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My favorite birthday travel experiences

Author Carina Klein
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Relive and celebrate my past six birthdays with me!

I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to stay at home for their birthday. I have a serious travel bug and I'm happy about every excuse for a vacation – even better when I have the excuse to do something extraordinary and spoil myself a little bit. For my upcoming birthday, I felt like reminiscing about all the amazing birthdays I had in the past – and celebrating myself a bit. Here's an overview over our last 6 years of birthday travels with some serious inspiration for your upcoming celebrations as well.

Rome – How it all started (2015)

This trip really prompted my love for traveling on birthdays. It was my best friend's idea to just run away for the birthday weekend and it was amazing. I ticked the Colosseum – my first wonder of the world – off my bucketlist and I seriously splurged on food. Almost every evening, we had a four-course meal with specialties like Supplì as a starter, a pasta dish, Saltimbocca as a main and don't forget the deserts like Tiramisu – everything accompanied by delicious red wine. During the day, I ate my bodyweight in pizza and gelato.

Picture of alley with restaurant in Rome
Alley in Rome

Paris – The romantic one (2016)

Needless to say that I wanted more after the amazing Rome experience. The next year it had to be Paris, the city of love. And let me say it was amazing. Because it was my birthday, I was able to drag Philipp into more than 10 museums and we even visited Versailles. On the day of my birthday, we climbed the Eiffel Tower for some amazing romantic views. It was perfect. Believe it or not, my highlight was visiting the towers of Notre Dame. I'm a huge fan of the Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame and it was amazing to see the world from Quasimodo's perspective.

Every evening we would dine in amazing romantic restaurants in Montmartre, the Quartier Latin, or Saint-Germain-des-Prés. We would have eclairs, macarons, cheese, oysters, crepes, red wine, and cognac.

Picture of a plate of oysters
French food

Prague – All the beer please (2017)

In 2017, it was finally Philipp's turn to choose the destination. He chose Prague and wisely so. You have read plenty about the beer spa in Prague in our posts about bucketlist experiences and romantic experiences. What you haven't heard yet is about the bar, where you can draft your own beer. It's such a fun experience even when you go as a couple – I imagine it might be even better with a larger group, although possibly even more dangerous. Additionally, we had beers with a view, beers in cute little hipster bars, beers with traditional Czech food – in short, all the beers. This is what a perfect birthday for Philipp looks like!

Picture of Czech beer in Prague
Czech beer

Egypt – The bucketlist destination (2018)

I had been to Egypt a couple of times before but never managed to see the pyramids. This was supposed to change for my birthday in 2018. We booked ourselves on a Nile cruise with a subsequent all-inclusive beach holiday and it was amazing. We spent a week cruising the Nile and seeing all the sights like Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel. Of course, visiting the pyramids was the real highlight of the trip. It was amazing to see them in person and even explore their insides – I felt like a real egyptologist. Even better when you can go back to your all-inclusive paradise after a hard day of exploring and enjoy great food and a cocktail on the beach.

Picture of the Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Giza

Amsterdam – Underground concerts and rooftop cocktails (2019)

My birthday in Amsterdam was my favorite so far. I checked the internet for events on that day and found an underground concert in an old bunker. I'm a huge sucker for ska music and the band Goeiemiddag was just amazing although I did not understand one word except for the song Mutti Ich Habe Durchfall (I'm not gonna give the translation). Even better: the concert was paired with a craft beer tasting event.

Afterwards, we went to the A'DAM Tower to enjoy cocktails with a view – a perfect end to a perfect day.

Picture of sunset view in Amsterdam
Rooftop view in Amsterdam

Berlin – The beginning of the microadventures (2020)

Originally, we had a trip to Ukraine planned and we'll catch up on it in the future and it's gonna be amazing. For my birthday in 2020, we had to make do with the current situation though. I always planned to hike our nearest canal, the Teltow Canal, all the way to its end. So on my birthday, we walked along the canal for 25 kilometers (15 miles) and explored the lush greenery, the lakes, a floodgate, and the history along the former Berlin Wall, which ran parallel to the Teltow Canal for a bit. Because restaurants were still closed, we brought a picnic with some bread and cheese, and some beer and wine – all in all it was the perfect birthday considering the circumstances.

