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About Runaway Widow


My name is Kristin and at the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow.  I spent a lot of time reading about how to live after the death of a spouse and after enduring a very painful holiday decided my best plan for this first year was to runaway.

I started my blog when I went by myself to Thailand so that I could avoid being home for my first wedding anniversary without my husband as well as the one year anniversary of his passing. After flying for close to 22 hours, I met up with my tour group in Bangkok.  I met wonderful people and had the best time living my life, embracing elephants and swimming in tropical seas.

I traveled a bit during the first year as a widow so that I could run away from the pain and the memories.  I engaged in therapy and had a lot of support from neighbors and friends to help me get through the first year.  Grief is an ongoing process and my blog will be a positive look at some ways that I have coped with my loss and how I am moving forward even when I don’t feel like it.

After the big trip I struggled with daily activities and tried to positively move forward into my new and different life.  It is not a life I asked for, but once your husband is gone your life is forever changed.  I found joy again, at first in very small things.

Over time I engaged in more day trips alone or with friends.  I traveled to meet friends or even on my own for a yoga and writing retreat in Costa Rica and a grief and healing weekend in Connecticut.  Taking time to do something, anything, can be very helpful and eventually you discover a new normal.  It is not the same, but there could be some unexpected surprises along the way.

As I continue on this path of grief and loss, I share my challenges (like removing my wedding ring), adventures (like trekking in the Thailand rainforest) and travels (like visiting family in Florida).  If I can inspire others to try new things simply for the joy and wonder it brings, then I have made Mike proud and I am happy.  I welcome an interactive community of fellow travelers of life.

Here are a few of my favorite blogs:




Kris and Mike arriving in Croatia




  1. Hey Kris, thanks for leaving a comment on Ye Olde Blogge that led me to you! I plan on doing a lot more travelling once I retire and I look forward to living vicariously through you in the meantime. Hope you are doing well also!


  2. Hi Kristin, I look forward to working with you in our new Tailwind Tribe for widows! You offer a slightly different perspective on widowhood than my own, and that’s always a good thing. See you there!

  3. Good! Let’s do it! I’ve been reasonably pleased with my results from Tribes, VERY pleased with my Tailwind auto-scheduling. I should say that you and I seem to be the only widow-bloggers of much activity on Pinterest. We can look at it as a ground floor opportunity. Welcome aboard.

    1. Hi Christine. Thanks for reading. Crazy times we are going through right now. I will check out your site as well.

  4. Hello!
    I was widowed last October, my wonderful husband having been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in the July.
    I enjoy your blog and once Covid ends…if it ever will… I plan on accepting invitations that I have received from all over the World.
    I live in a beautiful town (with a river and canal and lots of history) in the west of England just outside Bath.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip to South Africa. Cape Town is my hometown though I’ve lived in the U.K. for a long time.
    Greetings to fellow Blogger friends!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit my blog. I am sorry for your loss. I hope that we will all get to travel again soon.

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