Have you ever taken a vacation alone?
Over the years, my answer to this question has changed. As a kid – no way. As a teenager and college student – hell yes. As a wife and mother – why would I?
Last year, I took a vacation alone. I went surfing for a week in Costa Rica. When I decided to go, I didn’t really think much about the fact that I would be traveling by myself. I craved the time alone but I was returning to a familiar place with familiar faces. I was returning to surf camp. En route to Costa Rica, it dawned on me that this was my first solo vacation. I assumed that I must have traveled alone in my college or post-college days but I never did.
I needed the time away from home and for myself. I have learned that I definitely have to carve out “me” time in order to recharge, and I fiercely protect this time. There are so many demands on my time and attention and so many people that I want to care for and support that it can become overwhelming. I am the first to admit that sometimes I need a break from parenthood, work and life. Having this time alone to take care of myself lets me regroup and reset so that I can (hopefully) be a better wife/mom/friend.
So have you or would you take a vacation by yourself?