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The Ultimate Guide to Girls’ 40th Birthday Trip Ideas

40th birthday trip ideas - Sassy Sips in Napa Valley

40th Birthday Trip Ideas – Get Raunchy, Rowdy, & Ridiculously Fun!

Ladies, it’s time to drop the PTA meetings, forget the “what’s for dinner?” questions, and leave the cozy pajamas behind. It’s time to don your sassy pants because we’re diving into the world of unforgettable 40th birthday trip ideas that will make turning 45 feel like the new 25! Get ready for some raunchy recommendations.

Since next year is my 45th, I put together a few options that will make my girls blush and help all of us cause chaos.  So, let’s get right into it.. strippers beware 😉 

1. Sassy Sips in Napa Valley—California’s Wine Wonderland:

For all the ladies who fancy a tipple or ten, Napa Valley is one of the best 40th birthday trip ideas you could dream of. Picture this: you’re with your best gal pals, hopping from vineyard to vineyard, sipping on the finest wines, and letting out your wild side as you shout, “Another round, please!” No husbands or kiddos are in sight, just barrels of fun (and wine!).

Why not take a tour and throw all your girls in motorcycle sidecars on your way?  Get tipsy and feel the wind in your hair (without falling out). Or, if that’s a little too breezy, book a private tour that can drive you everywhere so you can start early and finish late.

40th birthday trip ideas - Sassy Sips in Napa Valley

2. Miami’s Sultry Beach Scene: Sun, Sand, and Sizzle

Sunbathe in bikinis that would make your teenage daughter gasp. Dive into those ocean waves without caring for smudged mascara after a wild speedboat ride through the Atlantic.  After all, 40th birthday trip ideas should include some steamy nights in Miami’s hottest clubs where dancing till dawn is the only agenda! Hit up a Miami pool party and party bus, and let the fun begin! 

Hotel or Rental

Start by booking a luxurious beachfront hotel or a chic oceanfront rental, because why the hell not? You’re about to have an epic adventure in Miami, so might as well elevate the overall experience, right? Whether you choose the hotspots of South Beach, the fancy vibes of Brickell, or the classy charm of Bal Harbour, make sure you’re in a prime location to soak up those ocean views like a frickin’ boss.

Beach Day

Miami is famous for its beautiful beaches, so prepare to spend a day of relaxation and fun in the sun. Don’t forget to rent a cabana or some beach chairs for the squad, because lounging in luxury is the only way to go, darling. And hey, why not kick it up a notch with some water sports? Jet skiing, paddleboarding, or even a yacht charter for that extra splash of exclusivity.

Culinary Delights

Miami boasts a diverse culinary scene, and you’re here to indulge your taste buds like a badass foodie. Plan a special birthday dinner at a trendy waterfront restaurant that’ll make your mouth water and your soul sing. Seek out places that blend delicious food with a lively atmosphere, because who wants a boring-ass meal on their birthday? Prime 112, Joe’s Stone Crab, or Komodo are just a few spots to consider, but the choices are endless.

Nightlife Extravaganza

Miami is famous for its vibrant nightlife, and you’re about to take the birthday celebration to a whole new level. Explore the city’s renowned nightclubs and dance the night away like nobody’s watching. LIV at Fontainebleau, E11EVEN, or STORY are some top-notch venues that are known for their lively atmosphere and A-list clientele.

Spa Day Bliss

After a wild night of celebration, it’s time to treat the birthday person to some well-deserved relaxation. Miami’s upscale hotels offer world-class spa services that’ll make you feel like you’re floating on clouds. It’s the perfect way to unwind, recharge, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. 

Miami's Sultry Beach Scene
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3. Las Vegas: Sin City’s Calling and She Wants You to Answer

Vegas, the queen of 40th birthday trip ideas and destinations in the USA, is all about letting loose. And what happens in Vegas? you know the rest. Whether you’re hitting the slot machines, getting raucous at a risqué show, whether that’s the Thunder from Down Under or Black Magic, or sipping a cocktail by the pool, Sin City will ensure you have a fabulous 45th.

