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birthday ideas

Being self-indulgent, I'm considering how to celebrate my thirtieth birthday, which is coming up in a couple of months.

How should I celebrate my 30th birthday?

go to dinner at a really nice restaurant
visit a day spa
travel somewhere in North America
travel somewhere in Europe
take a cruise
stay home—what's the big deal?
other (specify in comments)

I'm mostly fishing for ideas here. I'd budget at most four days for travel. What would you suggest?



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Jan. 10th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Is there anywhere you really want to go that you've never been? Horseback riding in Iceland?

I think I spent mine at DefCon. [rueful grin] I didn't tell anyone until after it was over, though. I'm pretty sure you can be more creative than that.
Jan. 10th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
Iceland is one of the places I'm considering, especially since BWI seems to have direct flights there. And I have yet to visit the UK; I'd need more time to putter around the countryside, but a long weekend in London isn't out of the question. I remember watching a tv travel show like Globe Trekker years ago where the host slept in a bookstore—it was some old urban bookshop with bed nooks for book-loving travelers. I don't remember the name of the place, and it may have been in a city like Cambridge instead of London, but I'm enchanted by the idea of staying in interesting places like that.

I've been perusing Unusual Hotels of the World to see if I can find someplace appealing and relatively accessible. On a longer trip to the UK, I'll look into staying somewhere like Under the Thatch (in Wales). Staying in a real lighthouse or treehouse also sounds like fun, though the latter might be too chilly in March.

On this continent, I'd like to visit Montréal, Seattle, San Francisco and Monterey, maybe Chicago... heh, I could just follow you around. :)
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
you could stay in the hotel made of ice. i forget where that is, but everything is ice-carved. i'm dying to visit there someday.
Jan. 10th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Ice Hotel, in Quebec. My sister-in-law tried to persuade me to get married there, but it was a bit far (from Australia).
Jan. 11th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Looking at these pictures, it's very tempting.
Jan. 11th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
aaah! if you go; i'll be insanely jealous and want to see every single picture you take! <3
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
To torture you some more, here's another gorgeous set of pictures of that Ice Hotel. The amusing thing is, the photographer—who must've just been taking a tour—writes in her captions that you couldn't pay her to stay there. But since she's Antiguan, I guess she has an excuse. :)
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
All of the above? I'd say do something crazy like fly to Paris or London for the weekend and eat at a famous restaurant!
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
hot springs!!!
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
You could escape to Hawaii. Winter is a wonderful time to escape from the east! The whales have come in to winter in the Pacific, great waves and crazy surfers on the North Shore of Oahu, and amazing hiking! We could also bindle other activities too (amazing food, restaurants, massages on the beach (I'm sure you can get that done somewhere)! We could celebrate our thirtyness together!

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Jan. 12th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Note to self: also consider a visit to Blue Cliff Monastery, if you're feeling less self-indulgent.
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