Celebrating Your Birthday While Traveling November 14, 2014 Fun Stuff Travelling the world is really exciting, especially when you’re doing it with the people you love. But, what if you are travelling alone and it happened to be your birthday? There is nothing that can make you homesick more than being away from your family and friends on your special day. The thought alone can spoil the fun and ruin the occasion. The good news is that it’s still possible to enjoy the event even when you’re the road alone. Plan a Special Day Out You need to be kind to yourself on your special day, so make sure you dedicate the day for celebrating your birthday alone. Take care of your mind and body, too. Sleep early the night before your birthday so you will have all the energy you need the next morning. As much as possible, try to plan an activity for your birthday that you know you will really enjoy, even if you are going to celebrate all by yourself. Let Everyone Know It’s Your Special Day What’s the point of keeping your special day a secret when you’re travelling by yourself? Savour the moment and let everyone that it’s your birthday! If you have fellow travellers, make sure that you mention your upcoming birthday to them. Not in a way that you seem desperate to have someone greet you or give you a present, but in a way that’s like telling them it’s your first time to celebrate your special day away from home. Don’t Hesitate to Splurge Travelling can be expensive and you need to be really tight on your budget when you’re on the road. But, it’s your birthday, so don’t hesitate to splurge even just for one day. It doesn’t mean that you should spend your money mindlessly, but that you should at least consider spending a little bit more to make the day really special. It may mean upgrading your accommodation even just for a day, or eating at a fancy restaurant. And, to truly enjoy, don’t feel guilty about spending a bit more money than you would. Plan an Online Party The best thing about our generation today is that you can do almost anything online, and that includes celebrating your birthday in the virtual world. Plan a Skype conference or a Google Hangouts party, inviting your friends and loved ones to join you on your birthday even just for half an hour over the internet. Buy Yourself a Present Perhaps one of the biggest downsides of having to celebrate your birthday on the road is that you won’t be able to get any presents from people close to you. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a good one, though. What you can do is buy a present for yourself instead. A good present would be one that’s related to travel, or one that you can use along the way like a pair of travelling shoes perhaps, or a no-stick shirt, or even that pretty little purse you’ve been eyeing at the nearby shop for some time now. Don’t feel guilty for spending some extra cash. Again, it’s your birthday and you deserve a treat. The author, Eric, writes for Parties Online Australia.