Turning the BIG 2-1 in Cape Town, one of the world’s top travel destinations, sounds amazing, doesn’t it? A part of me thought, this is lit, but the anticipation of spending my birthday in another country brought waves of homesickness. As the days approached April 28th, it really hit me that I was 8,276 miles from home and my usual crew was not here to celebrate with me. For a 20-year-old American, 21 is a pretty BIG deal; 21 is the year when one can drink legally and RESPONSIBLY, but more importantly it marks one’s official initiation into adulthood. Eventually, I reminded myself that every experience is about perspective and I chose not to spend my 21st focusing on my homesickness. Instead I was determined to have fun doing what I love with people who have a mutual appreciation for life.
Here are some things I did to make the day great:
To my surprise, I celebrated my most memorable birthday yet and it was one of my best days in Cape Town. If you are celebrating your birthday abroad, yet feel a bit homesick, I have some suggestions for you:
If you do these three things, I guarantee that you will have great memories and a heck of a story to share when people ask you, “How was your birthday?”