The holidays are a notorious culprit when it comes to breakups. Maybe it’s the added stress of spending so much time with family, the way the holidays force a kind of intimacy on couples who might not be ready for it, or just the definitive marker of the end of the year. Either way, it’s the broken hearted who deserve a trip, preferably one where you can commune with like-minded souls. Sure, Horace claimed that “the sky, not the state of mind changes, when people flee across the sea,” but Horace is dead. You’re alive. Heartbroken and depressed, but alive. At the very least, fleeing across the sea to one of these destinations will mean weeping someplace more interesting than your own apartment, and discovering that gelato is a more delicious alternative to Ben & Jerry’s.
Jennifer Wright is the author of It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Break-Ups In History, which will put even your worst heartbreak in perspective.