Why travel is the best way to celebrate life’s milestones

friends enjoying a rooftop drink
23/11/2017 / By / , / Post a Comment

When you’ve got something to celebrate, organising a party or event can be time-consuming and stressful.

Will the guests show up? Will you have enough food and drinks? Is the weather going to hold out? And the clean up the next day… it’s better not to think about it.

We’re not trying to suggest a holiday would be more fun than your next bash (okay, we are), but why put yourself through all that stress when you could celebrate with a trip overseas instead? In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea” – or anywhere else, for that matter.

We’ve come up with a list of some of the best excuses reasons why you should book a holiday for your next celebration – and a few ideas of where to start.

Celebrating a milestone birthday

Canadian Rockies

Some people love to be the centre of attention on their birthday and others prefer to pretend it isn’t happening! Either way – a holiday is a great way to celebrate with loved ones, or escape from the attention that would be showered on you at home. If you want to celebrate on the dance-floor with a mojito in hand, make a beeline for Cuba. On the big day, you can even enjoy an unforgettable meal at an eco-farm in Vinales or dance the night away at a salsa bar with locals. Or if you’re more the nature-loving type, a trip into Canada’s wilderness could be the perfect way to switch off and enjoy your birthday with minimal fuss – the crisp, clear air of the Rocky Mountains is enough to make anyone feel young again.

Having an anniversary to remember

Amalfi coast clifftop

Image via the Italian Tourism Board

Is forgetting your anniversary an annual source of contention between you and your partner? This year, why not make up for past mistakes by blowing them away with a romantic trip – and why not live out the cliché and make it to Italy? Imagine strolling through the cobbled streets of Varenna and Verona, tasting limoncello with a local artisan farmer on the Amalfi coast, or sharing a gelato in Roma. If you wanted to do something really bespoke, you could even recreate the holiday you took for your honeymoon, with a few extra special moments thrown in to cement your position as King or Queen of Romance.

Reliving your glory days

Inca Trail, Peru

Image by Drew Dunlop.

Instead of organising a reunion at the same old restaurant, why not get the university gang back together and do something inspiring? Think big – big like hiking the Inca Trail in Peru big, where you can explore the ancient Inca ruins of Chachabamba and savour some incredible views of Machu Picchu. It’s always good to share a drink with old friends, but it’s even more satisfying to reminisce about the good old days when you’ve just conquered one of the world’s most incredible treks together.

Spending some quality family timehalong bay

As kids get older and life gets busier, it can be tricky to get the family together for dinner – let alone a family holiday. But when the right holiday comes along, even teenagers will make themselves available. A family holiday with grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, siblings and anyone else that wants to tag along is an easy way to spend some quality time with the ones you love. Somewhere like Vietnam is great for all ages, what with all the tasty street food, bike-riding opportunities, buzzy cities and beautiful sites like Halong Bay.

Reuniting with an old travel buddy

cheers drinks

Image by Drew Dunlop.

Everyone remembers their first big trip overseas and the friendships forged – whether you were on a group tour or you and a friend set out on your own adventure.  To evoke nostalgia, get in touch with your original travel buddy and create a holiday that captures the essence of the trip you took together. Sure, you might have a few more dollars to splurge on more comfortable accommodation rather than a 25 bed hostel this time round, but you can revisit favourite destinations and relive the experiences that helped you fall in love with travelling in the first place.


Peregrine’s Private Groups team can help you create the perfect trip, whatever you’re celebrating. Talk to them today to find out about tailoring a trip to suit your needs – so your next special occasion can be even more special.

Image by James Walker.

Amy Foyster

My main goal in life is to find ways that I can eat, travel and then write about it and pass it off as gainful employment. In fact, I normally plan my holidays entirely around where and what I am going to eat. Writing this has made me hungry…

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