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BEST 30th Birthday Destinations Around the World

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Which of these 30th birthday destinations is right for YOU?

Whether you want a wild night out or just some quality time with friends and family, there are plenty of amazing 30th birthday destinations around the world that will make this milestone an unforgettable experience.

From vibrant cities full of culture and entertainment to stunning natural landscapes that offer peace and tranquility, there’s something for everyone when it comes to celebrating this milestone birthday. But how do you decide which destination is right for YOU?

To help narrow down your choices, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places in the world to have your 30th birthday celebration. From tropical paradises to bustling metropolises, these destinations promise fun-filled days filled with adventure and relaxation – whatever kind of getaway you’re after!

The BEST 30th Birthday Destinations Around the World

From beach getaways to cultural city escapes, here are some of the best 30th birthday destinations around the world for an unforgettable experience:

North America 

New Orleans

New Orleans

If you’re looking for one of the best destinations to celebrate your 30th birthday then you cannot beat New Orleans. After all, “The Big Easy” is known for an incredible bar scene that operates around the clock.

Head to Bourbon Street and let loose at world-class bars like Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar and Maison Bourbon Jazz Club. The Carousel Bar & Lounge inside Hotel Monteleone is always worth a visit. This dreamy hotspot looks exactly like a carousel and rotates around a central bar. 

For the best views in the city be sure to head to the Warehouse District and visit some of the best rooftop bars around. Must-sees include the Rooftop Bar at the Catahoula Hotel, Alto at the Ace Hotel, Monkey Board at The Troubadour Hotel New Orleans and Above the Grid at NOPSI New Orleans Hotel.

Of course, be sure to sample some beignets at Cafe Beignet on Royal Street before doing a bit of shopping for souvenirs among the unique stores that line Magazine Street. 

During the day, you can also enjoy a fun jazz brunch in New Orleans at Commander’s Palace before getting pampered for the day at The Spa at Windsor Court. 

Then, when you’re ready to call it a night be sure to unwind at The Columns in the Uptown Neighborhood. You can book one of twenty opulent rooms inside a former mansion that are well-appointed with stunning, period-inspired decor.

New Orleans is also home to live music, stunning architecture, world-class cuisine, and unique history that is a fascinating fusion of American, French, and African cultures. All combine to make New Orleans one of the most fun and interesting places to visit for your 30th birthday. 

Victoria, Southern Trippers

Los Angeles 

Santa Monica Sunset solo LA travel

Why pick Los Angeles for your 30th birthday? To give yourself the California treatment of course!

Enjoy some complimentary sushi at Sugarfish before going to a nightclub on the sunset strip. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy one of the arcade bars like EightyTwo in the art’s district with classic pinball machines and 80’s and 90’s video arcade games.

If you prefer doing something near the coast, you can take a boat tour around the harbor in Marina Del Rey. Splurge a bit and rent a table at a rooftop bar where you can enjoy specialty cocktails with a view of the city skyline with all your closest friends.

You might even be lucky enough to spot one of the many popular celebrities who has made Los Angeles their home.

For a wonderland experience take a day trip to Disneyland. All of these are great options to celebrate your milestone birthday in a special way.

It’s easy to find reasonable accommodations in Los Angeles to suit a budget, but for your 30th birthday we suggest you splurge and get pampered like a Hollywood icon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s perfectly located in the heart of West Los Angeles and everything you need is within a reasonable distance.

No matter what you choose to do in LA, whether you are on a budget or want to treat yourself on your special day, you will have no problem making lasting memories in the City of Angels.

Nick, The World Overload

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, the ultimate playground for adults, is the perfect place to celebrate a milestone birthday like your 30th. A wonderland of vibrant nightlife, world-class dining, amazing pools and epic entertainment, Vegas truly has something for everyone. 

Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, offering an array of performances such as Cirque du Soleil or live concerts that cater to all tastes and interests. Las Vegas is also famous for its thriving club scene, with nightclubs like Omnia, Hakkasan and Marquee attracting the world’s top DJs and celebrities. 

After a night out on the town you might need some pampering. Vegas is home to luxurious spas that offer a sanctuary where you can unwind and be pampered. Personal favorites I recommend include Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian and Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace.

A fabulous destination in its own right, the Cosmopolitan Hotel is the ideal place to stay while celebrating your 30th in Las Vegas. Not only does it offer a central location on the Strip, but it also provides a wealth of unique experiences and amenities on-site.

The hotel boasts luxurious suites ranging from city-view rooms to opulent penthouses and superb dining options, such as É by José Andrés or Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant with stunning views of the famous Bellagio fountains.

The Cosmopolitan also promises world-class entertainment, such as exclusive performances by top artists at The Chelsea, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, and cocktails at the Chandelier lounge. 

