I made my 40th birthday memorable with a special vacation because it was a huge turning point in my life. Maybe it’s because you realize that almost half of your life is behind you and you’re trying to figure out what is ahead in the next half. When I turned 40 in 2013, I planned a memorable vacation I took by myself so I could do exactly what I wanted to – when I wanted to. I visited Los Angeles and Hollywood, California. So here are some of the keys to planning that fabulous 40th birthday trip, including my referral links.
Solo or Group Travel?
Decide if you’re going by yourself or in a group.
I decided to go by myself for my 40th birthday vacation because I made last-minute plans and I had a very targeted idea of what I wanted to do. I wasn’t sure if any of my other friends would want to binge on celebrity gossip in Los Angeles. You may remember I took the famed TMZ Tour and watch a taping of Chelsea Lately.
While traveling solo can be fun, I also invited a friend along when I took a Mom Escape this summer to Jeykll Island Club in Georgia. It was so relaxing. We spent great time together having dinner and exploring the island. But when we needed to do our own thing, we went our separate ways.
I’m considering a 45th birthday celebration where I ask a few friends to come along. I’d like to give them at least eight months to plan that vacation in terms of requesting time off from work and making financial plans.
What is Your Budget?
For me the biggest part of my budget for my 40th birthday trip was the airfare to Los Angeles. I also booked my flight last-minute.
But I also saved a lot of money on where I stayed. An Airbnb rental was the best bet for me and most economical. I rented a lovely room inside of an Airbnb host home. There other air Airnb visitors from around the world, so we had a great time chatting over coffee over the few days we stayed.
How will you get around?
I chose Airbnb location that was near the train system in Los Angeles because I didn’t want to rent a car and worry about getting around. Everyplace I went was accessible by train or city bus. Although public transportation is slower, it’s a great way to get to know was city because you can relax, look out the windows and enjoy your surroundings without worrying about listening to Google Maps directions.
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What will you visit?
I had a very targeted idea of what I was going to do when I took my 40th birthday trip to Los Angeles.
But I also learned some lessons from my 30th birthday trip to Europe. I was on a group tour where a lot of the excursions and activities were included. The idea of an all-inclusive package made my first European trip simple. During the day we toured European landmarks, visited the Louvre in Paris and saw the Moulin Rouge.
Alert your bank
Before we took a Carnival Cruise to the Caribbean in December 2015, I let my bank know that we were traveling to several islands in the Caribbean and that there may be transactions there on my debit card. I didn’t want those transactions to be blocked while we were traveling.
I remember when I went to Europe almost 15 years ago, I also brought travelers checks along for easy monetary exchanges since I was visiting several countries
Share Your Journey
Create your own hashtag to allow people to follow your 40th birthday trip. For example, I created the #FiguringOut40LA hashtag. You can still search it online to see my social shares.
What will you share on social media while you’re gone? For safety reasons, especially if you live alone and don’t want people to know your house is empty, consider whether you want to tell the public you’re away. For Facebook especially, you can change your privacy settings to friends only or choose a select list to see your vacation photos.
Consider turning your photo memories into holiday cards and stationery with Tiny Prints.
Comment below: Have you ever taken a 40th birthday trip? What’s your ideal vacation spot to visit for your 40th birthday?