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How to Celebrate Your Birthday Alone

Whether it's by chance or design, being alone on your birthday gives you the opportunity to commemorate it exactly the way you want.


  • Step 1: Go on a trip Plan a trip that will have you out of town on your birthday. If you don't want to be alone, book an active vacation that involves a group, like a bike, walking, or volunteer tour.
  • TIP: If you've been saving your frequent flyer miles but don't have enough for a ticket, consider blowing them on an upgrade to first class.
  • Step 2: Or stay home If you can't or don't want to take a trip, plan a decadent day at home. Take the day off from work. Call in sick if you have to.
  • Step 3: Revel in your freedom Revel in the knowledge that, for this one day, you can do exactly what you like. You don't have to be anywhere at any particular time.
  • Step 4: Buy yourself a present Buy yourself a birthday present. Make it something impractical that you've always wanted.
  • Step 5: Have some champagne Have a glass of good champagne somewhere – at the bar of a five-star hotel, in your bathtub, or just in front of the TV.
  • Step 6: Savor your favorite dessert Savor your favorite dessert – you know, something you like better than birthday cake.
  • Step 7: Make a wish When you turn in, count your blessings. Then make a wish for the coming year.
  • FACT: According to a survey, 41 percent of married men take their wives out for their birthdays, while just 29 percent of married women return the favor.

You Will Need

  • The day off
  • Champagne
  • Dessert
  • A trip (optional)

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