Be your own valentine: The benefits of traveling alone
By Aimee Markwardt
Whether you sleep alone or you sleep in a bed wedged between your partner and three kids (who insist there are monsters in their rooms), it’s important to occasionally dedicate some special time to take care of yourself.
This Valentine’s Day, be your own best valentine. Instead of waiting for someone else to give you flowers, a spa day and the perfect V-Day present, give it to yourself. Make an annual ritual out of it — throwing the Hallmark pressure to the wind and creating your own holiday.
After all, you cannot give to others from a place of depletion. It’s time to fill up your own tank — put on your own life vest, so to speak. Here are a few ways to book some quality alone time on a personal vacation.
1. Follow your passion and learn something new.
A cooking class in France is the kind of vacation that might be better solo. Focus intently on honing your craft, learning as much as possible and nourishing your body. The International Kitchen organizes cooking vacations to different places around the world, including multiple locations in France. Our favorite: Six nights in Burgundy, with its rich wines, Dijon market and inspiring vineyards.
Or try an opera vacation, like The International Kitchen’s excursion to the New York Metropolitan Opera.
2. Treat yourself.
Whether it’s a spa vacation, a solo cruise or a yoga retreat, there are plenty of ways to enhance your personal wellness and relax your mind. Destination Spa Vacations offers a long list of different theme trips (bicycle, aquatics, creative arts, dance, detox) around the world.
If nutrition and health is your focus, check out the Golden Door Vegetable Garden Tour in California, a spa experience with a four-acre organic garden. The Golden door was one of the first of its kind, founded more than 50 years ago. Receive beauty treatments but also dig deeper, with meditation, Qi Gong, Mindful Stress Management, self-hypnosis and biofeedback from the heart, just to name a few offerings.
3. Go on a trip specifically for singles. This, of course, if you are single.
There are many organized singles-only vacations. Singles Travel International offers trips around the world, such as an all-inclusive 11-day “sea safari” to the Galapagos.
4. Go on an educational trip.
Road Scholar is a nonprofit that offers educational tours in 150 countries. Road Scholar will hook you up with experts, tours and study cruises of places you have always wanted to learn more about — or topics you have always wanted to explore. For example, take a photography tour of North Carolina’s dynamic coast.
Tip: Whenever you are traveling, whether alone or as a group, make sure you check travel deals and coupons to save money on your vacation.
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