tips for women travelers

In our post, Vacationing Without Your Spouse/Partner, we talk about some of the emotional issues that can arise as you plan a vacation following the loss of your spouse/partner.

If you are a woman however, there can be further concerns about traveling on your own. Feeling vulnerable both socially and physically and steep supplemental charges if you don’t want to share a room or cabin, may make you reluctant to venture out on your own.

However, according to a March, 2009 Reuters report, the CEO’s of the two leading international companies reported that six in 10 travelers today are women – up from five in 10 in 2007. In addition, 30% of female travelers today are booking their trips as solo travelers, traveling either alone or with women friends, despite their marital status.

To encourage solo travelers, these top travel companies now offer free or low cost single supplements, a free roommate matching program, a 30-day risk free guarantee at booking and more. Learn more.

Check out Wanderlust and Lipstick (wanderlustandlipstick.com), a wonderfully informative travel site packed with tips, information and tour options especially for women (some include men as well).

Or look into Women Travel Tips, (womentraveltips.com), another site primarily for women travelers.

In our next post, we offer travel options for both men and women as well as vacation adventures you can share with your kids and/or grandkids.


Wanderluster said...

Thanks for the shout out to Wanderlust and Lipstick and for creating such a support site!

Prussia said...

I stumbled on this site while looking around for ideas how to feel less like a freak if I were to start dating one day! Its really good thank you.

As a 31 year old who lost her boyfriend just 8 mnths ago, I am finding it very hard to cope.

Pretending I am fine and going about normal things is all very well but when it does suddenly crop up in conversation I feel like I may as well have just sprouted horns and arrived in a spaceship.

No one my age or even a decade or so older seem to empathise. It is just too remote and terrible for most people to deal with. They look at me and it doesn't fit and tI see their anguish at not knowing what to say or how to deal with it. As such I have experimented with not telling people. Impossible. And also telling people. Also impossible!

Widows and widowers are generally expected to be older so as soon as i say my partner died , they try and ask why. That it was suicide just makes it even more awkward.
It is terrible that I visit an old folks home as a volunteer and have more in common with people there than people my own age now. It has aged me terribly.

But this site is really good. Am impressed with its lack of religiosity and simple straight forward approach.

Laurie and Ruth said...

Dear Prussia,

Being young and losing a loved one to suicide adds complications to the pain of anyone’s mourning process. The sense of isolation among the young is, as you mention, very common, as are conflicting feelings about the manner of death.

We encourage you to check out some online support resources for young survivors (griefnet.org has several specialized groups), as well as suicidepreventionhotline.org for survivor support groups in your area.

You might also read our 3 part posts, “Lost My Partner to Suicide” (4-23-12 to 5-1-12), as well as the 2 part posts, “Young, Widowed and Isolated” (8-6-12 & 8-9-12).

Please give yourself permission to take as much time as you need to deal with your loss. Keep in mind that it’s best to grieve one relationship before trying to form new attachments (see our posts about readiness for dating).

Our book has even more information you might find helpful.

Thank you so much for your words of appreciation for our blog.

Take care and let us know how it goes.