Friday, March 1, 2013


Happy National Plan a Solo Vacation Day

Today is apparently National Plan a Solo Vacation Day, which I am not making up, although someone is, and one of the outlets that's celebrating is the company FinderCodes, which has a nice Travel Lost and Found Kit to help keep track of your stuff.

Their tips for planning a solo vacation include 1) leave your gadgets at home, 2) try new things, 3) ask locals for tips, 4) Google ahead to look for free and cheap events/activities, and 5) to "Have at least 2 copies of your driver’s license and passport, keeping them in separate places to ensure you always have a copy. Give a family member or friend a copy of your itinerary, hotel, and travel information in case they need to track you down. Avoid going out alone at night, and carry a whistle with you for when you need help quickly. If you’re uncomfortable in a situation or environment, leave and try something else."

In light of these real if obvious tips, mine seems silly, but I only have one and it works great, and that's to consume two or three or four units of alcohol, buy plane tickets, fall asleep, and figure the rest out the next day. What could go wrong! Oh, you fuck up your job and spend money you don't have? Well, there is that. *Looks around at smoldering life landscape.* Anyway, happy yolo vacation day. It doesn't even have to be a vacation. No, mostly the whistles. Happy whistle-purchasing day (Amazon | Independent Whistle Manufacturer).

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Just wanted to say that "happy yolo vacation day" fits perfectly well into this topic, also! Never die, YOLO.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

This is a little dangerous for my impulsive escapism right now.


@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Edith, you are quickly turning into that dangerous friend you can't take shopping because she convinces you that you CAN SO TOTALLY pull off that cropped orange leather Marx by Marck by some third cousin or Mark Jakkobs (not any relations to Marc Jacobs) bralette "shirt" and that you'll wear it all the time and it'll be a totally functional wardrobe staple, it's 2% off original price with absolutely no returns policy-- but DAMN THAT, get out your credit card, girl.

Edith Zimmerman

@parallel-lines BUT YOU CAN. Fuck everything


YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!@a

Lily Rowan

I'm planning a solo stay-cation, does that count?


Fuck. I just spent money on tickets to see D'ANGELO & QUESTLOVE Monday night, and now I am all yolo & whistles and really want to spend another fifty bucks I can't really afford to go see the Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall (it's basically a million amazing people) and you're really not helping with any sort of fiscal restraint or self-discipline Edith Zimmerman.


National Solo Dinner At A Restaurant Day
National Solo Trip To The Movies Day
National Solo Trip To The Amusement Park Day
National Buy Expensive Clothes Without Anyone Around To Critique Them Day


@thiscallsforsoap National Decline Invitations To A Bar Drink At Home Alone Day


@whizz_dumb I thought that was called "Thursday".


@katiemcgillicuddy Good point. How about: National Exercise In Your Living Room While A Cat Goes Apeshit All Around You Day?


@whizz_dumb I like it, or maybe, National Skipped Out Of Work Early, So Go Ahead and Take Off Those Pants Day


I'm on it. For which month should I buy tickets to finally visit friends in New York City? June? September?


I hear the sidewalk garbage is lovely in August.


@Rock and Roll Ken Doll Hot 'n' trashy is what I'm trying to avoid.


@whizz_dumb September is perfect! June can be nice, but it can also be miserable. September is always magical.

Beatrix Kiddo

@whizz_dumb September.


I am planning a solo trip to Malaysia right now!


@Gertrude Ooh - exciting! At some point in my life I need to take myself on a solo trip to a very far away and exotic locale.


@Jinxie It's kind of a random choice, but I'll already be in Australia, so I figured why not? I'm very excited.


Synesthesiac, much? I mean, *I* smell the sidewalk garbage is lovely in August. (I suppose you can also "see" that it is "lovely.")



I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me...

probably because I have a terrible score on tripadvisor.com.

Tuna Surprise

I'm Orthodox so I celebrated Plan A Solo Vacation Day on Monday. This year I booked a trip to Sharm El-Sheik for Easter weekend. I've done tons of solo travel, but this is my first venture into the world of resort travel as a singleton.


