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The best trips to take in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond

By The Hub team , October 05, 2016

Travel is one of the greatest joys in life. But the backpacking adventure you took at 21 probably looks pretty different from the history-filled tour you'll go on at 70. Here: the best types of vacations to take at every stage of your life.

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In Your 20s

Go backpacking somewhere unfamiliar. Pick a place on the map, pack a bag and hop a flight. Whether it's Southeast Asia, South America or an American national park, you're young and able, so take advantage.

Take a volunteering trip. Do something that makes use of your ample energy and gives back at the same time—whether it's teaching children in a foreign community or working at an elephant conservation village..

Embark on a road trip. Grab some friends, rent an RV and hit the open road. There's no better time to drive across the country than when you're genuinely excited to eat diner chili.

Go somewhere solo. Sure, it's a little frightening at first, but traveling alone is incredibly freeing. Plus, you'll not only learn a lot about new people and cultures but, mostly, about yourself.

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In Your 30s

Treat yourself to a luxe spa resort. Escape all your pressing responsibilities (read: children) and unwind with a massage (or seven). Take a deep breath, hop in the plunge pool and remember: You deserve this.

Plan a mini-moon. Even if it's just for a quick weekend, romantic getaways are a great way to recharge your marriage or relationship.

Go on a spiritual journey. You've seen Eat, Pray, Love, right? Channel your inner Julia Roberts, book a yoga retreat or a week of mindful meditation to find your Zen.

Try glamping. You're no longer a teenager, and you probably don't want to forgo showers and sleep on the ground with…critters. Glamping (as cheesy as the name is) is a pretty ideal way to experience the beauty of nature while still enjoying the comforts of, say, a covered cabin.

A man reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

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In Your 40s

Do something you never thought you could. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro; hike Machu Picchu; cruise through Patagonia's glaciers. There's no better way to combat the onset of a midlife crisis than challenging yourself to something adventurous.

Travel somewhere you couldn't until now. There are a handful of countries that you probably couldn't visit during your youth. Places like Cuba and Colombia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka were once off-limits for visitors, but now they're ripe for exploring.

Take a ladies-only trip. Our busy lives and varying schedules make it difficult to set aside time to see good friends. Block off a weekend on the calendar (even if it's next year) and go drink an inordinate amount of piña coladas with your girls.

A woman facing the Egyptian Pyramids in Egypt

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In Your 50s

Check off a few Wonders of the World. If you've always had your eye on somewhere legendary (and far-off), take advantage of your health and get out there. The Colosseum? The Egyptian Pyramids? The Great Wall of China? Be ambitious.

Try a safari. If you're interested in seeing cool stuff, but maybe while tooling around in a jeep: Head to Africa. There are plenty of all-inclusive tours that take care of travel planning for you.

Go somewhere that feeds a hobby. By now, you probably have at least one big passion. Embrace it. If you're a foodie, take a culinary-focused trip through Tuscany. Winos, it's time to visit one of the world's greatest wine regions like Bordeaux or Champagne. Active travelers, take a weeklong bike tour through the Irish countryside.

A grey house surrounded by grass fields near the beach

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In Your 60s

Enjoy a big family vacation. Get all the kids and the grandkids together, rent a house like a huge Airbnb, a lake cabin, or a cluster of cottages on the beach and relish in some quality time.

Travel back to where your ancestors are from. Speaking of families, you're likely interested in (and have time to explore) where your roots are—be that another state or another continent. Just remember to pack a journal.

Visit one major city you've always dreamed of. At this point you're probably retired and can afford to hone in on a specific area and blow it out. Dublin? Paris? Tokyo? Splurge on a nice hotel, hire a professional tour guide (and translator) and soak in some cultural sights in comfort.

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In Your 70s

Take an upscale cruise. As you get older, cruises are a great way to travel: You'll see several different places (hello, Greek islands) without the exhaustion of bouncing from airport to airport.

Take a trip by train. Buy a rail pass and travel across state or country lines. It may not be the quickest, but it's the most scenic route and affords you time to read, think, write and just take in all the beauty around you. After all, what's the rush?

Revisit somewhere meaningful from your youth. Whether it's an old family vacation spot, a lake upstate or even the town you grew up in, take a walk down memory lane and visit a place you once loved.

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Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on Indeed.com's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.

Humbly,

Oscar

United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

Mission Accomplished

By Matt Adams , November 06, 2019

The question of where David Ferrari was had haunted retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Vincent Salceto for the better part of 66 years.

Rarely did a week go by that Salceto didn't think about his old friend. Often, he relived their last moments together in a recurring nightmare. In it, it's once again 1953 and Salceto and Ferrari are patrolling a valley in what is now North Korea. Suddenly, explosions shatter the silence and flares light up the night sky.

Crouching under a barrage of bullets, Salceto, the squad's leader, drags two of his men to safety, then he sees Ferrari lying face down on the ground. He runs out to help him, but he's too late. And that's when he always wakes up.

Italian Americans from opposite coasts – Salceto from Philadelphia, Ferrari from San Francisco – the two became close, almost like brothers, after being assigned to the same unit during the Korean War. When Ferrari died, it hit Salceto hard.

"After that, I never let anyone get close to me like I did with Dave," he says. "I couldn't; I didn't want to go through that again."

When the war ended, Salceto wanted to tell Ferrari's family how brave their son and brother had been in battle. Most of all, he wanted to salute his friend at his gravesite and give him a proper farewell.

For decades, though, Salceto had no luck finding his final resting place or locating any of his relatives. Then, in June of this year, he uncovered a clue that led him to the Italian Cemetary in Colma, California, where Ferrari is buried.

Within days, Salceto, who lives in Franklinville, New Jersey, was packed and sitting aboard United Flight 731 from Philadelphia to San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Donna Decker, on his way to Colma. For such a meaningful trip, he even wore his Army dress uniform.

That's how San Francisco-based flight attendant Noreen Baldwin spotted him as he walked down the jet bridge to get on the plane.

"I saw him and said to the other crew members, 'Oh my goodness, look at this guy,'" she says. "I knew there had to be a story."

The two struck up a conversation and Salceto told Baldwin why he was traveling. She got emotional listening to him talk and made a point of fussing over him, making sure he and his family had everything they needed.

About halfway through the flight, Baldwin had an idea. She and her fellow crew members would write messages of encouragement to Salceto and invite his fellow passengers to do the same.

"We did it discreetly," says Baldwin. "I asked the customers if they saw the man in uniform, which most had, and asked them if they wanted to write a few words for him on a cocktail napkin. A lot of people did; families did it together, parents got their kids to write something. After the first few rows, I was so choked up that I could barely talk."

When Baldwin surprised Salceto with dozens of hand-written notes, he, too, was speechless. He laid the stack on his lap and read each one. At the same time, the pilots made an announcement about the veteran over the loud speaker, after which the customers on board burst into applause.

"It seems contrived, and I hate using the word organic, but that's what it was; it just happened," Baldwin says. "Mr. Salceto was so loveable and humble, and what he was doing was so incredible, it felt like the right thing to do. And you could tell he was touched."

On June 27, Salceto finally stood before Ferrari's grave and said that long-awaited goodbye. As a trumpeter played "Taps," he unpinned a medal from his jacket and laid it reverently on the headstone.

"I had gotten a Bronze Star for my actions [the night Ferrari died] with a 'V' for valor, and that was the medal I put on Dave's grave," says Salceto, pausing to fight back tears. "I thought he was more deserving of it than I was."

For the first time in years, Salceto felt at peace. His mission was accomplished.

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