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Ten Ideas for a Unique 40th Birthday Trip

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Choosing where to go for a vacation can be difficult, especially when the stakes are high, like for a big birthday!

There are so many options—how do you narrow it down?

Well in today’s YouTube video, I have ten ideas for a 40th birthday trip in the US or Canada to help inspire you and get the travel juices flowing.

Although I’m talking about ten specific places, you’ll also get a peek into my thought process when I help clients narrow down their travel options. Things like:

  • Ideas for solo trips, romantic getaways, and vacations with friends or family
  • Long-weekend and weeklong trips
  • How to incorporate your interests and hobbies into your birthday trip
  • Ways to make your birthday trip extra special

Click below to watch the episode now!

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All-inclusive resort ideas

  • Luxury, Food & Activities
    • Blackberry Farm or Blackberry Mountain (TN)
    • Twin Farms (Barnard, VT)
    • Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, NY)
  • Wellness
    • Amangiri (Paige, AZ)
    • Canyon Ranch (Tucson, AZ or Lenox, MA)
    • Sensei Lanai (Kauai, HI)
    • Lake Austin Spa Resort (Austin, TX)
  • Upscale Dude Ranch
    • The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, WY)
    • The Ranch at Rock Creek (Philipsburg, MT)
    • Resort at Paws Up (Greenough, MT)
    • Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, MT)

Road trip ideas

  • California coast – This one has been on my bucket list forever. I’ve done parts of Highway 1, but the section between San Francisco and LA (so you hit places like Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara) is where I really want to go, and the part I would recommend. It’s got beautiful coastline scenery, great luxury hotels if you want that, and lots of cute little towns along the way.
  • Utah, which I think is one of the most beautiful states in the country – this would kind of fall under national parks, so again, stay tuned for that video in a couple weeks.
  • Canadian Rockies – Another bucket-list itinerary! I’ve always been attracted to the incredible mountain scenery and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper in particular.
  • In the northeast, Vermont and the Maine coast both make awesome road trips. I did a little Vermont girls roadtrip a couple years ago and we had a great time eating all the cheese and maple syrup and checking out the bucolic little towns. And in Maine, you have towns like Portland and Kennebunkport, and lots of beautiful coastline and lobster shacks heading up to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Either of these would be great in the summer and early fall, or in October for fall foliage.
  • Finally, Charleston & Savannah are a great combination, and they’re only a couple hours driving from each other. So this one’s a little less about driving, but you’re still combining places. These cities are great for food, history, pretty architecture, and just walking around and enjoying the local scene.