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40 things to do before you turn forty

Published Apr 30, 2014


Many people have a travel “wish list” featuring the must-do holiday experiences they intend to tick off at some point in their lifetime. But now British Airways has created a list of 40 holiday experiences to enjoy before you turn 40.

The list, which the airline released to celebrate its own 40th birthday, includes climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, hitting the beach in Thailand for a “full moonparty”, and belly dancing in Morocco.

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It provides plenty of opportunities for travellers to let their hair down, including dancing with a stranger at the Rio Carnival, cutting loose at the Burning Man festival in Nevada and partying on the piste at the Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria.

Music-loving holidaymakers should wear something risqué to the Berlin Love Parade, make a friend for life at one of Ibiza’s legendary clubs or visit the Soundwave Festival in Croatia.

And thrillseekers shouldn’t miss out on BASE jumping at Angel Falls in Venezula, zip-lining in Costa Rica’s Selvatura Park or bungee jumping from the world’s most terrifying spot – The Nevis in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Here’s the list:


1 Make a friend for life at one of Ibiza’s legendary clubs – Pacha, Space, DC10.

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2 Wear something risqué to the Berlin Love Parade.

3 Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge.

4 Recreate the scene from Big on the giant piano at FAO Schwarz in New York.

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5 Hit the beach for a “full moon party” in Koh Phangan, Thailand.

6 Have a selfie with Mickey Mouse and gang at Disney World, Florida.

7 Dedicate a day to the Aquaventure Waterpark at the Atlantis in Dubai.

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8 Go BASE Jumping in Angel Falls, Venezula.

9 Belly dance in Morocco.

10 Have a tattoo by Kat Von D at High Voltage in Los Angeles.

11 Propose at the “Love Lock” bridge in Paris.

12 Go to the Soundwave Festival in Croatia.

13 Bungee jump from the world’s most terrifying spot – The Nevis, Queenstown, New Zealand.

14 Have a shot of absinthe in the Moulin Rogue in Paris.

15 Hike the 42km Inca Trail in Peru.

16 Learn to tango in Buenos Aires.

17 Take a surfing lesson in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

18 Work a season at a kibbutz, Israel.

19 Enjoy a rooftop cocktail at Bar 360 in Dubai.

20 Go full throttle with a 4x4 experience in Fraser Island, Australia.

21 Go “loco” at Coco Bongos in Cancun.

22 Experience Amsterdam.

23 Experience Bangkok.

24 Take a 253m “Sky Jump” off the Stratosphere, Las Vegas.

25 Go to a foam party in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

26 Do a “Sex and the City” weekend with the girls in New York.

27 Go on a stag night to Prague.

28 Salsa with a stranger at the Rio Carnival.

29 Party on the piste at the Snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen, Austria.

30 When it opens this year, take on Zumanjaro: The Drop of Doom – the world’s largest roller-coaster in New Jersey.

31 Go on an “Inbetweeners”-inspired boat party in Malia, Crete.

32 Go zip lining in Costa Rica’s Selvatura Park.

33 Cheer as a plane flies over you at Bora Bora beach, Ibiza.

34 Dress Harajuku style in Shibuya, Tokyo.

35 Embarrass yourself in front of strangers on the mechanical bull in the Saddle Ranch, Los Angeles.

36 Cut loose at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

37 Feel out of place at spring break in Tijuana, Mexico.

38 Before high blood pressure becomes a problem, take a rickshaw ride in Delhi.

39 Gorge yourself in Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York.

40 Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo. – Daily Mail

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