One day you won’t be able to trek through rainforests, drink all night, climb high peaks, and keep up with your energetic kids. That’s when you hop on a cruise. Until then, pack in all the epic adventures you can, so you don’t look back one day with regret. Keep up while you still can and tackle these trips so that you enter your later years feeling worldly and accomplished.
Seeing the Grand Canyon is definitely something everyone should do before they die, but save seeing it for when you’re retired. Take it up a notch and dive into the canyons via whitewater raft. Companies like Grand Canyon Whitewater give visitors a thrilling and unique view of one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders.
If you want to see this world wonder in its entirety, you will have to go to space (a trip we aren’t opposed to, if only it were a bit more accessible), but we recommend a closer look anyway. Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world and is home to whales, shipwrecks, sharks, and more than 1,600 species of colorful fish. Take a scuba diving tour of the reef out of Cairns to swim in and out of the coral exploring the world’s best diving location. It’s a breathtaking experience, but don’t hold your breath too long, or you’ll have to quit the dive early.
Win (or Lose) Money in Vegas
By now, you’ve probably done this a few times (hopefully winning more than losing), but if you haven’t, you must do it now. Even if you’re not a gambler, every man needs to throw down some money in Sin City's famous casinos once in their life. It’s like a rite of passage.
Go on a Safari in South Africa
Before you get stuck taking your grandkids to the zoo, experience a real safari. We promise, it’s much different. There is no adrenaline rush quite like sneaking up on a majestic lion in its natural habitat, knowing you are on its land. Some of the most luxurious lodges are on Madikwe Game Reserve where at any given moment you can spot a cheetah, rhino, or elephant traipsing by or enjoying a meal. Besides the wildlife, the serene atmosphere and the miles of beautiful vacant plains will absolutely blow your mind.
Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
One day, your vacations might consist of boring resort/spa combos, but not today. Head to Iceland to soak in the invigorating warm waters of this nature-made geothermal spa. As therapeutic as they are beautiful, after a dip in these pools you will come out looking years younger.
Drink Wine in Napa
If you want to take the classy route, put down the beer and head to Napa Valley to try some of the world’s best wine, Sideways style. A must for any alcohol enthusiast, Napa is home to hundreds of vineyards. Once you’ve had your fill of wine, head to the regions beautiful golf courses or award winning spas to recover from the drinking.
Go to Carnival in Rio
If you think Mardi Gras is wild, wait till you hit up Brazil’s famed version; at Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival the drinks are stronger, the parties longer, the women prettier, and the costumes tinier. The biggest carnival celebration in the world, this festival is also rich in culture as it is one of the world’s biggest and oldest samba competitions. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a partner there to teach you some moves.
Island Hop in Thailand
The islands of Thailand are some of the most incredible in the world. Maybe later in the future you’ll park yourself on one of them for an extended vacay, but first we suggest trying them all. Tour companies like Contiki offer Thai island hopping trips from beach to beach on exotic islands like Phuket, Krabi, Koh Tao. Whether you want a lively or tranquil atmosphere, there’s a beautiful Thai island for everyone.
Take a Sports-Centered Tour of the U.S.
Every man should drive across the country at some point in their lives, but make it a little more personal and interesting by seeing all the stadiums that house your favorite sport. This is the perfect way to bond with your son and do something seriously memorable.
Party in Ibiza
One day you won’t be able to stay up all night drinking and dancing to loud music, but while you still can, you should do it right. Ibiza is pretty much the party capital of the world, home to famous hotspots like Pacha and Ibiza Town, and DJs like David Guetta. The gorgeous beaches serve as the perfect place to sweat out the alcohol the next day.