I Like To Vacation Alone

“I’d like 24 hours in a hotel room by MYSELF. No kids, no laundry, no cooking or cleaning, no spouse or significant other. NOTHING.” 

So many moms I know will jokingly tell you the they wish they could take a trip by themselves. I mean, can you blame them? It’s quiet. Hotels come with room service and spas. There are books to read and wine to drink. Most importantly …. quiet.

Quiet space.

Very rarely do we ever treat ourselves to this gift. But a few years ago, I took a girls trip to Las Vegas. We partied hard for three days. We went out, danced, ate, shopped, casino crawled the entire strip and maybe slept 8 hours. It was a trip that I’ll never forget. But on Sunday when they all went home, I stayed another five days by myself.

Five days y’all. When I mentioned this to people, I always get the side eye. Didn’t you miss your kids? Why would you want go to Vegas? And why would you want go by YOURSELF to Vegas? What did you do for five whole days?

 I’ll tell you what I did. I had THE BEST time. 

I slept as late as I wanted. I ordered room service and had my nails done. I went to the baths at Caesar’s every day. I wandered in and out of shops and boutiques. I spent a ton of money. I ate all the good restaurants. Ubered around town with no agenda. No one to tell me where to go or where to be. No one to tell me when to go to bed. No laundry. No meals to cook.

Nothing. It’s so relaxing.  

I spent hours playing blackjack at the Venetian. I won, I lost. It was a wash and it was fun. I would eat dinner at one restaurant and then wander around until I found another with a good dessert. I admired the art and people watched for hours. I made friends with the bartenders. 

I made all these decisions with out consulting anyone (kids and spouse included) and it was glorious. When I packed up to go home, I left refreshed. I remembered what it was like to be me. I’ve taken several other solo trips since this one. Each one helps me to relax, grounds me and builds my self confidence a little more.

Have you considered a solo trip or taken one? I’d love to hear about it. 

Carlie is a divorced mom of five. She moved to Lafayette 22 years ago from a small town in-between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She has four young adult children from her first marriage that ended after 19 years, Christopher, Cara, Clay and Cade. She has a one year old daughter, Poppy Mae with her significant other, Joey. She is a work-at-home mother who is a freelance writer and photographer/owner of Carlie Anne Collective. Organized chaos and tons of lists are her style. Carlie loves to workout, travel, visit with her friends, bike with Poppy Mae in their neighborhood, attend outdoor concerts, eat out at local restaurants, walk aimlessly through stores looking for good deals and swing in her hammock while chatting about her BST addiction with her online friends. She keeps an active Instagram account as a photo journal of her days.


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