As a man in my 30s, I know how good it feels to be traveling at this age. I also know that as you get older, your reasons for visiting a place change – it’s no longer about what’s hip and cool, but about places that offer new experiences and adventures.
If you’re a man in your 30s with the means and the time to travel, I strongly suggest you should. It’s a great way to meet interesting people, make new connections and discover the world as you’ve never experienced it before. That said, here are the 10 places you should include in your travels:
The 30s is a good place for men – it’s a time when you’re already stable and established, and you may or may not have too many responsibilities to worry about (depending on whether or not you’re single). If you’re single and in your 30s, it’s the perfect time to take yourself on a luxury trip, and Dubai is the place for that.
While you may not get to do 24-karat gold facials when you’re there, you can enjoy seeing all the Lamborghinis, exploring the city and admiring their modern architecture. The city is one of the fastest developing regions in the world, with a melting pot of cultures flocking to Dubai for rich opportunities. Get to know people from different walks of life, enjoy the lush scenery and lifestyle, and treat yourself – at this point, you deserve to be pampered.
Your 30s is a time in between – you’re young enough to still enjoy parties and alcohol, but you’re nearing that age where your alcohol tolerance level is about to decline. Enjoy it while you still can by going to the Oktoberfest in Munich. The festival runs for 16 days from late September to the first weekend of October.
If you can’t make it in time for Oktoberfest, Munich still has a lot to offer. It is a culture-rich city filled with historical architecture, museums, sports (particularly football), culinary treats and nightlife. You can always visit one of Munich’s many breweries and taste their beers if you miss the festival – make sure to try Weissbier and Helles, which are their specialties.
El Nido, Palawan (Philippines)
I lived in the Philippines for a long time, and there are many beautiful places there that I can recommend. One of the most beautiful places you can go to if you want a peaceful and exotic beach is El Nido, Palawan. It’s got enough of a nightlife to enjoy a good night out meeting fellow travelers, but it’s not as rowdy as Boracay. The beaches are pristine, the island hopping tours pack activities like caving and snorkeling to see the area’s diverse marine life, and you can also go trekking and check out protected sanctuaries.
The place is remote if you are coming from Puerto Princesa (it’s a six-hour van ride away), but there are charter planes that fly from Manila straight to El Nido. It’s the perfect location for a tropical getaway filled with adventure. Bonus tip: If you’re coming from Puerto Princesa, make a quick stop to the Underground River – it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Prague (Czech Republic)
European cities are always interesting to visit, but if you’ve been to London, Paris, Rome or Madrid several times already, why not try something new? Prague is quickly gaining popularity among travelers, and for good reason – it’s affordable, it offers rich history (Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic, Art Nouveau, and more in one city), and it offers different activities for the adventurous traveler. A quick stroll down Old Town Square will give you a mix of good music, Prague’s best pubs, talented artists and must-try food stalls. You can also take the Vltava River Cruise if you’re traveling with a special woman in your life, or enjoy the city’s sights in style with a Vintage Car Tour.
São Paulo (Brazil)
São Paulo has three different things men like regardless of age: good food, sports (particularly for fans of fútbol), and beautiful Brazilian women. These should be reason enough to visit São Paulo! Apart from these, the city also boasts a rich cultural heritage – make sure to visit sites like the 1929 Edificio Martinelli skyscraper or the São Paulo Cathedral, visit the Theatro Municipal and the São Paulo Museum of Art, or simply jog around the scenic Ibirapuera Park.
We’ve been talking a lot about culture, good food and women – now let’s move on to something more exciting: sporting events. Melbourne offers a lot when it comes to a bustling nightlife and an array of beautiful women, but its real appeal to men in their 30s is its array of sporting events. Depending on when you visit, you can catch the F1 Grand Prix, the Open Grand Slam or the Melbourne Cup. Make sure to plan adequately in advance – enthusiasts and tourists flock to Melbourne when these events are taking place.
Tel Aviv (Israel)
I’ve had the chance to visit and explore Tel Aviv awhile back, and it’s a place men in their 30s will love, especially single men. If you’re the type who’s not done partying even beyond 30, you’re in luck – visit Tel Aviv in summer to enjoy a city-wide party in their White Night celebration. Apart from being Israel’s best beach town, it’s also the center of all activities you’ll find interesting – its rich art, exploding music scene, and emerging technology are all bound to keep you busy during your stay.
Tokyo is known for its bustling city life and lights that rival Times Square, the rich East Asian history – the country closed its doors to outsiders for decades and reopened its doors emerging as an Asian power player – and beautiful natural sights, but there’s more to Tokyo that will catch your attention. The city transforms into a music lover’s haven during the summer, with the Tokyo Summer Festival taking place between the beginning of July and the beginning of August. Some of the world’s best artists and emerging acts fly to the country to perform. Get a chance to discover new music and enjoy older favorites. Not going in the summer? You can also enjoy the Rock in Japan Festival or the Tokyo Jazz Festival – there’s no shortage of music in the informally dubbed music capital of the region.
Hong Kong (People’s Republic of China)
Hong Kong is a mix old world China, British colonialism and modern-day Asia – a cultural melting pot that’s sure to catch your interest. The skyscrapers aren’t the only things that will catch your attention in this former British colony, and women aren’t the only ones who can enjoy this bustling region (Hong Kong is known for being an Asian shopping mecca along with Bangkok). Lan Kwai Fong offers one of the best nightlife scenes in the world. If you’re more into sporting activities, hiking trails and sailing can keep you busy all day. Make sure to visit the Big Buddha when you go to Hong Kong and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
Cape Town (South Africa)
There’s something brag-worthy and magical about being able to say you’ve visited Africa. Cape Town in South Africa is a great starting point – its near-perfect weather, picturesque views and proximity to wildlife make it the perfect travel destination for adventurous thirtysomething travelers. Hike up or take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and see Cape Town from above, enjoy its beautiful beaches, gardens or vineyards, or go see wildlife in a safari and go shark cage diving in Gansbaai – you can choose your own adventure.