Shannon, Three Days in Vegas

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle offers all the excitement of urban energy paired with the extraordinary beauty of dramatic water and mountain views. The city offers a stunning array of activities, from outstanding food and drink scenes to vibrant arts and cultural experiences.

Whatever your vibe, you can find activities and venues that feel like the perfect place to celebrate in Seattle.

As a downtown local, I recommend most of the popular tourist activities. While in some cities they can be a letdown, Seattle’s ferry system, Pike Place Market, and the parks and beaches near the Space Needle are definitely worth visiting — especially for first-time visitors.

To make your birthday stay in Seattle extra special, enjoy something a little offbeat. For a fun birthday night out, check out the Burlesque show and trapeze art at the unmarked-door restaurant and nightclub: The Pink Door (be sure to make a reservation in advance!).

For daytime fun, consider renting a hot tub boat (yes, a boat filled with warm bubbling water!) for a float in the calm waters of Lake Union.  

Because Seattle is an easily walkable city, it’s smart to book a stay in a central location. For a 30th Birthday party, you won’t find a better hotel for your Seattle trip than the Edgewater Hotel. With a stunning lobby, trendy bar and elegant restaurant, the Edgewater is great for more than just a cozy stay.

It’s located on a pier on the waterfront, so you’ll enjoy unbeatable views of Puget Sound while being minutes from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the ferry terminal and other major points of interest.  

Lynli Roman, Wander Big

Oregon Coast 

Oregon Coast

Looking for an adventurous 30th birthday? Take an Oregon Coast road trip! This ~300-mile route takes you to some of the most beautiful and scenic destinations Oregon has to offer. It’s perfect for those who want a grand adventure to kick off the new decade.

The Oregon Coast is full of stunning sights, adorable beach towns, incredible hiking trails, and tons of opportunities to relax and celebrate.

One of the best places to celebrate your birthday is at the Headlands Lodge in Pacific City. Here, each room has stunning views of the ocean with luxurious Pacific Northwest details in every room.

Some of the best features include their outdoor hot tub with unobstructed views of Haystack Rock, and the easy access to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

As you head down the coast, stop at Pelican Brewing’s new Siletz Bay location for a birthday dinner with friends. This upscale pub celebrates PNW flavors while offering stunning views of the bay right outside their huge windows.

Traveling south on Highway 101, stunning photography opportunities await you around every corner.

Some of the most iconic stops include Cape Perpetua, Ecola State Park, Samuel H Boardman and Heceta Head Lighthouse. If you are looking for a memorable 30th birthday, look no farther than a road trip down the Oregon Coast!

Emily, The Mandagies 

Chiapas

Chiapas

Home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in Mexico, Chiapas is a perfect spot to celebrate your 30th birthday. If you like the culture and want to enjoy eco-tourism in Mexico, Chiapas is one of the most untouched destinations.

San Cristóbal De Las Casas, a designated pueblo mágico and the cultural capital of Chiapas, is a perfect spot to celebrate your birthday.

San Cristóbal boasts plenty of cool restaurants, interesting culture and rich history as well as proximity to many natural wonders like waterfalls, hikes and beautiful indigenous villages where you can watch local artisans create colorful textiles from scratch.

One of the best ways to celebrate your 30th birthday in San Cristóbal is by booking a guided tour of popular places in the region like Sumidero Canyon, or going on a day tour of the Palenque ruins as well as its surrounding waterfalls — Misol-Ha and Agua Azul.

Visiting Chiapas is all about getting off the beaten track. With a car rental, you can also check out more remote places which are not accessible by public transportation, such as Aguacero waterfalls.

To celebrate your birthday with a special dinner, visit Te Quiero Verde, one of the best restaurants in San Cristobal De Las Casas that offers a great selection of vegan Mexican food. Unlike traditional restaurants, Te Quiero Verde’s options are much healthier and more delicious.

To spend a few days in San Cristobal, book Hotel Bo, one of the best accommodations in town that’s built in a colonial style where you can relax after a day of adventures. 

Daria, The Discovery Nut 

South America

Aruba

Aruba

If you’re looking for the perfect tropical paradise to celebrate your 30th birthday, look no further than Aruba. While you may be on an island, there’s no shortage of things to do.

The crystal clear waters make it the perfect place to snorkel. We snorkeled with Pelican Adventures, who take you to 3 separate snorkeling locations, including one where you’ll see a famous shipwreck. They’ll also serve drinks and lunch to complete the experience.

If you’re looking to relax as you ring in your 30s, then Flamingo Beach is the perfect spot. Stay at the Renaissance Hotel or buy a day pass to visit the iconic Flamingo Beach where you can feed and enjoy the presence of flamingos all day long.

