Why You Should Plan A Solo Trip

19 February

This past week in New York I found myself with a lot more solo time than previous trips and honestly loved it.  I’m actually thinking the new baby moon should be a solo trip.  (Preferably a spa resort of some sort because we all deserve it!).  Or you should give yourself two–a solo baby moon getaway, and one with the hubs.

I had originally planned my New York Fashion Week itinerary with a balance of meetings and girlfriend time too.  But then when my schedule changed a bit last minute and I found myself with three extra days / nights… I decided to keep my calendar open.  Of course highlights of the trip included all of my dates with my NYC girlfriends that I miss so much, but I have to say there was just something SO nice and so rejuvenating (especially for a mom of a toddler) about all of the free time I had.  Just sitting at a bar by myself (really could have gone for a glass of vino in hand!!), having chunks of the day to pop into museum exhibits I wanted to check out and as many of my favorite NYC spots that I could fit in, and just the ability to go, do and see whatever I pleased.  I found myself getting a manicure at my old nail salon, lingering at Buvette in the West Village (a two  bringing back all of the doses of nostalgia, and I mean just having a hotel room to yourself is enough of a treat… room service, long hot showers… is there anything better?  I’m sure all moms would hands down say no.

And while on one hand I can’t call this trip 100% traveling solo as it was for work, I did see a lot of friends and I previously lived there so I obviously feel very comfortable in the city / know my way around, plus my hotel stay felt like my home away from home.  But it was a good reminder of how awesome solo travel is and perhaps how important it actually is.  Honestly it doesn’t even have to be solo travel, just solo dates.  When was the last time you sat at a bar by yourself or took yourself out to dinner?  Arguably it’s way more fun to make memories and experience new things with friends and loved ones, but it’s rather rejuvenating to go on mini solo dates too.  And this is coming from a very social Libra who loves to constantly be with people.

Tanner and I were also talking about it after the fact, that we’d both feel guilty booking a solo trip somewhere without the other (or Rex).  So yes I can’t say I won’t be flying off anywhere exotic without them unless it’s for work.  But when it is a work trip we totally love dining out by ourselves and taking full advantage of that time.  Another girlfriend also mentioned that she booked a trip on her own because she got more time off than her husband and just wanted to go.  I think that’s so awesome–where a lot of her friends couldn’t believe she’d go without her husband.  Just because you’re married, doesn’t mean you can’t go and do things on your own!?

Curious where you stand or what your thoughts are on solo travel or solo dates?

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Why You Should Plan a Solo Trip…

1. To have the chance to go wherever you want and do exactly what you want.

2.  Forces you out of your comfort zone and is a great lesson in self-discovery.  (Some people can travel the world solo and others just the thought of eating out by themselves seems scary.)

3.  The ultimate relaxation, recharge and chance to truly focus on YOU.

4.  Great way to meet new people–if you want.

5.  A chance to let your mind just wander while exploring new sites.

Why You Should Plan A Solo Trip -- From a snowy day in the West Village

Solo snow day!  (My flight was canceled so I took advantage of my extra bonus day in the city and checked out the new Gucci Wooster concept and bookstore.   Another solo date highlight was the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, which I highly recommend!  It made me want to book a trip to Mexico City asap… highest spot on my travel wishlist at the moment.

Why You Should Plan A Solo Trip -- Gucci Wooster Bookstore Why You Should Plan A Solo Trip -- Ludlow Coffee Supply

Wearing  |  Veronica Beard Jacket + Dress.  Freda Salvador Boots.

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Wearing  |  Veronica Beard Jacket.  Isabel Marant Skirt. Freda Salvador Boots.

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Photography | Myself and Lydia Hudgens

 

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