Solo travel may be the best way to experience a wellness vacation.
For those looking to find their path and conduct some self-care in their time away, traveling alone may be just the ticket. Add to that the intentional nature and personalized services offered at wellness retreats, and it may just be the perfect destination for the solo traveler.
While guests here at Skyterra include all ages, motivations and configurations, one group we see regularly is the solo traveler, typically female. Because of our solo travelers, we are a retreat that focuses on the healing power of community. Bringing people with a common purposes together is our specialty.
Our guests arrive at Skyterra for a plethora reasons but they are all like-minded, and it’s those similarities that can cultivate deep bonds between individuals, especially if they’re open to and looking for connections.
When you’re exploring the possibility of booking a solo travel trip, there are three important things to look for:
Find a destination that knows how to cater to solo travelers.
As more vacationers look to vacation alone, the most important thing you can do is to find a destination at which you’ll be comfortable.
Here at Skyterra, we plan for and cater to the solo traveler because for so many guests, a wellness retreat is their first solo vacation. To make guests feel comfortable during social times like meals, one feature on campus is our large community dining hall that brings all of Skyterra’s guests together.
Additionally, the weekly schedule at Skyterra is set up not only to accommodate the solo traveler, but to help them build fast, deep relationships with other guests. Sunday is Arrival Day, and all new guests attend orientation where they have the opportunity to learn others' goals and purpose for coming, allowing for connections between vacationers who are visiting Skyterra for similar reasons. The following night’s activity is specifically designed for guests to share their vision and motivation for their wellness vacation, giving solo travelers another way to connect with others on a deeper level.
Among many other group activities, Skyterra offers a community campfire, scheduled strategically on an evening in the middle of the week because guests have gotten to know each other in classes already. The campfire is a social outlet and creates an atmosphere of acceptance, separate from the fitness, recreation and lectures. In addition, we offer a picnic hike every Saturday that brings guests and staff together through nature, movement, and good conversation over nutritious and delicious food. Program elements like these are essential and cherished within our community, and it brings us great joy to be able to offer them.
Set your intentions before the trip.
Adding purpose and intention to your time off is an important intention prior to booking a vacation, whether you're traveling solo or not. Make sure you’re clear about what you’re hoping to gain from the trip; writing down your thoughts can help add clarity. When you’re traveling solo, you’re unencumbered to achieve those goals.
The ability to choose your own schedule is key, as is being able to focus solely on yourself and your wellness. The point of a wellness retreat in most cases is to focus on yourself so you can arrive back home refreshed and with new healthy habits to pursue upon your arrival. When you travel alone, you’re sure to receive the full benefits of the intentions of your wellness vacation.
Many retreat-goers at Skyterra are caregivers in their everyday lives, from taking care of children and spouses to helping aging parents. A wellness vacation provides a break from caring for everyone else so you’re able to focus on yourself and your personal growth, and be a better caregiver to not only others, but yourself when you arrive back home.
When you travel alone you are more likely to slow down and appreciate the time away from the responsibilities of home. You can attend and participate in only what you feel will benefit you, and you can rest and relax when you need to.
Give yourself permission to enjoy and try something new.
Sometimes the wellness traveler simply needs permission from themselves to take that vacation alone.
For the solo traveler, every single offering at Skyterra is adaptable. For example, every hike at Skyterra is done so in a group to ensure that all speeds and capabilities are can partake.
The most important thing on your solo trip is your newfound time and space to try something new. When you’re traveling by yourself, it’s just you alone with your intentions. Give yourself permission to try new things and challenge yourself. It’s a matter of showing up and being open.
Wellness retreats like Skyterra are wonderful places, and it can be difficult to not bring loved ones with you. You might feel selfish taking time for you, but you need it. It’s OK to take a vacation by yourself.