I feel it’s safe to say that the stress of recent months means that we all need a mini holiday. Due to the risks of close social interactions, this is the perfect time to focus on solo travel. It’s perfect for the soul, and is probably the safest option for your body too. Some help with the planning to ensure that the adventure lives up to the expectations.
First and foremost, you need to consider what you actually want from the adventure. For most people, it’s likely some time for self-reflection and self-discovery. Therefore, you may want to consider renting out a small home or cottage for the week rather than a hotel. This gives you the ultimate foundation for a week of writing, yoga, or self-analysis. Likewise, it’ll enable you to relax and recharge the batteries with greater results.
If you plan to feed your soul during your travels, you should think about feeding your stomach too. Forgetting about diets and tucking into some delicious delicacies is truly one of the great benefits of any time away. While trips to restaurants are great, you may want to consider attending a cooking class. Developing a new skill will make the trip feel all the more worthwhile. Crucially, the new recipe is something that will bring comfort to your soul whenever you cook it back home. It is a gift that keeps giving.
There are many reasons to choose solo travel over group travel, even when you’re not worried about COVID-19. The fact is that it puts you in the driving seat and allows you to explore a destination in style. After finding a location that allows you to tick off some bucket list items, you must think about getting around. A private car rental is the best option due to social distancing, as well as the fact you can set your own itinerary. Check burswoodcarrentals.com.au to learn more and please remember you’re supporting local businesses. Plus, aside from the practical rewards, taking a drive through unfamiliar territories can be highly therapeutic.
The fact that you set the tone with your rules of your solo travel is perfect for anyone wanting to feed their soul. It’s not only weekend city breaks or week-long retreats that can be used either. Many people find that volunteering abroad over an extended break is ideal. It serves as a milestone filled with highlights in your life, while the satisfaction of helping a community is an incredible thing. You can discover various opportunities by checking out gooverseas.com/volunteer-abroad. After a period of several weeks away, you may discover that your love of your hometown grows too.
Solo travel for the soul can take many forms, and gives you the chance to enjoy time away that you may not ordinarily choose. You can combine explorations of unfamiliar sights with self-reflection and a little relaxation. A few spa treatments can promote improved wellbeing from a physical and mental outlook. The fact is that even dedicating a little time to yourself after a difficult few months can change your life for the better. You’ve never needed a trip like this quite like it’s required right now. Do not let the opportunity pass you by.
I hope you enjoy reading and that I bring some inspiration (if needed) to take a short break away closer to home or a longer stay experiencing volunteering opportunities in Australia, New Zealand and other locations in our shared world when the time is right.
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Great post and solo travel is the best! Thanks for that volunteering link I will check it out!!!!
Happy to hear you enjoyed Heather. I hope you find something that sparks you volunteering interest. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on solo travel. I just returned from a 5000-mile road trip where half of it was solo. It wasn’t necessarily “relaxing”, but the many hours of time alone and a chance to watch the scenery pass by my car window in that first week was so refreshing. I had a chance to stop in several quaint small towns just to wander and found some beautiful lodging that made it feel like a getaway for sure.
5000 mile road trip would be amazing, even on the lonely days with plenty of time for personal reflection. I imagine you’ll have many memorable highlights from along the way.
Lovely thoughts. Although I travel with my husband I still can identify with so much of this. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Laureen and you’re welcome. 🙂
I have yet to travel by myself for the sake of travel – as in I have gone places by myself, but it’s different. This is a good insight and a good point that this is the time to go solo.
Thank you Rhonda. I find it’s a wonderful experience to travel solo as we’re encouraged to connect more with the locals and learn first had some of the off the beaten track sights. 🙂
As an introvert, solo travel is right up my alley! I have not done a lot of leisure solo travel but I have tacked on days to solo business trips and have always enjoyed that part of travel for work!
Great option for time out after the more formal aspects of travelling (for work). I also used to do a lot of the same. 🙂
There are lots of reasons to travel solo. And indeed different ways to travel too. These days I usually travel with my hubby. But I remember those days of less planning and more “me” time. Spending so much time together in lockdown, I may be in need of a solo trip for some quiet and contemplation soon.
Linda, I trust that the right opportunity will present for some quiet, contemplating moments that will nourish your Soul. 🙂
A great read and you’re right about the value of solo travel in what it does for the soul. Having almost reached the point where my son is fully grown, I’ll be travelling solo much more in the future!
Coralie, there is much to be experienced when travelling solo. I rust the opportunity to explore on your own will be a truly enriching experience, when the opportunity presents.
Good post! Solo travel is probably the best thing to do during this time. I agree that a stand-alone cottage is better than staying in a hotel. Cooking, going for walks and reading are some of the things one can do in peace along with self-reflection. 🙂
Totally agree with you Jan 🙂 I’ve never been one for all inclusive hotels, nor hotel rooms in general. A small self contained apartment or cottage is beneficently my choice. May we always find our preferred choice of accommodation to suit our needs. 🙂
Most of my planned travel for 2020 was solo travel and instead, I have been at home. Thank you for reminding me that I need to feed my soul again, and even a short trip can do that.
Thank you Larch, definitely time for a short trip away to feed your Soul (even more so, given our collective circumstances) 🙂
I love solo travel, it’s such a unique way to explore & find your place in the world & learn more about what you really are capable of. It is especially the perfect time to try going alone if you never have before, purely for the fact that places are less busy to allow for discovering new locations & self-isolating at the same time. There are some great ideas here for how you can travel alone & feed your soul at the same time. Thank you for sharing.
I’m with you Sue, I have found solo travel to be very enriching and rewarding on many levels to honour and feed my Soul. 🙂
It’s so true that solo travel can be very, very healing and awakening. My partner sends me away on solo trips when I’m starting to have more day-to-day anxiety and stress and we always say I come back truly refreshed, confident, and alive!
Cate this is wonderful to read and equally wonderful to see that you honour the need for self reflection, self care and self love to maintain a balance and harmonious relationship with yourself and your husband. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
I have never traveled solo, but your post make me tempt to go for it. I know self realization comes through solo travel and also we mingle more with local surroundings. Also opting for volunteering activities is great idea.
Travelling solo is a very rewarding experience, as we learn more about ourselves. Volunteering is a wonderful first choice way to experience a solo ‘Soul’ fulfilling journey. May an opportunity present to experience both solo and volunteering travel journeys. 🙂