Next you can enjoy an exhilarating jeep adventure with De Palms Adventures. On your jeep tour, you’ll visit the California Lighthouse, natural bridges, Alto Vista Chapel, Bushiribana Gold Smelter and more. You can even take a swim in a natural pool.

Aruba doesn’t just offer adventure and relaxation, they also have the most amazing food. You’ll need to dine at restaurants like the Flying Fishbone, Quinta del Carmen and Lola for unique and fun dining experiences.

Finally, Aruba is the perfect destination for your 30th birthday because there is so much to do. The island offers unique experiences, amazing food, and great snorkeling that will have you creating memories you’ll remember for a lifetime. 

Brittney, A Mom Well Traveled 

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a great place for a 30th birthday destination

Celebrating your birthday in Buenos Aires, Argentina promises to be a memorable and vibrant experience. The city’s lively atmosphere, rich culture and diverse entertainment options create the perfect backdrop for a festive birthday celebration.

One of the best ways to mark your special day in Buenos Aires is by indulging in the Argentine culinary scene. From traditional asados (barbecues) to mouthwatering steak dinners, Buenos Aires offers a plethora of dining options to satisfy every palate.

Treat yourself and your loved ones to Fogon Asado for a fresh, locally sourced meal located in the heart of the city.

For a night of excitement and entertainment, consider exploring Buenos Aires’ thriving nightlife scene. The city is famous for its tango clubs, where you can dance the night away to the passionate rhythms of this iconic dance form.

Alternatively, you can visit one of the many lively bars or nightclubs, where you can enjoy live music, DJ sets and energetic vibes that will keep you celebrating well into the early hours. Terrazas del Este has a variety of music, each on its own floor!

There are plenty of things to do in Buenos Aires that are more laid back as well. Attend a captivating theater performance, immerse yourself in the art scene by visiting the city’s numerous galleries or take a tango lesson to learn this passionate dance.

The city’s artistic and cultural offerings ensure that you can celebrate your birthday in a way that reflects your interests and passions.

Whether you prefer an intimate dinner with loved ones, an energetic night on the dance floor, or a day of exploration, Buenos Aires has something to offer everyone ensuring a birthday celebration that will be cherished for years to come. Stay at the Cyan Recoleta Hotel for its central location and charming atmosphere.

Pamela, The Directionally Challenged Traveler

Iguaçu Falls – Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Iguazu Falls

If you’re looking to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your 30th birthday, there is no better place to visit than Iguaçu Falls.

This epic wonder of nature, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, is the largest series of waterfalls in the world and is one of the most breathtaking places you will ever see. Plus, there are plenty of exciting activities to do here to properly ring in your 30s.

Although you should aim to visit both sides of the falls during your trip, the Brazilian side is where you will truly get to celebrate your birthday in style.

On the Brazilian side, you can see spectacular views of Iguaçu Falls from the best vantage point, take a panoramic helicopter flight over the falls, go on a thrilling boat ride (which even takes you under some of the waterfalls) and visit a beautiful bird park where you will get to interact with rare and colorful birds.

Once you’ve finished your activities, head into Foz do Iguaçu town to continue the celebration with some delicious food and drinks. There are plenty of amazing Brazilian Churrascaria’s (BBQ restaurants) in town. Or try Bona Trattoria Gastronomia Italiana for some of the best Italian food, cocktails and wine.

If you want to truly indulge for this special occasion, you can even book to stay inside Iguaçu National Park. Hotel Cataratas offers a memorable 5-star experience, with resort-like amenities, views of the falls and after-hours access to the park.         

Chanelle, Chasing Chanelle

Europe

Reykjavik

Reyjkavik Iceland

Reykjavik is an exciting and unique destination to celebrate a 30th birthday. How do I know? Well, it’s where I spent my own 30th birthday weekend! Iceland in October, even if only for a weekend, was truly a delight and the perfect backdrop for my 30th birthday celebrations.

With its stunning natural landscapes, rich culture, delicious cuisine, and vibrant nightlife nature there are plenty of ways to make this special occasion truly unforgettable in Reyjkjavik.

Start your 30th birthday celebration with a sightseeing tour of Reykjavik. Visit the stunning Hallgrímskirkja church, stroll through the colorful streets of Old Town, and take in the street art murals along the way.

You can even take a day trip of the Golden Circle to take in some of the most iconic natural sights of Iceland with a local guide.

Of course, no trip to Reykjavik is complete without a visit to the beautiful Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in these geothermal saltwater hot springs, and enjoy a luxurious spa experience with treatments like volcanic mud masks.

