Birthday Milestones

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Happy Brithday horseBirthdays are great aren’t they?

Celebrating another year, opening presents from loved ones, and looking back over what you’ve achieved in the past 12 months. That’s all lovely, but I find that there can be a stressful side to birthdays too, and that part usually begins a month or so before the big day. It starts with this simple, well-meaning question –

‘So, what are you doing for your birthday?’

Ahhhhh! I don’t know. Was I supposed to have planned something already? What if I plan something that my friends don’t enjoy? Will they still come? Why am I dealing with this stress when it’s MY birthday?! I’m sure we’ve all felt this way at some point, especially for those milestone birthdays when the pressure to organise an event is even greater.

So how about doing something amazing that you will remember forever and, more importantly, is something you actually really truly want to do? Going on the trip of a lifetime is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday milestone. Start the next year of your life by doing something extraordinary, whether you are a total beginner who’s always wanted to ride or an experienced rider who wants to test their skills and broaden their horizons there is something here for you. Here’s a list of a few popular adventure-of-a-lifetime destinations:

Giraffe on the Masai Plains
Giraffe on the Masai Plains

Masai Mara on Horseback – Kenya

The safari of all safaris. Escape the tourists by seeing all the big game the Mara has to offer from horseback. When the riding ability required is – ‘Fit confident experienced riders able to gallop out of danger’ you just know that this ride is going to be really, really good. Each night will be spent in the luxury of walk-in tents with proper beds and showers, moved each day by the support team to give you a truly authentic safari experience. Fast riding, an abundance of game, and luxurious accommodation combine to create a fantastic way to spend any birthday.

Galloping with Zebra
Galloping with Zebra

Northern Lights – Iceland

Seeing the Northern lights is on many a person’s ‘bucket list’, so spending a birthday viewing this natural phenomenon is a great way to start off the next chapter in your life. The horses here have a special smooth gait known as the ‘tölt’, and they will happily carry you over the unforgiving wild terrain. While in Iceland you can check out other famous sights such as the Blue Lagoon, volcanoes and geysers, and maybe even go whale watching.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Andes Crossing – Chile to Argentina 

If you really want to kick off your 21st/30th/40th/50th/60th year with a bang how about following in the footsteps of San Martín by taking part in the historic Andes crossing. San Martín took the high Andes route in 1817 to free the people of Chile, and now you can ride the exact path he used. Not only will this leave you with the most amazing memories, but being able to answer the earlier question of ‘What are you doing for your birthday?’ with a casual reference to crossing the Andes might just be the icing on the birthday cake.

Crossing the Andes with Pioneros
Crossing the Andes with Pioneros
Mountain Views in the Andes
Mountain Views in the Andes

 

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