40 trips before you turn 40

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.

Chances are you’ll end up having some wild experiences that you’ll never forget.

From partying at the world’s largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when you can still handle the thrill.

Note: An earlier version of this story included the Naica Mine in Mexico. However, we removed it since it is no longer open to tourists.

 

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Marvel at the icy blue Upsala Glacier, a valley glacier in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

Feel like you’re swimming off the edge of a cliff at the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool in Victoria Falls, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington. The whole trail is 2,650 miles, but you don’t have to do it all at once.

Dance the night away decked out in neon at one of the monthly full moon parties in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The beach rave starts at dusk and continues till the early hours of the morning.

Swim with thousands of jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake in Eil Malk Island, Palau.

Spend spring break in Cancun, Mexico, where you can party at popular clubs like Mandala and Dady’O.

Backpack through Southeast Asia. Some popular stops include Chiang Mai in Thailand, Angkor Wat in Cambodia (pictured below), Laos, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Bali and Ubud in Indonesia.

Parade through the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Parade through the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Surf Jaws (Pe’ahi in Hawaiian) in Maui, a spot that has consistently been ranked among the best for diehard surfers. Waves supposedly reach 120 feet.

Ski the majestic mountains of the Swiss Alps.

Get up close and personal with Japanese snow monkeys who come to bathe in the hot springs of Japan’s Jigokudani Yaen-koen in Nagano.

Swing on the Swing at the End of the World at the Casa de Arbol in Ecuador and glimpse stunning views of the Tungurahua Volcano.

Get wet and wild at a pool party in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Swim in the To Sua Ocean trench, a 30-meter deep natural seawater pool surrounded by stunning gardens in the village of Lotofaga in Samoa.

Trek up to Rainbow Point, the highest part of the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah at 9,105 feet, to see stunning views of the Aquarius Plateu, Bryce Ampitheater, the Henry Mountains, the Vermillion Cliffs, and the White Cliffs.

Fly to Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland, which can only be reached via helicopter. From there you can sail the world’s longest fjord.

Party at the world’s biggest Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee bridge located between South Africa’s eastern and western capes. You’ll fall a whole 709 feet.

Ride in a hot air balloon above the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city hosts an International Balloon Fiesta, but you can also take tours in hot air balloons year round.

Zipline above Costa Rica’s lush rain forests.

Dive into the clear blue waters of Australia’s Coral Sea to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

Dive into the clear blue waters of Australia's Coral Sea to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

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Climb up Machu Picchu in Peru to see the impressive and almost untouched ruins of the “Lost City of the Incas.”

Kayak in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Chances are you’ll run into more than one humpback whale.

Wade through the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave in Belize. The cave is full of ancient artifacts such as bones and pots; there’s even a full skeleton of a 1,000-year-old human.

Mountain bike along the Poison Spider Mesa Trail in Moab, Utah.

Climb the 268 steps to reach the historic Saint-Michel D’aiguille Chapel, which was built in the year 962 and sits atop a volcanic structure.

Four wheel drive across Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.

Boat across the Amazon River, the world’s second-largest river and home to more than a third of the world’s animal species.

Explore the Sahara desert, the largest desert on the African continent.

Camp out in Nevada’s remote Black Rock desert with over 65,000 other art and music lovers and enjoy music performances, crazy costumes, and massive fire displays at Burning Man.

Go clubbing at the world renowned Amnesia in Ibiza.

Observe wild animals in their natural habitat on a safari in Kenya.

Paraglide over the mountains and water surrounding the picturesque city of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Raft the waters of Arizona’s stunning Grand Canyon.

Explore the almost 45 active volcanoes in Java, Indonesia.

Skydive from as high as 10,000 feet up in the sky at the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai.

Walk through Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning lakes, caves, waterfalls, and an array of wildlife.

Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the only one of the seven ancient world wonders still in existence.

Climb up to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest, in Paro valley, Bhutan. Padmasambhava, or the “Second Buddha” of Bhutan, is believed to have meditated here.

