With families living scattered throughout the nation, many women travel by themselves on Thanksgiving. Even though thousands of people travel on this holiday, a lone woman can be venerable to unwanted advances or personal harm. However, traveling by yourself on Thanksgiving can also be filled with unexpected pleasures and moments filled with gratitude.
Because you’re alone on Thanksgiving, you have the luxury to reflect on your life with no interruptions or distractions. Take this opportunity to appreciate the positives and learn lessons from the negatives. Understand that each moment from the past year has given you something, whether you recognized it at the time or not. Cherish your good memories and enjoy the fact that you’ve got things to celebrate.
If you’ve had struggles within the past year, use your alone travel time to sort through them in your head and make sense of what occurred. Figure out why you had difficulties and understand how to successfully move on from them. For the occasions that were out of your control, give up your feelings of helplessness and accept you were not responsible.
After you’ve enjoyed your own company, take advantage of the large crowds around you. Start a conversation with the traveler next to you. Find out their story. Ask about their family and what Thanksgiving means to them. Sharing tales of childhood missteps and adolescent obscurity create quick bonds and instant friendships. Hearing others talk of fond memories often evokes warm thoughts of your own. Passing stories around helps pass the time and provides a sense of unity within strangers.
For the single woman on a Thanksgiving road trip, always remember “safety first.” Get a pre-trip check on your vehicle before you hit the open road and keep your fuel tank at least a quarter full. Only stop at lit, populated areas and keep your car keys in your hand, not purse, when walking to and from your vehicle. Lock the doors when you get in your car, and lock them when you get out. Though there’s no need to be paranoid or scared, you do need to be cautious and prepared.
Enjoy your time on the road. Crank your tunes and sing as loud as you can. Appreciate the scenic views and take time to stop at landmarks or tourist sites. Enjoy the fact that you only have to follow your schedule and your route. Single road trips are made of freedom, spirit and enthusiastic adventure. Take advantage of your position and celebrate your choices.
Once you get to your Thanksgiving destination you’ll have a clear head, warm thoughts and an eagerness to bond with friends and family. Embrace them and accept all the quirks and goofiness that come with family. Keep in mind you’ll be there only a short while and will be traveling home before you know it.
Traveling alone on Thanksgiving seems like it would be lonely and sad, but it’s all in how you manage your quiet time. If you appreciate your solo status and enjoy what it brings you, solo travel during the holidays is filled with new friends, fond memories and a sense of great accomplishment. Enjoy, and find your gratitude as you travel alone on Thanksgiving.