7TH MARCH 2017
Why You Should Spend Your Next Birthday Abroad
BY J.S. VON DACRE
"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years." - Ausonius
Your birthday is approaching. Another year older. Another year wiser (or not, in some cases).
There was a time you revelled in getting older. No one was ever simply “eight years old”, but “eight and a half,” or “eight and three quarters.” And becoming a grown up seemed to never arrive quickly enough.
Then one year, you are thrust into this unwilling role of being a grown up. And as you are slapped in the face with those things called responsibilities and bills, you realise the true perk about being a grown up is being able to decide your own bedtime.
Choosing to spend your birthday abroad will add a different dynamic to your day. You also may find that you rekindle that glimmering birthday excitement from your childhood.
Here are 5 reasons to have spend your birthday in a different country:
1. You don’t have the responsibility of planning get-togethers.
How often do you see people stressed with birthday plans? Not only is the angst about what to do, but also about who to invite. And if you live in a big city, it is not uncommon for people to say they are coming but then cancel at the last minute.
2. You don’t have to go to work.
Is there anyone who actually wants to spend their birthday at work?
3. You have freedom to spend the day doing what you like.
Whether you choose to wake up at 7am or 2pm, it will be completely your choice. You could spend the day relaxing lazily on a beach, or exploring winding, cobbled roads in an ancient city.
4. You get to immerse yourself in a different culture.
In China, people eat long noodles on their birthday in the belief that it will give them a long life. If you find yourself in Holland, you may discover that the traditional birthday cake is, in fact, a pile of pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and served with hot chocolate. And in Japan, the tradition would be to go shopping so that you had a new outfit to wear.
5. Birthdays will become more memorable and something to look forward to.
Whether it is spending the day exploring temples that are thousands of years old, waking up to the sound of the waves, looking at millions of stars against an arid landscape or being lost in a buzz of a different city–the world will truly become your oyster on your special day.
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