Plea for a 40th Birthday Trip

Mar 1st, 2008, 12:44 PM
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Congratulations! I love traveling solo, so a big trip sounds like a great way to celebrate your birthday. I haven't read all of the responses, but I wanted to quickly suggest going to Australia or New Zealand. I recently went there on my honeymoon, but it certainly didn't seem like a couple destination. It looks to me like you have explored Europe a lot, and even though you may love it, I think it would be great to do something new for a big celebration. There is so much to do in either New Zealand or Australia. Since you are going from the West coast, I think it is very doable in 12 days. (We went from Tennessee and spent 14 days.)

Whatever you decide, enjoy!!
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Mar 1st, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Magellan_5 -
I spent much of my 39th year thinking this ominous thought: I'M TURNING 40!!!! Then the morning of my birthday I woke up, looked in the mirror and said "Damn I look good for 40." And I feel sure we'll all say the same about you!

I love all the suggestions you've been given, wish you luck in choosing, and I'll add them to my list for my 50th birthday (1 year, 4 months to go.) Let me just say that 40's are much better than 30's. Simply because you'll look so fabulous for 40.

BTW: I love the idea of the south of France or Bali. Wow!
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Mar 2nd, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Thanks again to all who replied to my post.

PROVENCE: I've been doing a bit of research this weekend, and while Provence sounds alluring, I've read a few guidebooks that say the end of May is the most crowded time to go there, due to several holidays. To anyone who has gone to Provence at the end of May, did you find this to be true?

Leely - Yes, that was my Prague report from November (insert sheepish grin here). You know how on soap operas when on one episode, the characters will be about 25 years old and they'll have 2 year-old kids. And then the next week, they still look 25, but their kids are suddenly 18 years old? That's my aging process. LOL. In November I was mid-30's and now I'll be 40.

enzian - Now that is a unique suggestion! I really like it!

rosetravels - thank you so much for posting those enouraging words! I hope to wake up on my birthday and say the same thing (Damn I look FABULOUS, dahling!)

I want to thank everyone who posted "off the beaten track" ideas, such as Australia, Bali, Central/South America, etc. I can see that I've fallen into a bit of a rut, as I've really only been considering Europe. I may actually try to venture to another continent (gasp!) after reading some of your ideas. Thank you!
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Mar 7th, 2008, 03:53 PM
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Thanks to everyone for all of the great suggestions! After a great deal of agonizing, I finally decided on the one that was most appealing to me: I just booked my ticket for Buenos Aires! Woooo hooo!!! Folks on several different threads made the BA suggestion, so I want to thank everyone for the great ideas. I've decided to postpone Provence and/or Greece until the fall.

Thanks so much to everyone for all the wonderful ideas! All my best - M
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Mar 8th, 2008, 04:04 PM
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if i didnt have my beloved OH..heaven forbid id travel to england..
where romance is frowned upon and id feel at home with the sensible walking shoes and crisp morning air ( make that crisp all day long)
id do the cotswalds and the lakes district..go up to york and maybe scotland
the cold shrivels romance and the rain puts a dampener on hand holding

40 is not old..not at all..i know plenty of people who didnt make it to 40
enjoy it and breathe deeply!
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Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:42 AM
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Hi Fodorites - Thanks so much to everyone for all the great tips. Here's the link to my trip report - I just got back from 10 days in Buenos Aires for my 40th birthday. I have the trip report posted in both the Latin American forum and in the Smart Travel/Solo Travel forum. For anyone who likes Europe and is considering Buenos Aires, there were definitely some similarities, but Buenos Aires is really a place all its own. At any rate, as far as unique experiences go, I recommend it heartily (The dollar stretched very far, and I bought some beautiful leather purses there). I really appreciate all the help everyone gave in suggesting different places to go.

Cheers! Magellan

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