Picture of a bottle of a Radler beer and shoes
Boozy hike

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Manish ambaliya

04.06.2021, 13:49

Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

05.06.2021, 10:01

Not sure which of the 6 countries you mean but thanks

Hannah

23.05.2021, 10:33

What a lovely round up of 6 amazing birthdays full of travel. And well done for finding a ,icroadventure last year - sounds like you still had a lot to explore!

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

25.05.2021, 15:42

We really still have a lot to explore in Berlin. Sometimes we need an occasion to remember that...

Bernie and Jess Watt

20.05.2021, 15:22

Love a good birthday getaway. Impressed at how you themed each one :)

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

25.05.2021, 15:41

Thank you. The themes were more subconscious I think^^

Travel for a while

20.05.2021, 07:15

What a great list! my birthday travels usually involve cocktails on a beach, but a birthday is the perfect excuse to escape somewhere. I like your travel&food mix :)

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20.05.2021, 11:41

Cocktails on the beach sounds like the perfect plan for my 2022 birthday!

Peggy Zipperer

20.05.2021, 04:18

What a fun post!! You really do it big for your birthday and I love that!

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

20.05.2021, 11:35

Thank you! Let's hope I'll be able to continue in 2022!

Becky Exploring

20.05.2021, 04:00

Love that you travel for your birthday! I started doing that in 2015 too and love having a new destination to explore each year. Some of these destinations - Egypt, Prague - are still on my bucket list. Your trips all look amazing!

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20.05.2021, 11:36

What a crazy coincidence that we both started birthday travels in 2015!

Vinn

19.05.2021, 12:40

These are fantastic places to celebrate your birthday! Where are you heading next year?

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

20.05.2021, 11:42

Maybe we'll try to repeat Ukraine...

Wendy White

19.05.2021, 07:08

These are amazing places to spend your birthday. I try to go away for mine too which is around Christmas so works out perfectly.

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19.05.2021, 08:33

That's amazing! I've never been away around Christmas. Hopefully it will work out this year...

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19.05.2021, 05:48

Some great ones there funny enough the only one I have don is Egypt and the Pyramids, never wenton the Nike though.
Prague and beers certainly a winner also

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19.05.2021, 08:36

That actually is funny because Rome and Paris are kind of a cliche and the pyramids are kind of extraordinary ^^

Vanessa Shields

19.05.2021, 01:57

What a fun tradition! I had started the same tradition about 10 years ago but there have been a few I had to skip including this past one. Haha. Rome would be such a fabulous spot with all the great food! Egypt is definitely on my bucket list and a very cool place to celebrate a birthday!

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19.05.2021, 09:01

I know... I'm sad to to have skipped two years in a row. What was your favorite place to spend your birthday?

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18.05.2021, 22:18

Love traveling on my birthday also...and you have some beautiful destinations for travel inspiration!

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19.05.2021, 08:52

Awesome! What was your favorite birthday travel destination?

Francois - Virevolte

18.05.2021, 20:02

Those are amazing experiences! Such a great idea to travel yearly for birthday! Love those places I have been to all of them and they are definitely perfect place to spend this special day.
Where do you plan to go in 2021?

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19.05.2021, 08:39

It's my birthday week and I didn't make it out of Berlin...

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18.05.2021, 18:43

You’ve had some lovely birthday travels! Egypt and Prague both sound like amazing experiences.

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19.05.2021, 08:34

I had and they were! Hopefully spending my birthday at home two years in a row is enough!

Angela Price

18.05.2021, 18:34

A great roundup of birthday travels - I am pleased to say I have been to all of them apart from Berlin. I love being away on birthdays, and as my husbands birthday falls at Easter, we have always been away for 2 weeks then. Up until 2020, he had spent his birthdays in some fantastic places, from New Zealand to Africa and much of Europe.

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19.05.2021, 08:42

That's just amazing! New Zealand and the African continent south of Egypt are still on my bucketlist!

Sue

18.05.2021, 18:09

Traveling is a great way to celebrate a birthday! You have spent your birthday in some amazing places!

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19.05.2021, 08:42

Thank you :) I really have. Let's hope next year it will be possible again!

Lindsy Williams

16.05.2021, 08:05

What amazing birthday experiences! I'm the same when it comes to my birthday, I like to travel and do something special if we can. I think I'd like to have your Egypt birthday next when all travel is possible again. Who knows when that will be. Thank you for the inspiration!

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16.05.2021, 11:33

Oh yes, Egypt is one of my favorites. And there is still loads to explore in this country!