Thriving After Divorce: The Benefits of a Restorative Road Trip 

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“Start-anew-moons” or post-divorce travel is a new trend gaining mainstream popularity. They’re said to be extremely beneficial to those going through a divorce. There are so many wonderful gems just a short drive away from Pittsburgh, you won’t have to look too far to find the perfect weekend getaway that’ll leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find love, or at least a lot of self-love.

Why a Road Trip is the Perfect Getaway

After a divorce, it’s normal to feel a sense of grief as it is similar to losing a loved one. It’s important to allow yourself to feel these emotions and let your heart and mind process them. To balance this out, you’ll want to also allow yourself to do something special just for you at least 10 minutes every day, and going for a drive can help with this. Whether you take your own car or splurge a little and rent the car of your dreams, you can use the time to listen to a podcast, scream at the top of your lungs to your favorite music, or simply sit in silence and enjoy the scenery. If you’re going to splurge on a car, it’s important to know what you can afford and find the best deal.

Where to Go for a Peaceful, Zen-Like Experience 

If you’re the type of person that needs some peace and quiet to reorganize your thoughts and heal, then you’ll be pleased to know that the architectural masterpiece Fallingwater is just 68 miles away from Pittsburgh. This home, designed by the infamous Frank Lloyd Wright and originally used by the Kaufmann family, is perched atop a waterfall and features some of the most peaceful surroundings in Pennsylvania. You can visit the home and museum and then make dinner reservations before heading back home or choosing to stay nearby in the Laurel Highlands.

Where to Go for a Thrilling, Adventure-Filled Weekend

Maybe you want to feel alive again, try something new and get your adrenaline pumping. If that sounds like exactly what you need, you’ll only need to drive about an hour outside of the city to reach the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. With downhill bike parks, seven terrain parks and a mile-long zip line in the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience, this resort has something for anybody looking to stay busy and active. As an added plus, the resort offers numerous options for accommodation that include precious cottages and luxury condos. Go ahead, treat yourself. You deserve it.

Where to Go for Waves and Wonderful Drinks

While it’s no Palm Beach, the shores of Lake Erie offer several beaches, blue waters and plenty of Vitamin D to get you right back into a happy, tanned state. A trip to Lake Erie’s Presque Isle State Park should only take about two hours and you can lay out on the shore, experience art and culture at the Cultural Loop or stay at an indoor water park resort and spend all day in the hot tub. If you want to skip the sun and tantalize your taste buds instead, head over to Meadville where you’ll find some of the best craft beer and breweries in all of Pennsylvania. Want to give your car a break? Get a party bus. You can check one out here:

Get Back to You 

Wherever you decide to go, know that it is most important that you focus on getting back to being you. Enjoy the newfound sense of freedom and take time to get away and explore who you are and who you are becoming in light of a big life change. The great news is that there are so many wonderful places near you that can help you restore and rejuvenate your sense of self while also making for a pretty spectacular weekend trip.