So, oddly enough, my article How to travel after a breakup - 5 tips to plan your trip better has been one of my most recommended blog post. Interesting! I wrote it by myself on a beach after an incredibly bad break up years ago where I went to Greece by myself and I thought it was a good topic to address since I met a few women who were traveling alone after a break up as well and I thought to myself - other women might think this information is helpful. I've had friends in the past who went through a breakup and wanted to travel so I planned their whole trip for them and the trip did them so much good! So here's some helpful information for anyone looking for a healing trip after breakup or divorce.
Why travel after a breakup?
Traveling after a breakup can be an incredibly therapeutic experience. Planning your next adventure will give you something to look forward to, as well as help take your mind off things. It can be a great way to get out of your comfort zone and explore new places, meet new people, and gain some perspective on the situation.
Whether it's a weekend getaway or a longer trip, having something to plan for and look forward to can be a great distraction from the heartache of the breakup when you're feeling crappy sitting around upset and you don't know what to do to feel better.
Traveling also allows you to focus on yourself and take time for self-care. You can use this time to reflect on what happened in the relationship and learn from it without feeling overwhelmed by emotions. It gives you an opportunity to do things that make you happy, such as trying new activities or visiting places that have always been on your bucket list. Plus, it's a great way to build confidence and remind yourself that you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to! Traveling alone is incredibly empowering and you're out of your comfort zone already why not explore the world.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. – Raymond Lindquist
When planning your trip, make sure it's something that will make you happy and excited. Whether it's exploring a new city, going on a road trip with friends, or taking some time for yourself in nature, make sure it's something that will bring you joy and peace of mind. Traveling is also an excellent way to meet new people and gain perspective on life; it can be just what you need after a breakup. So if you're feeling down after a breakup, consider taking some time for yourself and planning an adventure!
Exploring new places while finding yourself again
Travelling can be a great way to rediscover yourself and find out what you truly enjoy. It allows you to step away from the everyday routine and make decisions based on your own wants and needs, rather than having to consider someone else’s. This can be especially true when travelling alone, as it gives you the opportunity to explore without having to compromise with another person.
In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. – Deepak Chopra
Exploring new places is a great way to learn more about yourself and what makes you happy. Whether it’s visiting a museum, getting lost in an unfamiliar city or meeting new people, taking the time to do things that make you happy will help you discover who you are and what kind of life you want for yourself. Travelling can also provide invaluable insight into different cultures and ways of life, which can help shape your own values and beliefs. So take the time being on your own to discover what makes you tick – after all, we only get one shot!
So here we are a list in no particular order of where you should travel after a breakup...I based these not necessarily because I was going through a breakup during my visit there but because of the quality of the social atmosphere, activities, etc.
1. Zanzibar, Tanzania
If you're looking for a more exotic destination, Zanzibar is the perfect place to travel alone after a breakup. This stunning island off the coast of Tanzania offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as plenty of opportunities for adventure. Whether it's snorkeling in crystal clear waters or exploring ancient ruins, there's something for everyone in Zanzibar. It's a combination of fun and relaxation at a paradise destination. People are super friendly and I also met tons of interesting travelers.
Why go there?
There are so many activities and things to see and if you want relaxation and also fun to meet people, the hostels there are absolutely awesome for meeting people.
Things to do:
2. Seville, Andalusia, Spain
If you're looking for a city with plenty of culture and history, Seville in Andalusia is the perfect destination. With its stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine, Seville is the perfect place to explore alone after a breakup. Plus, it's easy to get around with plenty of public transportation options.
Why go there?
Tons of group tours, hostels with social activities, day trips
Things to do:
3. Piran, Slovenia
Piran is a small coastal town in Slovenia that offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. It's the perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of nature, as well as explore its rich culture and history. Plus, it's easy to get around because you can walk everywhere!
Why go there after a breakup:
Scenery is beautiful alot of exploring time and solitude. Beautiful history
Things to do:
wander around and have quiet time by the sea
4. Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal is a great destination for those looking to travel alone after a breakup. With its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine, Portugal is the perfect place to relax and explore. From exploring the cobblestone streets of Lisbon to taking in the breathtaking views, there's something for everyone in Portugal. Plus, it's easy to get around with plenty of public transportation options.
