Empty Nest—Single Parent Travel Guide

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If you check all the boxes in the title of this article, then you’re probably an empty-nester and a single parent who is ready to explore the world and find out who you are now. It’s okay to be sad when our children grow up and leave the nest. And it’s okay to be excited about rediscovering ourselves.

While traveling alone is empowering, it’s also a bold kind of freedom you’ll never forget. If you’re unsure where to go on your adventure, why not take the trips less traveled.

Solo in Vancouver

When traveling alone, especially for women, it’s a good idea to blend in like a local. Appearing too touristy makes you easy prey for scammers. Avoid all the drama by buying a few trendy outfits locally and keeping that map in your purse. Now, relax and watch the beauty of the city unfold before your eyes.

Where to Stay

Even though Airbnb’s are plentiful in this part of Canada, there are also several resorts and hotels in Vancouver from which to choose. Not surprisingly, one of the best places to stay is WorldMark Vancouver—The Canadian by Wyndham Resorts.

What to See First

Stanley Park is home to Vancouver’s aquarium. Walk along Stanley Park’s Seawall and view the famous totem poles at Brockton Point.

Head over to The Museum of Anthropology at UBC, which offers a mix of Indigenous art from around the world. Natives such as the Kwakwaka’wakw, Gitxsan, and Coast Salish people are represented. Take advantage of the free walking history tour through the museum. Storytelling brings this art exhibit alive!

Meet New People

Just because you’re traveling solo doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. Here are some ways to meet other travelers.

  1. Join a Foodie Tour. Small groups of food lovers explore some of the top restaurants and markets in Vancouver. Learn about the history of the region’s restaurants and cuisines as well.
  2. Knowledgeable tour guides offer fantastic free walking tours in Vancouver that will appeal to solo travelers.
  3. Grab your backpack and get ready to go hiking! Along the way, stop at Queen Elizabeth Park, the Vancouver Olympic Center and Nat Bailey Stadium.

Then There’s the Food

Vancouver is a place of blended ethnicities and cultures. And there is a vast selection of cuisines. Stop to enjoy a slice of delicious pie at a food truck while shopping downtown or spend an afternoon sampling hand-made gelato from the Okanagan Valley. Dine at Granville Island Public Market for every kind of food under the sun.

Solo in Tasmania

If you’ve been dreaming of traveling to a remote destination that’s brimming with old-world charm, unspoiled beaches, and jaw-dropping cliffs, then consider Tasmania. Situated about 170 miles southeast of Australia’s mainland, this island is for anyone looking for adventure. But is it safe? Yes. Many bloggers and solo travelers rate Tasmania a 5/5 for friendliness. Still, always be aware of your surroundings wherever you go.

The Many Ways to Explore Tasmania

By Land 

Hike to Cape Hauy at the edge of Tasmania. While you’re standing there, why not do some yoga on the peninsula overlooking the coast. You can start and finish at Fortescue Bay, so you’ll be familiar with the area upon return.

By Sea

Cruise out onto the Cataract Gorge and through the Riverfront District. You’ll pass Tamar Island, churches, pubs, and historical buildings en-route to the Batman Bridge.

By Air

The Sea Cliffs & Convicts Scenic Helicopter Flight tour is a 15- or 30-minute helicopter flight over the rugged coastline and Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula with live commentary through your headset.

By Rail

All aboard a historic steam train to the Gorge. During this half-day tour, you will find yourself deep in the rainforest by way of the River Gorge. Then at the end of the line, explore the remote Dubbil Barril train station.

Where to Stay

In addition to the many Airbnb’s and cottage rentals, The Ramada Resort Seven Mile Beach by Wyndham Resorts— No ownership necessary— is a top-notch place. The beautifully landscaped resort has fragrant gardens, surrounded by a pine forest. It’s the perfect place to find peace. If you are a current owner, find out how to cancel a Wyndham timeshare contract.

Only in Tasmania—Foodie Edition

  1. The most famous dish to come out of Tasmania is their National pies, which are best eaten fresh out of the oven. Grab one of these savory treats fresh from Tasmanian Bakeries’ renowned Hobart bakery.
  2. Leatherwood honey is special honey found only in Tasmania. Stop at Mole Creek, where you can buy jars by the gallons straight from the honey processing factory.
  3. When you visit the town of Tassie, stop and try a Tasmanian scallop pie. Scallops are cooked in a cream curry sauce before being wrapped in buttery pastry.
  4. After picking your berries at Coal River Farm in Cambridge, watch the chocolate-making in action and sample some of the creamy confectionaries.

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