Iconic Hotel Stay

Oh, baby, it’s time to live it up in Las Vegas with an iconic hotel stay. Make sure you choose a renowned hotel that screams Vegas vibes. We’re talking about places like The Venetian, Bellagio, or the Wynn. These bad boys offer suites with stunning views of the Strip, because who needs a regular old room when you can have a room with a frickin’ view?

Pool Party Extravaganza

Vegas is known for its pool parties, and you, my friend, are about to dive headfirst into the epicness. Reserve a cabana or a daybed at one of the top pool parties, because you deserve the VIP treatment. Encore Beach Club or Marquee Dayclub are just a couple of options that’ll have you dancing, sipping on cocktails, and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere.

Helicopter Strip Tour

Take the birthday celebration to new heights (literally!) with a helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip. Buckle up, my fearless friend, because this breathtaking adventure will give you a whole new perspective of the city’s dazzling lights and iconic landmarks. Zoom through the sky like a badass and marvel at the sights below.

Gourmet Dining Experience

Indulge in a fine dining experience that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Las Vegas is known for its world-class restaurants, so it’s time to go all out. Places like Joël Robuchon, Gordon Ramsay Steak, or é by José Andrés are just a taste of what awaits you. Prepare for a memorable culinary journey filled with exquisite flavors, fancy ambiance, and maybe even a few foodgasms.

VIP Nightclub Experience

Ready to explore the electrifying nightlife of Las Vegas like a VIP? Secure a frickin’ VIP table at one of the hottest nightclubs in town. XS at Encore, Omnia at Caesars Palace, or Marquee at The Cosmopolitan are the places to be for energetic atmospheres, A-list vibes, and music that’ll make you dance like nobody’s watching.

Casino Night

What’s a Vegas trip without a little time spent at the casino? Gather your friends and plan a casino night filled with classic games like blackjack, poker, and roulette. Roll the dice, shuffle those cards, and feel the exhilaration as you play like a boss. It’s time to channel your inner James Bond or Ocean’s Eleven and see if Lady Luck is on your side.

Cirque du Soleil Show

Treat the birthday person to a spectacular Cirque du Soleil show because ain’t no birthday celebration without a touch of magic. From “O” at Bellagio to “Mystère” at Treasure Island, Las Vegas has a variety of mind-blowing shows to choose from. Get ready to be mesmerized by acrobats, dancers, and jaw-dropping performances that’ll leave you speechless.

Shopping on the Strip

Oh, honey, it’s time to give your credit card a workout and indulge in some high-end shopping on the Las Vegas Strip. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and The Shops at Crystals are calling your name, so get ready to splurge on some luxury retail therapy. Treat yourself to designer brands, unique boutiques, and maybe even a couple of impulse buys that’ll make you feel like a frickin’ queen. 

4. New Orleans: A Mix of Jazz, Jambalaya, and Just Pure Joy

Dive deep into the Southern spirit with your ladies in tow. No, we’re not talking about deep philosophical conversations. We’re hinting at the wild Bourbon Street nights, hitting a pub crawl that’s brimming with beads, boas, and perhaps a burlesque show, or creating one of your own. Now, that’s what we call 40th birthday trip ideas!

French Quarter Stay

Oh, honey, if you want to be at the beating heart of the action, then the historic French Quarter is the place to be. I’m talking about booking accommodations right smack in the middle of it all. Choose from charming boutique hotels that scream “New Orleans vibes” or go full-on authentic with a stay at a historic bed and breakfast.

Live Jazz on Frenchmen Street

Let’s dive headfirst into the soulful music scene of New Orleans by spending an evening on Frenchmen Street. Brace yourself for an auditory feast of live jazz performances that’ll make your heart sing. Explore the plethora of jazz clubs and bars that line the street, like The Spotted Cat Music Club or Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.

Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi

Time to kick back, relax, and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the mighty Mississippi River on a frickin’ steamboat. Picture this: live jazz music playing in the background, a delicious dinner on your plate, and breathtaking views of the city skyline. It’s a feast for the senses, my daring adventurer.

