A WOMAN has revealed she doesn’t feel bad about going on vacation without her partner.
While vacations are often the perfect opportunity for couples to relax together, a woman likes to leave her partner at home when she flies abroad.
Christina Patel has been with her partner for four and a half years and during that time the two have shared several holidays together.
But the 30-year-old often leaves her partner at home while she jets around the world.
While the couple took two trips together in 2022, Christina took five vacations alone.
Christina, a recruiter from Ware in Hertfordshire, said: “My partner is a teacher so we can only go away together during the school holidays.”
“He knew what he was getting into – within the first four months of meeting me I had booked five trips and one of them was a month-long trip to South America.”
“Sometimes people say, ‘Your poor friend is home alone, don’t you feel bad about having fun without him?’ But I get these comments mainly from the older generation or from people who have really traditional values.”
Despite the raised eyebrows, Christine described her partner as “understanding”.
After touring Southeast Asia at the age of 22, she got the travel bug and hasn’t looked back.
Christina has already visited seven countries this year including Barbados, America, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
She said: “I love to travel; it’s that feeling of freedom and having different adventures every day.”
“I love meeting new people and trying new foods – it’s a combination of those things.
“It’s very different from being at home, waking up, going to work and then sleeping. I like the spontaneous lifestyle.”
However, she admitted that she can be very spontaneous and book a holiday a week before she is due to leave.
Christina said, “We’ve booked a holiday in August and a couple of weekends together.”
“I think if I were with someone who couldn’t travel for work and didn’t understand my love of travel, it just wouldn’t work – I’m very lucky.”
“During the school holidays I make sure we plan together, but otherwise I’m a last-minute booker.”
But most of Christina’s trips are booked on a whim, she added: “If I tell him I’m going away, he’s like, ‘okay, fair enough,’ he’ll come back from work and I’ll tell him how I am next week and he’s used to it.
It’s not the first time a woman has gone on vacation without her close relatives.
Last year, a mother divided opinion online after revealing she only took one of her children on holiday, leaving her older child at home with her husband.
And one woman asked if she was wrong for abandoning her boyfriend after he pranked her on holiday – but people were on her side.