Ex-Files Week

Just Divorced! 5 Blowout Trip Ideas to Celebrate a Fresh Start

You earned it.

Life's complicated. Marriages don't always work out. Their dissolution an be heartbreaking — but extremely liberating at the same time. So what better way to move past a divorce, and celebrate renewed freedom? Consider locations and events around the globe that strike just the right vibe for the occasion.

1.  Brazilian Carnival

We’d be remiss not to put this at the top of our list, so here it is: the Brazilian Carnival! This annual event is similar to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras (so that also works), featuring parades, costumes, dancing, music, and, of course, plenty of great beverages and other festivities. Let loose with your best buds while taking in the magnificently gorgeous Brazilian views. You might even be able to find a chandelier or two for the hanging if you’re so inclined.

2.  Burning Man

No matter what kind of person you are, there’s probably a place for you (especially in these modern days of glamping) at Burning Man. And that place will be filled with a special degree of hedonism if you’re attending the festival as a way to celebrate your divorce. Tens of thousands of people gather in this Nevada desert each year to become the most artistic versions of themselves, even if only briefly, and to take in the glory of the collective artistic self expression. With a focus on costuming, this is a perfect place for feeling free and anonymous simultaneously.

3.  Las Vegas

Vegas might not be for everyone, but if you’re seeking a certain kind of thrill (you know, the risk-taking via gambling and mayyyyyybe drinking a little too much kind), Vegas is always there waiting for you and your girlfriends with its 24-7, 365 party. Between the gambling, drinking, fine dining, and spa, shopping, and entertainment options, you and your divorce-celebrating friends will have a packed itinerary when in Vegas.

4.  Ios

If you’re dreaming of an unforgettable Mediterranean trip to mark your own take on “conscious uncoupling,” Ios, Greece might be just the place. With a famously active nightlife scene (that actually starts in the afternoon in many places), you’ll have plenty of options for dancing and mingling with strangers. And when you’re not doing that, the food and sights are beyond worth the plane ride.

5.  Bali

You’ve always wanted to visit Bali anyway, so why not use your newly pronounced ex as a reason to finally book the tickets? While Bali is a great choice for partying, a vacation there will also make for unbelievably relaxing experiences and out-of-this-world travel memories. Plus, what better way to start your new and single chapter of life than with a trip to one of the most beautiful places on the planet?

Got an ex? Yeah, we all do. Bravo’s Personal Space is diving into everything there is to discuss about breakups, from the ones that got away to ghosting to what the hell you should do with an ex on social media with Ex-Files Week. It’s all leading up to our new series A Night With My Ex, which explores what happens when former couples reunite…for one night only. Check back each day for exclusive interviews, personal stories, and don’t forget to catch the premiere on Tuesday, July 18 at 10/9c.

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