Creole and Cajun Dining

Foodie alert, ladies! New Orleans is a culinary heaven, and it’s time to indulge in a birthday feast fit for a queen. Find yourself a fabulous Creole or Cajun restaurant and prepare to have your taste buds doing a happy dance. Gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets are just a taste of the mouthwatering dishes that await you. Commander’s Palace or Cochon are a couple of excellent choices that’ll have you savoring every bite.

Streetcar Ride to Garden District

Hop on a frickin’ streetcar and take a joyride to the picturesque Garden District. It’s like stepping into a movie scene, with oak-lined streets and historic mansions that’ll leave you breathless. Take a leisurely stroll and soak up the charm of this enchanting neighborhood. And don’t forget to make a pitstop at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, because nothing says “New Orleans” like a dose of history and unique architecture.

Haunted History Tour

Ready for a spooky adventure? Explore New Orleans’ haunted past with a guided ghost tour. This city is famous for its mysterious tales, so buckle up and get ready to be entertained. Walk the streets where spirits roam, hear bone-chilling stories, and maybe even experience a few ghostly encounters. It’s the perfect mix of history, thrills, and a little dose of the supernatural.



Mardi Gras World Tour

Get ready to witness the magic of Mardi Gras like never before with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Mardi Gras World. This is where the real party happens, honey. Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of elaborate floats and outrageous costumes that bring the city’s famous celebration to life.

French Quarter Festivities

Take a walk on the wild side and wander through the vibrant streets of the French Quarter. It’s a party that never ends, with shops, art galleries, and street performers at every turn. Lose yourself in the lively atmosphere, embrace the energy of the city, and soak up the unique experiences that await you. And oh, honey, don’t you dare miss out on Jackson Square and the iconic Café du Monde.

5. New York City – The “Naughty” Apple

Why should the Big Apple get any less of your wild side? From chic rooftop bars to underground speakeasies, NYC boasts spots that scream (or perhaps sensuously whisper) raunchy 40th birthday trip ideas and trip destinations.  But first, start your Big Apple tour with a doughnut-tasting tour. Why, you ask?  Because why the hell not? Lol. Then hire a limo for the evening to take you a bit of everywhere while you dance and drink the night away!

Trendy Hotel Stay

Ah, starting off your trip with a trendy hotel stay? I like your style, sister. Check yourself into a badass hotel that screams “I’ve got impeccable taste.” The Standard High Line or The Ludlow Hotel in the Lower East Side are just the ticket for that modern and edgy vibe you’re craving.

Burlesque Show

Oh, who’s ready to embrace their naughty side in the concrete jungle? Attend a burlesque show, my daring friend, and let the seductive performances awaken your inner vixen. Places like The Slipper Room or The Box will have you at the edge of your seat with their provocative and entertaining acts. Get ready to unleash your wild side and enjoy a night of tantalizing entertainment that’ll make you blush (in the best way possible).

Speakeasy Exploration

Time to channel your inner secret agent and embark on a mission to find New York City’s hidden speakeasies. Leave the ordinary behind and discover these covert locations that offer craft cocktails and an intimate atmosphere. Whether it’s Please Don’t Tell (PDT) or Employees Only, these speakeasies add that touch of mystery and excitement to your night.



Adult Toy Shopping in SoHo

Woo, let’s spice things up, shall we? Explore the shops in SoHo, where boutiques cater to more ahem adult interests. Babeland is ready to give you a fun and unique shopping experience that’ll leave you feeling empowered and well, frisky. Treat yourself to some toys, accessories, or whatever floats your boat.

Dinner at a Sexy Steakhouse

Prepare your taste buds for a seductive feast at a sexy frickin’ steakhouse. STK Downtown or Beauty & Essex are the perfect spots to enjoy a decadent meal in a sophisticated atmosphere with a touch of sensuality. Savor every bite, indulge in the finest cuts of meat, and let the ambiance take your dining experience to a whole new level of hotness.

