Birthdays are funny old things. By the time you reach 30, you’ve had your fair share of birthdays and you may find yourself struggling to think of something new to do in order to mark the occasion. But fear not, because here’s we’ve got a list of ideas to help you make this birthday a special one. Whether you’re planning your own birthday celebrations or looking for a way to surprise or treat your friend, here are five great ways to celebrate the 30th birthday.
1) Conquer a fear
Though it is literally just a number, turning 30 comes with an inevitable sense of self-reflection. So if you want to end your last decade and start the new one feeling good about yourself, why not spend your birthday conquering fear and ticking off an item from your bucket list?
Whether it’s sky-diving, bungee jumping, abseiling, shark diving or anything else that gets the adrenaline pumping, just make sure you do it early in the day. You don’t want to spend your whole birthday being nervous about what’s ahead, so book it early and let yourself enjoy the adrenaline high for the rest of your day.
2) Go on holiday
Treat yourself for making it to 30 by taking a holiday. Of course, the type of holiday you take will depend on your personality as well as your budget. Some may want to go on an all-out clubbing holiday to Ibiza whilst others might prefer a quiet week by the beach in Bali.
Whatever kind of holiday you choose, just make sure you have a specific activity or restaurant booked on your actual birthday. And if you’re planning a trip for your friend, you can mark the occasion with a next-level birthday cake. Make sure you do your research and find a local company who can create personalised birthday cakes for the occasion. So for example, if you’re heading to Phuket, find a wedding and birthday cake bakery in Phuket and send them your ideas well in advance. Then, all you need to do is pick it up on the day and surprise your friend with a special cake.
3) Take on a challenge
If you don’t fancy risking your life by jumping out of a plane on your birthday, why not conquer a physical challenge instead? Whether it’s running a marathon, climbing a mountain, cycling across France or trekking the Great Wall of China, taking on a challenge on your 30th birthday will make you feel invincible!
4) Have a slumber party
If you really don’t fancy making a big deal or going out on a big adventure, why not embrace this milestone with a cosy night in with close friends and family? You could wrap up warm in PJs, watch your favourite childhood movie, have your favourite takeaway and binge on popcorn and chocolate. It’s a low-key and low-budget but still nice and special.
5) Breakaway from society
Some people love a lot of fuss on their birthdays whilst others prefer to escape the noise. If you’re the type of person who’d rather not make a big deal out of a birthday but still want to mark the occasion, why not book yourself into a retreat? Whether it’s a yoga retreat or a cosy cabin in the snowy mountains, give yourself a bit of time and space to reflect and celebrate this milestone with a bit of peace and quiet.
Turning thirty is nowhere near as scary as some people make it out to be, but it’s still a big occasion that should be celebrated. So whether you choose to go on a crazy adventure by trekking through the Alps, stay in for a Netflix marathon or run an actual real-life marathon, make sure you take a moment to celebrate yourself and this fabulous milestone in life. You got to 30, enjoy it!