Why go there?
Social hostels, tons of activities, beautiful weather, sun
Things to do:
Food tours and
5. Yangshuo, China
If you're looking for a more adventurous destination and plan on venturing out into the Chinese countryside, Yangshuo in China is the perfect place to travel alone after a breakup. With its stunning karst mountains, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine, Yangshuo offers plenty of opportunities for exploration.
Why go there?
beautiful scenery and fun hostels and social activity
Things to do
Monkey Janes Bar - I learned to play beer pong here!
Rent bikes and explore!
6. Cusco, Peru
Cusco is the perfect destination for those looking to explore ancient ruins and learn more about the Incan culture. With its stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine, Cusco is the perfect place to travel alone after a breakup as it's colorful and has inrcredible vibe. Plus, it's easy to get around with plenty of public transportation options.
Tons of cultural activities and incredible scenery
What to do?
7. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende is a charming colonial city in Mexico that offers plenty of opportunities for exploration. With its stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine, San Miguel de Allende is the perfect place to travel alone after a breakup. Plus, it's easy to get around with plenty of public transportation options.
Beautiful streets, wonderful cafes, cool hostels
Spend some time people watching, chilling in cafes, eating in restaurants, taking in the scenery.
Day trips to Guanajuato, Queretaro.
8. Edinbourgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is a great destination for those looking to explore a vibrant city with plenty of culture and history. From exploring the cobblestone streets of the Old Town to taking in the breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle, there's something for everyone in Edinburgh. Plus, it's easy to get around with plenty of public transportation options.
The city is incredibly historic and beautiful and people are friendly. tons of activities to do
Castle Rock hostel
Things to do:
There's an awesome hike to a view overlooking the city that I really enjoyed.
9. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is the perfect destination for those looking to explore a vibrant city with plenty of culture and history. From exploring the colorful neighborhoods of La Boca to taking in the stunning views of Plaza de Mayo, there's something for everyone in Buenos Aires.
Plus, it's a great base to take a bus and explore San Carlos de Bariloche, Mendoza, and Salta. Whether you're looking for a vibrant nightlife or a more relaxed atmosphere, Buenos Aires has something for everyone.
Tons to see, awesome restaurants and night life, tango, culture
Things to do:
Taormina is a beautiful coastal town in Sicily that offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. It's the perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of nature, as well as explore its rich culture and history. There are also plenty of activities to do such as exploring the Greek theater, taking a cable car ride up Mount Etna, or visiting one of the many wineries in the area.
Picturesque views, incredible food, beach
How will I meet people if I'm traveling alone?
Making friends while traveling is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences you can have. It’s almost impossible not to make friends when you’re on the road, as there are so many opportunities to meet new people, especially if you stay in hostels. People are relaxed, open to experiences and looking for fun when they’re traveling, so it’s easy to strike up conversations with strangers. You can find yourself chatting away with someone in a hostel or bar, or even just walking down the street.
The great thing about making friends while traveling is that you get to meet all sorts of interesting characters from around the world. You can learn about different cultures and lifestyles, share stories and experiences, and create unforgettable memories together. Plus, it’s always nice to have someone who understands what it feels like to be away from home and who can relate to your travel adventures. So don’t be afraid to reach out and make some new friends while you’re on the road – it will only add to your experience! I have friends I met in a hostel once 20 years ago for a weekend that I still keep in touch with to this day. Plus, it's way easier now since you can just add people to your Instagram.
No matter where you decide to go, traveling alone after a breakup can be a great way to rediscover yourself and find out what you truly enjoy. So take the time to explore new places, meet new people, and gain perspective on life – it can be just what you need after a breakup!
Do you have any tips for traveling alone after a breakup and where to do? Let me know in the comments!
ANDREA HUNT - Online Transformational Life Coach & EFT Tapping Practitioner based in Munich, Germany
I'm an accredited transformational life coach from Animas Centre for Coaching UK and a member of the International Coaching Federation. I'm also a Level 2 practitioner in EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) and a member of AEFTP (Association of Emotional Freedom Technique Professionals).
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