By the time you read this, we won’t be together anymore.
The kids and I are headed up to Albany, NY, to be with family, and Chris will be enroute to Washington D.C.
Then, next weekend, we get to trade: Chris gets the kids back in Orlando, and I fly off to San Francisco for an event.
All that got us thinking about traveling alone — and vacationing alone.
For some folks, a vacation is about being around people, and they can’t imagine going anywhere without a friend or family member. But for others, a vacation is time to enjoy a little peace and quiet, maybe away from the chaos of your own family.
I remember when Chris was still working on his radio show. He was gone every weekend. One day he came home and said, “I’m done traveling solo! It’s so … lonely.”
But me? Well, as the mother and learning coach of three energetic children who only stop talking when they sleep, I definitely see the virtues of vacationing minus my little monsters.
I’m not alone. Solo travelers account for 11 percent of adult leisure travelers, according to the U.S. Travel Association. And they travel about four times a year.
How about you? Have you ever taken a vacation just by your lonesome? If so, where did you go? And if not, would you ever consider it?