Do you dream of balmy beaches? Strolling the streets of Paris? Rock climbing in the Rockies? Maybe you're just tired of the same old, same old, and need a change of scenery. Whatever the case, you're ready for a vacation. Whether you were inspired by Elizabeth Gibert’s Eat, Pray, Love or you have always longed for the challenge or excitement of solo travel, now is the time to act on those desires.
You have the desire and even the money to do it. There's just one problem: You can't bear the thought of buddying up with your mother or playing third-wheel to your best friend and her husband. It's starting to seem like vacations are only for those who come in pairs. And while traveling alone is an option, you might be intimidated or a little anxious at the thought of exploring the world on your own.
Well, single gals, be homebound no more! Vacations for singles are a popular trend in the travel industry. The trips put the world at your fingertips and make going solo an advantage, not a liability. And the best part? You're not hitting the beaches or bars with your mom in tow.
You can choose from international or local destinations, cruises, resort packages — whatever strikes your fancy! Do an online search or have your travel agent suggest some options. Who knows — you might just find the perfect travel buddy among your fellow single jet-setters. If not, you've still had a fabulous vacation!
Even if you aren’t single, traveling alone can be a life-changing and enriching experience. When we are stuck in the daily grind, we tend to forget the little things in life and we start to take the people we love for granted. Even though you are with your partner every day, you might feel disconnected or adrift in your relationship. This could be because you aren’t in tune with yourself, and with your real desires and goals. It could be that your job is getting you down or that you aren’t following your true passion. Traveling can be the catalyst that helps you change all of that. While you are abroad, you might find that you see home in a new light. Suddenly, instead of monotony, you will see possibility. You can become home-inspired and empowered, ready to change your life and connect with your partner on a deeper and more meaningful level.
Of course, it’s important to make sure that your partner understands the purpose of your journey and that he supports you every step of the way. Talk to him about your desire to see a bit of the world and then plan a trip that works for both of you (maybe you take a long weekend in the spring and he can do the same in the fall). And then get packing!