No Valentine? No Problem … Fodor’s Offers Ways to Celebrate the Day – Solo

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Valentine’s Day may just be the most dreaded holiday for singles everywhere — but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a solo Valentine’s Day. Lea Lane, author of Solo Traveler: Tales and Tips for Great Trips (Fodor’s, March 2005) suggests taking this opportunity to celebrate your independence and individuality by indulging in one of your favorite pastimes, or setting off on a new adventure. She says “spend the time and cost you’d be giving someone else — on yourself.”

Some of Lane’s feel-good suggestions:

Be Spa-tacular — Get a facial. Enjoy a massage. Try a body wrap. From coast to coast there are plenty of opportunities to rejuvenate both body and soul; and you can find countless spas and retreats throughout the country.

Plan a weekend getaway-solo. Find something you like to do from golf, to shopping, to museums, and plan around it. Traveling alone allows you to make your own schedule, set your own budget, relax or rev-up as you please. Whether you venture near or far, you’ll learn that an outing alone is anything but lonely.

Raise Spirits — Savor the new and the tried and true vintages by taking a wine tasting course, or better yet- making an excursion of it. Connoisseurs and amateurs alike can travel to a wine trail nearby. Whether it’s Washington, Oregon, California, New York, or Virginia, you’re bound to discover something delightful. Toast your freedom while you’re at it!

Instant Gratification — Treat yourself to chocolates. Try that new restaurant you’ve been drooling over (No sharing or splitting the bill.) Break into that new cookbook you’ve been eyeing, and make yourself a feast. Consider your dream indulgence — and give in to it.

Arm Candy — Buy jewelry. Whether it’s a flea market find or a flawless diamond, give yourself exactly what you want. Lane says that, “The trend today-from right-hand rings to charm bracelets, is “do-it-yourself.”

By spending time focusing on yourself and doing what you love, this Valentine’s Day is sure to be an enjoyable one. “Who knows,” says Lane, “by doing fun things and staking a claim to your autonomy, you may even find yourself a Valentine for next year.”

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