(Photos by Jay Stewart photography) | Dress – Zara, Shoes Valentino, Bag – Chloe
Recently I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit the magical city of Marrakesh and I stayed at the
awe inspiring Four Seasons Resort. The hotel was beautiful, the design was an incredible blend of contemporary and authentic Moroccan. It was a serene oasis from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. A city saturated with culture, history and amazing architecture. Coming from the UK, the tropical heat and the rich vibrant shades of red and pink was something I definitely noticed straightaway.
I can’t remember the last time I travelled alone (as in without my husband), to be honest I was a little apprehensive. Even though I felt prepared in the sense I had everything I needed with me; I don’t think I was ready for the situation. I’m always surrounded by my loved ones and my family is always close by. However I wouldn’t change the experience of travelling by myself for the world. Without a doubt I would recommend everyone woman in a relationship to travel alone at least once. It’s surprising how much I actually enjoyed my own company and the opportunity to be alone. I know it sounds quite strange but as I am always with my husband or another member of my family but being in a situation where you don’t necessarily have close family around is certainly different. An important lesson to be learnt, there is a difference between being alone and feeling alone. At no point did I feel alone, it was the complete opposite in fact I was wholly content with my own company. The trip gave me the opportunity to slow down and focus on myself and my goals – I rarely have the time to do this, in a relationship there is always two people to think about. Another thing, my husband is the one that usually takes charge whenever we are on holiday. He is responsible for looking after the passports, even the haggling and just speaking to the locals. On this occasion, I was responsible for everything basically. I was able to survive and successfully might I add – sorry Mike! It felt amazing not having to have a discussion and negotiate on how I was going to spend my day and also great to not feel guilty about spending 1 hour doing my makeup, just to chill by the pool!
Sometimes, it’s rewarding and necessary to demonstrate your independence especially when you’re in a relationship. The holiday proved to be beneficial to my relationship, in that I appreciated my partner more especially for the things he does while we are away.
Travelling alone gives rise to a situation, where you can go out and make the most of the experience and city through your own eyes. Having your own perspective and then being able to share that experience is great. The best thing about travelling alone, you can do whatever you want on your own time schedule – no arguments about how long I take to get ready. I was able to visit a traditional Moroccan Hammam, because I made time for it and on my own terms. This was the case for a lot of the activities I did during the trip and what and where I ate, it was weird to see what things are like when there isn’t someone else to take into consideration. I found myself to be able take things at my own pace which ultimately made me feel super relaxed. There is an overwhelming sense of freedom about travelling alone.
Obviously I love my hubby and called him every day, and the part I really enjoyed was being able to story tell and share my daily encounters with him. Plus I think he appreciated having a little man time alone!