Summer birthdays are always hard to celebrate. But we’ve spent nine years looking for ways. Here is the list.

1. Embrace the winter; lose yourself in the cosmopolitan charms of Cape Town.

2. Head to Shanghai, the hottest city in the world for a few months; so to speak, of course.

3.Get thee to Ladakh quickly, it’s a short season and, with our guide, you’ll know how to make the most of it.

4. Catch the tigers in Ranthambhore in the sightings-guaranteed season, from the comfort of a luxury retreat you can finally afford.

5. Rent a villa in the off-season, get the quietest Goan holiday you’ve ever had.

6. Explore the wonders of Vietnam, the classic-est destination this side of Europe.

7. Be the first on the latest boutique-boat to hit the Kerala backwaters.

8. Whale-watch in Iceland before they retreat for the year.

9. Head to Manali, for a food holiday of Himalayan proportions. It’s a birthday party, remember, enjoy!

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