Top 5 Travel Experiences To Have In Your 40s
You might be single, you might be married; you may have kids, you may not.
Regardless of all this, in your 40s, it’s fair to assume that you’ve traversed a fair portion of the world and will be more discerning as a result.
Maturity means you know what you like, and you know which places you long to see.
From far-flung places to once in a lifetime experiences, turn your wistful wishlist into a reality by ticking off these 5 travel experiences in a bewitching place like no other – Bhutan.
#1. LEARN ARCHERY
If you think of archery as a decorous game, think again. In Bhutan, rain or shine, archers competed with full-throated abandon.
When a game of archery is going on, everybody in the community turns out.
Office workers skip work because archery takes priority.
Village women fuel the fun, jeering the other team, singing and dancing.
Men drink to loosen up, chew the vividly coloured betel-nut, which has a stimulant effect, then try to hit the bull’s-eye.
Monks watch in their distinctive orange robes and shaven heads.
The passion for the sport is evident everywhere. And, it’s contagious. You only have to try it once.
#2. MEDITATE WITH MONKS
As one of the last strongholds of Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation is a common practice amongst monks in Bhutan.
If you’re wondering why Bhutan wins in delivering peace and enlightenment, perhaps you should try meditation.
Surrounded by lamas strolling on the streets and zenful landscape this tiny kingdom in the Himalayas is the best place to practice mindfulness.
Being in Bhutan is being temporarily liberated from the stress and worries of life’s drama.
#3. BARE ALL IN A BHUTANESE HOT STONE BATH
Shed your inhibitions and your clothes at the same time and indulge in a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.
A traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath uses heated river rocks that therapists place in the herb infused water where they crack and steam, releasing key minerals and relieving deep-set aches.
After trekking through the pristine landscapes and ancient forests of Bhutan, we guarantee that the best way to ease your aching muscles is to relax in one of those.
#4. PARTY AT A HIMALAYAN FESTIVAL
Carnival in Venice? Okay. If you must…
Himalayan festivals? Now we’re talking.
Bhutan is known for its colorful religious festivals held in Dzongs (fortresses) throughout the country at different times of the year.
Festival dates coincide with the Buddhist calendar as well as the lunar cycle. These festivals commemorate the deeds of Buddha and other great saints through vivid masked-dances.
These one-of-a-kind dances tell stories of great saints subduing evils.
#5. HIKE A WORLD WONDER: TIGER’S NEST
Tiger’s Nest, a monastery hugging the side of a rocky cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro valley in Bhutan. A place of pilgrimage, wrapped in colorful prayer flags.
Here, it is not uncommon for people to have some kind of spiritual experience.
Because Tiger’s Nest is out of this world.
Time goes fast. Make the most of it. Live life to the fullest. Come and see Bhutan before it changes.