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The Empowering Effect of Solo Travel

Have you ever traveled “solo”?  The first time I took a vacation alone was @ 5 years ago.  I was in the thick of raising 4 teenagers and I needed to get away to recharge myself.  I decided to go to Cancun, Mexico for a long weekend.  For me, Cancun is an inexpensive 2 hour flight that is perfect for a long weekend of sun, fun and relaxation.

As I was seated on the plane about to depart – I started to tear up.  The fact that I was leaving my (teenaged) babies was so difficult at that moment.  I felt like I was cheating them in some way by leaving to do something for myself.  Over the course of those three days away my emotions were up and down about being away – by myself.  Was it fair for me to be on vacation solo?  Was I cheating my family?  Did I deserve it?  All of these questions are valid… and what I realized was yes.   It IS ok to get away.  Not only is it important for us as moms, wives and workers to recharge ourselves – but I also found this trip to be personally empowering for who I am as a woman.

Since then, I have gone on a handful of “solo” trips.  Just recently I went to Florence, Italy (December 2023).  Yes – I still get anxious before I leave my family on my solo trips.  Yes – I do make sure that all of my affairs are in order so that my kids are secure and well taken care of before I leave and often it takes me a good day to acclimate to being alone and away from home.  But it is the most empowering experience that I have ever had as a woman and a traveler.  I get to take the time to explore on my own.  Read, write, relax.  I get to choose where I go and what I eat without any compromise.  I get to see the things that interest me and inspire me to think, dream and live life more fully.

Traveling solo has now become a yearly practice in my life.  I now NEED to take these trips alone to recenter and remind myself of who I am and what I am passionate about.  When life seems to suck the energy out of me I just revisit all of the pictures and memories of my past solo trips and remember that I can do anything.  I’m already planning where I am going to next.  What about you?  Where would you like to go, solo?

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