Working at a spa magazine definitely has its perks. However, it’s not all Champagne facials and caviar creams. Oftentimes, it’s more like a honeymoon for one. In year’s past, I’ve traveled to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, and Malolo Island in Fiji. In another week or so, I’m off to the Maldives.
Nothing says romance like a bottle of Veuve and an overwater bungalow…that is unless you’re traveling alone, which I usually am. Not that you’ll hear me complaining. Given the option of visiting Bora Bora solo or not visiting it at all, well, there’s no question that I’ll always jump at the chance to be Bora Bora bound. And I must admit, a honeymoon for one is still a honeymoon of sorts.
And there is definitely something to be said for being a woman traveling alone, such as the fact that I’m never really alone. Bartenders instantly become my best friends, and couples often clamor for the camaraderie of a third party, inviting me to join them for lunch or a trip into town. Being a non-threatening female traveler means I’m always being adopted by someone.
Interestingly enough, I’m also always being dressed up in the local garb by some well-meaning shop owner. I’m not sure what it is about me that inspires their inner stylist, I’m certainly not model material although I do enjoy playing dress-up every now and then. So far, I’ve been dressed as a Bedouin woman in Jordan, sported a djellaba in Tunisia, and modeled the infinite ways one can wear a pareo in French Polynesia for two Americans who had sailed from Alaska and a group of Italian guests.
Of course, there are those moments when traveling solo seems like more trouble than it’s worth. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been surrounded by a sea of adoring couples with eyes only for each other. Most don’t know what to make of me. Inevitably, someone will eventually ask where my husband is or about what brought me there. Usually, when I reveal what I do for a living, my single status is quickly forgotten and the fascination with my job takes hold. Stay tuned for more on my solo adventures…