Blog Home > For women, Self Discovery, Trip Roundups Single and Ready to Travel: The Top 7 Divorce Vacations for Every Mood EC Staff Writer April 19, 2023 Share Divorce can be stressful, exhausting, infuriating and terrifying. You may feel confused, angry, sad, fearful or depressed. Or even relieved, excited, and FREE. Whether you lost sight of yourself, your needs and dreams, or you’ve finally gotten clear on all of the above, you may be wondering: “What now?” A divorce vacation can be a great way to start your new future in a positive and life affirming way, allowing you to step forward confidently rather than dwell in the past. That’s basically how Explorer Chick was founded, anyway. So you’re in good company! Take it from the experts: here are the best destinations to close out that divorce and let loose with some SHE-nanigans all around the world! Why Go On A Divorce Vacation? Some people get trapped in a cycle of hurt and revenge, not allowing themselves time or space to heal. Others jump straight into new relationships, desperate to be part of a couple, any couple. Letting go of old habits, exploring new interests and destinations, meeting people who didn’t know you as half of a pair can make a fresh start exciting. Someone who has sacrificed themselves trying to make a relationship work, or endured a partnership for the sake of kids, finances or appearance can discover themselves again, resurrect old goals or dare to dream again. Is that you??? Well, guess what? It’s your time to shine, baby! Put all of those multi-tasking skills and underappreciated energy to WORK on a solo ✨ divorce vacation ✨. Solo travel might seem scary, but it can help build independence and confidence. Maybe the trip involves a physically demanding challenge—climb that mountain, conquer the cliff or tackle the waves and you might just come back a stronger person, physically and mentally. Think about the times you have compromised your own wishes. Maybe you agreed to a city break when really you wanted to go wild camping. Maybe your partner loved resorts when you fancied an independent boutique hotel? Over time, suppressing your dreams can spill over into everyday life, which becomes one big compromise. A divorce vacation can break bad habits and hand back your independence. 💃 Divorce Travel According to Explorer Chicks Still not sure—take it from Explorer Chicks who’ve trodden the road ahead of you. The vibe is that you might travel solo as a chick, but you aren’t alone and you won’t be lonely. (Join the discussion in our Facebook group!) Lauren reminisced about her trip to Mexico. She said: “From free diving to SCUBA to surfing to biking to hiking to tortilla lessons- we packed in the fun! Every Explorer Chick pushed herself out of her comfort zone and into her growth zone, and supported the heck out of each other as they did it.” Sue, who was hyped to travel with EC, commented: “Can’t wait to do one of these adventures with you! I am turning 50 this April and am in the middle of a really messed up divorce atm. Imma ’bout to LIVE the second half of my life!” EC’s CEO Nicki is a divorcée herself and is proud of the women who refuse to let domestic abuse, relationship breakdowns, violence, and a lack of confidence stop them from joining a trip. She notes that although an all women trip offers physical safety, it’s the emotional safety offered by these single-sex groups which is equally attractive. (Read the post here.) Let’s face it, it’s easier to heal when surrounded by non-judgemental women who don’t care about your size, shape, your hairy legs or your bunions. Women who will act as your cheerleaders, offer a helping hand or a pep talk if you need it and will be there for you to the summit of even the highest mountain. Best Destinations For Divorce Vacations Destinations 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Now it’s time to step out of your comfort zone in the most POST-DIVORCE VIBES way imaginable. That’s what we’re here for. 😉 What does your perfect divorce vacation look like to you? Perhaps a destination do-over, reclaiming old faves for your new single self? Or maybe widen your horizons by visiting unknown places. Are you looking to experience other cultures, explore the history of other nations, try a new sport, or just to relax and have fun? The entire world is your oyster, so let’s check out some outstanding options for a post divorce break. 