@Tuna Surprise Inspiring! My longing to spend a few days on a tropical beach is strong enough that it's starting to overpower my fear of going on a beach/resort vacation without a partner, so maybe it's time for me to do something about it.

Tuna Surprise

@Jinxie I will report back! I chose the hotel based upon the tripadvisor reviews which you can sort by solo travellers.


@Tuna Surprise Sharm El-Sheikh! So jealous! I was supposed to go there a few years ago as a break from my research project in Jerusalem but spent a week in a Palestinian refugee camp instead (wrong choice, obvs). It is still a dream of mine. Report back, please!!!

Living My Best Life Far Away from the Hairpin!

@Tuna Surprise LOL at "I'm Orthodox." And Sharm El-Sheikh, wow!


I am already pre-planning another trip to Colorado in my head. My cousin and her husband are moving to Denver at the end of the month, and my affection for the state burns true and bright.

Oh, but I am totally going to Baltimore next weekend! That's kind of a vacation.


My problem is always that I would love to plan a solo vacation, but I usually use my vacation time to see friends in faraway places (this year I'm shooting for Wisconsin, Florida and possibly Northern Ireland). I need more vacation days, is the real answer.

Living My Best Life Far Away from the Hairpin!

This is crazy, because I *just* booked a little solo jaunt to Dublin YESTERDAY! I've never been (only been outside of North America once!) and I'm really excited. So I guess I can celebrate the "holiday" today by actually doing some planning???


@Katzen-party Dublin is awesome. Go to the Viking museum!


@Katzen-party And eat pastries at the Queen of Tarts!

Living My Best Life Far Away from the Hairpin!

@anachronistique Ah, that sounds so rad! I WILL!

Living My Best Life Far Away from the Hairpin!

@elenachicago YOU ARE A MIND-READER. No joke, I was thinking to myself, "Okay, gotta find out where to go in Dublin to eat pastries..." A lady after my own heart!


Oh, hey, I just this morning booked a solo trip to Marfa, TX! Thanks for retroactively justifying my impulse-vacation-buy, internet!


yay! I'm planning a months long solo trip to the UK this summer! I am scared/excited!


Just don't go solo to Yolo, CA.

If it's true that YOLO, don't waste any time in Yolo.


@iknowright (I'm sure that other California residents can attest to the confusion that came about when the term got big, yeah?!)

polka dots vs stripes

@iknowright For a little while I was wondering why people cared so much about Davis/Woodland.

Yolo isn't thaaaaaaaaaat bad! (maybe)


@iknowright Yeah, when we drove through on my way to visit my parents last week I considered stopping and taking a picture of the sign for posterity.


I would like to hear where people have taken solo vacations to.

I've been lucky enough to do a ton of solo travel, so I won't list a bunch of them, but the first one was a highlight. I went to Uruguay and then to Paraguay, and I saw a total solar eclipse while on the last legs of a 30-hour bus ride.

Mrs. Grundy

A question about a problem that is not a real problem, really: I would like to take a solo vacation some time, but I have a very nice partner, with whom I live, and so my vacations don't generally work out that way. She is great, and I love traveling with her, but I would just like to go somewhere on my own for a little change of pace. We are not do-every-single-thing-together partners, but somehow vacations, because they cost money and take time, just seem like the sort of thing one does with one's partner, if one has one. Or not? I haven't really talked to her about it, but I guess I feel a little awkward/selfish about broaching it. Thoughts?


My husband is out of town this weekend, so I'm having a stay alone in this apartment with my cats oh god what do normal purple do I don't know weekend!


Depending on where you go, a solo vacation can actually be one of the greatest things that can happen to you. First of all you get to make the schedule according to your wishes without having to make any compromise on what to do, then you also get to pick the location without arguing about which one is better. I intend to visit Sanibel island as soon as I get the chance and I know I would love to be there on my own!


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Traveling solo is probably the best experience everyone should share once in life! I I've been to golden temple amritsar all by myself and it was a fantastic experience! Glad there's such a day!

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