Before I had children, the thought of traveling alone for anything other than business was completely unappealing. Who would I talk with? What about eating alone (that’s just weird). I imagined I would be terribly lonely, plus who would read the map for me so I knew where I was going? Well, now that I am the proud mother of two beautiful kids (and owner of a GPS), the thing that I look forward to the most is my solo getaways. My life is intense. Having a child with Autism is exhausting. That’s not to say I don’t love my son, but it is an acknowledgement that I have more stress than the average bear.
The first time I went on vacation by myself, it was because my doctor told me he feared I was about to have an emotional breakdown. I was exhausted, depressed and burnt out. I needed to get uninterrupted sleep. I needed to step away for a few days so that I could get some perspective. I needed to take some time to focus on myself and to make myself a priority. I challenge other mom’s of children with special needs to do the same.
Here are my top 10 reasons for taking vacations by myself:
- If you don’t make the time for yourself, nobody will
- Getting away allows you to regroup and have some space from the day to day craziness of your life
- Your absence will help your family realize how much you do
- It’s really nice to go to the bathroom with the door closed
- It’s even better taking a bath without having someone bang on the door asking you when you will be done
- Being able to drive without the never ending stream of questions or being in a rush to get somewhere is a nice feeling
- Getting uninterrupted sleep will help you recharge your batteries
- Doing what you want to do when you want to do it for as long as you want will make you feel like a rock star
- Eating by yourself is very empowering (plus you can read your magazine without it being rude)
- Once you do it you will be hooked and ready to go on your next trip