It’s the first time I’m having a guest writer on Sass, Laughs, and Mayhem. But everyone knows traveling is my passion, so why not get a new perspective about having a solo vacation?! This article is written by Julie Morris, who is a Life and Career Coach. Go check out her site at Julie Morris.
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As a single parent, you’re tasked with rearing children while holding down a job and trying to have a life for yourself. That’s a lot to ask of anyone. So taking time to refresh your mind and body should never make you feel guilty. After all, who deserves it more than you?
“That sounds wonderful,” you might say. “But I have no one to go with me, at least no one I want to travel with.” Don’t let that stop you. In fact, you may benefit more from a trip by yourself than from one where you’re forced to deal with other people. That may sound odd, but it’s true. Solitude (as opposed to loneliness) frees you from needless worries and hassles, giving you a much-needed chance to reflect on your life and make plans for your future. So embrace this opportunity to indulge in some serious “me” time. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of a solo vacation.
Avoid the Crowds
Some getaway destinations are filled with throngs of people making as much noise as they possibly can. These options are less than ideal for the kind of experience you’re after. So steer clear of places like Gatlinburg,TN or Panama City Beach and head for locations where the crowds are smaller and the pace of life is unhurried. Such places are easier to find than you might expect. Here are some suggestions:
- Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This isle has a great old Florida vibe that’s a welcome change from the more famous parts of the Sunshine State. Yet it has beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and lots of space in which to unwind and relax.
- The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Fall and early spring find this choice vacation spot free of crowds but still offering unlimited natural beauty. Imagine strolling along a windswept beach with no interlopers to intrude on your thoughts. Sound like a dream? Well, dreams can come true when you visit the Carolina coast during the off season.
- State and national parks. These are the true overlooked wonders of the vacation world. A public park can give you lots of privacy, especially if you visit during weekdays or anytime other than summer. Many parks have private rental cabins where you can prepare your own meals, read books in peace and quiet, and explore natural wonders, all while rarely (if ever) seeing another human being. You’ll find reviews of great public parks at this web site.
Being by yourself while on vacation has lots of benefits. But it can also expose you to added risks unless you take care to avoid problems. Here are some suggestions for keeping yourself and your belongings safe:
- Stay in the light. Avoid dark corners and lonely streets.
- Empty your purse or wallet and carry only essentials like a little cash and one or two credit cards.
- Keep your purse close to your body or, if you carry a wallet instead, tuck it into a front pocket.
- Avoid alcohol and illicit drugs, as these can cloud your judgment and make you do things you’ll later regret. This leads to our next topic.
Solo Vacation Tips for People in Recovery
Getting away by yourself has lots to offer those who are struggling with overcoming addiction. Being alone can remove you from environmental triggers and give you a fresh perspective on your life. But it can also put you in danger of relapse if you fail to exercise caution. Here are some proven ways to stay clean and sober during your time off:
- Structure your days so you have plenty to do. This will help to keep your mind off
- Visit a local meeting of your support group while on your trip. Check with your organization’s home office to find nationwide listings.
- Keep your sponsor’s number on hand in case you run into trouble.
- Avoid places where it’s easy to find alcohol and other addictive substances.
A vacation is a splendid opportunity to shed some stress and revive body and soul. You’ll return home ready to face challenges with renewed vigor. So go for it! We wish you all the best.
Sass, Laughs, and Mayhem’s Takeaways
I have never gone on a solo vacation. Not before having children and definitely not while being a single parent. I want to though! Julie has given some simple, but great tips to follow when traveling alone. My next step? Planning a bomb a$$ solo vacation! Who’s joining me (on separate vacations of course)?