Whether traveling by air, land or sea, here are some tips to think about before going it alone:
- Get comfortable on your own. Before traveling long distance, venture out alone within your community, visiting museums, attending movies or plays or taking a walking tour. This will build your confidence and comfort, and help you rediscover the joy of your favorite activities.
- Start with shorter trips. Visit family or friends within a day's drive and get comfortable with your ability to travel on your own. Notice how many people are also traveling solo and know that you are not alone.
- Find ways to make meal times more enjoyable. If it's especially tough to eat dinner alone, consider having your main meal at lunch when many others are also dining alone and make the evening meal a small one in your room. Eat in hotel restaurants, as there are often a number of solo diners.
- Pack lightly since you will often be carrying your own luggage. Go for your smallest, lightest piece of luggage and only bring items that are essential for your trip. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes and tuck copies of your travel documents in a separate suitcase or bag.
- Safety first. Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member and check in with that person on a regular basis by phone or email.
This blog entry was written in conjunction with Arbor Hospice's Workshops for One grief support workshop.