Helicopter Night Tour:

Alright, buckle up, ladies! It’s time to see the big city from a whole new frickin’ perspective with a private helicopter night tour. Get ready for an adrenaline rush as you soar above the iconic New York City skyline. It’s like a romantic and thrilling movie scene come to life.

Late-Night Jazz Club

Immerse yourself in the sultry side of jazz at a late-night club, because who needs sleep when you’re in the city that never sleeps? Step into The Django in the Roxy Hotel or Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village for an intimate setting that’ll make your heart swoon. Let the smooth tunes, dim ambiance, and talented musicians transport you to jazz heaven.

Broadway Show with an Edge

Ready to add a touch of naughtiness to your Broadway experience? Choose a show with a more provocative theme, like “Chicago” or “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.” These options offer a theatrical experience that’s all about embracing your sensual side. Get ready to indulge in jaw-dropping performances, killer choreography, and catchy tunes that’ll leave you singing and dancing in your seat.

Nightlife in Meatpacking District

Now, it’s time to unleash your inner party animal in the vibrant Meatpacking District. Highline Ballroom, Le Bain, or The Standard Biergarten are the places to be for a lively nightlife experience. Dance the night away, sip on fancy cocktails, and meet fellow badass individuals who are ready to let loose.

Erotic Art at The Museum of Sex

Who said cultural experiences can’t be steamy? Get ready to explore The Museum of Sex, because it’s not your average museum visit, honey. This place showcases a diverse collection of erotic art and artifacts that’ll leave you intrigued and educated – in more ways than one. It’s a unique cultural experience that celebrates the beauty and complexities of human sexuality.


New York City – The "Naughty" Apple

6. The Desert Delight: A Seductive Soiree in Sedona

Imagine a backdrop of red rocks, luxurious spa treatments, and evenings spent under a blanket of stars with champagne in hand. Sedona, while serene by day, can be the backdrop for some wild 40th birthday trip ideas by night.  So, go get crazy in the outdoors, rent an ATV, head out to the desert to see all the stars (the company even brings the baskets-you bring the drinks), or take a private hiking tour of Antelope Canyon (one of the most beautiful places on earth). No matter which direction you go here, you can’t go wrong!  

The Desert Delight: A Seductive Soiree in Sedona
Credit: Viator

7. Nashville: Not Just for Country Lovers

Put on those cowboy boots, ladies. Nashville, besides its classic country tunes, is brimming with honky-tonk bars where you can let your hair down, dance on the tables, and even share a sultry duet with a handsome cowboy.

Nashville: Not Just for Country Lovers - 40th birthday trip ideas

The Raunchy Revelry Continues: More 45th Birthday Blowouts!

So, you thought we were done dishing out the wild 40th birthday destinations? Honey, we’re just getting started. Here are more saucy suggestions to ensure your 45th is as scandalous as spectacular.

8. Caribbean Cruise: Sail Like a Siren of the Sea Charter 

on a private yacht or hop onto a luxury liner with your gang of gals. The Caribbean Sea beckons with its azure allure. Why not hop on a cruise by Temptations (let the games begin, is all I will say)?  Days soaking in the sun, nights spent dancing under the stars, and who the heck knows what else? Talk about unforgettable 40th birthday trip ideas!

9. The Sultry Spas of Bali: Rejuvenation with a Side of Risqué

Balinese massages, private pool villas, and beach parties that stretch till dawn. Bali isn’t just about inner peace but also about finding that inner party animal. Yoga in the morning and wild beach parties by night – could 40th birthday trip ideas get any steamier?  Grab your Super Fun Pass for Finns. Let’s just say it was an all-day and all-night party with expats and partygoers from around the world. Your liver will hate you, but you’ll have one hell of a good time!

10. Ibiza: The Party Capital with Pizzazz

Think neon lights, outrageous outfits, and world-famous DJs pumping tunes till sunrise. Ibiza is where the wild things are. There’s no better place for a 45th filled with beats, beaches, and boundless energy.  From the moment I got out of the cab, let’s say the entertainment provided by the girls on the streets was enough to know this would be a good time.  Let the chaos begin and leave your sensibilities at home 😉 Start your day with a drinking and premium boat tour, or is that a boat and drinking tour?  Either way, Game on!

