If you’re single, going on holiday can prove tricky. Who to go with if everyone around you is coupled up? Where are the best places for a singleton to go to? The last thing you want is to end up in Honeymoon Hotel, the only single soul in a crowd of loved-up couples.
What you need is a holiday that gets you out exploring the world with other like-minded travellers. Try these holidays for size.
Volunteering is not only a great way to share and learn skills and see the world, but it’s also a sure-fire way of meeting other independent travellers. There are countless volunteering options around the world, with trips ranging from two weeks to a full year. You could choose to work with children, teach or help with conservation work, or perhaps help build a school, rehabilitate local wildlife or work in a medical centre. More than just visiting a country and seeing sights from the window of a car, volunteering experiences are often money-can’t-buy holidays and you might just go home with new skills, new friends, new perspectives – and an enormous smile on your face.
Plan Your Own Route
You could of course choose to go solo and venture into the world with little more than a plane ticket and a multi-language phrasebook. How much you plan ahead is up to you, but the beauty of solo travel is that you can change plans at a moment’s notice. With an open-minded attitude and a willingness to meet others, travelling as a singleton can be hugely rewarding and open the door to opportunities and people you might never have encountered.
Follow Your Interests
Time out from work and escaping the pressures of the day to day gives you chance to indulge in doing whatever you love on holiday. Your friends and family might hate your hobby, but a solo holiday gives you the opportunity to spend hours doing the things you enjoy most. And you’ll be in the company of like-minded travellers too, which often makes for lifelong friendships. There are plenty of travel companies which run specialist holidays, so from art history to cycling, yoga to surfing, you might just be able to take your hobby on holiday.
Singles adventure holidays are well catered for in the travel world and you can choose to globetrot wherever you want accompanied by others with a shared background. Choose from adventure holiday in the big old US of A, or how about the antipodes, Australia or New Zealand? The beauty of an organised adventure holiday is that all the planning is done for you, you’ll be in the company of a bunch of like-minded folk and you’ll benefit from the safety and security of group travel.
Hit the Road
You don’t necessarily need to hop on a plane to travel. Time out from work is also a great time to catch up with friends and family around the country. Plan your own road trip and spend a few days here and there and you’ll reaffirm friendships and get chance to explore towns and cities closer to home.
Mix and Match
There’s no cookie cutter for solo holidays and that’s the beauty of them. Independent travel allows you to mix things up whenever you wish and be spontaneous. You could choose to do a series of mini trips: a chill out week on the beach coupled with a week of adventure in the wilderness, or a guided trip followed by a week of unplanned travel. Or how about volunteering for a few weeks followed by weeks of spontaneous travel? With an open mind, anything is possible and travelling solo gives you chance to grab the world by the horns and make the most of it.