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September was the month when I left the U.S. for the first time. We went to Isla Mujeres, Mexico for a wedding for four of the most perfect days I've ever had on a vacation.

There’s no rule that says when you go on a trip you have to be with someone.

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time or just hesitate heading out on your own…it’s time. Experts at Women’s Health call traveling alone empowering, but before you make plans, here are some tips:

  • Just do it
  • Start small to get used to solo trips
  • Pack cash in multiple places
  • Download and use a safety app
  • Travel between the peak and slow seasons. it’s called the shoulder season
  • Get travel insurance
  • Research safety in the area you’re going
  • Get a SIM card with data when you land
  • Plan some of your trip, but leave room for “serendipity”

If you aren’t sure if you need a vacation, here are some indicators. 

A new Apple Vacation poll from SNWS Digital finds:

  • 29% of people can recognize the physical and emotional signs they are in need of a vacation.
  • High-stress levels (52%) and restlessness and fatigue (47%) are the top physical indicators.
  • While irritability (55%), lack of focus at work (49%), and daydreaming (48%) are emotional signs.

It doesn’t take long to acknowledge those indicators, with just seven bad workdays needed before someone feels the pull for a vacation. Their relationship can tell them as well, with 65% saying that feeling disconnected from their partner is a sure clue a vacation is needed.

Some of the top ways people know it’s time for vacation include:

    • Feeling stressed and overwhelmed (39%)
    • Needing a break from work (38%)
    • They and their partner need a break (36%)
    • Having extra funds (32%)
    • Kids and family want to go on vacation (32%)