Well, Inter-net, I've decided on the location of my decadent *30* solo trip:
Asheville, North Carolina! Also known as the "Paris of the South," "Santa Fe of the East," "New Age Mecca," and "Land of the Sky," America’s "Happiest City" (Self Magazine,) and one of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life" (AARP.)
Naturally, I managed to fret over where to go (as I watched the US dollar divebomb) just long enough to realize the whole point of a birthday retreat (or any vacation, for that matter) is to relax. So I took a deep breath, tucked Budapest into the back of my mind, decided Barcelona might just be a richer trip with some company along for the ride, and booked my ticket on Friday afternoon.
I've wanted to check out Asheville for some time, plus I have a rental car with unlimited mileage AND a reservation for a single, solo room in a hostel named after two deceased goldfish to save money. Did I mention the hostel has a hot tub?