Tips for Surviving a Vacation Without Your Partner

Solo travel isn’t for everyone. That first trip without friends or family can be quite nerve-wracking. The first trip without your partner – your best friend whom you just happen to be in love with – can be even worse. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, if your spouse can’t join you, there are several ways to survive a vacation without them.

Keep Them in the Loop

If you have a spouse that worries a lot then this tip should help to ease their mind and reassure them that you are safe and okay. Make sure you keep them in the loop when it comes to your itinerary. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to share your location or call every time you arrive at a new destination, it just means to check in occasionally. For instance, if flying, you can call once your flight has landed to let them know that everything went smoothly. Alternatively, they can stay up to date with your flight and arrival by typing in the airline and flight number right into google. Once they hit “enter,” the details of your flight should pop right up. It’s also important to make sure that they know where you are staying Providing them with the address and contact information for your hotel (or other lodging) gives them a way to contact you should there be an emergency and they can’t directly get in touch with you. It may not be likely that such an emergency will arise, but better safe than sorry.

Engage in Group Activities

If you’re the traveler that rarely does things alone, then it may help to engage in group activities. If your travel destination is known for its cuisine, take a cooking class. If it’s known for it’s wine or other libations, take a winery or distillery tour. If the location is known for action packed outdoor activities, then go for a zip lining package or whatever else may be offered. Although you’ll be purchasing a ticket for one, you’re bound to meet other awesome people along the way whether it be couples or solo travelers.

Set Aside Time for Yourself

Alone time is always important in life, but also on any vacation. In everyday life we are busy with our roles whether it be parent, sibling, partner, etc. It’s easy to forget about ourselves outside of said role. Make sure you schedule a massage, sign up for a yoga or meditation class, take a long walk along the beach, anything where you can focus on YOU. Whatever type of solitude you are most comfortable in, go for it. After the vacation it may not be so easy to set aside time to focus on yourself and you’d be surprised how good you’ll feel afterwards. Enjoy any chance you can get to simply relax.

Stay Connected

Staying connected is a little different from keeping your spouse in the loop. Staying connected ensures that you maintain your bond or any quirky routines you may have, even when there are hundreds of miles between you. If it’s almost impossible to go to sleep without speaking to your partner, then schedule a time before bedtime to talk or even better, video chat. If there’s a drastic time difference then compromise. One of you could stay awake a little later or one of you could wake up a little earlier. Even if that’s too much of a hassle, simply schedule a time to speak everyday if only to let each other know that you’re thinking of one another.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

In the same way that spending time together can bring a couple closer together, spending time apart is just as helpful for a relationship. It gives you time to focus on you, your wants and needs, and should allow you to go back to your partner and relay the message. While many destinations are seen as romantic and couple friendly, if there’s a place on your bucket list and your significant other can’t make the trip or simply doesn’t want to go, it shouldn’t stop you from visiting. Maintaining independence while partnered is extremely beneficial to personal well being as well as the well being of the relationship. It can also allow you to actually miss your spouse! You’ll miss the things you love and even the things that sometimes irritate you, which doesn’t always happen when you see them often or everyday.