Solo Water Vacations | What Gets You Wet?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

photo:

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

photo:

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

photo:

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelonaut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

photo:

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more t[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

photo:

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

photo:

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelonaut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

photo:

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

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Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelonaut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

photo:

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

photo:

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

W[/caption]ut class="jpibfi" type="hidden">

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  

 

What gets YOU wet?

 

 

Solo water vacations surfing

 

 

So often, people tell me that they are afraid to travel alone.  They are even more intimidated by the thought of booking a beach holiday or another type of solo water vacation.  Are you one of these people?  

 

Maybe, you have a fear of water from some previous, traumatizing event.  Maybe, you fear being seen in a bathing suit and judged by our body-shaming society.  Maybe, you think everyone will pity you, as you dare to treat yourself to some much needed fun in the sun.  

 

I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to fear from solo water vacations.  

 

 

Solo water vacations water skiitng

 

 

Consider this.

 

Every human being has already taken at least one solo vacation involving water.  That’s right.   As a fetus in the womb, you incubated in a sac of amniotic fluid for nine long months.  A cozy and simultaneously claustrophobic cocoon which you can count as your first solo trip.  In the dark no less!  That was crazy brave of you!

 

Still with me?

 

After nine months, you burst into the world in an eruption of your mother’s amniotic fluid an blood.  Or, as I like to call it, “baby’s first water slide.”  Then some strange doctor in a scary mask slapped you on your ass and made you cry.  From that point, the water flume ride at Six Flags should be a breeze, right?

 

What’s more?

 

You didn’t even get a say in planning THAT monumental trip.  The decision was made for you without any warning about the dangers of the journey.  Yet, you survived.  Imagine what fun you could have, if you planned your own solo water vacations!  On your own terms.  

 

Here are a few of my most favorite solo vacations which involved water.

 

Barcelona, Barceloneta and Sitges:

 

Last month, I treated myself to a vacation in the coastal city of Barcelona.  I was celebrating my 50th birthday.  I wanted to make sure that I spent it in a fun city with access to great food and nearby beaches.  Barcelona was perfect.

Here’s how my trip went down.

I made certain that I visited several different neighborhoods including Barceloneta, an old beach town and fishing village.  It’s located on the south end of Barcelona.  I love when big, cosmopolitan cities have public beaches.  Barceloneta is accessible via mass transit trains and buses.

 

 

Barceloneta solo water vacations

 

 

I spent a good part of the day in Barceloneta.  I meandered through its historic and narrow streets.  I explored the shops and the main square.  I had lunch at a phenomenal tapas bar, La Cova Fumada.  Later, I spent a few hours strolling along the beach and soaking up the locals.  

While the popular Costa Brava coastline lies to the north of Barcelona, I opted for a day trip to Sitges, home of Playa San Sebastian.  It’s a stunningly beautiful beach town located just 40 minutes outside of the city.  Many locals aspire to own an apartment or house here.  I understand why.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barcelona

Playa San Sebastian in Sitges, Spain

 

 

I fell so hard for Sitges that I am still dreaming about when I can go back.  I drooled over  a delicious seafood lunch at Fragata restaurant which has a view of the sea.

I had not been to Spain in 25 years.   The people I met on this solo adventure were just as warm, lovely and helpful as I remembered.  They tolerated and understood my Spanish (which is still quite good).  They helped me when I needed directions.  They hung out with me and kept me company throughout my travels.

Click here for the details of my culinary escapades in Barcelona.

 

 

Venice:

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

 

 

Who goes to Venice alone?

I do!

 

In 2011, a year after my mother died,  I decided to visit Venice, Italy.  Verona and Padua were two additional stops on that trip to The Veneto region.  But, let’s face it.  Venice is the real jewel. There is absolutely no place like this ancient port city.  

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

Rialto Bridge

 

 

In Venice, one is totally surrounded by water.  The Grand Canal and smaller canals are the hallmarks of this city which is slowly sinking.  Literally.  I suggest you get there before it actually does 😉

 

 

 

who_goes_to_venice_alone_?_i_do!

The Historic Regatta is Venice is an annual event.

 

 

I visited Venice in September, during the annual Historic Regatta and famous Venice Film Festival.  The former takes place on The Grand Canal.  The latter takes place on Lido island.

There is no better place on Earth to romance yourself than Venice!  You can read more details on my previous blog piece.

 

 

Nova Scotia:

 

How do you feel about taking a physically active vacation?  I mean one that involves more than swimming a few laps around your hotel’s pool?

