As Neil Sedaka once lamented, “Breakin’ up is hard to do.” Sometimes though, it’s inevitable, and although it’s rough, once you’ve had time a little to yourself, it really helps to focus your mind on other things and get about getting on with your life. One of those things might be your travel bucket list; as you’re newly single, now might be the perfect opportunity to tick a few entries off, and have some wild adventures to shake off those post-break-up blues. But of course, not everywhere is going to be conducive to that particular mood; some cities and places are best avoided (Paris, for instance).
Fortunately for all our heartbroken ‘DREAMers, we’ve got a list of the ultimate places to visit post-break-up, be it alone or with a group of friends. Whether you’re the dumper or the dumpee, breaking up ain’t much fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a lot of fun after the fact while you get over him or her. One door closes and another door opens, as they say. Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to see if you can discover any other forlorn ’DREAMers looking for adventure in the wake of a nasty break-up, then keep your new other half, the BUCKiTDREAM planner, by your side as we take you through the best post-break-up holiday destinations!
Las Vegas, Nevada In terms of pure distraction, there’s probably nowhere in the world that can take your mind off your ex-partner like Las Vegas. In fact, Sin City could probably take your mind off anything, if you give it half a chance. Filled to the brim with casinos, singers, magic acts, and bright lights, Vegas is a kind of Disneyland for adults (while conceding that some adults really like Disneyland too). If you don’t feel like engaging with the gambling side, you can always lounge by the hotel pool and enjoy the gorgeous desert climate; just be sure to avoid the numerous wedding chapels lining the streets.
Tel Aviv, Israel Tel Aviv is an anomaly in the otherwise conservative world of Israel – an outlier city that brings some of the most hip, modern, and cutting trends to Israel’s formal reputation. The city is bustling with nightlife, and there’s no doubt that you’ll quickly make friends in among the melting pot of nationalities that visit. There’s also fine stretches of gorgeous beaches within walking distance from the city center, and a music scene that most European cities would kill for. It’s also got a renowned LGBTQ+ representation, so if you’re gay and trying to get over a relationship, Tel Aviv should be at the top spot of your list.
Thailand Sometimes the break-up is so explosive and painful that you just need some distance between you and your ex-partner. Well, if that’s the case, why not try Thailand, which is quite literally half a world away. It’s also pretty removed in the figurative sense too; nothing about the country is remotely American. But that can be a wonderful thing! If you need some rest and relaxation among some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, Thailand can offer you all that and more. Why not book yourself into an all-consuming zen retreat for a couple of weeks? Or simply splash out on a luxury resort break and live like a monarch? This magical country can offer you the best of both worlds.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sometimes, after a nasty break-up, you just need to let your hair down and party. Rio de Janeiro is the place to do just that. People say that New York is the city that never sleeps, but those people probably haven’t been to Rio. There’s always a celebration going on in Brazil’s most famous city, and the natives will welcome you with open arms. This city’s probably best explored with a group of friends; you’ll have the absolute time of your life and won’t be afforded a single minute of calm to get lost in those pesky memories.
Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam is a beautiful canal-lined city whose serene atmosphere and laid-back approach could be just what you need to chill out after all the stress that comes with the end of a relationship. (It’s also got a notorious red light district as well, so if you want to take your mind off things in another sense, there’s that option too!) Amsterdam can be a great city to explore by yourself; keep off the popular tourist routes (usually packed with couples, UGH) and venture into the back alleys, where numerous art galleries and coffee spots lie waiting to be discovered.
Breaking up IS hard to do, but a once-in-a-lifetime holiday can be just the antidote you need to survive a particularly painful one. You can come home feeling refreshed and focus, and then go about the business of getting on with your life. So, if you’re in a happy relationship, this probably won’t apply to you; but just in case, jot a few notes down in your BUCKiTDREAM planner, and if the worst comes to pass, at least you’ll get a bucket list trip out of it!