Perhaps you’re staying home for the holidays. Perhaps you’re going home for the holidays.
Maybe home is a quiet place with just you. Maybe home means a crowd of people.
Whichever, adopting a solo travel philosophy for the holidays may be exactly what you need.
I remember a week one summer when my home was invaded by family. Lots of family. It was fun but it was also exhausting. Without giving it serious thought, I took an afternoon and went cycling. When I returned my sister-in-law commented on how smart I was to do so. Smart? Survival.
Whether you’re too alone for Christmas or would desperately like a little alone time…
So during this holiday season, consider your own survival.
If you find yourself alone, missing friends or family, wishing things were different, step out and explore your home town. See your home anew as you travel solo.
If you find yourself smothered by people and demands on your time, slip away for a while and spend the time as you want not as is expected of you. You might want high energy or low, it’s up to you.
Wherever you are, there are places to go, things to do, sights to see.
Go to a festival, explore a new neighborhood, take in a museum you’ve not managed to check out, go cross-country skiing or hiking or, if you are south, swimming or beachcombing.
Finding balance between the idyllic holidays we’re supposed to enjoy and those that are our reality can be a challenge. I suggest that you face the challenge head on. Take care of yourself. Your needs. Even if for only an hour or two – and enjoy a wonderful holiday season.
To all who celebrate, merry Christmas. To all others, enjoy that of Christmas that spills over into your life.