Valentine Ban – 6 Times It Pays To Travel As A Singleton
Written by Jaillan Yehia
Just as soon as the Christmas chocolate had been moved to the discount aisles and before the dust had even settled on your New Year’s gym membership (and if you’ve been to the gym I can’t imagine how you found the time in between eating discounted chocolate Santas) the panic-educing spectre of Valentines Day had already begun to loom.
Now you’ve spotted the appearance of red and/or heart-shaped tat at every turn, and your email inbox has been subjected to a flux of emails entitled ‘It’s not too late’ from hotels and any company that can manufacture their product in pink.
If you have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day you might enjoy this…
I feel the same way about the idea of this worldwide scheduled moment of romance as I do about my SO; yes I kind of like you and OK maybe love you and you can make me feel all smushy sometimes, but other times I wish you would go away and come back when it suits me – and February 14th isn’t necessarily that time.
Some years you’re a Valentine fan – other years you want a total Valentine ban. Here, just ask Carrie.
‘Is Valentine’s Day this year on steroids?’. ‘No. I think it was like this last year. We just played for the other team.’
So if you’re on team singleton this year here are my 6 travel-themed times to rejoice and be smug that you’re seeing the world as a single gal…
1. When You’re Backpacking
This is a sport designed to be practiced solo. Yes some people can make a success out of it while in a relationship but where’s the fun in that? Backpacking is all about going where the road takes you, meeting people along the way, and let’s face it, indulging in random hook ups probably helps.
2. When You’re At The Airline Check In Desk
Hello Upgrade! You’re much more likely to be upgraded if you’re travelling alone as its more frequent that a single unoccupied seat becomes available – plus it’s a little known fact that airline staff are very reluctant to move two people travelling together; upgrade a single traveller free of charge and no-one else is any the wiser, upgrade a couple and they’ll chat smugly and excitedly about their freebie, upsetting those around them who’ve paid full fare.
3. When you’re In A Trendy hotel bathroom
The more design-led the hotel, the worse your chances of actually getting on with your business in peace – from freestanding bathtubs in the centre of the bedroom, to shower cubicles in plain view via entire bathrooms separated from the boudior by just a transparent glass wall or even a rattan screen – these are not settings which you want to share with another human being whom you’re still trying to convince you don’t have normal bodily functions.
4. When It Goes Horribly Wrong
I’ve seen couples in airports yelling over who forgot the passports, anniversary dinners which come with free food poisoning and I’ve witnessed everything going wrong on trips from missed flights to roachy rentals – but at least if you’re not dragging some poor soul along with you, you’ll only have yourself to blame for the mistake, and there’s no one else there to point out that you messed up, so you can just eat M&M’s in your hotel bed and pout until you get over it knowing you haven’t ruined anyone else’s day.
5. When you’re in Scandinavia*
The pubs are open until 6am and there are gorgeous people everywhere, what’s not to like? My own personal rule number one; if you’re suddenly single, you should fly to Scandinavia or at least somewhere in Northern Europe.* or substitute any destination that’s packed with gorgeous people who float your boat
6. During a long haul flight with in flight entertainment
There’s no better time to be alone and blissfully single than on a 9 hour+ flight with access to a decent in-flight entertainment system and a pair of noise cancelling headphones. All the movies you wanted to see in the cinema are right in front of you (like 5 millimeters in front of you), there’s no-one to badger you to watch an Adam Sandler movie or judge you when you choose to watch that Zac Efron movie or some weepie that has you bawling your eyes out – you’ll see at least three of this years’ cinematic guilty pleasures, guilt-free with a zero bill – #winning.
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