40 is the new 30, right?! 

So, whether you’re seeing in your fabulous 40s with us, got a few years to go, or haven’t even hit the big 2-0 yet, we’ve got a list that will help you #StartTheAdventure.

Dance under the Northern lights in Iceland, Norway or Sweden

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

 

Sleep under the stars in Australia’s outback

@BorderlineBackpackers

Hire a campervan and roadtrip around Australia or New Zealand

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

Swim with glowing plankton in 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 Marketing Executive, London, UK

Live as the locals do in a homestay in Indonesia, Nepal or Mongolia

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

Ride the bullet train in Japan

Fikri Rasyid, Unsplash

Ride the scenic train from Kandy to Ella in Sri Lanka

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

Eat your heart out at a Dubai brunch

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

Hike a world-famous mountain or trek a world-famous trek like the frosty altitudes of Everest Base Camp, the wilderness of the Annapurna Circuit, or the stunning active volcano of Mount Fuji

Hannah Jeffery, STA Travel Global Copywriter, London, UK

Drive along Route 66 in the USA

Jessica Graham, STA Travel Web Search Executive, London, UK

Eat authentic local food: Ramen in Japan, pasta in Italy, pho in Vietnam and try your hand at a cooking class

Cooking class in a Bagan village in Myanmar | Rachael Porter, STA Travel Digital Marketing Executive, London, UK

See a Broadway/West End show

Laura Rösser, STA Travel Expert, Giessen, Germany

Feel anything but blue in Morocco’s Chefchaouen, aka Blue City

Another from Uunsplash, thanks to Mohammed Lak

Go on a Gaudi-hopping tour of Barcelona

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

Drink Guinness in Ireland

Guiness Storehouse, Dublin | Courtsey of Louis Hansel on Unsplash

Watch the hot air balloons (and maybe even go in one) in Cappadocia, Turkey

Alexandra Hayward, STA Travel Marketing Executive, London, UK

See the wonder of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Hayley Willis, STA Travel Contracts Manager, Australasia

Visit the pink sandstone walls of Petra in Jordan

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

Witness a beautiful sunrise in a far-flung destination like Myanmar, or over the Taj Mahal in India

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

Sail across the Mediterranean

Laura Rösser, STA Travel Expert, Giessen, Germany

Visit one of the world’s largest falls (Angel, Iguassu, Niagara)

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

See the penguins in Antarctica

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

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

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

Go on an African safariany 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

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

Yosemite views | Jess Graham, STA Travel Web Search Executive, London, UK

Listen to jazz in Chicago or New Orleans

Nathan Bingle, Unsplash

Drink rum in Havana, Cuba

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

Sleep somewhere out of the ordinary

Treehouse in Brookhouse Woods, Herefordshire | Alexandra Hayward, STA Travel Marketing Executive, London, UK

Visit 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 tea (and maybe a piece of cake) in a traditional British tearoom – Betty’s, for example.

Sarah Bedford, STA Travel Country Manager, New Zealand

Volunteer abroad – with children, animals, local communities. Whatever floats your boat.

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

Travel a portion of the Silk Road… at least

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

Learn to surf. Be it in Australia, Hawaii, Bali or South Africa…

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

Zoom along the sandy paths of Bagan’s Archaeological Zone on a scooter, visiting temples and ruins

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

Go to a festival (cultural or musical). Be pummelled with tomatoes at La Tomatina, get muddy at Glastonbury, colourful at India’s Holi, or dance til dawn at the Rio Carnival

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

Marvel at the natural wonders of Iceland (like the Reynisfjara black sand beach)

Lea Kunz, STA Travel Expert Trainee, Karlsruhe, Germany

Already ticked a load off the list? Let us know how many you’ve got left to do in the comments below!