Whether you plan on inviting a large group or keeping your celebration low key, your 26th birthday should say something about the person you are becoming. It represents the end of your "mid-20s" and the steady crawl to 30.
Gather a small group of friends and take a camping trip. You can spend your days hiking and swimming and your nights drinking beer and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. You'll be spending some time with Mother Nature and bonding with your best friends at the same time. If you really feel like "roughing it", backpack to the top of a mountain and watch a sunrise. It will give you a quiet moment to reflect on the past year and dream of what "26" will bring.
Take a Trip
What better way to treat yourself on your birthday than taking that trip you have always wanted to take. Traveling allows you to not only learn about another culture but also about who you are as a person. Whether it be an hour away to visit a friend or across the world to see ancient ruins, you will have the opportunity to get to know yourself better and see things you have never seen before.
Get a Massage
Splurge and treat yourself to a massage, from hot stone to sports massages. Or bring a friend or significant other along and get a couple's massage. The benefits of a massage surpass the momentary pleasure as it will improve circulation, detoxify vital organs and alleviate muscle cramping and soreness. So start off your new year right and use that hour for deep relaxation and reflection.