Why You Should Travel On Your Birthday

barcelona fashion illustration

It’s December 17th, and today is my birthday.

A few years ago I decided I would always travel on my birthday. Partly because my birthday is the week before Christmas, a time when everyone is already busy and in the final run through the most expensive month of the year. Partly because your birthday is the day that you reset the clock for your personal new year ahead. So why not reset it somewhere fabulous?

I take some time out on my birthday to give thanks for the fantastic year I just had, or sometimes just for the fact that I survived the prior year unbroken. Then I map out some goals for the new birth year. What do I want to achieve? Where do I want to travel, what direction do I want my life to move forward in?

Most of us don’t really use our birthday as a celebration of self. (Going to a bar and spending a bunch of money to get hammered isn’t really a celebration of self.) I know I never used to, but now I do. I don’t ask friends to come hang out in some bar, instead I get on a plane and go somewhere.

This time I chose Barcelona, and instead of traveling alone one of my friends asked to join me. The birthday trip is different from other travel that I do. It’s not about running around the sites and the monuments, it’s very low key. I will be visiting art museums, eating paella and wandering through shopping streets, just soaking up life somewhere different.

 7 reasons why you should travel on your birthday.

It takes away birthday stress.

Birthdays can be stressful when you are having to plan a celebration or when you are hoping someone plans one for you. Instead you plan a trip earlier in the year, save for it and go experience something new.

caye caulkeer belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

It Lets You Create Incredible Memories

Whether you are creating memories lying on a beach somewhere beautiful, wandering the streets of an ancient town or hiking the hills of some exotic location you are building a set of super memories that are forever attached to your birthday.

caye caulker belize

It Makes You Look Forward To Your Birthday

When you are a child the countdown to your birthday is so exciting, you can hardly wait for it to arrive. As you get older there is a certain dread of each approaching birthday as it merely signifies getting even older.

When you attach a trip to your birthday you become that excited child again and your birthday becomes something exciting that you look forward to, whether you are flying somewhere exciting or driving to a B&B in the mountains with a stack of books and a bag full of snacks.

You Can Take Advantage Of Birthday Discounts

There are so many fantastic birthday discounts and surprises that you can take advantage of when you travel, from free hotel nights to airline upgrades to complimentary bottles of champagne. (and many, many more!) So why not take advantage of them??

Florence view

Florence Italy, December 17 2015

You Can Have Amazing Adventures

You can attach incredible adventures to your birthday. Maybe you go parasailing in the Greek Islands on your birthday, or ride camels in the desert in Dubai, go scuba diving or hot air ballooning – why not do something truly amazing on your birthday?

Cestius Pyramid, Rome

You Can Take Something Off Your Bucket List

Most of us have a bucket list of some sort. Why not use the year ahead to plan out doing something from that list on your birthday? What better excuse could you have to actually do something on the list, and what better time to do it?

Morocco has been on my bucket list for ages. I am already thinking about going there for my birthday next year. Why not?


Travel Birthdays Last Longer

Sure there is only one actual day, but you have built this entire trip around your birthday so your celebration starts on the way to the airport and ends when you land back home again. If you take all that time to celebrate yourself, to celebrate what makes you unique, to celebrate your hopes and dreams, to celebrate your accomplishments and failures (the celebration of which turns them into accomplishments) just think how fantastic the year ahead will be! Just imagine how great this is for your personal sense of positive self awareness…

We travel to meet new people. We travel to learn about different customs and cultures. We travel for the experience. Why not make your next birthday a traveling experience?

What To Eat On Caye Caulker

While you are on Caye Caulker there are a few foods you must not miss out on. The fresh fish was just amazing, we loved eating jerk chicken and conch curry, plantain was wonderful, and a morning without fry jacks would have been a crime!

Here is a quick guide to eating in Caye Caulker.

Breakfast: at least once while you are on the island you have to try the local breakfast delicacy, Fry Jacks. These are made from a dough that is filled with any combination of ham, chicken, eggs, beans, and cheese, deep fried. They are amazing! 

Errolyn's Fry Jacks Caye Caulker

The best place in town to buy fry jacks is Errolyns House of Fry Jacks on Middle street. Errolyn’s opens from 6am til 2pm.

Errolyn's Fry Jacks Caye Caulker

Errolyn’s House Of Fry Jacks on Caye Caulker

It’s always full of locals, as well as tourists in the know, lining up to get breakfast to go. Fry Jacks cost between $2 and $5 BZN, so between $1 and $2.50 US.


Rainbow Grill Caye Caulker

The Rainbow Grill, Caye Caulker

Lunch: sit out on the covered patio at Rainbow Bar and Grill and enjoy ocean breezes and staggeringly gorgeous ocean views while you enjoy a local rum punch and any of their fish dishes.

patio Rainbow Grill Caye Caulker

the patio at the Rainbow Grill on Caye Caulker


Rum Punch Caye Caulker

Rum Punch wiith a view at the Rainbow Grill on Caye Caulker

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the view from the patio at the Rainbow Grill, Caye Caulker

the view from the patio at the Rainbow Grill, Caye Caulker

I had fresh snapper cooked in a ginger sauce, and it was fantastic.

