8 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 Hotelwhere 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.

Learn to Surf in Nicaragua

The point is that it’s still not too late, right? So consider booking a week-long stay at a surfing camp. One affordable immersion trip is Rise Up & Surf Nicaragua. You’ll get at least one surf session and yoga lesson each day, and all your meals and drinks are included. You’ll have the opportunity to meet travellers from around the world at this comfy camp.

Stay in a Castle in Ireland

You can feel like royalty when you head to Ireland. Though the temperatures will still be chillier than most places in Europe, summer is a great time to witness Ireland’s lush, green beauty. Though there are plenty of castle-staying options, the 800-year-old Ashford Castle in County Mayo may be the most renowned: You can stroll the amazing grounds and gardens, try falconry, ride horses, or skeet shoot, just like a real royal.