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Family travel, couples travel, group travel, all can be fun. But taking some time out to vacation solo is where it’s at these days. It’s a time to unwind, relax, and just be one with yourself and your surroundings. And also a time to learn more about yourself without the worry of taking care of others.
A solo vacation can be so empowering and make you feel confident. No matter where you go, how far from home, how you get there, or how long you are gone, it just feels great to know you can do it alone, and actually have a great time!
Why Vacation Solo
Don’t get me wrong, I totally love my husband and I love the travel we do. We have been together 22 years now and obviously like being together or wouldn’t have lasted this long. Traveling with my husband is great and I look forward to many more years of traveling together.
However, going on a vacation solo can be challenging, but also can be an amazing experience. One that every person should try at least once in their life.
Being on vacation alone means no schedule. No keeping up with what others in the group want to do or what your kids or husband need. No worries about doing things for others and more time to concentrate on what you like, need and want.
Why I Vacation Solo
Being a wife and a Mother I never took much time to do things on my own. I just figured since I was a wife and Mom that my life meant always having them with me. Well that just isn’t realistic and in order to grow as a human one needs to take some “me” time.
My solo travel began back in 2006 when I belonged to a large group of women who were all crafters. The leader of the group orchestrated a convention, and called it Prim Mart Convention.
First Solo Vacation
I live in Minnesota and the convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri. For me this was about a 9 hour drive and I had a friend about 4 hours from me who I picked up and we rode together. It was a total of about 9 hours of driving, into territory I was not familiar with and knew nothing about.
It was a scary trip because it was all unknown territory for me. Before cell phones and GPS, and riding with someone I had basically just met and heading to a convention full of women I had only talked to online. Yes, a scary thing for sure.
More Solo Vacations
After my first solo vacation I started doing more and more trips on my own and every one I came to love being on my own more and more. Hubby and I still travel together, but I have even pushed him to do things on his own so he can see what it’s like.
Tony isn’t one to do things alone, like me. But, he has done a “mans” motorcycle ride alone for 4 days, and I sent him on an Alaska fishing trip, with my Dad, but alone. (no wife or kids)
My solo travel has now included a few trips to Florida, Disney, a Cruise, weekend getaways and more. One trip I have on my bucket list that is a solo one is me leaving home here in Minnesota and driving all the way to Florida. Call me crazy as it’s a long drive, but one I can’t wait to do.
Why You Should Vacation Solo
There is just something to be said for conquering things on your own. Driving to a new place, finding your own way, being in an airport alone, or alone on a flight. Meeting others, and having no requirements or expectation from someone else.
Do you vacation solo? If so, what are some places or things you have done?
When the stresses of life are upon you, take a moment for yourself. A moment, a day, a weekend or a week. Whatever you need, you deserve it. A solo vacation doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. There are many ways to vacation on the cheap and I love to book most of my travel with Expedia.com because you can get some of the best deals there.
Whatever or wherever you go, be safe and have fun!