Don’t uncouple from your travel explorer side
Ideas for the newly single
Newly single? You shouldn’t give up on travel because of a breakup, but you may want to avoid destinations popular with honeymooners (we’re talking about you, Maui). Fortunately, there are many expeditions that seem to have been created with recent divorcees in mind, whether you want to heal by means of downward dog, helping others, or a big adventure.
“A lot of therapists keep our brochure in their offices,” said Susan Eckert, president of Adventure Women, an organization offering adventure-based women-only tours based in Montana. “You need to get out of your comfort zone and do something different and fun. It changes your perspective and gives you self-confidence.”
IF YOU WANT TO GIVE BACK
Book this A weeklong volunteer vacation to one of 17 countries through GlobeAware, a Texas-based nonprofit.
Destination Multiple international destinations available
Details Volunteers will do a variety of things, including distributing wheelchairs for landmine victims in Cambodia; helping with education projects in India; supporting elephant conservation in Thailand; and installing concrete floors for impoverished families in Guatemala. The program is one week, but volunteers can add additional weeks. The majority of volunteers are solo travelers, and all programs are abroad.
Price The price ranges depending on your destination, but the average is $1,200, which includes meals and accommodations, but not the flight.
More information globeaware.org, 877-588-4562
IF YOU WANT A HIKE AND SCENERY
Book this A backcountry, hut-to-hut hiking tour through The World Outdoors, a Colorado-based adventure tourism company
Details This six-day, five-night hiking tour starts in Vail and explores parts of the 10th Mountain Trail System (pictured), which is the country’s most extensive backcountry accommodation-served trail network. The hiking is done by day, and at night, you’ll sleep in a European-style chalet before you return to Vail. Experienced guides cook all the meals and coordinate the logistics of the trip. Sometimes, it’s wine and cheese back at the hut, sitting around the fire listening to the guide strum the guitar. Other times, it’s gourmet meals dished out family-style, said Scott Phillips, president of The World Outdoors. “Regardless of a guest’s family dynamic back home, when they travel with us, we all become family during the trip. This is the special sauce that keeps our guests coming back year after year.”
More information theworldoutdoors.com, 800-488-8483
IF YOU WANT TO RESTORE, RENEW
Book this Ananda in the Himalayas, yoga retreat at a resort spa
Details The Ananda experience is based on Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta (Hindu philosophy) combined with wellness practices. Visitors will do yoga, meditate, hike, and take part in healing experiences including crystal, reiki, and chakras.
Price Starting price for a five-night wellness program is $570 per night for single occupancy.
More information anandaspa.com, 800-102-5233
IF YOU WANT TO RELAX OR GET FIT
Book this Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa
Details Play tennis, swim, and hike with views of Camelback Mountain and Paradise Valley. The resort is home to Olympic gold medal swimmer Misty Hyman, who is available for individual training sessions, and triathletes can do a triathlon training program (three days of training with each day focusing on swimming, running, or biking). Or do a customized wellness journey with meals and spa treatments designed to compliment a personalized plan.
Price Starts at $499 per night based on double occupancy.
More information sanctuaryoncamelback.com, 480-948-2100
IF YOU WANT TO DINE AND EXPLORE WITH OTHERS
Book this Real Food Adventure through Intrepid travel, an Australian-based company that organizes small groups to travel like locals do throughout the world.
Details Forget dining alone. On this trip, you’ll be with a group, eating in popular Bangkok restaurants, exploring bustling markets for the freshest dishes, and seeing all the sights of Chiang Mai and Bangkok. The group will learn the trick behind making palm sugar, experience the thrill of a passing train in the Mae Glong railway market, slurp noodles alongside locals in Bangkok, whip up a jungle curry in Kanchanaburi, enjoy home cooking with a family in Chiang Mai, sit down to a Khantohk feast, and tour all the must-see sights of Thailand.
Price $995 for eight days
More information intrepidtravel.com, 800-970-7299
IF YOU WANT TO GO ON A CRUISE, BUT NOT ON A LOVE BOAT
Book this Cruise France by river barge in Burgundy
Details This women-only ship fits up to 20 and sails on the Canal du Centre in France, where travelers will see the sites through southern Burgundy. Stops include visits to historic castles, bike rides through canal towpaths, and wine tastings in medieval villages. Food, wine, excursions, and accommodations are included.
Price $4,395 for seven days and six nights
More information adventurewomen.com, 800-804-8686