"What Do the Lonely Do, at Christmas?"

Monday, October 03, 2016

 We travel :)

 I recently had a conversation with like minded folks about traveling during the holidays.

I explained that this is exactly how I became a solo traveler.

I should preface this by saying that holidays [including birthdays] have never been any kind of deal for my immediate family. We're not religious, just...different. Also, I'm unmarried and childless. So I have the flexibility to get up and go without guilt.

My first solo holiday vacation was Thanksgiving 2013. I spent it in beautiful Aruba.

Thanksgiving 2013

Eagle Beach Aruba
Thanksgiving 2013

I was in a serious relationship at the time, but I went ahead and traveled solo anyway. The bf at the time was going to work the holiday to earn double pay. This is something that I was used to by then. Most of my relatives did the same: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, all spent working to earn more money. As a salaried educator with one, sometimes two whole weeks off during the holiday season, I found myself alone or babysitting for those who were working anyway. Hmph.

After that trip to Aruba, I resolved that I wouldn't spend another holiday cooped up in the house watching reruns of some syndicated show under a blanket. I'd venture off to some exotic place and get my life. Come to find out, I wasn't alone. Many, many people have done this for years. And now, it's hard to get me to come home for the holidays even if someone has planned something. Nope, not even the promise of sweet potato pie, mac 'n cheese and red velvet cake can pry me away from the warmth of other suns during the holiday season.

Since then, it's been: Aruba, San Diego, Australia, Vanuatu and Fiji hunny!

Sunny San Diego for Thanksgiving 2014
Okay, technically I did have pie this year, but I spent the rest of the time on the Pacific Coast Hwy!

NYE in Sydney, Australia

Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia

Christmas in Australia

Lovely Vanuatu after ringing in the New Year

We don't get American Thanksgiving off here in Korea, but we get three weeks for the Christmas holiday and for New Years. This year I'll be returning to Thailand for some more fun in the sun. Yesssss!

The Return: Christmas 2016

Thailand: I'm coming back to ya baby!

As for me and my house, it may be "lonely" but it sure is fun during the holidays! Planning holiday vacation starts early for me. I've had my Thailand trip solidified since August [LOL] and I am counting the days.

Can you relate? Do you look forward to being away instead of the traditional holiday festivities with fam? Do you travel solo for the holidays? If so, where are you going?

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  1. It is on my list to do some solo traveling. Not for the holidays, but just in general.

  2. I bet holiday travel is nice and quiet. I like being home for the holidays but it sure looks like you have a blast doing it.

  3. You look like you are having a ball. I love to travel and start planning early as well. I do like spending the holidays with my family, but if I ever need a little less family time I'll definitely have to consider taking a vacay instead.

  4. Enjoy Thailand! Love your get up and go spirit and the fact they you are willing to do it solo! I have Australia and Brazil for NYE on my bucket list. I actually wanted to do a cruise over Christmas this year with my immediate family but it was too pricey! I actually love being home and around my family and friends for the holidays. We do the traditional stuff including food that I look forward to. I would like to get us all in a big cabin in the mountains and go skiing for Christmas one year!

  5. The holidays are so different now with both my parents gone. I've toyed with traveling during the holidays and you've inspired me to do just that next year!

    1. I can empathize with that. Here's to new memories for you <3

  6. I am here for it. Lately, I have been wanting to get out of dodge for the holidays. I think we may next year.

  7. I have never traveled solo during the holidays because I am a mom and that wouldn't be right...lol but a family holiday trip would be cool.

  8. I have traveled solo only once. I went to San Francisco for a weekend for a job interview. I remember going sight seeing by myself and I LOVED IT!! You are amazing for going to different countries solo. I can only imagine how great the experience must be. I would love to visit Australia!!

  9. What a great idea. I've never traveled solo, but my husband and I are usually abroad for the holidays due to his career, and if he gets time off, we usually go on a little excursion. We miss our family, but traveling definitely makes it easier. I'm dying to go to Australia and your pictures are awesome.


  10. I could imagine just needing a break some holidays, but I'm the type of person who would want to do it with my family. Holidays are a big deal around my fam so I couldn't imagine spending it alone even though I can be such an introvert.

  11. You've given me some travel ideas! We definitely need to dust off our passports for some family travel abroad.

  12. I’m also unmarried and childless and I truly enjoy the freedom of traveling alone and not having to answer to anyone. I plan on going to Thai by myself sometimes next year. I can’t wait :)