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Top destinations to visit for your birthday

Whether you're turning 21 or 71, birthday trips never go out of style. Although extensive travel might not be entirely possible right now, why not get inspired so you'll be ready to celebrate when we can all get back out there again?

Where to go for a birthday trip

No matter which decade of your life you’re planning for, we have you covered.

Of course, you can visit anywhere you’d like at any age. It’s just a number! However, we have some ideas to jumpstart your birthday destination brainstorm. Vegas is the place to be when you’re 21, but places like Maui and Phoenix will take the cake when you’re in your 40s. We’ve put together a handy list of the top 5 trip ideas for those celebrating birthdays at every stage of life.

Las Vegas skyline perfect for a birthday getaway

Birthday trip ideas for travelers in their 20s

Oh, to be young.

When celebrating a birthday in your 20s, there are a few destinations that rise above the rest.

1. New York City

‘The City That Never Sleeps’ is the perfect spot to expend the youthful energy of your 20s, celebrating another year of fun and adventure!

2. Miami

Some prefer the sand and surf to the bustling sprawl of an NYC-style urban setting. If that’s the case, head to Miami.

3. New Orleans or Nashville

Do you really dig live music, hanging out with people your own age, and really cool bar scenes? You need to celebrate your birthday in New Orleans or Nashville.

4. Las Vegas

The king of 21st birthday celebrations, if you like to gamble and go clubbing, Las Vegas is where it’s at. 

Each city listed offers something different as far as birthday getaways are concerned, but trust us when we say that you cannot go wrong by celebrating another year being twenty-something in any of the five cities listed above.

field of flowers in Colorado for relaxing birthday getaway

Birthday getaway ideas for 30-somethings

Congratulations! You are in your 30s now, and the things that once thrilled your twenty-year-old self have likely given way to being a full-blown adult.

But just because you’re older now and plagued by a wealth of responsibility, that doesn’t mean you can’t take an epic birthday vacation. The only question is: where should you go?

All of the best birthday vacations start with a few good friends. Round them up, gather their input, and see what everyone has in mind.

Here are our top-five birthday getaway ideas for 30-somethings:

1. Aspen

Aspen offers a wealth of relaxation in a gorgeous mountainside setting. Filled with amazing spas, posh restaurants, and boutique shopping, there is something for everyone in Colorado.

2. San Francisco

As for San Francisco, well, we love this birthday destination for its diversity, the stunning golden gate bridge, beautiful parks, and there is always something exciting going on.

3. Seattle

Seattle is another gorgeous destination on the West Coast. Head to the original Starbucks, the mountains, or the Space Needle. There is a lot going on in Seattle throughout the year, so plan ahead to get the most out of your trip.

4. Charleston

Charleston is an amazing city to visit for many reasons, and this is particularly true if planning a birthday getaway. Beaches are close, the culture runs deep, the food is amazing and the people are about as friendly as you can find.

5. Key West

Last but not least there’s Key West, Florida. This is a great place to take a birthday vacation in your 30s because you can relax if you want or party like you’re 20 all over again.

Turquoise water in Maui, a great birthday destination

Best birthday vacations for travelers in their 40s

Stressed about your 40s? There are places you can go to just take it easy and relax for a while. Where are those places, you ask? Great question. Check out the five recommendations below that highlight amazing birthday vacation ideas for those in their 40s.

1. Maui

We love Hawaii as a birthday vacation destination for 40-somethings because of its pristine setting and relaxed vibes. Maui will not disappoint.

2. Negril

The same is true for Negril. Beautiful views and a chill atmosphere will have you perfectly celebrating your 40s.

3. Phoenix

Phoenix is incredibly relaxing, and littered with amazing golf courses! Plus there’s plenty of great restaurants and unbelievable resorts and spas.

4. Burlington

As for Burlington, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It’s gorgeous, relaxing, and full of cool things to do like winery tours, skiing, shopping, live music, and a whole heck of a lot more!

5. Anchorage

Anchorage is on this list because, well, let’s face it, you’ve never been to Alaska and it’s truly a place that needs to be visited at least once in your life. Do it now when you can go on adventure tours and see this natural beauty.

Sun setting over London, a top place to visit for birthday

Best places to celebrate a birthday in your 50s

If you’ve made it this far, good for you! Fifty years is something to be proud of — now go celebrate with your friends in a city you love or have always wanted to visit. Where should you go? How about:

1. London

London is perfect for leisurely strolls and seeing the bucket-list items like Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and so many more.

2. Paris

Perfect for foodies and fine-wine lovers, the City of Light is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation full of food, art, and culture in your 50s. 

3. Rome

Even if you visited Rome when you were younger, it’s worth the return visit in your 50s to truly appreciate its depth of history. Besides, it’s always fun to see how the world’s most famous cities change (and the ways they stay the same) over the years.

4. Amsterdam

Relaxing boat tours on the canal, shopping galore, an up-and-coming food scene, visits to the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank house — there’s plenty of beauty, history, and culture in Amsterdam to fill a birthday vacation in your 50s.

5. Dublin

We love Dublin for its pubs and restaurants, but in your 50s you can begin to dive deeper into the culture of this famous Irish capital. River dancing shows and visits to the Cliffs of Moher should top your list.

Where you go is entirely up to you, but the five cities listed above are great places to start. Just make sure to plan this little birthday getaway of yours in advance. You’ll want to hit the ground running when you arrive because who knows if you will ever get another chance to go back.

Looking through leaves into a hillside full of grapevines

Top birthday vacation ideas for those in their 60s

Holy cow! Where has the time gone? Let’s embrace the present and celebrate our 60s in style! Here are the five best birthday destination ideas for people in their 60s.

1. Napa Valley

Napa is one of the best places to celebrate your birthday — spend some time relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, and sipping wine.

2. Palm Beach, Florida

Alternatively, if you love warm weather, nice spas, and endless options for golf, head to Palm Beach, Florida. There’s a reason why so many people retire there.

3. Lake Tahoe

As for Lake Tahoe, we think you’ll enjoy the scenery, the action, and the relaxation. Tahoe is great for skiing in the winter or boating, golfing, and hiking in the summer!

4. Las Vegas

Beyond clubs and gambling, Vegas is home to some of the best exhibitions and shows in the world. 

5. Boston

As far as Boston is concerned, it is one of the best walking cities in the country, so get out of your hotel and go explore a little.

Birthday trip ideas for travelers who are 70+

By your 70s, you’ve earned the right to travel wherever the heck you want, and we think you should do just that. If you still have an adventurous itch, why not consider doing something that scares you, like skydiving. Note: we said consider!

Alternatively, we’re sure that there are at least a few destinations left on your travel bucket list, so pick one of those and go have the time of your life!

Remember, folks, age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Global pandemics might stop us for a bit, but getting older isn’t a reason to stop traveling. After all, life is short, and for all we know, you only get one crack at it. All you need to do is grab a few friends, book a cheap plane ticket via Skyscanner, and ride off into the sunset.

Travel safe, everyone, and please take care of each other along the way — during this difficult time and every other time, too.