Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year. And for whatever reason, you are single. You’re usually fine the other 364 days of the year, but with the constant stream of commercialized romance that comes with February 14 we don’t blame you for wanting a bit of time away. So jump in the car, hop a train, or board a flight — because there’s nothing better than traveling on your own.
Here are some ideas for trips to take unaccompanied this Valentine’s Day season:
1) Treat Yourself
Whether your most recent failed romance ended just days ago or is months over, there’s nothing that’ll take your mind off heartache like some pampering. And while ordering takeout and binge watching Netflix might be how you usually spoil yourself, why not leave it to the professionals? Finding a decent day spa is pretty easy, preferably one that’s just a few hours away and also has an adjoining hotel. Feel free to sleep in, order room service, enjoy a massage, partake in facials and skin treatment, and more.
2) Rough It
Many have argued in favor of the healing power of communing with nature. Thoreau had Walden Pond, Jack London had Alaska, and Hemingway had Key West. So why not crib from them and enjoying the therapeutic effect of getting back to the back woods? Sure, it’s the middle of February, but if you’re within traveling distance to warm enough area, you can probably find some pristine spots worth popping a tent or unrolling a bedroll to sleep under the stars. Too cold for camping where you’re heading? Rent a cabin and warm up with a wood stove when the brisk outdoors get a little too chilly.
3) Learn Something
Traveling isn’t just for relaxing and clearing your head; it can also be used to expand your knowledge. Spend the time away checking out some educating museums, there’s practically one for every area of interest that you could possibly have. Plenty of cities have a variety of walking tours that give visitors an understanding of the history that range in everything from architectural to criminal. There are also retreats to help you learn a new skill, generally of the artistic variety like pottery or acting.
4) Give Back
There’s a sentiment that goes along the lines that when a person takes it on to help another, they also help themselves. Charity work can nourish the soul and there are plenty of people out there who need help, including those who don’t live near you. Luckily, the genre of travel known as voluntourism mixes taking a trip and lending a hand. You can build homes in an impoverished foreign country, help feed another city’s homeless, or even assist with the protection of endangered animals.