 

 

Solo water vacations Nova Scotia

 

 

In 2012, I trained for a one week cycling tour through Nova Scotia.  I went with Backroads, a well-known, active travel company.

This was not a solo water vacation in the purest sense.  Nevertheless, I signed up for this cycling tour of 14 people by myself.  I would meet my my fellow “tourmates,” upon arrival.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads in Nova Scotia

We boarded a local ferry just to get to a particular bakery!

 

 

What an awesome experience that was!   I spent one week spinning my way from back country roads with streams to the vast, beautiful seaside in the Maritimes.  Canada’s eastern province is stunning!

 

 

 

Solo water vacations with Backroads

That’s a waterproof backpack I’m sporting!

 

 

Clean, sea air and freshly caught crustaceans were my welcome companions on that vacation 🙂 I never grew tired of eating so much lobster 🙂  

 

 

Solo water vacations near Bay of Fundy

Lighthouse along Bay of Fundy route.

 

 

Feeling better about solo water vacations yet?

 

 

Turks & Caicos:

 

I took my first solo vacation like many people I know.  I went to Club Med.

Club Med Turkoise in Turks & Caicos was a popular vacation spot back in the ’90s.  I hear it still is.

 

 

Solo water vacations in Turks & Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

 

 

No married people or kids in sight.  While there might have been some couples at this location, the crowd at Club Med Turkoise consisted of mostly solo travelers and groups of friends traveling together.  This winning formula made it the perfect place to “get your feet wet” in the world of solo vacations.

 

Fun fact:  Turks & Caicos is one of the most popular scuba destinations in the world.

 

 

Solo water vacations and scuba in Turks & Caicos

 

 

I had an absolute blast at Club Med Turkoise.  I made some fast friends that week.  The men and women there were like-minded, travel lovers with a passion for water sports.  I swam.  I snorkeled,  I sailed.  This trip is still a huge memory for me and a great reminder that you can meet really nice, fun people everywhere.

 

 

Barbados:

 

Another great island vacation I took by myself was to Barbados.  I went for a long weekend back in 2000.  This is one of the best islands I have visited.  It’s very pretty and it has a huge amount of British charm.  

 

 

Solo water vacations in Barbados

 

 

I spent a lot of time hiking around this island and exploring the resort.  

 

I enjoyed the local beach activities, as well as an unexpected, fun disco night with some flight attendants I met at my hotel.  Barbados was a usual layover on their flight schedule.  So, they new all the best places to go.

 

The beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and Mexico round out my memories of wonderful solo water vacations from the last 20+ years.  

 

Still hesitant?  Ponder this.

Roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is comprised of water.

Roughly 60% of a healthy human body is made up water.

It seems unnatural that people don’t have a greater desire to spend more time around water. 

Just sayin’.

 

Perhaps my love of water vacations stems from my lifelong proximity to it.  I can’t even imagine NOT living near water.

 

Let me explain.

 

I grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. a public beach town.  It’s located on the south end of Queens.  My family and I lived directly across the street from this famous stretch of sand, along the Atlantic Ocean.  It remains a popular surfing community.

 

 

Solo water vacations Rockaway Beach, New York

Rockaway Beach has always had a big surfing culture.

 

 

I spent 15 years working in Manhattan.  Is there a more famous or visited island in the world?

 

No.  There is not.

 

 

Solo water vacations Manhattan

 

 

I attended university in upstate New York, on a campus nestled near the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Solo Water Vacations Susquehanna River

 

 

This summer marks my 11th year living in Chicago.  I wake up every morning and go to bed each night gazing at Lake Michigan.  Lucky, right?  I never take it for granted.

 

 

 

Solo water vacations on Chicago lakefront

Lake Michigan comes alive during summer.

 

 

Also, I live in walking distance to the Chicago River.  You know.  It’s the one that gets dyed bright green every year on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

Solo water vacations Chicago Riverwalk

 

 

This iconic river cuts the city in half.  North side.  South side.  It also creates an even greater divide among Chicago residents.

The intense Cubs vs. White Sox rivalry.

That’s some serious water power!

So…

Where do you stand on taking solo water vacations?  I would love to hear about your adventures whether past, present or future.  

Tell  me.

What gets you wet?

 

ROAM. REVEL. REPEAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Cynthia/What A Girl Eats

    Love this! I’m all for a vacation that involves some water and exercise!