By the time your 40th rolls around, your ideas for a 40th birthday trip could fall into a million different categories. Island hopping through Greece on a family getaway with your young kids might sound nice. Or maybe a couples’ trip with some of your friends to enjoy sunshine and beaches in Miami could hit the spot. Feeling like you need something more relaxed? Spend your 40th at a cabin in the Canadian Rockies where you have the option to lounge by the lake or go on some leisurely nature hikes.

These ideas for a 40th birthday trip were chosen to provide a wide range of leisure, adventure, and indulgences to celebrate your big 4-0, no matter where you’re at in life. 

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World’s best places to celebrate your 40th birthday: 

  1. Cabin getaway to Banff
  2. A pub tour of London
  3. Island hopping in Greece
  4. Bars and restaurants in Miami
  5. Plenty to do and see in NYC

Top ideas for a 40th birthday trip

1. Cabin Getaway in Banff

If your idea of a great 40th birthday trip is a relaxing getaway in nature with friends or family, then Banff is your spot. There’s no better place to go than the Canadian Rockies for pristine wilderness.

Pictures of the unbelievably blue Lake Louise surrounded by the forested mountains of Banff National Park are all over social media. And for good reason. The lake is beyond photogenic and it’s even more beautiful in person. Head up the Tea House Trail for a moderate 2-hour hike to an old, tiny, wooden tea house where you’ll be rewarded with – you guessed it – a cup of tea and a bite to eat.

In addition, downtown Banff is an adorable mountain time with wonderful options for restaurants and bars. Take your pick from steakhouses, Indian restaurants, Irish pubs, and plenty of other places all surrounded by beautiful mountain views.

Want to explore even more? Enjoy one of the most scenic drives on Earth by taking a trip from Banff to Jasper.

Mountains with snow in the background and bright blue lake with mountains and pine trees reflecting in the water

2. A pub tour of London

While you can easily go on a bar tour in the city nearest you, there’s nothing quite like a pub tour in London. Having a pint in a British pub just feels better somehow. So put on your 40-year-old big boy (or girl) knickers and hop on a flight to Heathrow for your birthday.

Make sure to visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of the oldest pubs in London (it was rebuilt in 1667!). The narrow stone staircases break off into small nooks with comfortable seating, great for sharing a drink with friends. ‘The Cheese’ is said to have been the stomping ground for famous authors like Dickens and Orwell.

Also on the must-drink pub crawl list? The Churchill Arms, The Grapes, The Grenadier, and Ye Olde Mitre.

The beauty of a London pub crawl is all the wonderful activities to do in between bars. Explore the British Museum, see all the popular sites like Big Ben and Shakespeares Globe, and chill in Hyde Park.

Outside view of The Churchill Arms bar in London covered in colorful flowers

3. Island hopping in Greece

One of our favorite ideas for a 40th birthday trip, island hopping in Greece is perfect for every kind of birthday getaway. Bring the kids if you’ve got ’em or enjoy Greece with a group of friends. Exploring the different islands of Greece is a fun way to enjoy beautiful scenery with plenty of downtime while still seeing a few different places.

Every island has its own flavor, but we suggest heading to Santorini to start with. Enjoy the beautiful sunset views with a glass of wine in Oia. Rent ATVs to explore the island and stop by the hidden breweries, wineries, black sand beaches, and more.

From Santorini, you have your pick of the rest of the islands of the Cyclades Islands group. Party in Mykonos, relax in Paros, or get off the beaten path in Sifnos.

golden hour photo of Santorini hillside's white houses

4. Bars and restaurants in Miami

If turning 40 means you’re in a better place financially than you were at any other milestone birthday, Miami is a great birthday destination for a bit of indulgence. Restaurants like Novikov, KYU, and LPM Restaurant and Bar are great for high-end dining. In addition, you’ll find plenty of nightlife, from laidback bars with pool and darts to pulsating nightclubs and bougie cocktail bars.

Stay at the SLS LUX Brickell in downtown Miami and enjoy food and drinks in a poolside cabana on their 9th floor terrace. While you’re in town be sure to check out Wynwood Walls, an outdoor collection of incredible mural street art. Nearby in Wynwood, grab some margaritas and elevated Mexican cuisine at BAKAN.

A colorful mural wall in the background with metal WYNWOOD WALLS sign in front

5. Plenty to do and see in NYC

There are itineraries for NYC for any age, but a 40th birthday in The Big Apple might just be one go the best occasions to visit. Start your adventures in the West Village where you can stop into Murray’s Cheese shop during the day or catch a show at Smalls Jazz Club at night.

The Meatpacking District and Chelsea are great for exploring. Stroll through Chelsea Market before continuing onto the High Line, a former elevated railroad platform that’s been transformed into a pedestrian walkway and park. At night, Meatpacking is full of options for bars and nightclubs. Head to the top of The Gansevoort Hotel to enjoy their posh rooftop bar.

Head to Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful views of Manhattan from the waterfront parks. At night you can even enjoy free movies here during the summer. And if your 40th birthday has you feeling down, hop on the subway to enjoy the magic of Coney Park. After all, you’re never too old for some good, old-fashioned carnival games and a Nathan’s hot dog.

photo of Nathan's famous hot dogs on Coney Island Boardwalk cull of people

You’ve pondered 40th birthday trip ideas, now it’s time to make a decision and start planning your getaway using Troupe’s group travel planner app.

And check out some fun things to do on vacation to fill your 40th birthday trip with fun no matter where you end up. None of the above ideas suit your mood? Maybe you’ll enjoy these swim up rooms in Jamaica or swim up rooms in Cancun.

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