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Why Traveling on Your Birthday Makes You a Happier Person

Our birthday happens only once a year and we owe it to ourselves to celebrate it the best way possible. According to studies, traveling also makes us happier. In fact, multicultural experiences promote creativity and help us feel more vibrant. There is even a book on the subject titled, How to Get More Love, Money and Success by Traveling on Your Birthday!

Bright Side made a list of reasons why your gift to yourself for your upcoming birthday should be nothing else but a ticket to another country.

It’s an opportunity to escape the ordinary and explore new places.

For starters, you’ll have at least a day off, which is awesome as it is. But more than that, you can replace work or study with the exploration of a new place and everything it has to offer. And who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with the destination and decide to move there after all.

Meet new people.

There is no better way to expand your circle of friends than traveling. Fill up your daily schedule with activities, meet new people from all around the world, and socialize. And if you are single and lucky enough, you might also meet your significant other on the way to the beach.

You will feel refreshed like you’re just starting over.

Taking some space from your daily routine on this special day is for sure what every birthday boy or girl needs. From late-night parties to extreme sports and local food tastings, you can make the most of it. You are off work and you have more than just an evening to celebrate — you have all the days and nights of your trip.

It’s your day, anything you say goes.

Everyone knows the one birthday rule: whatever the birthday girl or boy says goes. Imagine applying this rule to a whole journey. If you travel solo you can choose where to go, what to see, where to eat, and also, if you have company, you’ll get to decide what to do and nobody will hold it against you... It’s your birthday!

You deserve to spoil yourself. This day is truly all about you.

You literally celebrating you, on your birthday, the day you came into the world. More than any other day, you deserve to make it about you and spend a little more on your needs and wishes. As kids, our parents have the task of spoiling us with all the birthday festivities, but as adults, it’s up to us. You made it this far, reward yourself!

You are getting older, but you are making the most of it!

Let’s face it, everyone feels a little bit blue on their birthday, at least for a tiny bit, about getting older. However, if you escape for the beginning of this new year of your life, and find yourself in a totally different place with new people and new adventures, it will be less depressing and you are not going to care about the number of candles on the birthday cake. You are clearly making the most of it, and that’s what counts.

You’ll live experiences that make you stronger.

Another great thing you could do is make a birthday travel bucket list. Add all the places you’re dreaming of visiting and all the experiences you want to check off. If you’ve never tried zip-lining or skydiving and you’d love to conquer your fears, this is the best time to do it. Make it a birthday goal, and accomplish it on your special day.

You can choose that one person you want to spend your birthday with and no one else.

If you’ve met the love of your life, there is no better way to celebrate both your love for each other and your birthday, than a special trip for just the 2 of you. Away from the crowds, somewhere far away from the ordinary, you can get closer and be adventurous together.

Celebrate like a local.

Visiting a new place means learning about the culture, the life, the food, and everything the destination has to offer. You can try celebrating like a local. Do some research or meet people from the region and spend time with them to be able to feel the vibes of the place.

Since it’s your birthday, you might get special discounts and freebies in shops and restaurants.

Another simple reason why travelling on your birthday is great, is that it’s the perfect timing for shopping local. Many shops give away birthday freebies. Even restaurants and hotels will sometimes offer special discounts and free meals on your special day. Ask, and you shall receive!

It’s the ultimate gift to you by you.

We have just one “me” and the “you only live once” motto has become popular for a reason. A vacation to remember is the greatest gift you can offer to yourself. The best things in life are our memories, so a journey to a brand new destination solo, or with some company, can become an incredible gift that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

So when your birthday arrives, you can think about buying a ticket instead of a new sweater for yourself. What’s the best birthday experience you’ve ever had? Share you birthday pictures here!

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