Turning 50 is no small feat! Not everyone is fortunate to reach half a century. So turning 50 is a wonderful reason for a celebration! And what better way to set off this milestone than to visit these 5 enchanting places?
Why should you travel before you turn 50?
- Your travel experience is much richer when you’ve reached this point in your life. Your family and career are much stable and can afford you some vacation time.
- It is a time for reinvigoration and getting in touch with nature and people.
- It will inspire you in your new chapter of life.
- It is an opportunity to learn a new culture, make new friends, and explore different cuisines.
If you are turning 50, or know someone who will, add these 5 places to your travel bucket list.
5 places you should visit before you turn 50
- Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
We love this place because it is the only remaining Seven Ancient Worders of the World. If you love history, then this destination is right up your alley.
The Pyramids of Giza date back to 2,560 BC and are the tallest structures in the world. They are tombs for ancient Egyptian pharaohs and queens. They comprise 3 pyramids:
- Pyramid of Khafra
- Pyramid of Menkaure
- Pyramid of Khufu
Best time to visit: October – April. It is less crowded and the weather is most pleasant.
Cost: Ask your tour guide for tickets that allow you entry into the chambers in the pyramids. Resist the urge to climb the pyramids or you’ll pay a hefty fine.
Way to get there: Book a flight to Cairo and schedule a trip with any of their excursion companies.
- Add a trip to the Cairo Museum for $40 or an excursion of Cairo through its famous markets for 60.
- Take note of the dress code. Trousers and shirts for men. Ladies should keep their knees covered.
- Santorini, Greece
Imagine this: stunning panoramic views, dramatic cliffs, and clear blue skies against the backdrop of whitewashed buildings.
It is the best destination for a romantic getaway with your loved one. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the romantic sunsets and deep blue waters! Not to forget the volcanic landscape that creates uniquely flavored home-grown food.
You will not run out of beautiful natural landscapes to savor. There are lots of activities such as hiking, sight-seeing, and beach hopping. You can visit the Akrotiri ruins, the Megalocho vineyards, and the local villages (such as Fira and Oia).
Best time to visit: September – October when there are no crowds and the weather is warm.
Cost: From $60 to $250 per night. Hotels along the Caldera Cliff are the most idyllic and cost a penny.
Way to get there: You can take a flight to Athens International Airport or board the ferry at the Piraeus Port.
- Serengeti National Park
From the pyramids to the beaches, our next stop is the Serengeti in Tanzania. This is the perfect destination for wildlife and nature park lovers.
The national park is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, known for the Great Migration. Book a game drive to see 1.5 million wildebeest cross the Mara River into Kenya from southern Tanzania, and back again.
The park is also home to the rare white tigers, elephants, rhinos, 500 bird species, and 300 mammal species.
Best time to visit: June – October (during the Great Migration).
Cost: Park fees are $60 for adults and $30 for children below 16 years.
Way to get there: Fly from Arusha to Seronera Airport, or take a 9-hour long drive from Arusha to the national park.
Tip: Add a trip to Zanzibar for a romantic getaway by the pristine white beaches, or a trek Mount Kilimanjaro.
If you fancy a trek across a snow-capped mountain, this is for you!
The Himalayas stretches from Pakistan, through India and Nepal, and ends in Eastern India’s Brahmaputra River. Mount Everest is the highest peak in the Himalayas.
This is the trip for a hardy trekker who has built a tolerance for high altitude and some serious walking. It will take you about 150 days to trek the mountain landscape along the Great Himalaya Trail (GMT).
Keep an eye out for the yak, snow leopard, Bengal tiger, red panda, blue sheep, the black bear, the Himalayan tahr. There are more than 900 bird species and over 10,000 plants here.
Best time to visit: October to May.
Tip: For the spiritual, this is a sacred region where you will find ashrams and sacred temples on the foothills.
- Antelope Canyon, Arizona
This is one you’d love and not need a passport to get there! It is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers.
The 120-foot deep Antelope Canyon got its name from Navajo folklore. It is found in Page, Arizona, and is part of the Navajo Tribal Park.
Be prepared to see magnificent warm tones of multi-colored rock. You will see light beams entering the Upper Antelope Canyon and bathing the sandstone walls with enchanting warm colors.
The Upper Antelope Canyon is more crowded than the Lower Antelope Canyon during the peak season. But, it is ideal for the elderly or travelers with physical limitations.
Keep an eye out for the Pronghorn Antelopes that graze the area.
Best time to visit: March – October.
Cost: From $33 (including the $8 Navajo park fee) and $38 for the Upper Antelope Canyon. A 2-hour night photography tour costs $200
– Book your guided trip online.
– If you have a few days, take a trip to the Grand Canyon to watch the sunrise. It will take your breath away! How about a trek across Bryce and Zion National Parks, Monument Valley, and Lake Powell? Immerse yourself in the enchanting views and feel reinvigorated.
There is no better way to mark a milestone in your life than to travel to an exotic destination for some R&R. Celebrate reaching a half-century by visiting the Pyramids of Giza, Santorini beaches, or the wildebeest migration at the Serengeti National Park. Or you could trek the Himalayas or the Antelope Canyon for scenic views. You’ve earned it!