There is no right or wrong way to see the world. That is a fact. Whether you stay in a luxury 5-star hotel or a £5 a night hostel or whether you eat in Michelin Star restaurants or from street vendors. Forget the age-old argument of tourist v traveller. Providing you get out there and see things, you are travelling and experiencing what this beautiful planet of ours has to offer.
Once you have decided you want to take a trip, the main thing you need to decide is who you want to share your travel experiences with. For many, like us, the likely companion is your partner, for others, it’s with friends or family but for some solo travel is where it’s at. Some through necessity, some because they love the freedom solo travel offers and relish leaving their loved ones at home for a week or so and doing what they what when they want.
Solo travel can be liberating, especially the first time you do it, I certainly found that to be the case when I took my first solo flight and can it often become addictive. However, for some, it’s that first time that can initially be the issue. Some people have the confidence to book the flight, pack their bag and figure the rest out on the road. Whereas, others prefer a more organised and structured travel experience. If you fall into the latter category then you should try a holiday for singles.
Realise there’s no taboo
There are a number of unfounded taboos associated with singles holidays, i.e. they are only for old people, there is something wrong with travelling alone, it is unsafe to travel on your own etc, all of which are untrue. Yes, there are a number of companies that cater their holidays toward the older market, but there are also many that don’t, it’s just a case of finding the right fit for you based on your needs, it is your holiday after all.
They are organised and structured
Singles holidays can be booked directly through the relevant company just the same way you would book a family package holiday. Enter your search criteria and let them do the work for you. From beach breaks to mountain adventures, let someone else take responsibility for organising your trip including flights, accommodation and activities, therefore taking the stress away and allowing you to simply pack and enjoy.
You get to be selfish
In every other walk of life, you may be the most selfless person in the world, whereas on a singles holiday you can be as self-indulgent as you like. This is your holiday; therefore it needs to be tailored to your interests and hobbies. Maybe you are an avid skier or a bird watching enthusiast? This is your chance to indulge in your passions and be selfish without having to worry about comprising with your travel companion.
They offer great value for money
Some people are put off solo travel as they have no one to share the cost of the accommodation with. Therefore, they simply do not go or compromise on the standard of accommodation they choose. Package holidays operators also penalise solo travels by charging a single person supplement which can really boost the cost. Whereas most specific singles holiday operators do not, in turn making them great value for money.
You meet new people
….if you want to. It’s your choice. Maybe you have chosen a singles holiday to get away from the stresses of daily life and that includes other people. Maybe you simply want to relax on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand for a week or so. However, if you have chosen a specialist holiday such as a walking or skiing break the likelihood is that you will meet like-minded people and who knows you could make a lot of new friends.
So if you are thinking of taking your first solo trip, maybe a singles holiday could be your first foray into seeing the world on your own and on your own terms? Maybe you are a regular singles holiday taker? Let us know your thoughts both for and against. Is it something you would ever consider, if not, why not?
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