Healing With Travel After Your Divorce
In the first few days, weeks and months after your marriage comes to an end, you may experience a great deal of sadness, grief and pain as you try to process your divorce and focus on beginning this new chapter in your life. Regardless of whether this was an uncontested divorce, with both you and your ex-spouse agreeing to end the marriage, or whether you were the initial one to file for divorce, it’s still possible, even expected, to experience moments of sadness or loneliness when it truly is over. On the other hand, maybe you’re looking at your newly-divorced status as something to celebrate, and are excited and happy about the future now that you are no longer married. It’s quite natural to feel either way, or a mixture of both, once your divorce is finalized; after all, each marriage, like each person, is unique and we all process events like a divorce in different ways. If your divorce has left you feeling angry, depressed, hopeful or elated, one thing is for sure: taking a trip once you have finalized your divorce can help you process the roller-coaster of emotions and bring closure to this chapter of your life.
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Where Should I Go?
Your first travel destination post-divorce is entirely up to you, but before you book any vacations, try to take your current feelings and overall state of mind into account. If you are having feelings of extreme pain and heartbreak now that your divorce is final, for example, a wild Vegas weekend may not be the travel experience you are looking for at this time. Then again, if you are ecstatic about your newly-divorced status and want to celebrate in a big way, you may not have the time of your life in a secluded cabin in the woods! Let your mood dictate where you should go, and focus on enjoying yourself in your own way once you arrive at your preferred destination. But consider something as mindful and nurturing as a yoga retreat.
Should I Go Alone or With a Group?
This is another question you need to answer for yourself, since everyone copes with divorce in his or her own way. While some people may crave the companionship and support of a few good friends, others may want to take time to themselves and be alone for a while. If you are dealing with feelings of isolation or loneliness following your divorce, or you just want a travel companion to share in the fun, you’ll likely have a better time if you bring one or more friends along for the ride. If, on the other hand, you just need time to quiet your mind, or if you want to see the world on your own after being part of a couple for years, it may be a better idea to take a solo voyage. Be honest with yourself and what you need most right now, and you will arrive at the best decision for you.
Post-divorce travel can not only jumpstart the emotional healing process following your divorce, but it can also be a practical thing to do. Going on a trip can give your ex-spouse the time he or she needs to move all of their belongings out of the home you shared, if they haven’t done so, without you having to be there to see the physical evidence of your marriage coming to an end. Additionally, if you are off on the post-divorce trip of a lifetime when your ex comes to collect his or her belongings, neither of you will have to deal with the awkwardness and pain that can come from the final parting of the ways. No matter how well you think you are handling your divorce, and regardless of how amicable your uncontested split may have been, it’s possible that seeing your ex actually leave for good will cause a good deal of sadness; having fun travel plans to keep you occupied while your ex-spouse is moving out may be a good idea.
Taking a trip after your divorce is finalized can help define an endpoint to the old chapter of your life while welcoming in the changes and new beginnings that await you. A post-divorce vacation might be the first step towards your next big adventure! Over time, you will be able to enjoy the things you used to love, as well as some new hobbies or interests you have discovered- the healing process that comes at the end of a marriage is different for everyone, and takes time, but eventually you will feel like your old self again- or possibly even better!