Vacationing alone?

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  1. silverspoon65

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    Has anyone ever traveled anywhere alone?

    I feel the need to get away. I want to go somewhere to relax and think. I know BF can't get off for a week. And I kind of think it would be empowering to go alone.

    But I am not sure where I would go and what I would do. I am kind of imaging some kind of resort where I can just relax, but I feel like that would get boring fast if I am alone. But I don't know if I would feel comfortable going to an unfamiliar city with lots of sites to see.

    any thoughts?
     
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    Well, I can barely manage to get to work and back directionally speaking, so traveling alone would be very difficult for me. I would also miss my husband like crazy, and probably my dog even more if I'm being honest :), because we're accustomed to being together. But if I put them out of the picture, it would be relaxing to go somewhere and just...relax. If I wanted to do more touristy things I'd be concerned about my ability to do depending upon where I'm going.
     
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    what about going with a girl friend?
     
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    How about an organized tour of some type??

    Of course, there's always Disney World... (Come on, you guys would be disappointed if I didn't say it.)
     
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    Breathing room is a good feeling because then you miss them and when you reunite it's special again!
     
  7. Mrs.DLC

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    What about a tour? My single aunt went on them a lot and met people and enjoyed the sights. I used to go around cities by myself when I traveled with my husband (on business)more. Though, I like to go to museums, beach, etc. alone!! My daughters teased me when I would go to a movie alone!! Hope you find something relaxing and fun to do.
     
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    I don't really know who I would go with. My one best friend is married and a SAHM with 2 kids. Possibly my other best friend but she and I don't really have that much in common. I know that sounds stupid, but we have been friends since birth and kind of grew into different people, so we can chat and go shopping, but I think we would want totally different kinds of vacation. My sister is working at Lake George for the summer and doesn't have money anyway. I really don't know who I would go with.
     
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    My dh and I just got back from St Louis and while I didn't travel there alone, I was alone from 8am until about 8pm just about every day for 5 days. I had a blast :) I did something different each day by myself and throughly enjoyed myself. I shopped, toured historical places that no one in my family enjoys, read, walked everywhere, ate where I wanted to eat . . .

    MrsDlC ~ I almost always go to the movies by myself
     
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    I REALLY can't imagine going to Disney alone.

    I am supposed to take my little sister - I promised her a few years ago we would go - and I could swing it for she and I, but now my family wants to go, too. Obviously, they would pay for themselves, but they haven't really indicated any real plans other than that they want to go, so I am kind of limbo. I kind of want to just plan it for my sister and I and say, ok, this is when we are going. If you want to go, give me $X by Xdate and I will add you on.

    Oh well, that's another issue.
     
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    Why don't you go up to Lake George? Hang out with your sister at night, and enjoy the Lake and surrounding area during the day? You could see Fort William Henry, go parasailing, go down to Saratoga (the town is lovely, and you could time it so you go when the horses are racing.) There's Six Flags (Great Escape), the outlets, mini golf, lots of restaurants...
     
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    A tour is a good idea though. BF's mom travels alone all the time to some pretty faraway places - and sometimes controversial - like places I would be kind of afraid to go to by myself. hmmm.
     
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    Bf and I thought of doing that on a long weekend, but she is working at a camp, so she only gets one day off a week.
     
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    my husband's aunt travels to countries by herself and then family joins in sometimes too like a week after she's been there. She is always with a tour or signs up for a language immersion class.

    I think a tour sounds great if you're comfortable not knowing anyone beforehand....you could end up making some great new friends that way.


    What about flying back to visit your family and then sightsee from their area?
     
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    I travelled on business by myself to Taipei and Hong Kong. I was always pretty adventuresome, though, and didn't mind at all. It was fun! I think the Chinese folks at restaurants were far more distressed than I was (I wasn't at all) when I sat alone. A lot of people would just look at me with a sad/worried look on their faces.

    I just remembered, though, that the company's offices there had employees who took me all over the place a couple of nights - Kowloon on a ferry, downtown Hong Kong, ... so it wasn't exactly alone.
     