1 Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Want something so freakin’ amazing that your divorce will seem like child’s play compared to the magnificence all around you?? Yeah, that’s gorilla trekking baby. Join our 10-day women’s active Uganda Gorilla trekking, hiking, and Safari Adventure that will change your soul. This tour features untouched Uganda, with gorgeous mountains, dense forests, and hazy savannas. You’ll have an intimate visit with one of the most isolated mountain tribes in Africa and explore the Kidepo Valley National Park to see the most spectacular creatures you’ve only seen in zoos. The trip also includes hiking through the Rwenzori Mountains and walking amongst chimps in the Kyambura Gorge. You’ll also have the chance to track lions, leopards, and hyenas, as well as cruise the Kazinga Channel, which contains the world’s largest concentrations of hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, and all kinds of birds. The crown jewel of the trip is the Bwindi gorilla trekking encounter that will make your ovaries explode. So what makes this the post-relationship vacation of your dreams? It’s organized by women, for women, in support of women. Explorer Chick also supports the local women of Ride 4 a Woman—where 50% of your lodging costs go directly to domestic abuse survivors. You’ll stay with the organization leaders and help support job creation, clean water, and teaching women new skills. Talk about women supporting women. Get yours on this Uganda gorilla trekking, hiking, and safari adventure. Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Safari, and Hiking Adventure 2 Iceland Glaciers and Hot Springs If you’re looking for something so jolting to the system, so badass that your divorce will seem like the training ground to get there, then climb glaciers and soak in hot springs. There is nothing like feeling like you can conquer the world and then soaking in a mineral bath afterward like the queen that you are. This 7-day women’s-only adventure tour of Iceland promises an action-packed itinerary featuring hiking, ice climbing, ATV biking, and hot spring-hopping. Your journey will take you through Southern Iceland’s Golden Circle as you explore the best of what this rugged terrain has to offer. Admire stunning waterfalls such as Gulfoss and Skógafoss, see Strokkur’s steamy water geyser, and walk along the black sands of Diamond Beach. Experience the thrill of ice climbing on the biggest glaciers and traverse black sand beaches on an ATV to search for the famous plane wreck. You’ll also have the opportunity to soak in natural hot springs with locals at Secret Lagoon and Sky Lagoon. Exhaust your body during the day and soak in hot springs in the afternoon. Say cheers to other adventure-hungry women and enter this new era of your life with your new girl gang! Iceland Glaciers and Hot Springs Winter Adventure 3 Camp Under The Stars in Jordan Talk about perspective: this trip is so ancient that it will take you back to another time and place altogether, making it easy to forget all the drama in present day for a little while. The Ultimate Jordan and Petra Tour is an 8-day women-only adventure that includes hiking, camel riding, and camping under the desert stars. The highlights? Explore the Lost City of Petra and the narrow slot canyons before going on a super-secret hike with stunning views known only by the locals. Relax under the stars at an authentic Bedouin camp in a comfortable glamping site with a bed and mattress. Catch your last sunset in Wadi Rum on the back of a camel as you enjoy a bucket-list desert experience. Visit the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea, and float, slather on some “magical” mineral mud, and wonder how you got to be so brave. Feast on traditional Jordanian cuisine, and you’ll help prepare it under the leadership of a Jordanian culinary school that is women-owned and operated. The Ultimate Jordan and Petra Tour is an unforgettable adventure that will allow you to explore the best of Jordan AND of yourself. 🥰 Jordan and Petra Ultimate Adventure 4 Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon Combo Looking for a Vegas vacation that’s more than just clubbing and casinos? Pack your sequins and sports bras and get ready for a trip that combines the glamour of the strip with the true grit of the surrounding desert landscape. We like to get a little wild on our Explorer Chick trips (um, hello, our tagline is SHE-nanigans) so we kick things off with a high-end hotel ON THE STRIP. Think: cocktails, bath robes, juicy steaks, and the lap-of-luxury that soothe those post-divorce vibes. We’ll also escape the crowds for a full day of rock climbing and exploring the sandstone walls of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We go kayaking, soak in hot springs, climb the slot canyons, and even camp on the shore, snort-laughing under the stars. Just a quick step out of