Planning a post-divorce vacation? These tips will help you to stay safe and make the most of your solo adventure!
1.Enjoy your freedom
Take advantage of the fact that you are the captain of this journey. You don’t have to answer to anyone. From choosing a location (pick the one that you’ve always wanted to see but could never convince your partner) to planning your activities (scuba lesson time!), you have full control of your trip. Make the most of it!
2. Join a tour
If all that freedom has you a little overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to join a tour group. There are many options, from hop-on hop-off bus tours to multi-country excursions. Select the option that suits your travel needs and prepare for an adventure. Tour groups are a great way to up your safety, as you have the advantage of traveling in a group while still keeping your solo profile.
3. Enjoy solo dining the right way
After years of marriage it’s unlikely that you’re accustomed to dining alone, but don’t let the lack of a dinner companion get you down. Solo dining is a great opportunity to catch up on a good book, people watch at an outdoor cafe, or learn insider tips from restaurant staff. You’ll also be able to take advantage of counter seating and smaller tables, meaning you’ll likely get seated quicker. But don’t let the quick seating make you rush through your meal. Take the time to savor your meal, especially if it’s one you didn’t often get to enjoy while married.
4. Stay Safe
It’s important to be conscious of your safety during a solo trip. These tips will help you stay safe:
- Avoid looking like a tourist and keep the map in your bag until you can discreetly check it in your hotel. Jotting down transportation schedules before you leave the room is another smart idea.
- Dress the part. Do a little research on the local fashion and climate before you leave for your trip. Blending in will help you avoid becoming an easy target for pickpockets. Another tip, leave flashy jewelry and bags at home. You don’t want to draw attention to your finances while traveling solo.
- Exude confidence. Look around any city or town and you’ll notice the locals exude the confidence of knowing their surroundings. Try to mirror that confidence as you go about your journey. This will make you less of a target for any unwanted attention.
- If you’re traveling internationally, practice key phrases in the local language. This will make getting directions and assistance easier, should you need it.
- Leave your travel itinerary with a trusted friend or relative incase anything happens.
- Choose a hotel with a 24-hour doorman, increasing the odds of a safe return.
- When it comes to cocktails, avoid overindulging when traveling solo. This way you can keep all of your senses active as you navigate your new surroundings.
5. Bring a good book
When traveling solo there will inevitably be more quiet time. Bringing along a new book is a great way to fill the airport layovers, long train rides, or afternoons in the park. Just be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a few souvenirs from your solo adventure!