Midlife is a pretty unique phase in human life. It brings a myriad of contrasting emotions with it. You may be happy that you have a settled life and a happy family but you may also feel the pains of failing to accomplish other life goals, particularly the more ambitious professional ones. For other midlifers, the opposite may be true – they may have achieved limitless professional success but it would have come at the cost of a happy personal life. They may be facing troubles in their relationships, or they might even not have one at all! For the really unlucky ones, there may be a problem with pretty much everything in their life, across both personal and professional spheres. To cut the long story short, We all know that midlife could be a pretty taxing time in our life. Stress may become more of a norm than an anomaly. Could a midlife vacation be the answer?
To ensure that the stress and discontent of midlife do not transform into a midlife crisis, we need to find some stress busters that can help us relax, unwind and just help us be in a positive frame of mind. And what does that better than a midlife vacation! A holiday at one of the world’s best midlife travel destinations could work wonders. It could make us feel rejuvenated to embrace any challenge that comes along the way. And if that midlife holiday destination is one among the 7 on this list of the best midlife travel destinations, then potentially we can correct the ‘could’ in the previous sentence to ‘would’.
If life is replete of fun and adventure, then Tavarua is just the place. This very tiny Fijian Island is popular across the globe as a midlife holiday destination among surfing enthusiasts. Tavarua is situated at the base of one of the world’s greatest and biggest surf breaks – Cloudbreak. Another great thing about this island is that despite its popularity, it only holds about 35-36 people at a time (yup! It is that tiny!) Some of the world’s best surfboarding instructors practise in Tavarua. Surfing is proven to be a great stressbuster and there is always a “First time” unless it is the “Second time” or the “third”. Check out more about Tavarua – It is absolutely worth the time and money.
At midlife, people’s attitude and belief in spirituality usually witness an event – either losing belief in it or making that belief even stronger. In either case, a visit to North India is something worth considering. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that very few midlife travel destinations of the world have as many temples, mosques, ashrams, and other religious places as North India does. The ghats of the river Ganga host crores of people every year who come here to ‘wash their sins away’. (Well, according to a belief based on a Hindu mythological story ). During certain times it becomes so busy that it is impossible to walk in a straight line without bumping into others. If you want to opt for a comparatively quieter, and arguably prettier, spiritual destination then head to the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
The resplendent temple is the capital of the Sikh community but isn’t as crowded as some of the other religious places on Earth. The temple is over 500 years old and is covered by a whopping 365 pounds of gold!
There is no dearth of ashrams in this part of India. Travellers from across the globe descend here to meditate and find their spiritual centre. Lastly, North India is also home to some of India’s most beautiful sights such as the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders), Qutub Minar, the Uttarakhand valley, etc. Surely, you have heard of killing two birds with one stone?
A trip to Umbria is visually rewarding, to say the least! At Umbria, One can explore the Italian countryside in absolute peace. Just need to grab a bicycle and get set for the exploration! This medieval hill town is known for its magnificent vineyards and olive groves, besides it’s out of the world wines! It is also a great place to make new friends as a large number of Umbria’s visitors are solo travellers.
Sometimes, all we need to recharge our batteries is a dose of glitz and glamour. And aren’t both those words synonymous with Dubai? Dubai is home to arguably the world’s greatest collection of man-made tourist attractions. The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, is located here and as is the world’s most luxurious and expensive 7-star hotel, Burj al Arab. The world’s largest choreographed water fountain, the Dubai Fountain, also calls this city home. And if you want to shop till you drop, then Dubai Mall is a godsent gift for you! Perhaps it is possible to literally run out of options! Though a visit to Dubai is a bit on the costlier side, talking about the best midlife travel destinations – Dubai is a must visit destination.
Yes, we all know that Australia is massive in its size but every part of this country is just so beautiful that it is difficult to just pick one. While the city of Melbourne hosts a plethora of museums, west Australia is more naturally beautiful. The Bondi Beach at Sydney is flocked by beach bums from across the globe. The Yarra Valley of Victoria is a haven for wine enthusiasts. Australia is also just the place for a road trip, A drive from Sydney to Melbourne is perhaps the most amazing 14 hours of drive that one can experience. Despite its vast size, the country has a relatively small population hence the roads are never crowded. The fact that these roads are always surrounded by a naturally beautiful setting makes the road trip even more attractive. One of the best picks for such a trip would be the Great Ocean Road. Lastly, Australia is also a great place to explore flora and fauna in their natural habitat as there is a host of national parks in this country. There is something for everyone!
Miami & Orlando, USA
The party capital of the world, Miami, and its neighbour city of Orlando (the world’s theme park capital) make for a great combination as joint destinations for a midlife vacation. Miami’s South Beach needs no introduction and the same could be said about its nightlife. Orlando, on the other hand, boasts of a strong lineup of varied kinds of theme parks. Universal Studios, Disney World, The Magic Kingdom, Seaworld, they just keep coming! It is one of the best midlife travel destinations for families.
The Himalayas, Asia
The Himalayas could be considered among the best midlife travel destinations for the adventure junkies, the soul-searchers, the nature enthusiasts, etc. The magnanimous Himalayan mountain range never fails to capture its visitor’s heart and soul. The valleys are breathtakingly gorgeous and the snow-clad peaks have a charm of their own. The mountains here present as tough a challenge as any natural site could to adrenaline junkies. After all, climbing the Mount Everest is considered to be one of the greatest physical challenges a human being could ever face!
A midlife vacation could just be the break that someone might need from the monotony of midlife. Visit any of these 7 destinations for that much-needed dose of tonic. A fresh, happy, and recharged personality would be in a far better position to tackle all the challenges that a midlife journey might pose.
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