Hello, The CKE Files Readers! Rosalyn Cooper here, Founder and Lead Travel Consultant at Social Butterfly Express. Have you ever just wanted to pack a bag and go on vacation by yourself? If your answer is Yes, then this post is for you. Some people may get scared or nervous over the idea of traveling alone, but I am a BIG Fan of “Me Time” Trips! Today I’m going to tell you why I love them, plus I’m giving you the deets on some of my top picks for “me-time” destinations!
Now, if you’re someone who struggles with spending time alone, I encourage you to explore why the idea bothers you. I have friends who would never even consider going to the movies or to a restaurant by themselves, and they cannot believe I am so quick to pack my bags and jet off to both domestic AND international destinations solo! Here’s the thing: I work hard, and I value and appreciate myself. I know that I cannot be the best travel consultant, daughter, sister, friend, etc. that I can be unless I am taking care of myself. Traveling solo gives me the opportunity to relax, reflect, and recharge, all while exploring what our world has to offer, learning more about other people and cultures, and most importantly - learning more about MYSELF!
Traveling solo has never bothered me. As a matter of fact, I enjoy every second of going on vacation by myself, and I absolutely recommend that you take some time out for yourself to enjoy a “Me Time” Trip as well. I usually take at least two solo trips a year.
Wondering what you might do on a “Me Time” trip?
Relax with a book on the beach
Treat yourself to a Spa Day
Retail Therapy is a must
Date yourself! Have a candlelit dinner on the beach, or drink a glass of wine while watching the sunset on the balcony! Think of the things you would likely do with a significant other or friend on a trip, and treat YOURSELF with the same love and care that you would someone important to you. YOU DESERVE IT!
Here are some of my top picks, and most requested, destinations for “Me Time” trips:
A solo cruise to your preferred destination
Let’s look at each of these destinations in greater detail below:
Believe it or not Miami, FL is a great place for Solo Travelers who don't want to go far on their first solo trip. In 2015, I took my first solo trip to Miami, FL. I stayed at Hotel in Miami, FL | Miami Marriott Biscayne BaySafety Program which offered breathtaking views of the Miami skyline. Always request for a room on a high floor if available so you can enjoy the city skyline. If you’ve ever stayed at a Marriott then you already know that the beds are extra comfortable and will have you ready to purchase the whole set to take home..lol! This hotel also has a shuttle service that takes you down to Ocean Drive so you can enjoy some retail therapy and the beach without the extra expense of renting a car. Major plus - there is also a Marriott on Ocean Drive that gives you full access to a private area of the beach, pool, and a variety of delicious restaurants. Miami is a wonderful destination for Me Time trips because its fun, diverse, and safe, making it the perfect getaway for solo travelers.
Lincoln Road Mall is another great Miami attraction that has everything you need from shopping to eating. After getting all relaxed and hitting the mall, take yourself on a date! That’s right, it's okay to sit at the bar of a restaurant solo. Don’t be surprised if you strike up a conversation with fellow travelers or locals as well! My favorite restaurant was the Grille 66 & Bar. It was surrounded by yachts and the marina which made for an absolutely gorgeous view. Another interesting characteristic of Grille 66 is they don’t allow cell phones in their dining area. I can't tell you how amazing it was to see everyone having conversations without looking down at their phones!! Sometimes you just need to unplug and just take in the moment!