“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside – somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” — Anne Frank, from the Diary of Anne Frank
I took Anne Frank’s advice and went on a few trips all by myself – and I promise you, it was more than amazing. Here are 6 recommendations for that getaway.
6 Tips for a Successful and Spontaneous Solitary Getaway
6. It’s okay to go in the spur of the moment.
Out of nowhere, you’ll feel that the time is right for you to take that much longed for trip. There is a moment that you just have to take a timeout from all of the stressors in your everyday life. To tell you honestly, it does not need to be a vacation leave filed a month ahead. Make it spontaneous – the place, time, the experience! You can go on a long weekend, on your rest days, or on any plain weekend!
5. Be resourceful.
An impromptu getaway does not have to be costly. The purpose of the trip is to relax you, not empty your savings account! Be resourceful and thrifty while having a good time. You’ll be surprised to find out how many beautiful places you can go to without breaking the bank. The World Wide Web is overflowing with Do-It-Yourself suggestions; check them out before stepping out.
4. Go to a dream destination.
Go somewhere you have never been to, or even better – a place you’ve always wanted to be. Any far and attainable destination is good. Telling you to go somewhere without planning it may sound a bit crazy, but remember to go somewhere you feel safe and peaceful. You’re in for a beautiful surprise if you just go where you feel like going.
Once you get to your chosen destination, walk. Just keep walking. It does not cost anything. Walk slowly. Put on a little music – see how it transforms the world’s banalities into beautiful effervescent pearls – as Dan said in the movie “Begin Again”. Walk wherever your feet take you, feel the breeze, and appreciate the scenery that lies before your very eyes. Tempting as it may be to just get lost in this spontaneous adventure and all its glory, though, always remember to be mindful of your safety, as well.
2. Disconnect for a few good moments.
Take a break from the city rush. Turn your devices off and start to take mental pictures. Find a quiet and peaceful spot. Take a moment to sit there and just relax. Meditate or pray. Look back at everything and think of all the good things that have happened to you. If you want to, have a good cry. Let all the stress out – all the time is yours.
1. Slowly get back to reality.
There, there… it’s true that it’s hard to get back to adulting after a good vacay; but just before you get too covered with the solace of being on your own, control yourself and slowly get back to reality. After some amazing “me-time”, still, remember that no man is an island. Solitude is important, but so is companionship.
These once-in-a-while getaways are meant to make you realize how mature you can be. It is a chance for you to reinvent yourself. It is a time for you to learn to trust yourself more. Train to be wiser. Go on a trip like this, it is something you will neither regret nor forget.