Why Mom Should Get Away and Travel Solo

snowy sasktoon from airplane travel

I took off on my family for a few days to do some solo travel and went to the most bizarre places – places with seemingly no connection to me – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (with a side excursion north of Prince Albert) and Edmonton, Alberta. Neither place I had ever really been too before unless driving through with my parents as a teenager counted and they’re not exactly balmy or somewhere I’d ever choose to vacation in. I wanted to find the aurora borealis, but struck out sadly. Truthfully, I felt like I needed some space, space from arguing kids, space from tension with my spouse, space from a messy house that is almost finished renovations, space from my over extended work life. It doesn’t make me a bad person or a terrible parent. And I’m also not a stranger to travels without my kids. I needed an adventure and here’s why Mom should get away and travel solo once a year:


  1. We need to go away to be missed. Sounds shallow, right? What child wouldn’t miss edmonton traveltheir parent?For real, get away for a couple days and they figure out exactly what it is you do, you’re not just the snack getter or milk pourer. You’re the nurturer, the bedtime story reader, the boo boo kisser, the hugger, the pant leg fixer, the morning alarm clock, the afternoon comfort.. get where I am going here? When you come back from being away on a travel, they show you how much they have missed you. And honestly, how much you missed them.
  2. You get to read, to think, to Facebook on your phone UNINTERRUPTED… or only if you allow interruptions.
  3. SLEEP… Who doesn’t need some zzzz’s without your children or your spouse around? I starfished hard one night – on a king size bed, closed my eyes and didn’t stir for a good 7.5 hours. Amazing.
  4. Meet new people! Hey – why not? On my flights, I sat beside a construction worker, a border security specialist and a federal judge. All of our conversations were amazing. These were people I never would have met otherwise as we never would have crossed paths. Kathryn DicksonI exchanged business cards with two of them as we discussed ways in which our paths possibly would cross again in a professional type manner. Never would have met them if I had not travelled.
  5. See somewhere new that only you would appreciate! Your kids don’t want to stop at that historical site on the highway or eat at that burger joint. You get to do it without them and without quarrel… YES! Travel on!
  6. Catch up on conversation with old friends and family members without being interrupted a zillion times for snacks, pooh pooh, shoe laces, sibling rivalry… you get it, right? How many times have you been to brunch with an old friends, had to bring your child (or children) and well, there wasn’t much opportunity for meaningful conversation? Yes, good old conversation.
  7. Airport time is a breeze with just your carry on bag and your online check in complete! Travel Saskatoon travelhands free, no stuffies or extraneous bags with granola bars in hand. Oh and on the plane – you can watch whatever movie you like because you’re not referring an argument between your kids. Or between you and your spouse or your spouse and the kids or between you and the kids.
Convinced to travel solo yet?

And I have not convinced you yet, I’m not sure how I can convince you any further? I suppose if I was a spa and hard core self-care gal, this would be what it’s all about. For me, this particular trip was mental, not about getting pampered. And because I am a woman and essentially I was heading off on my own, I had done a little bit of research about where I was going and what to expect. I knew I would be safe and return home to my family… refreshed and with another excuse to head back on my own again next year; I still haven’t found the northern lights.


  1. Kessy

    November 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful, refreshing vacation! I’m having a bit of a break right now too, my mom has my oldest child for the week. The house has been so quiet!

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      That’s lovely too Kessy! Enjoy the break!

  2. Lori Smanski

    November 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    sounds like you had a great time. there were times when either my mom and I or my sister and I would just get away for a few days. those were great bonding times

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      It is! Helps you remember who you are and were pre-mom life.

  3. Jeanette Radmall

    November 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    This is spot on! Mom’s need alone time to self discover! I have a friend who is a single mom and I love that she puts aside one vacation a year, every year for her to recharge. I need to be better about setting that time aside for myself

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      You won’t regret it, Jeanette!

  4. Ebony Hinton

    November 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    This is amazing, i think everymom like you said shoulf experince something like tgis. This summer i went on a solo trip to mexico and loved it. https://herlifeonpurpose.com/my-solo-trip-experience-riviera-maya/

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      WOW! Good for you! That’s amazing!

  5. Natalie

    November 7, 2017 at 12:37 am

    This is seriously my dream! But since I’m about to have another baby in 2 months, I’m guessing it won’t happen for awhile :/ I dream of the day I can sleep alone a whole night haha.

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      It’s coming Natalie. Not in the next couple months, but your day will come!

  6. Christa Sloan

    November 8, 2017 at 1:49 am

    This is why I’m not planning on having kids anytime soon.

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      It’s definitely a different lifestyle!

  7. Pooja Shama

    November 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I super loved it. Honestly! I keep thinking about travelling solo but always reluctant. This share is quite a motivation for me

    1. kathrynanywhere

      November 9, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      It can be nerve wracking for sure! I worry about the kids even though they are safe with Dad!

  8. Isabelle

    November 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t think I could leave my kids!! But then again… sometimes I really want to get away for a break haha

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  10. Larissa

    January 4, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Awesome! So happy to hear you were able to get away for a few days. You definitely make some great points! I don’t realize how much I appreciate my mom until I haven’t seen her for a few days. I’m past the age of bedtime stories and kisses for boo-boos, but I do miss our conversations and spending time with her. One of my college roommates lives in the general area of Emondton, Alberta [not sure where exactly], but I wasn’t aware you could see the Northern Lights from there. That’s good to know – as I’ve been considering going up there!

    1. kathrynanywhere

      January 7, 2018 at 1:12 am

      They say you have to leave the city lights to see the Northern Lights. Check this site for planning: http://www.aurorawatch.ca/

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