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How To Celebrate Special Occasions On The Road (Expert Tips)

Whether your job has you spending lots of hours on the road, or you’re just keen on road trip travel, you may end up on the road when it’s time to celebrate a special occasion.

Anything from a birthday to an anniversary to a gotcha day can be celebrated when you’re on the road.

At a loss for ideas on how to do the celebrating?

We asked the experts and are featuring their best ideas for you below.

celebrating on road trip

Have A Zoom Party

One way to celebrate celebrations while on the road is through a Zoom party.

It can be tough to attend special occasions in person while traveling.

Fortunately, software like Zoom and apps like WhatsApp make staying connected a breeze.

During the last year or so, we’ve all gotten comfortable with Zoom celebrations.

-contributed by Randi Shinder, SBLA

Splurge On A Fancy Hotel

My favorite way to celebrate birthdays when traveling is by splurging on a fancy hotel.

Make sure when you check-in to tell the front desk about the special occasion and they may surprise you with special treats or a room upgrade.

And then order in a fancy dinner via room service.

Pampering yourself and others is a great way to celebrate on the road.

-contributed by Chanel Meekins, Pierre Michel Beauty

Find Special Places To Stop Along The Way

When you’re traveling, it’s good to keep celebrations light to avoid more things to pack, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to be less meaningful or memorable.

Pick spots along the way that you want to stop at to celebrate, such as a natural park, a landmark, or quirky small town.

You could have a small picnic with your party and celebrate your special occasion, play some music.

Use your car as part of the experience, such as opening the trunk for added seating while you look out at the view of wherever you are.

Small things can add to a meaningful experience.

-contributed by Michael Fischer, Elitehrt

Bring The Party With You

You can still party on the road. A party needs decorations and you can easily order these online from e-commerce and party supply stores before you set out.

Confetti, streamers, posters, and balloons will always create a festive vibe.

If it is a birthday then obviously you need to buy a present and here again, you can buy something online and have it delivered before you hit the road.

Now, you can throw a party anywhere – from a hotel room to an outdoor park pavilion.

-contributed by Isaac Bullen, Oz Party Events

Do Something New

Celebrate special occasions by doing something you have never done before, whether it’s a birthday or a graduation.

An adventurous person could have a day of sightseeing or a custom cooking class of local delicacies in a local joint.

Enjoy your stay at a resting town by embracing the local culture and commemorating as the locals do.

Have a take at their barbecues or drinks and if available, engage in their night dances, especially for towns along a beach.

Plan a special activity and make it a highlight for everyone on the trip. It could be a hot air balloon ride, scuba diving, or a snorkel trip.

Wine tasting is also an interesting activity to undertake with its uniqueness.

Wrap your occasions by organizing a well-crafted celebratory meal with a custom menu, specialty dessert, and a signature cocktail.

Consider decorations, cakes, and gifts if it’s a party, birthday, or a destination wedding.

Make sure to capture the moments by taking lots of amazing photos.

-contributed by Harriet Chan, CocoFinder

Pick A Fun Local Experience

Sometimes it can feel like a hindrance to try and celebrate special occasions while you’re traveling, but it certainly doesn’t have to be!

You can make your travel experience part of the celebration with a little bit of research ahead of time.

If you can pinpoint where you’ll be during the special date, consider taking time to research a local bakery or restaurant to treat them to, or look for an event they would enjoy nearby.

Remember that sInce you’ll be in a car, you will have a greater range of options than without.

This can be as extravagant as swimming with dolphins and eating out at a famous restaurant or as simple as bringing cupcakes to watch the sunset and going to the county fair.

The celebration can be extra special this way because it’s extra rare; by incorporating your plans into the trip ahead of time, they get to have an experience they wouldn’t have otherwise.

-contributed by Rene Langer, Pick HVAC

Have An Outdoor Adventure

We’ve both had birthdays whilst travelling and our fave thing to do is to find a place where we can do something completely different.

We won’t have our friends or families around us, so we aim to fill the day with memorable moments.

We’ve climbed mountains, walked across very high, very wobbly bridges, eaten at gorgeous French or Spanish restaurants, gone quad biking in the Granada mountains, kayaked across French mountain lakes and e-biked through beautiful Spanish mountain villages.

I wouldn’t swap those memories. Best birthdays ever.

-contributed by Debs Cormode, The Copysprite

Do A Celebratory Meal Or Drink

Have a celebratory meal or cocktail. This seems simple, but you’re on a roadtrip and likely somewhere you won’t be in on a regular day.

It may be a place you’ve already traveled to before, but it will be extra special because you have something to celebrate.

If you want a unique experience, have a meal or cocktail you’ve either never had before or a specialty of the place you’re in.

Or, just go to one of those restaurants where the staff brings out a dessert and sings to you.

-contributed by Kevin Jourdan, DotMarket

Do A “YES” stop

The Birthday person gets to choose ONE pit stop and it becomes a YES stop.

A quick ice cream stop? YES.

A quick playground visit? YES.

A quick stroll through Target? YES.

A quick salon stop for a pedicure?!! YES.

Your birthday, your choice.

-contributed by Nikki Harrington, Our travel Anew

Get Matching Tattoos

Depending on what you’re celebrating, and who you’re celebrating it with, tattoos might be a great way to celebrate.

You can get matching tattoos to commemorate the occasion.

Or, if not everyone wants a tattoo, then the person being celebrated can get one to mark to occasion.

-contributed by Michael Fayard, Fayard Law

Make It An Amusement Park Day

My favorite way to celebrate when I’m on a road trip is to take an extra day and make it an amusement park day.

If it’s during the summer, then water parks are what I’m looking at. Otherwise, just regular amusement parks or local fairs with rides will work.

What’s great about this is that most amusement parks sell photos of you on the rides, so you can get some of those to always remember the special day.

-contributed by Kieran Windsor, Smart Home Insider

As you can see, there are some great ways to celebrate pretty much anything when you’re away from home on the road.

We hope these ideas helps you make your special day an awesome one on the road.