DIVORCE TRAVEL: Where Should You Celebrate Your Divorce? Here are 6 islands You Might Never Have Heard Of.
Trying to figure out where to go to celebrate your recent divorce? Whether you go off alone, with your soon to be ex, or with other people (example, your guy friends or the girls), these six islands are bound to charm, enchant and calm you after your stressful, gruelling divorce is finally finalized. Actually, maybe you could even go during the divorce process, who knows? There is something for everybody, including an island where it snows in summertime and you can go watch the polar bears.
First up, how about a nordic/subarctic divorce holiday among the Norwegian Fjords, a truly magical winter (and summer) wonderland where the sun never sets in summer and the winter nights never end? We are talking about one of the islands in the archipelago off the coast of Norway, a genuine Scandinavian Nordic treasure where reindeer & pine trees are as plentiful as people on a NYC street during rush hour. What better place to unwind and get divorce stress off your mind?
Svarlbard is truly a magical realm. This quote from Nordicvisitor.com sums up this amazing island very nicely “Venture to the land where polar bears roam the sea ice, seals play among glaciers, and where the only constant under polar night and midnight sun is the endless expanse of true arctic wilderness.”
If you are into dog-sledding, visiting and seeing glaciers, ice caves, reindeer, polar bears and seals, this is the place for you to go. Believe me your divorce will be the furthest thing from your mind.
To be honest, this holiday is probably best suited to the guys or couples. The best time to go is between May and September (dead of winter is too harsh for most people).
2. Isle of Whyte (UK)
Once the summer home to England’s Queen Victoria, this scenic island would make a lovely post-divorce getaway for girls especially. Of course guys can go too but it is really a very feminine trip, filled with gentle sea breezes and pastel hues. For a lady just getting out of divorce court this could be exactly the type of time out she needs where everything is so girly and frilly and soft and comforting. Read this article, Isle of Wight: A Girl’s Guide to the Best Shops, Hotels and Restaurants to before you go to get a better sense of what to expect.
If you have children, the Isle of Wight is especially appealing because you can take them with you and they will have a lovely time while you relax and write post-divorce poetry as you peer across the Solent (the strait that separates the isle of Wight from mainland England.)
The Isle of Wight is a beach lovers paradise, really, and you should only go in the summertime as this is when the weather is most appealing. There are over 60 miles of beach to choose from and they have these lovely English names like Seagrove, Steephill Cove, and Whitecliff Bay. Click here for the Isle of Wight Beach Guide.
Elafonisi (Off Crete)
When you think of Elafonisi, think of three words: Privacy, seclusion and luxury. Situated off the coast of Crete, this small paradise is one of the islands in the Greek archipelago, and has one of the most spectacular beaches in all of Greece. You really have to go there to see it for yourself and after your divorce it can be just the right dose of serenity, pampering and indulgence that the doctor ordered.
Find a little villa and stay a while. Soothe your soul, relax your mind. The villas here are just unbelievable. – mostly white with views of the ocean from all the rooms.
Take a ferry to Crete for day shopping and entertainment, shopping, hiking (up for a trek through the Samarian Gorge?) and dining.
Step back in time to the dawn of civilisation at ancient ruins, admire beautiful handcrafted Viking-style longships and enjoy some of the most spectacular wildlife sights in Europe. Just a few things that make Shetland well worth the visit.
Like the Isle of Wight, Shetland is a great holiday for adults and kids who are looking to get away from it all. These islands, which are located between Scotland and Norway, comprise an archipelago of about 100 islands of which 15 are inhabited.
Interestingly, the Shetlands are infamous for a disproportionately high rate of divorce among locals. Despite this reputation, it is ranked as one of the best places to live in UK and Shetlands are mostly a tranquil, relaxing vacation destination; and a idyllic place for children, too, if you have them.
One of the highlights of this trip is the annual Fire Festival, where everyone gets to carry around their own bonfire in a procession. This is in the winter months. The festival draws visitors from all over the world. It is called Up Helly Aa Fire Festival and it is a devilish amount of fun and could be very therapeutic for someone getting over a divorce.
Cape Verde Islands
This place, off the coast of Senegal in Africa, is a castaway’s, buckaneer’s paradise. Two islands, Sal and Boa Vista are the main draw here. Not a huge mass of tourists come to these islands so privacy is pretty much here in abundance. No papparazzi.
Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a nation on a volcanic archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. It’s known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, traditional morna music and numerous beaches. Its largest island, Santiago, is home to the current capital, Praia. Santiago is also home to the old capital, Cidade Velha, with clifftop fortress Forte Real de São Felipe.