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Five of the Best Places to Travel After Divorce


Whether you go five, or 3,000 miles away, sometimes the best way to start healing from divorce is to escape the immediate place of heartache. Travelers know that a change of environment helps to clear their head and rejuvenate their spirit, and for the newly single, there’s the added benefit of putting some physical space between you and your ex. Instead of rehashing what went wrong or revisiting the same old haunts, plan a getaway to somewhere new. Trips are often the ideal dose of momentum that people need to deal with life challenges and changes. The first step is identifying what’s right for you. Whether you want to blow off steam with physical activity like cycling or disconnect from the rest of the world in order to reconnect with yourself in a Canadian cabin with no cell service, we’ve got something for you:

1. Cycling in Piedmont, Italy

Cycle past scenic vineyards and hill towns on a six-day Singles-Solos tour of Piedmont with Backroads. This scenic experience delivers Italy’s charms without the risk of honeymooners in your tour group. You’ll stop at a 10th-century castle that now serves as a wine cellar, the hot springs of Acqui Terme, and Monforte d’Alba, known for the nebbiolo grape used to produce Barolo wine. Accommodations include a 16th-century monastery-turned-hotel, and you can swap tips with fellow cyclists before you depart, at facebook.com/backroads4singles.

2. Kamalame Cay, Bahamas

While honeymooners have long been seduced by the siren song of resorts, lately, divorcées have suitors too. And they don’t get much more attractive than Kamalame Cay, a secluded complex of 19 villas on a sandy, three-mile outcropping from Andros Island. The resort’s Le Divorce package includes a snorkeling trip or fishing excursion as well as a treatment at the overwater resort spa. Note your cocktail, music, and author preferences on the resort’s “vice and virtue” form in advance and prepare for delightful little surprises throughout your stay.

3. Kemptville, Nova Scotia, Canada

The perfect opportunity to reconnect with your self, there are no room keys, TVs, or cell-phone service at Trout Point Lodge. Search for black bears, moose, or flying squirrels in the Tobeatic Wilderness; or, try your hand at the cooking school to learn how to cure seafood and forage for chanterelles, black trumpets, and lobster mushrooms. End a delicious dinner with stargazing: An on-staff astronomer will point out constellations and, depending on the season, the aurora borealis.

4. New Orleans

New Orleans is famous for good times, many of which center around live music. The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brings big-name acts to the city each spring. But you can count on soul-satisfying R&B, Cajun, zydeco, bluegrass, and jazz year-round. Bring your friends along and bunk up in a cool Airbnb rental. A modern, airy studio a block from Bourbon Street and bathed in white, accommodates two guests; a converted 1918 gas station in Bayou St. John can easily sleep four, and a Greek Revival townhouse in the Lower Garden District has room for you and five partners in crime. Laissez Les bons temps rouler!

5. India

Helping others is one of the best ways to gain perspective on life—especially after a breakup. The WWOOF network (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) makes it affordable to do so in far-flung destinations. Their India program lets you and others from around the globe volunteer at a sustainable farm in a remote region of the country, where you can learn ayurvedic growing techniques, experience tribal villages, and visit a tiger reserve. Harvest crops such as coconuts, sugarcane, and mangoes four to six hours a day in exchange for accommodation and unforgettable stories.

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