Going through a divorce takes a toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health. By the time all the forms are signed and assets are divided, you may feel like you’ve been through a battle.
Your family and friends might tell you that you need to get “back in the saddle” with dating, family life, and work after a divorce, but we couldn’t disagree more.
After your divorce, you need to focus on you. Many people think about taking a cooking class or going to counseling to learn how to feel whole again.
However, you should consider taking a whole new spin on redefining yourself by planning a dream vacation after divorce. This is the perfect time to think about self-care, self-love, and a little adventure.
6 Reasons You Need to Start Planning Your Dream Vacation After Divorce Today
1. Travel to Reconnect with Yourself
Reconnecting to who you are as a single person can be challenging when you’re sitting at home. You may have difficulty reconnecting because of your kids, other family members, or friends. Sometimes the best way to rediscover yourself is by finding ways to treat yourself better and spending a little time alone.
Be intentional with your time when you’re traveling. Don’t schedule every waking hour with tours or other activities. Plan a day or two to journal, reflect, and participate in some restorative activities like practicing yoga or meditation or booking a massage. Your time alone can give you clarity into who you are and who you want to be when you return to everyday life.
2. Travel to Remember What You Love
When was the last time you took a week to do something you love? If you can’t even remember, that’s a sure sign that it’s time to plan this trip. Think about some activities that you used to enjoy when you were younger but maybe haven’t done for a while. Look up things that you may need to do to prepare for the activity to ensure you’re safe when enjoying it. A few activities to consider include hitting the slopes for a ski trip or heading to the ocean to go surfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
3. Travel to Reinvent Yourself
While it’s good to reminisce and reconnect, starting over with a clean slate can be invigorating. Instead of doing the same trip to the Grand Canyon you always dreamed of, think about going somewhere or doing something completely new. Maybe it’s time to take a trip to Paris and spend each morning drinking coffee in a quaint cafe. Or, you may want to travel to the Philippines and drive the countryside to see the land from a local’s perspective. Whatever trip idea gets you excited and ready to start packing is the one you need to book.
4. Travel to Clear Your Head
If your breakup has been a less than friendly one, you may need to get away and sort it out. Plan a trip off the grid so that you’re not tempted to check social media for updates about your ex. You’ll need to take your phone with you for safety, but be sure to tell friends and family that you’ll be taking a tech-cleanse and not to worry. Being alone with your thoughts, a few good self-help books, and a journal may be all the empowerment you need to bounce back after your divorce.
5. Travel to Push Yourself
Whether you’re alone or you’re a single parent, life after your divorce will feel a bit different than when you were separated. If you’re afraid that you’re not going to be able to handle it, prove to yourself that you can do anything by embarking on an adventurous vacation that pushes you mentally and physically. Maybe you have always wanted to do a week-long hike alone, or raft and camp through the Grand Canyon. No matter what adventure you want to take, if it’s calling your name, there is no better time than the present.
6. Travel Because it’s Cheaper
You may be on a tight budget after your divorce. Traveling solo is about as cheap as you can get. If you’re not sure that you can afford a flight, hotel, and all your meals, look for ways to keep the costs to a minimum since it’s only you that needs to be okay with the plans. Maybe a family member or friend has a cabin you use free of charge. Or, you can tap into some frequent flyer miles or other rewards that can make traveling much easier. You may also know someone close to where you want to go who would be happy to let you stay at their place to keep your costs to a minimum.
Planning Your Trip
It’s time to start feeling your best and take your much needed dream vacation after divorce. So, before you go back to the daily grind of life, take the trip you’ve been putting off for years to enjoy the newfound freedom that you never thought you would have again.