Top 5 lastminute holidays for getting over a break-up

Ending a relationship is rough. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the dumper, the dumpee or if it was entirely mutual. Commiserating over a few ales – or binge-watching Netflix with four litres of ice-cream – might seem like the only way of easing into your newly single status.

But why not do something to make you feel better and broaden your horizons (or at least make your ex a bit jealous)? Here are our top five holiday destinations for nursing a broken heart back to health.

1. Tasmania

Perfect for: Seeking solace in the wilderness

Do you just want to be alone? Are you tired of well-meaning friends telling you everything will be fine?

A trip to Tassie is just what you need. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA) covers about 20% of the island, making it perfect for alone time. There’s heaps to explore, with over 1,000 kilometres of gorgeous bushwalking tracks.

For serious serenity, stay at Lake St Clair. You’ll have easy access to the famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. Amazing!

Make the most of the incredible wilderness with a Cradle Mountain canyoneering experience, or explore the remote west coast on a week-long yacht cruise. Who knows? You might even find your soulmate on the way.

Who needs your ex when you can hang out with this little guy? Cradle Mountain, TAS.

2. Koh Phangan, Thailand

Perfect for: Dancing away your cares

Once upon a time, a group of tourists decided that the full moon at Koh Phangan was the most beautiful in the world. They threw a beach party to celebrate and what started as a small event now attracts crowds of up to 30,000 people every month. The fun starts at dusk, as travellers party to reggae, trance and techno and fire-eaters entertain the crowds.

Koh Phangan is THE place to cut loose and let off any post-breakup steam. Plus, you’ll also get some Insta-worthy pics to make certain people – we’re not saying your ex 😉– green with envy.

Koh Phangan – the ultimate beach party.

3. Iceland

Perfect for: Thawing out a frozen heart

Has a heated break-up left you feeling ice-cold? Why not head somewhere chilly where you can snuggle up in bed or beside a fireplace with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate?

And when it comes to chilling out, there’s nowhere better than Iceland. Reykjavik is the capital and it’s home to some seriously cool stays. Check out The Swan House for stylish apartments in an amazing location.

If Iceland is famous for two things, it’s the Northern Lights and volcanoes. So why not make the most of both? Soak in the Secret Lagoon’s mineral-rich volcanic hot springs, feast on traditional Icelandic cuisine, then take off on a hunt for an incredible sky-high light show. Ex? Schmex!

Is this for real? Uh, yuuup! The Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

4. Hawaii

Perfect for: Guaranteeing you’ll get a lei

Want to make absolutely sure you don’t bump into your ex (or any of your mutual friends and acquaintances)? Go to Hawaii. Its 137 gorgeous islands are smack in the middle of the Pacific, making them the most geographically isolated island chain on Earth. More fun facts: Hawaii is also the only US state that grows coffee – an aromatic blend that is one of the most expensive in the world. It has no snakes (like your ex 🐍), billboards or gambling.

It’s hard to feel sad when you’re walking on some of the whitest sand in the world. Or trekking up mountains, of which Hawaii has plenty. In fact, the Hawaiian Islands are actually just the exposed tops of the world’s largest mountain range. Mauna Kea is the highest peak and, measured from its underwater base, is over 10,000m tall ⛰️ 😲

Did we mention it snows up there too? Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

But the best thing about Hawaii is you’re guaranteed to get a lei. Leis are a symbol of affection, friendship, love or honour, and are meant to make you feel warm and welcome. What better way to bind up a broken heart?

5. The Gold Coast

Perfect for: Adrenaline junkies and beach babes

There’s more to the Goldie than sun, surf and shopping. Not that there’s anything wrong with sun, surf and shopping – you do need a new, post-breakup wardrobe, after all.

If soaking up some sun is your way of thawing out after a frosty relationship finale, the Gold Coast’s 70km of gorgeous coastline is just what you need. It’s home to more than 30 beaches, so you’re bound to find your little patch of paradise. Plus it’s a perfect excuse to wreck your ex by posting pics of your bangin’ beach bod.

Plus if you’re lucky you’ll catch a sunrise like this. Gold Coast, QLD.

And if a shot of adrenaline is what you need to blast through the break-up blues, the Gold Coast’s got you covered for that too. Check out the High Ropes Treetop Challenge, take a jetboat ride, or have a go at skydiving.

Whatever you do to get over the break-up blues, remember that you’re an amazing, awesome, lovable person. Take this time to do something special and wonderful for yourself. You deserve it!

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