Traditions can be a right drain, especially those that hinder your growth or those that you simply don’t enjoy. Every year my mother made an effort for my birthday- as kind as it was. It usually involved some sort of birthday party with people I didn’t like or care about. For that reason, I, in the past, have always hated celebrating my birthday. I would be forced to wear some fancy dress where I would be forced to sit and look pretty!
For my 21st I decided to change this tradition and celebrate my birthday travelling – the one thing I love doing!
Drake said it first, “Turn Your Birthday into a Lifestyle”. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Drake, but when Char from MemoirandMusing– mentioned the lyric to me I recognised I had already been doing it for 8 years! Yes, that’s right, since my 21st Birthday, I have made an effort to book a flight for my birthday. These are the countries I have been too so far:
Nigeria – 23
Dubai – 24
America – 26 (New York, Houston & New Orleans)
I’m sure you already know that I spent my 28th Birthday this year at Disney Land Paris with le bae! See the pictures below:
I’ve always believed that you should always do things you enjoy for your birthday and I have recognised that travelling is something I love to do, so why not do it for my birthday? Since it’s my B-Day Week still ( BIG UP TO MY FELLOW VIRGO QUEENS AND KINGS!! ) I figured I’d share my top tips on how to turn your birthday into a lifestyle!
6 way on how to turn your birthday into a lifestyle
And give your job notice that you’ll be taking your birthday off. Don’t! I repeat, don’t go to work on your birthday! You shouldn’t be going to work on your birthday! You should be catching a flight or already abroad. The only way to do this is by planning well ahead – I mention this in a previous blog post, particularly on my post – Make It A Habit To Visit A New Country Yearly.
You are supposed to enjoy yourself on your birthday! If you love your job then, by all means, go to work, but as a travel blogger doesn’t it make more sense spoiling yourself to a holiday on your birthday? Of course, so book that flight!
Don’t be afraid to splurge it’s your birthday for crying out loud! Let your birthday be the one day a year when you’re allowed to partake in ONE thing that you’ve been saying no too.
Obviously, this won’t work if it’s a significant addition to something terrible, like alcohol or smoking, but sometimes this can work wonders. Allow someone to treat you to something beautiful or better yet treat your damn self!
Book that flight
As I said before, I have travelled every year for my birthday, and I tend to try and go somewhere new if I can! Well except this year and Nigeria – I mention this in a post where I write why It’s So Important To Visit/ Go Back Home
And it is easy to go away for your birthday! Even if it’s the only time, you travel in the year! Let it be for your birthday! It goes back to my first point, plan ahead = book your flight well ahead of your birthday, that way you have something to look forward to for your birthday.
Do what you want
I know I make a big fuss about travelling abroad for your birthday, but you honestly don’t have to! Do what you want to do for your birthday. Do you enjoy going to the spa? Or simply just not celebrating it all? Then do these things! You don’t have to do something to please others do it for yourself.
I can’t keep reminding you – that it’s your birthday you are entitled to do exactly what you want!
Sleep well the night before
I’m not one to share when I’m flying out, but this time I think I can as I’ve already flown out! I flew out two day’s before my birthday and knew that I was going to need all the rest I can get. My birthday is always abroad, and it usually involves lots of excitement, which can be extremely exhausting! So be sure to get some rest before your travels.
Try something new
Other than travelling, I must admit that I do enjoy a good meal. I love trying out new types of food the craziest I’ve tried is duck feet and shark! Not something I will be eating again, but I think on your birthday you should try something new.
So now I have shared my top tips on how to turn your birthday into a lifestyle. Tell me how do you plan to spend your next birthday?
The Black Girl and Her BackpackSeptember 10, 2019
…and let the church say Amen! I’m so here for this birthday trip tradition! I love travelling too and it genuinely makes me so happy, I’m surprised that I’ve never been able to get out of the UK on my birthday before. I would attribute this to poor forward planning though, my birthday tends to come at me fast (despite it being in the whole 10th month of the year lol).
When I finally get around to doing this, I’ll definitely be using your tips – they’re very useful/practical.
Good job on this post, sis!
Adebola - MyBreakingViewsSeptember 10, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post! I would defo suggest giving yourself two months prior to your birthday to plan something! Or take your birthday as annual leave then you know you have to do something! However, saying that, you do go out for your birthday with your family so that is always a good sign! Look forward to your birthday!
Davida | Wonders of WandersSeptember 11, 2019
Great tips, girl! For a couple of years now, I’ve tried to do a trip specifically pegged as a “birthday trip” earlier or later than my birthday (because July = peak season wahala ?). But I’m planning ahead for 2020, so hopefully will spend the actual birthday on a trip for the first time next year. Let’s see how it goes ??
Adebola - MyBreakingViewsSeptember 12, 2019
Thank you so much for reading this! I look forward to your planning your holiday away for your birthday! I can imagine though July is peak time and is probs better staying in the UK because it’s supposed to be warm here. I suspect though if you plan early you can get a relatively good deal! It all depends on what you want to do girl! x
ClaireNovember 17, 2019
I do this already! I just head over to Melbourne, Australia each year (and have done so for the past couple of years) and have a trip to Bali booked for next year!
Adebola - MyBreakingViewsNovember 17, 2019
Oh my I would love to go to Melbourne! You will love Bali I did it this year for the summer.