Treat yourself to dinner at Fiskfelagid Fish Restaurant for some delicious Icelandic specialities. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more decadent, book a table at Grillmarkadurinn where you can indulge in an Icelandic tasting menu.

When night falls, you can certainly find a nice bar for an evening of drinks. Or, consider taking a Northern Lights tour instead! Before leaving Reyjkjavik, have afternoon tea at Apotek for a classy celebration.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, Reykjavik is an unforgettable destination to celebrate your 30th. Stay in the thick of the action, at centrally located Hotel Alda.

Nausheen, Globe Gazers

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and the perfect city for a 30th birthday escape. This Portuguese city has it all: Beautiful neighborhoods, delicious food, fun nightlife and plenty of things to do.

Stay at Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, a centrally located hotel that has friendly staff, and a spa that you enjoy during your birthday celebrations. 

Start your birthday by joining one of Lisbon’s free walking tours. You’ll get to discover the city’s neighborhoods and history, and get familiar with the layout of the city.

You can then head to Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio, a large plaza that faces Lisbon’s harbor. Wander the square before going up the Rua Augusta Arch for the best views of the square and the harbor. 

The Santa Justa Lift, which is also sometimes called Carmo Lift, is an outdoor, Gothic style iron elevator in the historic center of Lisbon. Head up the lift and walk over to Carmo Convent to see ruins from Lisbon’s devastating earthquake, which happened in 1755.

For your birthday dinner, head to Taberna da Rua das Flores. Then, walk over to the neighborhood Barrio Alto for birthday drinks. If you’d like to hear traditional fado music, pop into Tasca do Chico. 

Erin, Pina Travels

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona is an incredible destination for a 30th birthday trip.  Stay in the Gothic Quarter, a central location where you can explore Barcelona’s Old Town, lose yourself in the narrow streets, marvel at medieval architecture and Roman ruins, and take a leisurely stroll along the famous Las Ramblas.

The H10 Madison Hotel has stunning views of the Gothic Cathedral from the rooftop terrace which also has a plunge pool. Book a Classic Catedral Room to get views of the Cathedral from your window.

No visit to Barcelona would be complete without seeing the architectural genius of Antoni Gaudí. The magnificent Sagrada Familia cathedral is a must-see, both from the outside (with excellent photo opportunities in Plaça de Gaudí) and from inside to fully appreciate his incredible designs.

Another iconic Gaudí masterpiece is Park Güell, where you can visit the mosaic terrace and the famous Dragon statue as well as stunning views of the city below. It’s best to book tickets online for both of these to guarantee entry at your preferred time.

Go shopping for birthday gifts along Passeig de Gràcia, home to high-end designer stores and boutiques. Then visit Casa Batlló to end the day with a drink on the rooftop terrace before heading out for dinner.

Treat yourself to a Michelin-starred dining experience, celebrate with a fun cooking class and market tour, or join a food tour of Barcelona to sample the best tapas in the city and a great way to experience the best of Barcelona at night

To carry on the night’s festivities, enjoy a cocktail or two in Paradiso, Sips or Two Schmucks – recently voted some of the best bars in the world.

Claire, Why Visit Barcelona

Malaga

Malaga

Modern Málaga takes the spirit of Miami and puts it on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol. The multicultural city makes for a great 30th birthday destination for a few reasons: its pleasant weather, great walkability and vibrant nightlife.

Make your way to the Playa de La Malagueta, grab a sun bed and enjoy the waves. Málaga’s most famous beach, located right by the city center, is the perfect place to spend your midday. Drinking sangria under the Andalusian heat, watch the sunset quietly match the red-orange of your glass.

When you’re done feeling the sand under your feet, it’s time to partake in tapas culture. The Space between tables might be tight, but the hors d’oeuvres are fit for a king, and, anyway, you’re leaving for another tapas place in half an hour.

It’s easy to go too far and overestimate your hunger. Before you’ve had too many small plates, make sure you go to La Tranca; this bar is loved by locals and tourists alike.

When the night comes, it looks as if the whole of Spain is on the streets having a good time, and the Centro Histórico is full of bars just waiting for you to have a ball in honor of this milestone birthday. Enjoy yourself; you’ve earned it.

If you’re looking for a hotel in Málaga, Hotel Vincci Selección Posada del Patio might be the place for you. It’s ideally located between the historic center and the train station, letting you explore the south coast of Spain more comfortably.

Iphi, Travel Choreography

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend your 30th birthday, look no further than Amsterdam! Your 30th birthday is a momentous occasion, and the vibrant city of Amsterdam is the perfect place to celebrate.

Kick off your birthday festivities by taking a canal cruise through Amsterdam’s picturesque waterways. When picking your cruise, you’ll be spoiled for choice – canal cruises are one of the best things to do in Amsterdam, so there are plenty of options.