Las Vegas is the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, where you can mend a broken heart using the healing power of Mother Nature. Climb, camp, kayak and hike your heartache away and emerge a stronger, happier woman. Las Vegas Climbing and Paddling Weekend Adventure 5 Belize Jungle and Island Adventure There’s a reason tropical vacations are so damn popular: they usually come with rum! And lots of sweating, which is like the ultimate form of healing and transformation. Get away from everyday life with a jungle holiday in Belize where Tarzan is frankly not required. Your new friends will help you make the most of ALL the water sports on a tropical island adventure with heart pumping activities helping you feel alive in lush jungle surroundings. Move over Indiana Jones. This gal has got this. Explore Mayan ruins, navigate caves with ancient artifacts, and immerse yourself in the Belizean Jungle, embarking on new adventures each day. Descend 250 feet from the top of a waterfall, zip-line 2.5 miles through the jungle canopy, and explore the archaeological grounds of Xunantunich. Explore the clear turquoise waters and coral reefs while snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and fishing with local Belizean guides. Stay in Pinterest-worthy tent-walled cabanas with actual beds, wooden floors, and an ocean view right outside your screened door. The best part? Belize is a short flight away, making this a LITERAL escape when you need it most. Belize Jungle & Island Glamping Adventure Tour 6 Galapagos Islands Looking for an adventure that combines your love of animals and staying active on vacation? The Galapagos islands are one of the best divorce vacations possible. It’s the perfect place to glow up your life with cute and quirky wildlife. Snorkel in the same water as penguins, seals and a whole host of colorful fish. Marvel at the furry, scaly and feathered inhabitants of the Galapagos area and feel free to snigger with your new friends every time you see Boobies—the birds, I mean. Relax on black lava and white sand beaches. Hike to an active volcano and maybe fantasize about who you might like to tip into boiling lava. Over the course of 9 days, visit three different islands and experience incredible animal encounters with tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, penguins, boobies, and even reef sharks. This is Planet Earth in real life, and you get to narrate your own nature film! And when the adventure-filled days are done, relax in 4-star boutique hotels with rooftop terraces and harbor views, and even squeeze in some white sandy beach time. This is the ultimate multi-sport adventure that checks off everything on your vacation bucket list. So channel your inner Darwin and join us for a Galapagos Islands Tour and Multisport Adventure that will leave you feeling exhilarated and empowered. Galapagos Island Hopping Multisport Adventure 7 Norway's Lofoten Islands Adventure All the majesty of nature is on show at the Lofoten Islands in Norway, which offers an untamed wilderness that gifts outdoor enthusiasts with its rugged beauty. Hike to the summits of Reinebringen, Mount Ryten, and Festvågtind for panoramic views of fjords, beaches, and vibrant villages. Refuel with traditional and locally sourced meals every day, featuring lots of fish—the foundation of Lofoten’s civilization. I’m not gonna lie—leg day in the gym is easy compared to hiking here. You will curse your puny muscles hiking Norwegian summits. Just keep thinking about how darn good that hot tub is going to feel at the end of the day. You’ll get the chance to stay in the authentic rorbu cabins hanging over the sea, where you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights if the skies cooperate. The scenery is spectacular enough to soothe the soul. You’ll hike steep trails to iconic summits, sleep in colorful fishermen cabins and coastal hotels, kayak deep into the heart of a fjord, and spend hours at sea catching the freshest dinner of your life. This women’s hiking tour is the perfect adventure for those with a post-relationship status seeking a thrilling and immersive experience in Norway’s stunning natural landscape. Norway’s Lofoten Islands Hiking Adventure Ready to Ditch The Divorce? Need more convincing? Check out this article on how to book safe solo trips published for International Women’s Day, featuring Explorer Chicks natch. Ready to stride into the first day of the rest of your life as a free woman, along with some badass women who will help you flourish and grow? There are plenty of trips, long and short, all over the world—all you need to do is pick one and let the empowerment begin.