Every so often, I get to getaway by myself or just with girlfriends. I get to go to conferences out of the city/province/country and it’s amazing when I’m not working. I’m pretty damn lucky to be able to do that because I know not everyone can. Any and all peace and quiet to myself is a form of self care and I relish in it! I think it’s a good idea for every mom to do.
Here is my how to guide to how to travel solo without your kids (and spouse)!
Step 1: Plan to pack only one bag for yourself and be sure to include at least three or four pairs of shoes because you can
Step 2: Actually put dresses in garment bags and lay flat because there are no plastic dump trucks, dolls or sticky taffy in the suitcase
Step 3: Pack your make-up and nice hair brush because you will have time to tend to yourself
Step 4: Arrange a taxi to drop you off at your terminal so that there are no messy goodbyes and you do not need to lug around car seats or strollers
Step 5: Check yourself in at the airline counter. Yes, just you, you’re not wrangling a toddler.
Step 6: Advance quickly through security as you’re not taking off someone else’s shoes for them or picking up stuffy
Step 7: With just your purse and hand, you are able to carry a coffee. Line up and get one!
Step 8: When seated on the airplane, put your headphones on and close your eyes because you can
Step 9: Take a nap if you can
Step 10: Pick up only your baggage from the luggage carrousel, that’s right you’re not hanging around at oversize baggage for your stroller or car seat
Step 11: Once you arrive at your destination, get a Mimosa and FaceTime your children to let them know you miss them
Step 12: Lock away your iPhone for the rest of the duration of trip
Step 13: Get a good night’s sleep because you know this is your only chance.
Enjoy as the chance to travel solo without your kids might not happen again for a long time!