During the cruise, you’ll admire the gorgeous architecture while learning about the city’s history. Many of the cruises also include unlimited drinks.

You can’t visit Amsterdam without checking out some of its historical and cultural attractions. Though somber, the Anne Frank House is a must-visit for history buffs. For art lovers, don’t miss the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

But perhaps the best museum to visit on a 30th birthday is the MoCo museum, which features contemporary art. The exhibits here are unique, and many make for great photo ops.

For an unforgettable birthday dinner, make a reservation at De Kas. Housed in a greenhouse, this restaurant serves a fixed menu crafted from fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant has a Michelin Star, but prices are very reasonable. It’s a popular spot, so make your reservations well in advance.

When booking your stay in Amsterdam, consider The Hoxton. This hotel is gorgeous, and is located in the city center on one of Amsterdam’s prettiest canals.

Sydney, A World in Reach

Santorini

Santorini

Santorini is the ultimate city to celebrate your 30th birthday! This stunning Greek island is a dream come true for any milestone celebration, with its mesmerizing beauty and romantic ambiance.

To make your 30th birthday unforgettable, start by booking a private sunset cruise. Imagine yourself sailing along the island’s stunning coastline, sipping champagne as the golden sun sets. It’s pure magic and the ideal way to celebrate your special day.

Exploring the island’s renowned wineries is another unforgettable experience. The volcanic soil of Santorini produces exceptional wines, and a wine tour at Santo Wines is an absolute must-do. Taste delectable local wines, learn about the winemaking process and make unforgettable memories with friends and family.

And don’t forget about Santorini’s lively nightlife! Head to Fira or Oia for a plethora of trendy bars and clubs. Dance the night away with your friends, taking in the lively atmosphere and making lasting memories.

I highly recommend Astra Suites for a luxurious stay. From its private balconies, this highly-rated hotel offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the iconic caldera. Your birthday retreat will be truly memorable thanks to the attentive service, luxurious amenities and serene ambiance.

Whether you’re enjoying a private sunset cruise, indulging in a wine tour or simply soaking in the island’s charm, Santorini promises a birthday celebration like no other.

Lavina, Continent Hop

UK 

Edinburgh

Royal Mile Edinburgh

If you’re looking for a charming getaway for your 30th birthday, look no further than the capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

This historic city has the perfect mix of things to do, places to see, delicious restaurants, and just enough of a party scene that you’ll have the opportunity to go out if you want to without feeling overwhelmed. 

Without a doubt, you’ll want to start your time in Edinburgh by exploring the Old Town on foot. Walk up and down the famed Royal Mile, popping into stores and cafes, and perhaps even having afternoon tea at Clarinda’s Tea Room. 

If you’re into history, tour Edinburgh Castle which will give you unforgettable views of the city to remember your birthday by. You should also explore New Town’s Princes Street to shop to your heart’s content and buy yourself something to celebrate.

Have a spooky evening out on the town with a Harry Potter tour or a Haunted Underground Vaults tour at Mary King’s Close that puts you right at the center of the history of the Black Plague in Edinburgh.

When you’re finished, try the amazing Scottish fare at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern and a fresh pint of Innis & Gun- a local craft beer – to top off your evening. You’ll find tons of local bars and clubs in the nearby Grassmarket area of Edinburgh if you’re looking to party all night long.

Pamper yourself by staying the night at one of the amazing spa hotels in Edinburgh like the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa. It’s centrally-located and offers stunning amenities that will feel like luxurious getaway!

Taylor, Traverse With Taylor 

Dublin

Dublin is a fun 30th birthday destination !

Dublin is the ultimate destination for a 30th birthday. With its exciting nightlife, walkable downtown, historic sights, great food and cheerful, upbeat atmosphere, there’s no better place to turn 30.

Giving yourself a weekend or more in Dublin as a part of your 30th birthday celebrations allows you to get a little bit of everything out of the trip. Twenty of the top 10 tourist attractions in Ireland are located in Dublin, so there’s a lot to see and do. 

Dublin was originally founded by the Vikings and has architecture that was built in the medieval times, offering very rich history. There are two medieval churches, St. Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedral, that are each almost 1,000 years old and worth a visit.

Stroll through the quaint old town with narrow streets and cobbled alleyways, and stop by the famous Temple Bar which has been open since the 1700s. Stay at the nearby Castle Hotel for a touch of Georgian elegance.

Take advantage of being in the birthplace of Guinness Beer by taking a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, which is a brewery with a museum, giftshop, café and tasting experience. For an extra special foodie experience, try the Dublin food tasting tour to sample a variety of authentic, Irish dishes.

