5 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday While Solo Traveling
You may be traveling alone, but you don’t have to spend your birthday alone!
We’ve all read about the countless perks of solo traveling: you don’t have to run on anyone else’s schedule, you get to think about your own needs, and you get more in touch with your thoughts and emotions. But whether you’re new to this rodeo or are a veteran solo traveler, celebrating important events like your birthday don’t necessarily get any easier when you’re alone, no matter how much you’ve learned to value some much-needed “me time.” If you’re feeling lost or confused as to how to make the day special on your own, don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to make your birthday abroad one you won’t forget.
1. Take yourself out
Ever taken yourself out to a nice meal? Before my first birthday solo traveling, I hadn’t. Look up a delicious restaurant on Google or Trip Advisor and go out for a nice dinner, maybe paired with a glass of wine or a beer. Asking for a table for one is a strange but empowering experience! Even treating yourself to a nice cup of coffee can feel special, and will remind yourself that you are strong and independent.
2. Post on Couch Surfing to meet up with and celebrate with locals and fellow travelers
When I was feeling lonely and didn’t know how to celebrate my birthday while traveling independently, I read about others who had met up on Couchsurfing.com. I had my doubts, but I joined the site the day before my birthday and posted that I was in the area solo traveling and would love to get together with others to celebrate. To my surprise, countless people messaged me wanting to get together, and I ended up on a pub crawl with an Irishman, some Albanians, a few Americans, and a Canadian! I was touched by the generosity of strangers who wanted to make my day special, despite meeting me just hours before.
3. Go on a pub crawl
Almost every metropolitan city in the world has pub crawls. Try to find one online, on Facebook, or ask around at hostels. Treat yourself for a night out on the town with others to celebrate – you might be surprised by who you end up meeting!
4. Try cooking a traditional dish for yourself
If you’re a foodie or you love to cook but you’d rather spend your birthday night in, why not try your hand at a traditional dish from the place you’re visiting? Look up recipes online, head to the grocery store, and get your cook on!
5. Go on a weekend trip
As we get older, we inevitably learn that we can’t always celebrate our special day on the actual day we were born. Especially if you’ve been itching to get away from wherever you’ve been staying, book a ticket on a weekend tour to a nearby destination you’ve been dreaming about. If your birthday is actually on the weekend, that’s a bonus!