So you’re planning your 30th birthday celebrations in the near future, but what exactly is your plan? 30 is kind of a big deal—you’re out of the carefree days of your 20s but not yet into the mature day of your 40s. Knowing this, your plan could really go either way: revert back to your childhood or embrace the future. Your choice will probably depend a lot on your personal taste and attitude toward your next ten years. But regardless of your idea of a good time, here are three ways you could spend your 30th birthday that are sure to be memorable for you and enjoyable for anyone you choose to bring along.
Take a Wine Tour
If you’re ready to face the adulthood of your 30s head-on, you may want to consider taking a wine tour to start this decade off with some class and sophistication. According to Amy Hunter, a contributor to HowStuffWorks.com, you can generally choose between planning your own trip or taking a guided tour. With a guided tour, you’ll get to walk through the vineyards, see where and how the wine is made, and get to sample multiple types of wine. Regardless of the type of tour you take, you will have the chance to purchase wine to add to your collection. This could be a great chance to buy a wine to save until your 40th birthday.
Go On a Backpacking Trip
Backpacking is a great way to disconnect from a world you’ve been plugged into for the last 30 years and commune with the great outdoors. Some of the perks of backpacking rather than camping, according to Backcountry.com, are no fees, no crowds, and vast expanses of land to explore unfettered. While you can choose to backpack in an area close to home, you could also use this as an excuse to travel to a famous location and make a whole trip out of it. Just be sure you’re physically prepared for the hard terrain and days of exertion.
Visit an Amusement Park
To get one last hurrah of your childhood, you may want to consider visiting an amusement park to experience a true adrenaline rush and indulge your immature side one last time. Ray A. Smith, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, shares that because many amusement parks are trying to get more adult visitors, you can now experience a lot more at these location than just thrill rides. Many parks also have live music, alcohol, shopping, spa treatments and more. So while you may choose to go to an amusement park to relive parts of your childhood, you can also use this as an opportunity to mentally transition from youth to maturity.
No matter how you choose to spend your 30th birthday, enjoy this time of celebrating your past and looking forward to your future. And, if you so desire, consider spending your birthday doing one of the above activities.