The Best Way To Spend Your Birthday Abroad

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How are you going to celebrate your birthday when you are travelling alone? Here's the best way to spend your birthday as a solo backpacker.

If you are reading this blog post then I guess that chances are you are thinking about travelling and worried about spending your birthday away from home, or wondering what the secret is to having the most epic celebration of your birthday abroad. Perhaps like the Hangover movie level of shenanigans but without the wedding or facial tattoos.

If that is the case then thanks for stopping by!

However, I’m probably not going to answer either of these two points directly. Sorry about that, guys. What I will say though is that I celebrated my birthday a few days ago (fanfare, please).


I embarked on my trip to Perth, Australia three weeks before my birthday. Doesn’t that sound a little crazy to you?

I chose to spend my birthday on the other side of the world from friends and family. This is an act that could have potentially seen me friendless, eating a whole wheel of cheese and taking huge swigs from a bottle of cheap plonk whilst singing myself happy birthday.

But I’m here to reassure you that this will never happen to you whilst travelling. Unless you are in a Buddhist retreat on top of a remote, misty mountain, carrying out a vow of silence on your birthday – and please, I’m not knocking you if that is your choice – then it’s incredibly unlikely that you will be alone.

If you are worried about how you will meet people when you are travelling then check out what I have to say about meeting people on the road, life in hostels and whether or not you even need to be a brave person to set foot on that plane.

Unless you are eight years old, obsessed with pink and will only settle for a Barbie themed birthday party in which the entire school year is invited to, birthdays tend to lose their shine. I don’t mean to sound like the Grinch, but you all understand what I mean, right? Your birthday is still a wonderful time to be the focus of some attention, get a few presents from your loved ones, eat a nice meal in that restaurant you have been eyeing up for a while. But at the end of it all, it is still another day too, with work to be done and the cat to feed.


So how you choose to celebrate your day is up to you.

I would say that if you are backpacking through a foreign country, simply opening your mouth and telling people that it is your special day will guarantee you a few drinking buddies.

I was confident I would have a good day. I planned a day that would suit me, focussed around what would make me feel great away from home.

I spent the afternoon with a few friends exploring a community fair in Joondalup, north of Perth.


Joondalup, Australia

There was a pretty park to explore with lots of food trucks, music, entertainment, fun things for the kids…


There were even balloons! Well, sort of…

Then I visited the 12th Annual Exhibition of Cottesloe: Sculptures by the Sea.


‘The Break Wall’ by Elyssa Sykes-Smith

I timed it to be there at sunset so got to enjoy both the beautiful colours and interesting sculptures on display.


‘Listen Time Passes (Cottesloe)’ by Barbara Licha

I finished the day off with an impromptu dinner at a pizza place in the suburb of Northbridge called Dough. All in all it was a perfect day and I feel lucky to intertwine my birthday with my travels to create wonderful memories that I will cherish.

Have you ever celebrated a birthday abroad? What did you do and how did you feel about it? Are you bothered about spending your birthday abroad or does a new experience not phase you?

Tell me all about it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you’ve ever wondered what Christmas as a backpacker feels like then check out what I’ve got to say here.

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How are you going to celebrate your birthday when you are travelling alone? Here's the best way to spend your birthday as a solo backpacker.




  1. March 30, 2016 / 9:52 AM

    Oh I also miss Perth one of my so-called home aside from Auckland. 🙂
    Belated Happy B-day nice post. If you haven’t done so please check my old post “Adventure: Desert Safari” that’s how I celebrated my nth b-day here in AD 🙂

    • March 31, 2016 / 2:10 AM

      Thanks Vinneve! I will have a look at your post. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  2. April 1, 2016 / 10:43 AM

    Happy belated birthday! Glad that you had such an awesome time! My only ever away from home birthday experience involved being serenaded at a karaoke night in a local gay bar, and then pulled on stage to sing Don’t Stop Me Now with a drag queen. It was so weird but definitely one to remember!

    • April 11, 2016 / 12:59 AM

      That sounds like a great birthday! Birthdays away from home never seem the same – but that can be a good thing!

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