11. New York City
But, like, trendy NYC. Stay as far, far away from Times Square as possible, do not eat at a single chain restaurant, and pretend you’re a real New Yorker by riding the subway without asking for directions. Treat yourself to a shopping spree in SoHo and explore an outer borough or two.
10. Istanbul, Turkey
Now that you can finally appreciate the history of Turkey, you should be booking a plane ticket immediately. As soon as you land, head to a bazaar and pick up some local spices, and then enjoy a nice soak at the baths.
9. Paris, France
You may have studied abroad in high school or college, but now it’s time to go back and fall in love all over again. Add a lock to the Pont des Art bridge, see what the Moulin Rouge is all about, and savor the taste of every macaroon that graces your lips.
8. The Moroccan Desert
Hop on a camel and explore the Sahara. This is the kind of trip that makes you feel whole and will fill you with stories. Hurry up and book, your oasis awaits.
7. Tokyo, Japan
If you’re using the hashtag “#thisis30” way too much in your everyday life, you need to let the pulse of the city revitalize you. You’re not getting any younger. Head to Tokyo and explore everything the culture has to offer.
6. The Maldives
It’s time for you and your significant other to treat yourself. Stay in a secluded bungalow in the middle of the Indian Ocean/Arabian Sea. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, where you’ll drink from coconuts and never want to leave.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
You’ve been working for years without a break. Now’s your chance to cash in those vacation days and take a breath of fresh air. Invite your brother and go on a memorable bonding trip that will make your other siblings jealous.
4. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
You can finally afford all the rental equipment and boat charter, so get ready to splurge! If you want to do more than snorkel, there’s tons to do along the 1,500-mile reef — just remember to be responsible.
3. Santorini, Greece
Grab your sisters and put on your traveling pants, because it’s time to experience Greece. From the catch of the day to picture-perfect sunsets, you’ll be saying “Remember that time…” well into your 40s.
2. Reykjavik, Iceland
It doesn’t matter if you go alone, with friends, or with a significant other, because you’ll have a great time no matter what. Locals are friendly, and the scenery is breathtaking. Iceland is the greatest place in the world year-round, but if you go in the winter months, you get the added bonus of seeing the Northern Lights.
1. Your Hometown
There’s a good chance you left it a long time ago and haven’t gone back much since. It’s important to visit your family roots and remember where you came from. A recharging trip home might even help you figure out where you’re going in life.