Elin Nordegren to Spend Holidays in Sweden Without Tiger

12/16/2009 at 05:05 PM EST

Elin Nordegren to Spend Holidays in Sweden Without Tiger
Elin Nordegren
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Escaping the media glare, Elin Nordegren is taking the kids and traveling to her homeland for the holidays, a source tells PEOPLE.

"Elin is going to Sweden soon," the source says. "Two stewardesses and one pilot are in Sweden with the plane now getting it ready to come pick them up."

The initial plan was for Nordegren, 29, and the family to travel to Sweden in January. But those plans changed. Woods is not expected to come along.

Nordegren's mother, Barbo Holmber, has returned to Sweden after coming to her daughter's side after the Thanksgiving morning crisis, and ending up in the hospital after complaining of stomach pain.

Sources caution that Nordegren's holiday trip to Sweden, where she recently purchased a $2.3 million country retreat outside Stockholm, is not a permanent one as she plans to split her time between both countries.

But she still still intends to separate from Woods. "She plans to leave Tiger," a source told PEOPLE after she was photographed sans wedding ring near her Florida home.

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