During the daytime, take a stroll down Grafton street, a famous street with shopping, vendors and stores, and enjoy the live music from buskers. Afterwards, relax in St. Stephen’s Greens, a 22-acre Victorian park just across from Grafton street.

Dublin is highly worth a visit, whether for a special 30th birthday celebration or a visit in itself.

Kristin, Tiny Footsteps Travel

Kilkenny

Kilkenny Ireland

Ireland is the perfect place to celebrate…well just about anything! As you leave your 20’s behind you may be looking to add a little more culture into your life, yet not exactly ready to leave those party days behind completely.

No matter your current mood, Ireland has something for everyone. The Emerald Isle is blessed with outstanding natural beauty, ancient historic sites, and lots of Irish whiskey and ale for when you feel the need to get a little rowdy and rambunctious.

Leave the big city hustle and bustle of Dublin behind and head to the smaller, yet definitively more charming, town of Kilkenny Ireland. It’s quintessential Ireland with its colorful buildings, historic treasures, lively pubs and an idyllic river running through the middle of it all.

Spend the day exploring town and soaking up the decidedly Irish atmosphere. Take a tour of Smithwick’s Brewery where they’ve been brewing ale for over 300 years!

To liven up your “party,” cap off your day at one of the historic pubs for some traditional Irish music and dance.

Be sure not to miss: the 700-year-old Kyteler’s Inn with its tales of witchcraft, the cozy Hole-in-the-Wall tavern which is in the oldest townhouse in Ireland, and colorful Tynan’s Bridge House Bar featuring drippy candles.

If you are looking for a place to stay, the Hibernian House and Hibernian Inn are located right in the thick of things, and an easy walk from the recommended sights in town.

Kilkenny is the perfect addition to any Ireland itinerary, but it’s a great place to celebrate your 30th birthday. 

Angie, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

London

London's Tower Bridge

For another great destination to celebrate a 30th birthday, head over to London, England. Between its historical and iconic sites, nightlife and entertainment, London has no shortage of things to do to celebrate a 30th birthday. 

For the theatre lover, consider catching a show in the West End. Tickets can easily be bought online or at the various ticket booths scattered throughout the West End.

For the Harry Potter fan, spend a day celebrating your 30th birthday at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Check out the costumes and sets from the movies and sip on delicious butter beer while you’re at it. 

Tickets can be bought from the official studio website or from third party vendors (such a Viator).  Note that purchasing a ticket from a third party vendor can often include transportation to and from the studio which is a great perk. 

For the sight seeing fan, spend some time exploring the historical sights that are quintessentially London. Make sure not to miss Parliament and Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  

For a great place to stay during your trip, consider booking at The Z Hotel Piccadilly which offers clean rooms in a great location for a competitive price.  It’s just what you need for a 30th birthday celebration.

Chelsea, Adventures of Chels

Oceania

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

If you’re considering heading down under, the Gold Coast is an excellent destination to celebrate your 30th birthday! The tagline, Famous For Fun, says it all.

This gorgeous seaside city dedicates itself to giving tourists the best time imaginable. And with plenty of exciting tours, attractions, activities, restaurants and clubs, there’s no shortage of incredible things to do for the special occasion during the day and long into the night.

Some great options include seeing majestic whales up close on a dedicated whale watching cruise, catching the quirky Victorian gothic show at Dracula’s Cabaret, or watching the sunset over the city from Skypoint at Q1, Australia’s tallest building.

For the more adventurous types who really like to crank it up to 11 to get the ultimate adrenaline high, there are three theme parks to choose from and many more exhilarating things to do on the Gold Coast, such as jet boating, V8 hot laps and skydiving.

As for somewhere to stay, don’t look past the 4-star luxury of Novotel Surfers Paradise. It is right in the heart of the city, has family rooms you can share with your comrades, is reasonably priced, has a pool and offers fantastic views overlooking the city, ocean or hinterland.

Plus, it is located near a tram stop making it the perfect accommodation option for your 30th birthday.

Belinda , Journey Discover  

Fiji

Fiji

Fiji is an incredible place to celebrate a 30th birthday, known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, pristine waters, picturesque beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Fiji is also famous for its welcoming and joyful locals, luxurious resorts, laid-back lifestyle and incredible underwater adventures.

To make a 30th birthday unforgettable in Fiji, embrace the islands’ natural beauty. Go on a swimming with manta rays tour or a scuba diving excursion with sharks.

Afterwards, unwind on the sandy shores while sipping a refreshing coconut cocktail. Immerse yourself in Fijian culture by visiting a local village before reveling in a lively beach club party, Fijian style!

Indulge in the local cuisine, including traditional dishes like kokoda (Fijian ceviche) and lovo (an underground cooked feast). And, of course, don’t miss out on experiencing the local drink – kava!