Ibiza: The Party Capital with Pizzazz

11. Moroccan Magic: Marrakech After Dark

Exotic, enchanting, and oh-so-enticing. Marrakech offers a mix of rich culture and wild nights. This place is a melting pot of 40th birthday getaway ideas, from dinner and belly dancing to late-night bazaars and rooftop lounges.

12. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival Queen for a Day

Why be the life of the party when you can be the queen? Rio, with its legendary carnival and sizzling samba nights, guarantees a 45th that’s nothing short of electric. Feathered costumes, endless caipirinhas, and dancing in the streets – a riot of color and chaos!

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival Queen for a Day
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13. Bask in the Bachelorette Vibes of Nashville

Need more of Nashville in the first round? Dive deeper! Besides honky-tonk bars, try a cheeky pole dancing lesson or attend a cabaret night. But before you do all that, you HAVE to take a ride (or two as we did) on the Nashville Tractor.  Let’s just say our tour guide was a bit of a stripper, and my girls were not shy.  It was a good time to be had all the way around! As one of the top 40th birthday trip ideas and trip destinations in the USA, this city knows how to make a woman feel like she’s on top of the world.

Bask in the Bachelorette Vibes of Nashville - 40th birthday trip ideas
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14. Greek Islands: Goddesses on the Go

The whitewashed charm of Santorini, the party vibes of Mykonos, and the secluded beaches of Zakynthos. The Greek islands promise a roller coaster of raunch and relaxation. Dive into the Mediterranean, take a party cruise in Mykonos, dance with the locals, and dine on delectable Greek cuisine.

15. Tokyo’s Neon Nights: A Techy Twist

Tokyo is a neon dream. From quirky-themed bars to karaoke nights where you’re the star, this city pulsates with energy. Let the bright lights guide you as you explore the underground party scene of this tech-savvy metropolis.

16. Tuscany: Wine, Women, and Song

Ah, Italy. The land of fine wine, finer men, and the finest leather shoes. With its rolling vineyards, historic villas, and moonlit serenades, Tuscany makes for a delightfully raunchy rendezvous. Hop on an all-day wine-tasting tour from Florence and wind your way through the streets of Florence for some amazing Italian food!  Ah, what an awesome birthday to be had. 

17. Explore the Wild Side in the Galápagos Islands

If you’ve always had a curiosity for the natural world, why not celebrate your 40th by getting up close and personal with some amazing creatures? Head to the Galápagos Islands, where you can swim alongside sea lions, snap selfies with giant tortoises, and hike through volcanic landscapes. Not only is it a breathtaking adventure, but it’s also a birthday celebration that David Attenborough would envy!

18. Embark on a Safari Adventure in Kenya

If you’re ready to unleash your wild side, a safari adventure in Kenya is the way to go! Get up close with majestic elephants, graceful giraffes, and fierce lions in their natural habitat. Experience the thrill of spotting the Big Five and create memories that will make your friends green with envy. After all, turning 40 is an opportunity to channel your inner explorer and prove that you’re just as fierce and untamed as the animals you encounter!

Final Say:

Age is just a number, especially when exploring some of the most unforgettable 40th birthday trip ideas. Turning 45 is your excuse to rally the troops, pack those bags, and embark on an adventure that screams fun, wild, and oh-so-raunchy. Cheers to being fabulous at 45! Your 45th birthday is the golden ticket to throwing caution to the wind and letting your wild side take center stage. These birthday trip ideas are not just vacations. They’re voyages into vivaciousness. Whether it’s the beaches of Bali, the neon lights of Tokyo, or the vineyards of Tuscany, one thing’s for sure: 45 has never looked, felt, or partied this good! Now, how to pick just one trip? Maybe I’ll just have to make sure that all my girls turn 45 this year 😉   

Wherever you choose and whatever you do, always remember to Travel Till You Drop!  

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