What to do for Christmas when you’re single?
Everyone and I mean everyone has been in this situation at some point in their life. There are usually many choices, but which one will make you forget the fact that you are indeed single? Everyone wants to spend time with family and friends but it can be a daunting experience – you end up being surrounded by couples. Someone like myself, I have accepted the fact I am single and that I may be for quite some time. Let’s just say it’s not getting easier out there to meet that special someone. Back to the subject at hand – what do you do for Christmas when you’re single?
- Visit family
- Spend time with friends
- Go it alone – extremely boring option – unless you’re newly single.
Last year, Christmas was my first one being officially single, so I decided to go it alone. I needed to know what it was like to spend a holiday alone, accept it, and move on. The one before that, I was separated and spent time with family to sort through the mess in my head. Yikes! I’ve had offers from family and friends this year to attend Christmas dinners and get togethers, but I decided I would follow my passion for travel and head to NYC for Christmas. I’ve never seen the Christmas lights in NYC and have always wanted to – one more item off my life wish list! I’ve also never been to a Broadway play and have decided to go see an off Broadway play – “If there is I haven’t found it yet”. Go figure – I’ve got myself sitting in the front row! Nothing like grabbing the bulls by the horn, eh?
Many people are often quite shocked when I tell them I’m traveling alone. I get the obligatory “Are you going with friends or family?” No. I guess being female and travelling alone is still as taboo as it was in the early 1900’s. Either that or the mindset is still there. Not all of my friends are interested in the same activities I am, family is usually off on their trip, so I make my own trip!
I have a few rules I follow when travelling alone:
First and foremost, blend in! This worked extremely well for me when in Paris. I even had locals asking me for directions! What is blending in? Don’t dress like a tourist. Plain and simple. Don’t have your camera hanging around your neck or a huge map wrapped around you. My favorite travel guides are the small “little black book” from Moleskine. They are fantastic! They have a fold out map, transit/metro map, smaller street guides and many pages for you to write down restaurants, shops, activities, etc. Learn a bit of the language! If you are travelling to France – learn French…etc. I did and it helped a lot!
Second, set a curfew for yourself. I usually don’t go out walking at night in a city past 11PM. In Paris, for example, that’s when the “street walkers” come out and in most cities it starts to get quiet. If you are out walking, try to stick to the main streets, busier streets or take a cab.
Money Saving Tip! As soon as you get where you’re going, buy some groceries! Especially if you know you will have a fridge in your room or not. I usually try to buy things that don’t have to go in the fridge, but occasionally I buy Orange Juice. The most important item to buy: bottled water! The hotels usually charge way too much, as well as the tourist attractions. I also like to buy some healthy snacks that will keep – trail mix, bananas and apples. Last year when I went to the US Open in NYC, I hit up Whole Foods more than the restaurants. I find that the restaurant meals are quite often way too large for me, too much butter, and my stomach revolts.
As I get ready to head to New York, I’ve got a budget in hand, a data roaming plan for my cell phone and my inspiration is ready to go! I’m hoping to do a lot of writing while away for the re-launch of my site in the New Year. I’ll be on Twitter while away and actively posting – add me to Twitter to follow my updates! @BudgetBloggess