For an ideal stay in Fiji to celebrate a 30th birthday, Mantaray Island Resort is the perfect choice. Nestled on a private island in the Yasawa Islands, this resort is renowned for its striking natural beauty and vibrant marine ecosystem.

The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and magnificent coral reefs, allowing guests to swim with manta rays just steps away from the resort.

Furthermore, you can hike up the mountain to witness a mesmerizing sunrise or enjoy sunset drinks at the beach bar. Mantaray Island Resort offers a variety of accommodation options, including beachfront bures, garden bures and dormitory-style rooms, catering to everyone’s budget.

Catrina, 24 Hours Layover

Sydney

Sydney

Sydney, Australia, is renowned as one of the best destinations to celebrate a 30th birthday. This vibrant city offers a unique combination of stunning attractions, lively nightlife, and a remarkable culinary scene, making it an ideal place to commemorate this milestone.

When planning a 30th birthday in Sydney, consider participating in a thrilling Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

Ascending the bridge provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the city skyline, the sparkling harbor and the iconic Sydney Opera House. It’s an exhilarating adventure that guarantees unforgettable memories. 

Another must-do activity is spending a day at one of the best beaches on the east coast of Australia. Bondi Beach, soaking up the sun and immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere.

Follow it up with a scenic coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, where you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of the ocean, majestic cliffs and charming rock pools. Along the way, indulge in the delicious seafood offered at the beachside cafes and restaurants.

For a truly remarkable dining experience, reserve a table at Quay Restaurant located at Circular Quay. The award-winning establishment boasts panoramic views of the harbor and serves exquisite contemporary Australian cuisine.

The combination of stunning dishes, impeccable service, and an enchanting setting make it an ideal choice for celebrating your 30th birthday in style.

The luxurious Park Hyatt Sydney Hotel offers breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, creating an iconic backdrop for a memorable birthday celebration.

The hotel’s elegant rooms, exceptional service, and convenient location near the Rocks area make it an ideal choice for an unforgettable stay.

Victoria, My Australia Trip

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Set amidst the enchanting beauty of the remarkable mountain range and the sparkling expanse of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a remarkable place to head into your thirties.

Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown is known for its exhilarating activities, breathtaking views and excellent food and wine.

You’ll have your pick of fun activities to keep you busy during your trip, so pick a bucket list experience for your special day. Consider taking a  thrilling jet boat ride through the Shotover River or jumping from New Zealand’s highest bungy at the Nevis Playground.

Other popular options include hiking up a mountain with fantastic views, going on a four-wheel drive adventure visiting stunning locations from the Lord of the Rings, or taking a scenic flight over spectacular Milford Sound.

If a tranquil celebration is more your thing, take a cruise on the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship, and enjoy a gourmet lunch surrounded by the serene beauty of Walter Peak High Country Farm. Or, head out to the Gibbston Valley to taste the local Central Otago pinot noir and enjoy a winery lunch in a lovely setting.

Make your stay truly special by staying at the luxurious Stoneridge Estate overlooking Lake Hayes. 

Roxanne, Love Queenstown

Asia

Koh Samui, Thailand 

Thailand

If you’re looking for a beautiful, luxurious, and exciting place to celebrate your 30th birthday, Koh Samui in Thailand is the perfect destination as it has activities for everyone.

For those wanting to celebrate their birthday on the beach, not only is Koh Samui home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand (including Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, and Bophut Beach), but you can also find plenty of super fun beach clubs to make your celebration even more special.

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife scene with plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. Dance the night away or simply relax with a drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

For those who love to celebrate in a more active way, why not head on a day tour. The most popular tour is the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a beautiful archipelago of 42 islands set amongst crystal clear waters and vibrant marine life.

Koh Samui is also home to a rich culture, with temples, markets and villages to explore to learn about Thai culture and customs. Visit the many beautiful temples, including Wat Phra Yai, Wat Plai Laem and Wat Huai Pom.

Koh Samui has a wide variety of luxurious resorts to choose from, many of which offer stunning views of the ocean. These resorts are perfect for relaxing and pampering yourself on your special day.

The Melati Beach and Spa Resort is a 5-star resort perfect for such a special occasion. It has exclusive access to the picture-perfect Thongson Bay, private pool villas, and an adult-only pool! 

No matter what you choose to do on your 30th birthday in Koh Samui, you’re sure to have a great time.

Jolene, Wanderlust Storytellers

Bali

Bali

Bali, Indonesia is one of the best destinations to celebrate a 30th birthday, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture and exciting activities.

Known for its many beaches, lush landscapes and vibrant nightlife, Bali provides a unique and unforgettable setting for a milestone celebration. The islands welcoming atmosphere, warm climate and friendly locals create a special ambience for birthday festivities.