One of the highlights of our trip to Caye Caulker was taking a day trip to Goff’s Caye with a local company called Anda de Wata.

Belizean food

Lunch on the beach at Goff’s caye, Belize

Our boat crew cooked us an absolute feast on the beach, rice, vegetables, plantain, and fish. It was my favorite meal while we were away.

Dinner: you cannot beat the food at Wish Willy.

Wish Willy Caye Caulker

We ate there several times, and each time was fantastic. Maurice cooks fish and chicken and veges outside on the grill, and you eat under the trees. Wish Willy oozes island ambience, has really great food and a really cool chef. (Who was also our landlord while we were on the island!)


My Milly Zip Pouch From Fab Fit Fun

belize caye caulker

Next week I’m heading down to Belize for a few days. I love it when makeup jobs fly me off to cool destinations! I’ve never been to Belize before, so not only is this totally cool, but we are going to be on an island called Caye Caulker, with palm trees, white sand beaches and an endless ocean. I can barely wait!

caye caulker belize

I will have some down time while I’m there, and fully plan to not only get well acquainted with the beaches but also to do some snorkeling. The world’s second largest barrier reef is off the coast of Belize. The last time I went snorkeling I was on the world’s largest barrier reef off the coast of Far Northern Queensland in Australia, so this is going to be incredible!

caye caulker belize

I foound these images of Caye Caulker on google – they’re not mine, and there are some affiliate links below.

Right now I’m figuring out what to pack and I’m going to be using some of the things I received in my Spring 2017 Fab Fit Fun box.

At the beginning of each quarter they send you a gorgeously curated box of fabulous things that you need to be chic for the season ahead. In my spring 2017 box there was this cool Gypsy Roundy, a round cloth that you can use as a beach blanket or picnic blanket, a table cloth, a wall hanging – tons of uses. Mine came in the tie dyed looking blue and white print, which is pretty cool for beaching it, don’t you think? This is it below with my beauty products sitting on top.

Fab Fit Fun Milly Zipper Pouch

I also received this cool Milly Zippered Pouch, which you can use as a clutch, a travel makeup bag or as I plan to use it, a beach bag. It’s water proof inside so you can throw in a wet bikini, but I’m using it to store my beach skin and makeup needs.

Fab Fit Fun Milly Zipper Pouch

I am obsessed with sun protection for my face and neck. I use a regular Coppertone or Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen on my body, normally an SPF 30 or 50, but on my face I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 100, I either pick it up at the store or add it to whatever I’m ordering at Amazon.com

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied during the day, but I hate getting gritty sand on my hands and in my sunscreen and roughing up my skin, so for years and years now I have been using ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 50. This is genius because you can reapply it over your makeup and not mess everything up, and if you are feeling a little more glowy than you want, the powder formula can matte you down too. It’s fantastic!

A few years ago a client gave me a tube of Nars Lipstick in Roman Holiday to take with me to Italy. It has become my default travel lipstick – I just love it. I always take a bold color lip and a soft, glossy color lip with me when I travel, and Roman Holiday is my soft glossy. It has Vitamin E in it which keeps your lips feeling soft and stops them from drying out, and the color is the perfect blue based pink (good for cool toned girls). Most blue pinks have that tired out Barbie vibe, but this one is fresh and perfect and makes your teeth look super white. You can order it online at Sephora.com

When the beaching is done and everyone is heading out for dinner or drinks and there’s not time to go home and get showered I like to clean my face with Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths and then use a refreshing facial mist to both sooth and hydrate my skin without having to deal with gooey moisturizers. Sephora has tons to choose from.

One of the best ways to look fab after the beach, especially if you are a little more red than planned, is to neutralize your complexion with a little bronze. Powder bronzers can get too grabby on your skin and look weird, and most powder bronzers have too many glittery, flickery particles in them, which makes your entire bronzer game look ridiculous. I prefer to use a gel bronzer, and my favorite is Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Gel Bronzer. I typically can’t find this product in stores so I always order it on Stila.com)After a day on the beach just tapping a little gel bronzer along your cheek bones and a little at the edges of your forehead can make your skin glow, and knock down any excess redness.

In general I don’t take perfume to the beach, but if I have a little travel sized bottle I slip it in my bag. Perfumes aren’t supposed to hang out in the heat as this can ruin them, so don’t bring a big bottle!

I’m naturally curly, and although most of my life is lived with my hair smoothed out, I don’t even consider it when beaching. Left to it’s own devices my hair will look like a cross between a really bad home perm that went drastically wrong and an afro. For a quick hair repair I spritz in Ouidad’s Botanical Boost Refreshing Spray which I get in the travel size, and I normally rake and shake a little of their Heat and Humidity Gel through as well. I also buy that in travel size and am waiting for my order to arrive, so it’s not pictured here.

Last but not least if my hair is collapsing at the roots, which happens all the time, I spritz a little Oribe Dry Texturing spray. I order all my travel sized Oribe products from SpaceNK.com Sometimes I use a dry shampoo, but I find a dry texture spray has a few more uses and is therefore a better travel companion. And it smells amazing!