Solo female travel is a hot topic at the moment.
I wrote this post over a year ago, literally on the eve of my first non-business, solo travel adventure to Mexico. I was intrigued by the idea of traveling on my own, and wondered if other moms were doing the same.
While it sparked some interesting conversation, the general response from my Mom friends and readers at the time was “boy that would be nice but I could never do that.”
Even my husband admitted he found it a little selfish that I took off for a few days.
I went on the adventure, had a wonderful time and have been singing the praises of solo travel for busy Moms ever since.
But today, the topic of solo female travel has become a major trend. Just this month Pinterest released a major report. The company reported that a huge new trend is percolating on the platform that focuses mainly on fantasies of independence and living freely: female solo travel.
According to Pinterest, “…travel inspiration has always been big on the platform, but the focus on traveling alone is recent. Since Spring 2015, we’ve seen a marked increase in women Pinning solo travel ideas.“
So when I was asked to join in on a conversation about solo female travel on Huffington Post Live this week, I jumped at the opportunity. While the solo female travel conversation is dominated by young, single women, I was thrilled to represent Moms in this important discussion on this important trend.
Since the interview aired, Moms from around the world have come out of the woodwork to tell me about their solo trips, and how these experiences have led to positive changes in their lives.
The trend certainly shows no sign of slowing down. If you’re new to the idea of solo travel, here are 5 reasons why busy moms should travel solo at least once.
Traveling solo is much cheaper than traveling as a family.
It’s just simple math. One mouth to feed, one flight. Plus, when I travel alone I often stay in much more basic accommodations that when I’m traveling with the whole family.
It’s healthy to be alone.
And let’s face it, as a mom with young kids you’re never,ever alone.
According to Psychology Today, solitude helps to improve concentration and improve productivity. When you remove as many distractions and interruptions as you can from your day, you are better able to concentrate. A solo trip is a great opportunity to think about yourself, set short- and long-term goals or even get something done, like writing a book or a business plan!
You can be Selfish.
I really hate this word, especially when it’s used to describe Moms making the bold move to travel alone.
But… solo travel affords you the opportunity to eat what you want, when you want, to do what you want when you want. It’s refreshing to be rewarded with a few days to do what you want and not have to thin about the needs of anyone else for a change.
Enjoy Simple logistics.
Coordinating a trip with family or friends can be challenging. Work, activities and family commitments all can stand in the way.
If you happen to find a window of time where you can get away for a few days, embrace it and make plans freely, without needing to coordinate with other travel partners. Plus, if you are able to travel spontaneously, there are usually some great last minute travel deals to be had!
Return home a more mindful, better parent.
By taking time to focus on yourself, recharge and relax a little, you’ll return home a more mindful, better parent. Being a Mom is hard work. Taking a step back to reflect on all the blessings in your life away from sleep depravation and hectic schedules is one of the most significant benefits of solo travel for Moms.
Have you taken a solo trip? What was your experience? Let me know what you think about why Moms should travel solo.
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