Honestly, traveling abroad alone makes me anxious. Not speaking the language, fighting off the feeling of being jet lagged and wrestling with travel logistics on my lonesome makes me nervous, however I am willing to stretch my comfort zone. Plus no one with a "normal" job is able to take off as much time as I can. As I have some time this September to take a good long trip, I've been tossing around a few potential vacation options that I can go on alone safely and comfortably.
One of the ideas I've thrown into the mix is an equestrian vacation. The vacation would be more organized; the only thing I would have to book is flying into the country of choice, as all of the other logistics would be taken care of. Also, I believe all of the locations have English speakers as guides and instructors. The two factors that I'm weighing for a riding holiday are whether I should use this vacation to improve upon my horsemanship or as an opportunity to see and explore a different country.
The analytical beast in me has laid out a spreadsheet of different options, length of time and cost. The top three contenders in this category are in Italy, Ireland and France. Below I've listed the pros and cons of each.
Con: The most expensive of the options, especially if I tack on an exploration of Rome.
Con: The weather is cold and rainy and my last two trips to Europe have been chilly, to say the least. The dining options in Ireland most likely won't be as fabulous as the ones in Italy and France.
Con: I have already been to France this year, although not along the coast. I feel like my international trips, infrequent as they are, should be in a variety of different countries. Also, this trip does not offer lessons and opportunities to jump would be limited.