I wanted to keep the stories from my recent Cyprus trip light, but sadly the way the trip unfolded doesn’t allow me to.
I’ll be writing Travel Tuesday blog posts about the trip, but these will be mostly travel tips and recommendations.
The rest of the stories, especially the ‘Thursday Thoughts’ ones, will be deep and sad for the most part.
What’s interesting is that when I visited Malta in the winter of 2021, I thought that the trip helped me feel the shadow side of being single. You can read the stories from that trip to find out why. What I didn’t know at the time was that my Cyprus trip would be the one that would force me to feel the dark side of being single and traveling alone.
The breakthrough happened in the last part of my trip when I stayed at a beachside resort in Pissouri Bay. The hotel was mostly for couples and families (but mainly families), and I felt like an alien. But not only that. I felt a range of emotions, and the breakthrough was that I was no longer a fan of solo travel because it’s ultimately not a good situation.
After a decade of solo travel for leisure, the breakthrough happened in Pissouri Bay, Cyprus.
My first solo trip for pure leisure was in the winter of 2012, and I went to Hong Kong. Since then, I’ve made many solo trips to places in Asia (Bali and Sri Lanka), the Maldives, Oman and Qatar, Malta and a few trips to different parts of Italy.
On those trips, I never felt what I felt in my last ten days in Cyprus. It was intense. I never felt like solo travel was bad until my last ten days in Cyprus. This self reflection really changed me.
Everywhere I travelled, I felt so confident and comfortable being alone. I truly valued my independence and freedom and was happy traveling solo.
It wasn’t my first time staying at a family-style resort. But the Universe listens when you set a clear intention. So when I intended to manifest a healthy relationship, I was guided to feel all my feelings about being single.
Before my breakthrough, I was guided to make peace with being single. And this happened specifically in my Malta trip when I met a woman who shared a Facebook group for Solo Female Travelers with me.
I took her suggestions as a message from the Universe and joined the group a little over a year ago. I can’t say that I was very active in that group, but this was the milestone when I started accepting my single life and making peace with it.
Not knowing that this acceptance was a pre-requisite for the next phase: Feeling the dark side of being single and all my sadness around the situation.
I’ll go into more detail about this breakthrough in future blog posts. Today, I wanted to start this series of self-reflection and breakthrough stories in a light way.
Two days ago, I muted notifications from the ‘Solo Female Travelers’ Facebook group because I feel it no longer aligns with who I am or want to be.
Stay tuned for more insights from my Cyprus breakthrough. Which B.T.W. is all connected to manifesting a relationship.
Leaving you with some pictures from Salt Lake in Larnaca. This was way before my breakthrough about solo travel took place.
Larnaca was the first town I visited in Cyprus, where I enjoyed my time the most. Coastal town, walkable and safe.