To make the most of a 30th birthday celebration in Bali, here are a few specific recommendations:

Beach club: Head to one of the most famous Beach Clubs like Potato Head, Finns or La Brisa and start your birthday with a delicious Breakfast and some ice-cold drinks. 

Ubud: Take a trip to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Explore the iconic rice terraces, visit ancient temples and immerse yourself in the local arts and crafts scene. Consider booking a cycling tour through the scenic countryside, witnessing the beauty of nature while enjoying some physical activity.

Sa’Mesa Di Nonna: End the day with a memorable evening at Sa’Mesa Di Nona in Seminyak or Canggu. This restaurant is a not like any other classic Italian place in Bali. You will have 18-20 set courses throughout the evening, accomplished with free-flowing limoncello.

For accommodations, a recommended hotel to stay in is The Legian Bali in Seminyak. This luxurious beachfront resort offers elegant rooms with stunning ocean views, a tranquil spa, and world-class dining options.

Its prime location provides easy access to Seminyak’s vibrant nightlife, making it an ideal base for birthday celebrations.

Victoria, Guide Your Travel

Sohra, India

Sohra India

Sohra, previously known as Cherrapunji, is the town and a subdivision in the East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya. The state of Meghalaya is located in the northeast region of India. The matrilineal Khasi ethnic group are the local inhabitants of Sohra. 

If you want to celebrate your birthday or spend your time with your partner or family, Sohra can be your perfect destination. Sohra was once considered to be the wettest place on earth. It is now second only to its neighboring Mawsynram town.

Meghalaya is known as the abode of clouds. The monsoon rains and its foggy ambience make Sohra a popular romantic destination. To enjoy the blue natural pools and waterfalls of Sohra, winter is the best time. 

Make your birthday celebration adventurous by exploring the Mawsmai and Arwah Caves, or cut your cake against the backdrop of the tall and beautiful Nohkalikai Falls of Sohra.

Heard of Living Root Bridges? You can hike to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge and Rainbow Falls in Sohra. The living root bridges are made from the aerial roots of the rubber fig trees (Ficus elastica) are truly a sight to behold.

Local food stalls are the best for sampling traditional cuisines. Apart from that, you can also eat well at Café Sohra (Cafe Cherrapunjee) and Jiva Grill.

Stay at Polo Orchid Resort, a 4-star Resort in Cherrapunji. The resort offers majestic views of the Nongsngithiang Falls and the Bangladesh plains. Take a dive into its swimming pool and enjoy the scenic landscape of Sohra.

Joydeep, The Gypsy Chiring

FAQ: 30th Birthday Destinations Around the World

As you make your 30th birthday destination plans, you might also be wondering:

How do I celebrate my 30th birthday? 

Your 30th birthday is a special milestone, and the perfect opportunity to take a memorable trip! Depending on your taste and budget, you can choose from beach clubs in Koh Samui or Bali, explore nature in Sohra India, or even enjoy luxurious resorts in any of these places.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s something special just for you.

Is 30th birthday a big deal? 

Yes, many people consider 30th birthdays to be a big deal. It’s seen as a milestone that marks the transition from your twenties into full-fledged adulthood.

Which country is best for birthday celebration? 

The best country for celebrating a birthday depends on individual preference, budget, and activities desired. Are you a foodie? Try Italy. A beach lover? Consider Thailand. Or perhaps you want to explore a particular culture, such as in India or Indonesia.

There is no single best destination for celebrating a birthday; it’s all about finding the perfect place and activities for you.

How do you celebrate your birthday in a unique way? 

Taking a trip to a special destination is a great way to celebrate your birthday in a unique way. A solo trip is an especially unique way to celebrate yourself, although a trip with friends and family is just as special.

How can I make my birthday special for myself? 

To make your birthday special for yourself, plan something that is unique and meaningful to you. Consider taking a solo trip to a destination of your choice, or even hosting an intimate gathering with close friends and family.

You could also explore something new like joining an activity or learning a skill that will help you grow and celebrate this milestone in your life.

Conclusion: 30th Birthday Destinations Around the World

Your 30th birthday is a special milestone, and the perfect opportunity to take an unforgettable trip! Make sure your celebration and choice of destination reflects who you are.

With so many unique destinations available it can be overwhelming to pick one place. Consider what activities appeal most to you, how much money you want to spend on vacationing and whether or not you plan on going with friends and family or solo.

Don’t forget that celebrating yourself is just as important as celebrating any other loved ones in your life – plan something meaningful that will help you grow into this new decade of life. Make this year count by planning a memorable 30th birthday destination getaway!

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