Make your birthday special next year and celebrate in style. One of the best ways to mark the occasion is with a holiday, depending on what type of birthday you’re looking for.
Whether you're dreaming of a beach destination or some solitude in the Himalayas reflecting on the previous year, here are my best places for a solo birthday trip however you want to celebrate. (For other solo trip ideas click here)
Best Places for a Solo Birthday Trip
1. Party Birthday – Ibiza
Ibiza is definitely one for the party solo who wants to experience her birthday partying under the Spanish stars on the famous White Isle.
Spend your days sunbathing by the pool before venturing out to some of the best super clubs in the world. Watch the sunset from the iconic Café Mambo, experience the wild pool parties at Ocean Beach and see live music at the notorious Ibiza Rocks. This is the destination to experience with friends and celebrate in style true party-vibe style. * Read: Solo Travel in Ibiza
2. Once in a Lifetime Birthday – A Bucket List Experience
Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to do something you have always wanted to do, especially if you’re celebrating a big birthday. I always try to visit a new destination every birthday to make it extra special.
It’s the perfect time to cross off something on your bucket list whether that’s to do something epic such as hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, seeing the ancient pyramids in Egypt or soaring across amazing landscapes in Cappadocia, Turkey. Life is short so grab that opportunity whilst you can. Whatever is on your list, don’t wait another year to tick it off.
3. Wildlife Holiday – South Africa
If you’re a wildlife lover, have a birthday you’ll never forget with a safari holiday, especially if you travel to South Africa.
Spot the Big Five on safari in the famous Kruger National Park; see giant herds of African Elephants as they drink from the natural watering holes. Search for leopards as they stalk their prey and watch the penguins who naturally reside on Boulders Beach in Cape Town.
And when you’re not spotting wildlife, you can relax in luxurious campsites, dine by a campfire and wake up to the call of birds overlooking the savanna. Having been on numerous safaris, there really isn't anything else like it. * Read: Solo Travel in South Africa
4. Active Holiday – Nepal
For the active solo, how about hiking some of the best mountain ranges in the world? Nepal is famous for its stunning scenery and beautiful landscapes, and you could join a guided trek along the Annapurna circuit to experience the beauty and solitude of these mountains.
These mountains are breathtaking, and it’s a great way to see the Himalayas. Throughout the trek, you’ll stay in homely teahouses and meet the locals. Where better to spend your birthday than on top of a mountain!
5. Experience Solitude – India
Birthdays are also a time to reflect, and where better than at a meditation and yoga retreat in India? This country is abundant in ashrams, especially in Rishikesh. Find inner peace at meditation ashrams across the region or enjoy detox juices and massages by the tropics in modern hotel retreats.
The River Ganges is a magical, peaceful place. Having personally stayed in a week-long ashram, I can guarantee that you’ll enter a new era feeling relaxed, refreshed and centred. * Read: Solo Travel in India
6. Adventure Holiday – New Zealand
If you’re a lover of The Lord of The Rings, head to New Zealand to experience your birthday in the land of Hobbiton. It's one of the best places to travel alone for your birthday!
But don’t just limit your time to visiting the hobbits, as New Zealand has so much more to offer. Both islands in New Zealand are stunning, with breathtaking scenery such as glaciers, rainforests and snow-covered peaks.
For adrenalin junkies, you can experience the speed of a jet boat ride or throw yourself off the original bungee jump bridge. There is so much to do in Queenstown that you’ll definitely have a heart-pumping birthday if you choose here. * Read: Solo Travel in New Zealand
7. In Need of Some Company Holiday – Ireland
Spending it all alone but in search of some friendly locals? Pick Ireland; it's one of the best solo birthday trip ideas. The Irish reputation for cheer and goodwill seems to extend to every visitor who finds themselves welcomed into Irish society at the drop of a hat.
Dublin is the friendliest, but one great way to make new friends in almost any part of the country is to enter a local Irish neighbourhood bar and pull up a stool. You'll be treated to a pint of Guinness or two and, of course, if you can repay the hospitality you’re guaranteed to have a fun-filled Irish birthday. * Read: Solo Travel in Ireland
8. Family Birthday – Tenerife
If you've decided not to go solo, with a range of beautiful beaches and water sports to match; Tenerife is a great destination to spend with your family especially if you’re heading there from Europe. Only a short flight away, you’ll be able to relax in all-inclusive hotels, dine by the seafront and unwind by the pool under the hot sun, thanks to the island’s location off the coast of West Africa.
As well as sunbathing, the whole family can explore the island’s natural surroundings. Tenerife is dominated by the volcanic Mount Teide, which has shaped the island’s lush, rocky surroundings. Plus there’s a huge water park too! Hike into the hills for stunning views and a birthday you’ll never forget. * Read: Tenerife Solo Travel Guide
If going abroad isn’t an option for all of your family, you can host your own Murder Mystery Dinner Party with friends instead. You don’t even need to be in the same room as you can take part in Murder Mystery Games virtually too.
I hope these 8 places for a solo birthday trip have given you some ideas for your next birthday. Wherever you decide to go and for what purpose, whether it’s to be active, have an adventure, go sightseeing or just simply relax by a pool, make sure to enjoy every moment. After all, you’re only this age once.
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