Birthdays only come once a year, so it only makes sense to have the special occasion last as long as possible.
Hawaii-based Paul Morgan had this same train of thought, when he decided to break the Guinness World Records title for having the Longest birthday.
Lasting a whopping 48 hours, the software developer doubled the length of his big day by hopping on several planes around the world to different time zones.
"Ever since I was a young kid I’ve always been amazed by Guinness World Records and it’s record holders. I remember in elementary school every time our library got a new record book in, my friends and I would be the first ones in there pouring through the pages in wonder."
"At this age, I was not a big fan of books or libraries, but the Guinness World Records book was unlike any other book to me. I dreamed that one day I might be able to make it into this book and set a world record of my own, but never really thought of this dream as a true possibility."
Paul saw his opportunity to get his name in the record books after spending a month traveling around New Zealand.
On his return flight home, he boarded the plane at Auckland at 7pm on a Thursday, and arrived back at his Colorado home at 7pm in his local time zone.
Instantly he was curious to know how much time someone could spend in the same calendar day.
After further research, he discovered former record holder Sven Hagemeier's journey from 2014 when he made his birthday last 46 hours.
The attempt was ambitious, but Paul was the person for the job given his hefty travel experience venturing to countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, and the Dominican Republic.
His biggest challenge was undoubtedly ensuring that he found the perfect itinerary of flights to constantly remain in the same day, going from Apia (Samoa)-Auckland-Los Angeles-Kauai, Hawaii (US).
The journey was made even more challenging by the vast Pacific Ocean and its multiple time zones.
And he was within a whisker of it all going wrong.
"The closest I came to failing my attempt was on the flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to Los Angeles, USA. On this flight, it was crucial that I crossed the international date line (the line between the +12 UTC and -11 UTC timezones) in the one-hour period when these two-time zones were in the same day.
"My flight ended up crossing the dateline at 11:01:05 UTC (00:01:05 in -11 UTC and 23:01:05 in +12 UTC on 3 February), barely making the cut by one minute and five seconds!
"If my 12-and-a-half-hour flight had crossed this dateline one minute and thirty seconds sooner I would have crossed back into the previous day and lost all the time I had accrued up to that point."
Paul spent the majority of his birthday alone, seated on cramped airlines, but felt it was all worth it once he landed in Hawaii and achieved a two-day birthday.
He rewarded himself by spending his day at the beach.
While he is immensely happy to be the only person in the entire world and throughout history to experience a 48-hour birthday, his celebrations for turning 29 will include “a regular old 24-hour birthday with friends, family and absolutely, positively NO time on an airplane or anywhere near an airport.”