Please share with friends who are widows who wish to travel. Vacations for widows?

Being quarantined has made loneliness worse. This blog post was originally sent out only about taking a first trip alone. It is revised to reflect what we are going through during the pandemic: March-May 2020. Vacations for widows are even more intimidating now.

Let me start by saying these  thoughts come from talking to you out there and from my friends.

Planning a trip as a solo is a different exercise. You will look at who will help you, at how much free time there is and especially how many meals you will eat alone.  Traveling as widow is not the same kind of travel. It can still be a meaningful experience with highs, lows and new memories. Some women use women’s travel as part of ‘re-entry’ after losing a partner. Many prefer not to discuss why they are coming as a women traveling solo.  Here is our site: for reference.

Your home social circle talks to you with unwanted pity and empathetic glances.  In a travel group, no one knows your situation. No one will judge. No one will pry. It is key before you chose to take this adventure: analyze your confidence; do not go if the itinerary shows a lot of solo meals. 

Social interaction is easier when traveling. Your women’s travel group at has the same itinerary, and the same initial conversations at our welcome dinner: What airline did you fly?  How did you find this group? Where do you live? Simple, easy, non personal.

You learn a new self sufficient way to deal with life down to the micro: tipping, making sure you do not leave anything, counting available cash. In a group you will have teachers. Some women know whether to tip in Paris, bargain in Istanbul, or order wine in Delhi? A good tour company will supply this information and be on line to answer anything not covered. A good guide will also.

Afraid you will cry? Who doesn’t at the sight of the Taj Mahal with us in November 2020? The Eiffel Tower lit at Christmas when our group goes December 2015?   Most women find a quality trip brings tears at some point.

Concerned about the stress of independence? No one will replace your partner. Women do as a rule watch out for each other as if they were old friends;  it’s in our DNA.  Nervous about being alone in a hotel room? Ask for a share, many of us feel the same way.

So what is the best first solo trip?

One that goes to a place your partner always made a face at? Men reject India, women love it. For our trip Colors of India; click here.

One that is different in language, religion, landscape. Morocco?

Finally remember to take a photo of your husband or partner. Put it on your hotel end table. Every morning and night, say:

“See I did it. I know you would be proud of me”.

Travel Tip from The Women’s Travel Group, with upcoming trips to many destinations and vacations for widows. 

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