Traveling after divorce.
While divorce may leave a person feeling drained—or even depressed—travel is a great way to refresh! Traveling allows the newly single to gain physical and mental distance from an ex, while enjoying fresh experiences and creating new memories.
Still, divorce travel is hardly a one-size-fits-all excursion.
What's on the Itinerary?
The divorce honeymooner might be looking for time to relax and reflect, engage in fun activities or a bit of both. Consider these opportunities for the best fit.
Travel single, not alone.
Traveling alone offers ample time for reflecting—which may be necessary to get through the rough spots of a split. But divorce travel is also a great opportunity for a "girlfriend getaway" or "brocation."
Go big or go home.
Skydiving, bungee jumping, trapeze school … What's one thing your client always wanted to do, but never had the guts?
Getting through a divorce is tough. Empower your client with a physical feat requiring strength and endurance—such as mountain biking or skiing challenging slopes.
Remove the damper: Pamper.
Sometimes, divorced folks just need some TLC. If they want to splurge, consider spa treatments at destination resorts or glamorous hotels.
Just because a client is sailing on blue, doesn't mean he or she is feeling blue. Cruises offer a cornucopia of activities.
Focusing on someone else might help. Is there a cause near and dear to your client?
Check with hotels, resorts, cruise lines and others on packages for the newly divorced. Some might offer luxury accommodations complete with ceremonies—such as tossing a ring in a coffin—to help bury memories.
There's plenty of salt in the ocean, but no need to rub it in wounds. Avoid these tragic pitfalls to ensure your client's vacation provides the needed escape.
Honeymoon hotspots and family destinations.
For the newly single, the entire world seems created for couples and families. Sidestep destinations that specifically cater to honeymooners and families.
Don't send your client anywhere he or she traveled with the former partner, or talked about visiting as a couple.
If your client shared an interest or hobby with the ex, leave it off the itinerary. Open your traveler to new possibilities and ways to spend time.
Logistics and Legal-istics
There are plenty of logistics when traveling, yet divorce travel may come with completely new legal affairs—especially with children in tow.
If your client is going through a divorce, and it's not official on paper, he or she might be prohibited to leave the state or country until it's final. Similarly, divorces usually require court appearances—and courts don't care about your client's schedule.
Are the kids coming?
For divorced parents, traveling isn't as simple as packing the children's bags. Ensure your client has reviewed his or her custody order for details regarding travel, and that he or she carries the proper documentation.
Written by Cassie Westrate.