Ring in the New Year with a massive crowd in Times Square, New York.

Quinoa Breakfast

You can use what you have or make it according to this recipe using almond milk for added vanilla flavor. I sometimes add in nuts, Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, & even chia seeds for a little extra zip! This breakfast sticks to your ribs, is delicious, and gives you tons of energy to shine for the day!!

-From the Kitchen of Chris Freytag

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk unsweetened (plain almond milk works too)
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 1 sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. Rinse 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa thoroughly. Bring quinoa to a boil with 1 cup almond milk(reserving 1/2 cup for later). Add in a dash of cinnamon (apple pie spice is good too). Cover and let simmer 15 minutes until cooked.
  2. Wash and slice berries or other toppings as you let the quinoa cook.
  3. Fluff quinoa with a fork and add in additional almond milk until you get a desired oatmeal like consistency.
  4. Top breakfast quinoa with berries and other toppings of your choosing. ENJOY!

1 serving, 333 calories, fat 8 grams, protein 10 grams, carbs 63

15 minute morning workout

Time-starved. Overloaded. Too busy. Have any of these words escaped your mouth in the last…oh…day? It’s the first thing you hear from nearly everyone these days, “I’m so busy!” And don’t even think to bring up the touchy subject of getting a workout in. If this sounds all too familiar, then your solution has arrived: a no-equipment, no-fuss morning workout! If you can set your alarm just 15 minutes earlier, you can get an effective and energizing workout before anything gets in the way of your day! You’ll be so ready to rock your schedule that you might not even need need that second cup of coffee!

Here’s how it works:

  • Start by moving your body through a few stretches that feel good to you after waking up. Maybe bend your knees and reach for your toes then reach up to the sky a few times or gently twist at the waist from side to side. Just get the kinks out.
  • Proceed through the series of exercises listed for one minute each. Once finished, go back to the top of the list and repeat one more time with more intensity now that you are definitely awake.
  • Stretch a little again at the end and in less than 15 minutes from start to finish you have your workout done for the day. Now go get that cup of coffee you SO deserve!

Basic Squat

Chris Freytag demonstrating how to do a basic squat wearing black yoga pants.

A) Stand tall with your feet hip distance apart. Your hips, knees, and toes should all be facing forward.

B) Bend your knees and extend your buttocks backward as if you are going to sit back into a chair. Make sure that you keep your knees behind your toes and your weight in your heels. Rise back up and repeat.

Perform for 1 minute.

 

Jump Rope

Chris Freytag demonstrating Jump Roping

A) Start with feet hip distance apart, and arms stretched to the sides like your holding a jump rope with your hands.

B) Circle your hands like you’re swinging a jump rope and hop over it to jump rope in place.

Jump for 1 minute.

 

Downward Dog Push-Ups

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Downward Dog Push-Up

A) Begin with your hands and feet shoulder-width apart, and your hips raised so that your body forms an inverted V.

B) Lower your hips to a push-up position. When your hips are parallel with the floor, perform a push-up. When you finish the push-up, raise your hips back up the position where they began so your body once again forms an inverted V.

Perform for 1 minute.

 

Plank to Chair Squat

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Plank To Chair squat wearing a pink tank and black yoga pants.

 

A) Start in a plank position with arms and legs long, hands shoulder distance apart.

B) Walk or jump both feet outside your hands coming into a low squat like your sitting back into a chair pressing your weight back onto your heels. Reach arms above the head and keeping the back straight and chest lifted. Bring hands to floor to return to start.

Perform for 1 minute.

 

Sprinter Sit-up

 

Chris Freytag demonstrating a sprinter sit-up exercise in pink tank top and black yoga pants.

 

A) Start seated with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keeping core engaged, lean torso back to a 45-degree angle from floor and extend right leg 2 inches off floor.

B) Explosively pull torso back to upright position while pulling right knee toward chest. The motion looks somewhat like you’re sprinting. Repeat on the other side.

Perform for 1 minute.

Take a moment to get water, then start back at the top and repeat each exercise for 1 more minute each building intensity.

 

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