Turning a year older is an important milestone. A birthday is an occasion to reminisce on the year gone by and an occasion to celebrate your achievements within that period.
As with many people, you may want to throw a party to celebrate your birthday with family and friends but at a destination away from your home. Throwing a destination birthday party calls for extra planning than organizing a regular birthday party at your home or at the local restaurant.
Having a destination party outside your country requires even more precautions and planning because it is essentially international travel with added responsibilities of organizing a party.
Below are a number of tips on how to a have a destination birthday celebration.
Planning and budgeting
If you intend on having a destination birthday celebration then you must plan a few months before your birthday. Choose a destination and date of travel and then sit down to work on your budget. How much money are you willing to spend on the celebrations?
Actually, the budget will determine how many people you can travel with and how long you are going to spend at your destination. Factor in the price of air tickets, airport transfer fees and the cost of hotel accommodation. You will get lower prices on air tickets and hotel accommodation if you book a few months before your date of travel.
At your destination, will you have a birthday party or you’ll you simply tour the country, and that will be it? Whatever you choose, you need to know beforehand how much it will cost before you even book your plane tickets. You need to know if the cost of the activities you have lined up there fit in your budget, and if not, change to a more affordable destination.
You also have the option of asking your guests to pay for their own expenses.
You need a passport to travel abroad. Make sure everyone in your entourage has a valid passport until your date of return and with sufficient blank pages for the destinations you want to visit.
Visa requirements vary from country to country, and it is important if it is needed to enter your country of destination. Some countries process your visa at the airport of entry, but it is better to apply for and have it before you leave. This can be done online or at the respective embassies.
The most important safety tips are to take pictures of your travel documents and mail them to yourselves. These copies will come in handy should you lose your passport and visa while abroad.
Next, you need to be aware of the prevailing political and security situation on the destination country. You’ll find these information on international media like Mirror Daily News and from your embassy.
It is important to let your embassy know when you arrive in the country for two reasons; they’ll provide evacuation services should an emergency situation arise and they usually have travel and security tips for visiting sites in the country.