I’m going to get to some great solo travel ideas. But first let me back up. My past 48 hours have been… interesting. One kiddo down with the flu (we ALMOST made it through the winter without it!) and the other in the ER last night needing stitches on his forehead after a tumble into a coffee table.
48 hours of healing. 48 hours of very little sleep. 48 hours of missed school. 48 hours of cuddle time on the couch. 48 hours of awesome friends and neighbors helping us out.
But while it’s been an intense 48 hours, it’s nothing remarkable. As parents we are handed days like this time and time again.
However, I’m taking it as a sign.
A few days ago, before this madness began, I sat down to write a post about my personal solo travel bucket list. And now more than ever, the past 48 hours have re-affirmed my whole mission for encouraging moms everywhere to travel more, and perhaps give solo travel a try.
By taking some time for yourself to explore, recharge and focus on your own health, you’ll be better able to meet the needs of your family and deal with tough spells with mindfulness and grace.
So here is my bucket list for top solo travel destinations for Moms.
Tulum, Mexico. As I finalize plans for my solo trip to Tulum, Mexico this May, I continue to learn about the plethora of yoga instructors and studios along their gorgeous beach strip of Tulum, Mexico. Also, there are a number of inexpensive hotels located directly on the beach. I’m always more budget conscious when traveling solo, so this is a huge draw. Stay tuned for more in the coming months, as this destination will be scratched off my bucket list shortly!
Scottsdale, Arizona. For a quick getaway, Scottsdale can’t be beat. Warm weather, inexpensive flights from almost anywhere, and a number of world-class spas. Check out Pinnacle Peak for a morning hike. Then spend the afternoon at the spa or pool-side. Order in room service for dinner and catch up on TV or read a book. Absolute perfection. I’ve got my eye on the Four Seasons, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain and Canyon Suites at The Phoenician.
Troncones, Mexico. Present Moment Retreat in Troncones, Mexico has been on my list for some time now. The owner, Tom, exudes warmth and welcomes yogis of all abilities to his boutique hotel near Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Getting there is easy from the U.S. and with a constant rotation of guest instructors, opportunity to get out and explore and perhaps link up with other solo travelers, this is a great option and one I’m going to be checking out next winter for sure.
Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines. While getting to Bequia is perhaps a bit more difficult than other destinations on this solo travel bucket list, it’s worth the effort. Bequia has a cool and quirkly scene of locals and expats, which means it’s not too difficult to find someone to talk to when wandering down to a beach bar for a sunset drink. Very different from other Caribbean islands, you won’t find any big all inclusive resorts and that’s the reason why it appeals to me.
Costa Rica. With so much to see here I couldn’t pick just one place. Traveling here solo with some flexibility in your itinerary is a good idea. Over the past few years Costa Rica has emerged as the safest and the happiest in the world. I had the opportunity to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica last year, and she was glowing about her time spent there.
In San Jose City, visit the impressive collection of museums and open-air markets. Journey to the beach or the jungle for relaxation or adventure, whatever you prefer. Costa Rica is an affordable tropical destination without hoards of travelers, making it a perfect destination for solo travels.
Have you taken a solo journey? What destinations do you think are best for solo travel?