08/08/2017 08:23 EDT | Updated 08/08/2017 08:30 EDT

Do These Things Before Your 40th Birthday

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Your 40th birthday is on the approach and you're ready to cross off a few items on your bucket list. The expectation for this decade is that you have to let go of your wild-child days, but the truth is that there's no time like the present to live your best life. Fill your schedule with awesome experiences and celebrate the big 4-0 in style by taking on these bucket list adventures, presented in partnership with Choice Hotels.

Bungee jump

Take the leap at North America's highest bungee jump destination in Wakefield, QC. Gather up your courage as you stare down into the abyss from 61 metres above a spring-fed lagoon. Choose between being attached to the cord by your ankles or around your waist. If bungee jumping isn't the poison for you, find a different adventure -- just get the adrenaline pumping.


Dine solo

Sure, you're used to have your posse of pals on hand when you hit a restaurant or bar but see what happens when you dine alone. You might be more open to meeting new people and strike up a conversation with someone fascinating. On the other hand, you may enjoy eating a meal in silence.


Hit the dance floor

Dance like everyone is watching and shake it like you mean it. Across the country, there are some pretty amazing spots where you can strut your stuff, from El Convento Rico in Toronto to Calgary's HiFi Club.


Buy something your mom wouldn't want you to have

With maturity comes financial responsibility, so go ahead and buy something decadent before your retirement savings plan really kicks in. Buy your dream car, travel to a destination high up on your wish list, or spend a bit of cash on an expensive wardrobe piece with a designer label. Just do it.


Learn a new skill

Challenging yourself in new ways is a good for your brain and to fan your joie de vivre. Sign up for a cooking course at a place like The Dirty Apron in Vancouver or the Stratford Chefs School.


Plan a blockbuster weekend road trip

Be the one that leads the charge, book a Choice Hotel suite, make restaurant reservations and plot a course to a new city to explore. Visit Halifax and its plethora of craft breweries or head to a spa for full-on pampering with your travel companions. Who's got snacks for the ride?


Whichever way you choose celebrate this milestone birthday, let Choice Hotels be your companion in fun. With its selection of suites and rooms all over the country, their hotels are the perfect spot to connect with the people who matter most to you.