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Should a single mom vacation alone?


Photo by Rennett Stowe

When faced with two weeks or longer on your own without kids this summer, what should you do? Should you stay home and catch up on work around the house, or opt to take a vacation instead? If you choose to take a vacation, what happens if there is no one available to take the vacation with? Should you go alone?

Well, that depends on a variety of factors. Are you an independent sort of woman that isn’t going to panic if something goes wrong, such as the car getting a flat or the airline losing your luggage? Are you able to enjoy being alone for a substantial length of time? Is a vacation financially feasible, or would it be more practical to just take a weekend trip to visit friends or family?

If you’ve decided that you do want to get away for a little while, what type of vacation should you go on? Is there somewhere you’ve always dreamed of going? While it may be less desirable to take a vacation by yourself, the fact of the matter is that if you put off your dream vacation until someone can go with you, you may never get the chance to go at all.

Here in the U.S. we have the affordable option of taking road trips or flying to many interesting and beautiful locations, most of which are reasonably safe to travel to alone. A plethora of fabulous vacation spots can be found in and near our own state of Colorado, many of which are close to Fort Collins. However, if your dream vacation spot is in a high-crime area, or outside the U.S., especially in a country where you don’t speak the language, it may not be a good idea to go alone. If you have friends or family you can stay with that can show you around, it may be okay, but navigating a foreign location on your own when you can’t speak the language can be challenging at best. If you really want to go to a foreign location, do research first about the safety of the region, etiquette and cultural differences, especially attitudes towards women, before you make your final decision. Also consider going with a tour group – a simple internet search will turn up a wide array of these groups to choose from.

If you do go on vacation on your own, be aware of the dangers that a woman traveling alone may face. Provide family members and/or friends with a detailed itinerary and contact information as a safety precaution. And if you ever find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, listen to your instincts and remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. For example, if you are on an elevator and a person or group of people gets on that makes you feel ill at ease, get off the elevator immediately. Do not question your judgment or worry about being rude – it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Although traveling alone can exacerbate the loneliness that you may already be dealing with on a daily basis under normal circumstances, it can also be an opportunity to enjoy quiet time alone, think things out, and have a chance to relax and escape the responsibilities of being a single mom for just a little while. A happy, relaxed mom is a better mom.

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