Turning 40 and Fleeing the Country

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This month, I’ll celebrate a milestone birthday and, I must say, I’m not that excited. Every other birthday involved a month-long celebration filled with vodka, friends, and some sort of shenanigans. So, why not my 40th? If you’re reading this and you’ve already turned 40, I think you know the answer!

I’m not saying 40 is the worst thing that could happen to a person but I’m not ready to cross that threshold. Turning 30 was hard but 40 seemed light years away. Seriously, 40 brings me that much closer to hip replacements, foam toilet seats, and mismatched leisure suits. I know, I’m being a bit dramatic! I mean, my husband is in his 40s and his leisure suits almost always match! (Love you, baby!)

Planning an event is probably what’s got me down. For Anthony’s 40th, we went to Las Vegas with a large group of friends and it was amazing. I can’t think of anything quite so elaborate and time is running out. The list of things I WANT to do is much shorter than the list of things I DON’T WANT to do which include paying bills, putting gas in the car, and bathing the dog. No, I want glitz, glamour, and buckets o’ booze.

So, I’ve decided to put on my big girl panties (literally), flee the country and face 40 head on! We haven’t decided where we’re going but we have a few ideas. Anthony wants to go to Sydney but with the time difference I’d turn 40 sooner so NO. We hope to narrow it down in the next few days but sometimes it comes down to a last minute switch (like Belize) so you just never know.

Stay tuned for the reveal on my social media pages.

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Twitter: @Travelwithmia

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Be sure to come back later to read all about my 40th Birthday adventure! Also, check out my latest post “Traveling Like a Pro: A Conversation with Mia Herman” on Pink Pangea! And if you haven’t read it yet, don’t miss my previous Pink Pangea post. “Why I Returned to Being a Flight Attendant After 13 Years.”


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  1. Reply

    Happy big 4-0! And travelling experiences – what a way to enter them. Where abouts will you be celebrating?

  2. Reply

    Happy Birthday! Travelling is definitely the best birthday present in my opinion 🙂

    • Rob
    • January 9, 2016

    Happy Birthday, My 40th was a pretty big year as my son was born, don’t worry age is a state on mind and you sound plenty young. Have a great birthday and have fun wherever you go.

  3. Reply

    Happy birthday! I’m half way down my thirties and hating it, I just pretend to still be 28 or so 🙂

    • mark
    • January 9, 2016

    Hope you have a great birthday where ever you choose to celebrate your 40th. Life begins at 40 they say dont they

    • jen
    • January 9, 2016

    Enjoy your birthday – looking forward to reading about your adventure!

    • Mar
    • January 10, 2016

    Ah Happy Birthday! Well turning 35 was tough, the best way I could spend it was in north Korea where there was no internet so basically it felt as if it had not happened 😉

  4. Reply

    40 in another country is the only proper way I could think of people like us (travel bug infected) would celebrate. I turn 30 next year and I already have 2 ideas on where I want to face it like a big girl. Having something planned makes me dread it less…rather, be excited for it! Whatever you decide to do, I’m sure you’ll have a great one!

  5. Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday. Wherever in the world you may be…make it special and inspirational! Looking to reading more about your adventure.

  6. Reply

    Happy Birthday! I followed along on IG to see what adventures may come! Happy Travels!

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