderie of vacationing together. What's more, you and your girlfriends can enjoy some of the things that you can never take in with your significant other or your family--if you're an art hound and your guy doesn't get it, you can hit the Met with friends who love art as much as you do.
A Trip With Your Parents
As long as you and your parents have a decent relationship, vacationing with them as an adult can be an absolute joy. You'll get to enjoy it far more than you did when you were a kid being dragged against your will to all that boring grown-up stuff, and you and your parents will treasure the experience of enjoying things together as adults rather than arguing over whether to go to the playground or the opera house.
A United States Road Trip
There's a reason that road tripping across the US has risen to the level of cliche--there's so much of America to see. You can take in everything from the Appalachian Mountains to Virginia Beach to the Empire State Building...and that's just on the east coast. If you're feeling truly ambitious, you can try to take in all 48 contiguous states. If your timeline and budget don't allow for anything that dramatic, you can always just tool around half a dozen states and take in all the glorious scenery and touristy kitsch you can find.
The road trip lets you take in one country--but the European trip lets you take in several. Because Europe is such a small continent, you can visit the main sights in countries the way you would visit them in states on our side of the pond. If you buy a EuroRail pass, you can tour most of the continent in a go, visiting everywhere from Paris and Rome to the Black Forest and the Alps.
Unless you're determinedly single or go on a lot of business trips, you probably won't have the chance to travel solo after 40--spouses, kids, grandkids, friends, and extended family will want to come along for the ride as you get older. Vacationing alone can be scary, but it gives you the chance to enjoy the things that you want to do rather than feeling obligated to go along with the rest of the group. When you're setting the itinerary, you can see the things that you enjoy at your own pace--and in the process, you'll learn what you enjoy and what your pace is.
The Luxurious Getaway
Sometimes you need to scrimp and save... and sometimes you need to treat yourself! Save up as much as you can and take at least one vacation where you spoil yourself rotten. Splurge on the ocean view, spa treatments, the all-inclusive package, the truly astonishing shore excursions, the ritzy meals at the fancy restaurant--whatever makes you feel like a millionaire, this is the vacation where you should get it.
The Adventure Outside Your Comfort Zone
At least once, try something that terrifies you for this adrenaline-fuelled entry on our list of trips every woman should take - whether it's skydiving, leaving the country, swimming, or going to an enormous city! For some women, the camping expedition and the trip outside the comfort zone may be one and the same! Try it to build up your confidence. When you're seventy, you can look back, smile, and say to yourself, "I can't believe I actually did that."
The Trip To Something Ancient
If you live in a country as young as America, it can be hard to remember how old some of the landmarks in the world really are. Visit something truly ancient, like Stonehenge, the pyramids, the Coliseum, or the Great Wall of China. Seeing these pieces of history will help you feel more connected to the world.
The Trip To Natural Beauty
When it comes to trips every woman should take, getting back to nature may seem quite standard. However, on the flip side, living in a city can surround you with so much concrete and electricity that you lose touch with the beauty of nature. Try to visit one of the world's truly jaw-dropping natural wonders, whether it's the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert or the Amazon rainforest. Soak it all in to remind yourself of how beautiful the natural world can be.