Holi festival, India
It’s impossible to feel middle-aged surrounded by this fun festival of colour! Taking place all over India and other Hindu countries at the beginning of March (the exact date varies each year), the celebration has its roots in Hinduism, but everyone is welcome to participate. Throw on some old clothes, stock up on naturally-derived dyed powder, and perfect your aim. Wondering what colour to choose? According to National Geographic, green symbolizes new beginnings, perfect for those bursting into a new chapter of life.
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Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
Make like Cheryl Strayed in Wild as you attempt the 4,265-kilometre Pacific Crest Trail—or at least a few kilometres of it—and use the time alone in nature to reflect on your past and think about where you’re headed. Plus, the physical challenge will keep you in shape—something that unfortunately gets harder as you age. The trail runs along the entire west coast of the United States., with many spots to pick it up along the way.
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Drive cross-country with your kids
If you have children, take a major trip with them before they get too far into their prickly teenage years to enjoy it. Rent an RV, or even just pile into the family minivan for unforgettable memories from coast to coast, visiting national sites, parks, and monuments along the way. Stay in budget hotels and campgrounds to save money. If cross-country is too far, try a famous U.S. roadway instead, like Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, or the Blue Ridge Parkway.