As the weather warms and thoughts of summer begin to beckon me somewhere...with an "anywhere but here" kind of mentality, I start my annual battle of the mind about traveling alone. It's not insecurity, mind you. I have traveled a lot on business, but that's always a planned destination with purpose. Not much time to wander beyond the absolutes. A couple of my usual travel companions are tied into family jaunts in the next few months so I thought this might be the season I break out, and hopefully break free of "couple mania"... constant reminders of how great it was to travel with THE one I miss! What's worked for some of you? Have you traveled alone to somewhere exciting by yourself? Any suggestions, ideas?
Well, I booked another one. My former professional society (I'm retired) is meeting in Honolulu in November, 2019. I just put down a deposit on a cruise with my favorite cruise line (UnCruise) the week after the meeting. It's gonna be a budget-buster, especially since I want to fly Business Class, but I've never been there and it's also a place Ron wouldn't have enjoyed because of the warm climate. This is a good alternative to completely solo travel. I'll see people at the meeting I've known for decades, and meet some new ones. The Central America cruise I took with them 6 months after Ron died was a very good mix of people- small ship, under 100 passengers, all of us curious, active and interested in nature. The couples weren't glued together 24/7 so I never felt like a fifth wheel.
Some of Ron's ashes will go into the Pacific, of course!