17 Summer Vacations Everyone Should Take Before They’re 50
Let’s face it, you’re still plenty young, hale, and hearty. So dive into these exciting destinations before you turn the big 5-0.
Climb Machu Picchu
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Perched high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, this Incan citadel is one of the new seven wonders of the world. The driest season—and the best time to visit—happens to be summer. Fly into the city of Cusco a few days early to acclimate and enjoy the local cuisine. For a comfortable stay that’s convenient to landmarks and restaurants, try the JW Marriott Cusco. Then take the Inca Rail to Machu Picchu. If your budget allows, upgrade to their first class ticket, which includes a full brunch with champagne! Once you’re in Machu Picchu, stay at Sumaq, a home-away-from-home after your strenuous hike. Note: Book your site tickets ahead of time, especially if you want to take the longer route—Huayna Picchu—which offers better vantage points. Don’t miss these other places to visit in 2019 according to travel experts.
Take the kids (or nieces and nephews) to Disney World
Disney offers plenty of ways to scoot around the summer traffic and still enjoy the splendor. You can buy the FastPass to skip lines and pre-book rides that have long waits. Make sure you stay at one of the Disney Resort properties, according to Disney travel expert Greg Antonelle, who says the amenities make it worthwhile: free transport to the parks, surprises in your hotel room, and much more. You might want to head to Disney even more when you find out about the attractions coming to Disney in 2019!
Witness wildlife at Kruger National Park
Of all the reserves in the world, Kruger National Park in South Africa may be the most notable and accessible. Depending on your budget and the type of vacation you’re seeking, you can either camp at the park or upgrade your experience to a luxury safari lodge. In Greater Kruger, check out the Royal Malewane, where each suite features an indoor and outdoor shower and a private pool from which you might spot elephants, buffalos, lions, hyenas, and more.
Ride bikes through Amsterdam
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You’ll enjoy getting lost in the narrow 17th-century streets. For history-lovers, Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum are must-sees. Rent a bike for the duration of your stay—it’s the preferred method of travel in this exciting town. Consider staying at The Pulitzer Amsterdam, a former 17th-century canal home. It’s a three-minute walk from a tram stop and less than two miles from the legendary Rijksmuseum. Like the 15 of America’s best places to visit in the spring, Amsterdam is also pretty special in the springtime.
Experience culture shock in Tokyo
From the airport, a fast-paced train can deliver you into the heart of Tokyo where you’ll find beauty stores, conveyor belt sushi, and cafes with kittens, hedgehogs, owls, and more. Stay at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo for easy access to the sprawling metro system that can take you anywhere you’d like to see. Don’t miss the shopping on Takeshita Street, the scene at Shibuya Station—”busiest intersection in the world”—the world of Disneyland Tokyo, and the majesty of Mt. Fuji.
Enjoy an all-inclusive resort in Mexico
Check out the family-friendly all-inclusive Grand Moon Palace in Cancun: Not only is this resort next to crisp, blue Pacific waters, but it offers an affordable experience that’s ideal for couples that want to escape the party scene. The restaurants offer cuisines from around the globe and inventive cocktails, and the golf course, arcades, and numerous pools will help you burn the extra calories. Want to explore more south of the border? Don’t miss these 7 must see destination on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Dance on the streets in Buenos Aires
Make sure you arrive hungry since nearly every meal features steak, especially asado, the Argentine version of BBQ. Make time for tango (this is the birthplace, after all) by taking in a show or a lesson; plan a bike tour around the city; take a stroll through the arts district of Palmero; and if you’re there on a Monday, check out the internationally famous drum show La Bomba. The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is relatively affordable and puts you at the heart of the city, allowing easy access La Boca, Plaza De Mayo and other landmarks. Bonus: Their onsite restaurant offers some of the best beef in the city.
Cook Thai food and hang out with elephants in Chiang Mai
This northern Thai town offers countless cooking schools in which instructors take you into the wonderful markets to purchase your ingredients before learning how to whip up all of the classics, from mango sticky rice and coconut milk to Khao Soi, Pad Thai, and other classics. Set aside a day to visit Elephant Nature Park, where you can bathe, walk, feed, and if you’re lucky, cuddle with elephants who were rescued from poachers or tourism parks. Consider staying at the stunning and culturally-connected Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Thailand is also home to one of the most gorgeous hot springs in the world.
Lounge away in Montego Bay
As the capital of Saint James Parish on the north coast, this is a popular cruise ship port that’s known for golf courses and white sandy beaches like Doctor’s Cave and Walter Fletcher. Book your stay at the all-inclusive Royalton Blue Waters, which is known for its attention to detail and culinary options. Take advantage of the private pool on your balcony and the sea views.
Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town
If you’re making the journey to South Africa, seeing the city and the surrounding country from atop Table Mountain is a memory you will always remember. Check into the Cape Grace Hotel where you can recover from your flight in or your ascent of the mountain at the rooftop pool. For less strenuous adventure, consider touring Stellenbosch and its picturesque vineyards. Looking for more mountainous vacations? These destinations that are even better in the winter are full of them!