The Solo Mom Vacation, Why Every Mom Should Take One

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You are probably thinking to yourself, yeah right! I could never go on a solo mom vacation.  This type of getaway is also called a momcation. The thoughts went through my head as I thought about it: how could I ever leave my husband and three kids? It can also be a scary thought if you have never traveled alone.

The solo mom vacation can be so healing and contribute so well to our self-care as mothers. And because you will be alone you will be able to learn new things about yourself; you might be able to read a whole book or two without distractions.  Maybe you can do the things you use to be able to do before kids. There’s a chance you will discover a whole new you.

You can relax on a solo mom vacation.

You can do whatever you want, whenever you want and not have to please anyone.  Doesn’t that sound magical? Even if its just one night away, get a hotel room and read the books you haven’t been able to get through, you also don’t have to leave the room.  Sleep oh precious sleep! A full eight hours should be on the agenda.  Take a bubble bath with a view.

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The beauty of a momcation is that you don’t need to plan anything.  You should be spontaneous because this is about you.  Eat what you want to eat.  Whether your lounging on a hotel bed or lounging on the beach, this solo mom vacation is all about you.  I can guarantee you will feel the freedom to rediscover who you once were and find yourself again or discover something new about yourself that you didn’t even know existed.

Where should you travel for a solo mom vacation

You might be asking the question where would I go?  I could never afford that; the answers are really up to you.  Stay local and go somewhere close to home if your not comfortable hopping a flight to another country for a week.  Or if you want to get out of your comfort zone go somewhere with an adventure that’s once in a lifetime.

1. Visit Arizona and hike to some pretty amazing hot springs.

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2. Take a trip along the central California coast, here are the five best places to stay.

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3. Go to Tulum Mexico, you land in Cancun and then take a 90-minute shuttle to Tulum.  You can go scuba diving and then get a two-hour massage (just an idea), Tulum is known for their beaches and the ancient ruins of a preserved Mayan city.

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4. Go on an all-inclusive wellness retreat.  Located in Tuscon Arizona, Hyatt has an all-inclusive wellness resort called Miraval that includes creative programs, unique spa treatments, nourishing cuisine, and top wellness specialists, Miraval helps people build their sense of balance.

 Turn your cell phone on vibrate

Of course, you want to be available in case of emergency.  Calling home might be more difficult than not calling at all.  FaceTime is always an option if you can’t take it.  Have a good time and know that you will be back soon.

Get out of your comfort zone

Do something you wouldn’t usually do, if you’re not into hiking, go for a hike.  If you have never scuba dived take a lesson.  Getting out of your comfort zone will boost your confidence.  You will discover if you enjoy something or if you don’t care for a particular activity or sport.  But at least you tried!

As moms, it’s hard to get out of our comfort zone because all we know is a life that revolves around kids.  We continuously live by putting someone else’s needs before our own.  Recently I have taken dance classes, and I had to push through not feeling comfortable with moving my body a certain way.  I didn’t like how I looked and felt while doing it, but after a while, I got used to it, and it taught me to love myself.

Buy something for yourself (and a souvenir for the kids)

When was the last time you bought something meaningful for yourself? If you walk by a store and see something in the window that you like, get it.  Get your nails done at a nail salon.  Now is the time to walk around and browse, to take your time without having to rush around.  Then get a souvenir for the kids!

Remember not to feel sorry about making this trip all about you.  Buying yourself something in a place that you are visiting that you wouldn’t usually go back to will be a good reminder of what a wonderful time you had.

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Where are you thinking about taking your solo mom vacation

I hope you are starting to get excited about the idea of making a solo mom vacation happen for you.  I know it can also be very nerve-racking.  But I promise you won’t regret it.  I would love to hear about your experience if you already have done a solo mom vacation.  Or if you are thinking about it, do you know where you would go?

Leave me a comment in the comments section at the bottom of the page.  I am going to be taking my trip sometime in the future.  I have some ideas of where I would want to go.  I’m considering the wellness retreat in Tuscon I mentioned earlier in the post.  Happy travels mama!

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