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    A week of doing just what I want to do sounds heavenly. I am pretty adventurous, so would have no problem going by myself.
     
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    Every summer I go away by myself for a few days. I stay in a nice hotel, do some work for school, do some shopping, go for walks, eat what and when I want. It's always a nice way to recharge after the busy school year.
     
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    I've been to a spa resort by myself. The only time I got slightly bored was over dinner, but otherwise I was great.

    I've also gone on a few day tours by myself. I do meet people on these things quite easily.
     
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    I travel by myself all the time. It is fun. You don't have to live up to any one else's schedule. You can meet lots of friends. When you only need 1 ticket to a show, you can often get fabulous seats (I sat in the front row to see Jay Leno in Vegas and in the 3rd row to see Bette Midler.)

    The tours idea is fine, but honestly, you have to plan very far ahead of time as most of them require payment far in advance. So it will work out great if you are planning now for a trip in 3-4 months from now.

    If you want to go now, then you'll probably end up going yourself.

    The one advice I give is this -- always stay in a top class hotel. Don't chance staying in a less than desireable one just to save a little money.

    Good luck and I hope you find a great trip.
     
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    Not to sound ignorant, but what does "dh" stand for?
     
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    Dear or **** Husband (depends on the context).
     
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    dh ~ darling husband ;)
     
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    How about a weekend in Atlantic City?? You could stay in one of the casinos, do the beach/boardwalk during the days, and the casinos/shows at night?
     
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    I've vacationed alone, but I only went to places with lots of daytime activities. I only went out at night to places that had valet parking.
     
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    I've always loved my alone time. Starting in college I took my own little weekend trips. I'd pick a city, maybe once a year, drive there. Stay overnight myself. Eat well. Watch TV. Just recompress and think.
     
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    I'm not saying I'll never travel alone someday, but the odds are very slim, unless I'm at a time in my life that I have no one to travel with then, I'd go along w/ one of those tour grps.

    A longtime friend of my mom's (a retired teacher) travels alone all the time, to Europe, etc.

    Enjoy yourself!
     
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    I've been debating the same thing for a while--I'm single, and all my friends are married, most with kids, so I don't really have anyone to go with either. This year my spring break lines up with my sister's (she's in college), so I'm hoping she and I can work something out. If not, I think I'll plan to go alone...
     
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    I'm going away for a few days by myself tomorrow, to FL. Yes, I'd prefer to go with someone but I'd rather go by myself than not go anywhere! At this stage in my life, all my friends are married and most have kids so it's unrealistic to expect to have a friend to vacation with. I'm only going away for a few days though, and since I'm planning on sitting at the beach most of the time I don't need a companion for that! It would be different if it were a vacation that involved actively doing things or driving a lot to get to different destinations along the way. That would be too lonely, I think, and I'd be a bit nervous about safety. The only way I'd go to another country on my own would be some sort of organized tour.
     
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    I think this is a great idea! I've never vacationed alone. My sister has always been my travel companion. I completely understand what you are saying about your second best friend and how you have nothing in common. That is how it is with one of my oldest friends. She never wants to do a girls kind of trip. I think there are issues behind doing something like that which she is not sharing with me. But anyway, Lake George sounds great!
     
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    Kind of in the same boat. But, I am lucky thatI have my sis, who is generally willing to travel.
     
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    Maybe we should do an A to Z vacation. Any other young females from here want to all meet up in Vegas or something? lol.
     
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    Not a bad idea, silver! (But I vote for a beach... ;))
     
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    It is over 100 degrees here, so I vote somewhere cool!
     
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    I have gone on vacation twice completely alone and I do not have any complaints in the world! Both times I took classes through a language program for four hours a day and stayed in a home with my own bedroom. Both experiences were very different, but extremely enjoyable and valuable. I would love to do it again sometime although I keep telling my dh that I will probably have to take our kids with me when I am able to go again and that I might stay away a month at that point!! Previously I've gone for two and a half weeks at a time.

    I also always spend three days in the summer with a friend and we meet up somewhere in between our houses (we are four hours apart) and for that one weekend we leave the spouses at home. It's a lot of fun!
     

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