Tips on Planning the Perfect Birthday Surprise Getaway

Surprising a friend on his or her birthday is one of the best ways to show how much you care about the person. The birthday surprise is not only a lot of fun, but it also shows that you remember and that you care enough about the person to do something amazing on their special day.

If you really want to appreciate someone in your life and give that person the surprise of a lifetime,
arranging a birthday surprise getaway is the way to go. The excitement of going on a trip with friends and the added surprise on their actual birthday create the perfect combination for an absolute blast.

Before you get to that peak moment, however, you have a bit of planning and organizing to do. Planning the perfect birthday surprise getaway isn’t easy, but these tips and tricks will help you tackle the challenges and get the show on the road.

Do Your Homework

Before you start planning big things and working out the details of the birthday getaway, make sure you do your homework first. First, you want to be extra certain that the birthday friend can join the trip.

You can invite the person to come without saying that there will be a surprise birthday party in the middle of the trip, but try not to be too obvious, if possible. Finding out without asking the person directly is even better. There are ways to clear the person’s calendar for a few days, so be creative.

You also want to make sure that other friends can join in the excitement. There is nothing better than celebrating a birthday with close friends and family. Once you are certain that everyone can be a part of the trip, you can start working on other parts of your plan.

Choose a Destination

Use what you know about your friend to help you decide on the best destination to visit. If you only have one or two days for the trip – due to the schedules of others involved in this surprise – then it is best to stick with closer destinations. If time isn’t an issue, you can go for more exotic destinations.

Don’t forget to consider the actual birthday surprise when choosing a destination. Find out more about venues where the surprise could take place. It is also necessary to work out other details at this point, which brings us to the next tip.

Work on a Scenario

You want to make sure that the surprise is, well, a surprise, which means you need to organize the trip around the big birthday celebration. If it is not possible to travel with friends from the start – since it will be too obvious for the birthday friend – you can take other approaches too.

You can, for example, have your friends depart earlier than you and the birthday friend. This way, they can
help with organizing the party at the chosen destination. Alternatively, you can pretend not to be a part of the trip, fly there early, and surprise the birthday friend as the person travels with other friends.

If the goal is to make the entire trip a surprise, then you have to be really sneaky about it. For instance, you may need to pack the person’s bag in secret; this means doing it at the very last minute to avoid suspicion. Getting the help of the person’s partner or family could be useful.

Enlist Help

Yes, you do need help in planning a surprise birthday getaway. It is a gigantic challenge, but the right help can make the entire trip – and the surprise itself – easier to manage. While it is good to get help from one or two accomplices, however, you want to keep the number of people involved in planning the actual surprise (and the number of friends who know about the surprise) to a minimum until the very last minute.

After all, you want the getaway to be a surprise, so you have to avoid potential leaks as best as you can. Involving fewer people until you have everything planned is how you do that.

Make Sure There’s a Birthday Dinner

A celebratory dinner is definitely a must. No matter how special the trip already is, a birthday dinner is how you truly appreciate this person. You can book a restaurant in advance for the birthday dinner; thanks to apps and websites, this is an easy thing to do.

Depending on the destination, you may even find parties to attend or have the opportunity to stage a party yourself. An outdoor party by the beach with a more intimate setting could be the perfect way to celebrate a close friend’s birthday, especially when traveling as a group.

And Don’t Forget the Gift(s)

Don’t forget to prepare a gift (or gifts) for the birthday friend too. Unfortunately, this one is a tip I discovered from experience. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take a gift!

There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to meaningful gifts for a close friend. Although the surprise trip alone is a big gift that shows how much you love the person, adding a tangible gift to the experience is how you add icing to the cake.

If you are not sure about what to get your best friend for her birthday, consider looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry and add something that will remind her of the surprise trip. A date or a personal inscription can make the gift even more special.

One last thing to keep in mind is to be extremely careful when executing your plan. Check and double-check everything, go over the plan with your accomplices, and don’t forget to prepare some backup plans for when things go wrong. A birthday surprise getaway is a big undertaking, but it is something worth doing for the special friend in your life. Besides, the challenge is easier to face now that you have these tips and tricks to use.