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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.

An aerial view of one of the Greek islands overlooking the ocean

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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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United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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