Solo? I know that word can be scary or maybe it reminds you of your college days. I too was once a tippy cup champion and held that red solo cup high at bonfires by the shore. However solo shouldn’t scare you, it should instead energize you. In a relationship? Have a spouse or a family, four legged kids count too? Ditch em! Yes you read that right, I said “DITCH EM,” for a solo trip.
Solo as in you and YOU alone. Book yourself a fancy hotel room, hike that trail you’ve always wanted, take yourself out to dinner or just sit on the shore taking in the horizon. Solo travel should be fun and not scary. Be smart and always tell others your travel plans. Google the location of your hotel, checkout all trails, and always always be aware of your surroundings, it is 2021 after all.
Solo trips restore my soul and put energy back into my step. I love a good solid few days of me time. Waking up and not having to worry about someone else’s needs, is glorious. Sitting in my hotel bed sipping my mediocre cup of coffee while watching FoodNetwork makes me happy. Waking up and chasing the sunrise fuels me in ways I cannot explain. I take glorious naps! Dinner in bed, why the heck not! Sappy lifetime movie, yes please! Oh hotel breakfast, sure why not! Dinner plans with friends, ehh maybe!? It’s your trip! Your time! You do you! There is no right or wrong way to do a solo trip.
This past weekend I spent some quality solo time up on the North Shore. I strolled through candy stores, had dinner with friends, and ugly cried when I saw an Adopt-A-Highway sign. Strolled the beaches, followed the stream, and breathed in the beauty that was around me. Sometimes I just need to head to Wisconsin Point to quiet my soul and open my mind. I let the energy of that sacred ground wash over me. The big lake, she heals with each crashing wave that washes ashore.
I said a prayer and watched the waves wash away the tobacco I had laid. I spoke to Gary and Charlie, the crashing waves stilled as a fat seagull flew over my head. They were there and with each piece of found sea glass I poured my heart out. I asked them “help me find a blue piece.” I kept on finding clear and brown, feeling defeated I shouted out “fine I’ll take green!” A few more steps down the beach I looked down and there was a big piece of green sea glass and then another. The spirit world listens and those who loved us in this life will send down signs to let us know that they are still here. The green sea glass, oh how Charlie loved sea glass, was the sign I needed to see. As I was leaving the beach I paused to take it all in, I shouted into the waves “Charlie! Gary! Please watch over my son’s in the land of never ending happiness!” As I uttered those words three little seagulls flew into the clouds. In that moment I knew my sons were being taken care of.
For me solo trips are part spiritual and part fun. The north shore is where I go to quiet my mind and restore my soul. Some folks call Lake Superior their happy place, for me it’s my healing place. It’s the place I go when my soul feels overwhelmed. She has healed me in more ways than I could ever begin to explain. Solo trips allow me to focus on just that, ME. Solo trips = me time. These trips allow me the space to breathe, the space to heal. And when I return home I am renewed and fully engaged in my relationship and work life.
Are you ready to get out there and experience solo travel? Go on now, an entire world is just waiting for you to explore her!