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No Holiday companion in later life


No Holiday Companion? Give me a Break!  

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Wendy needed a holiday badly. She’d nursed her husband through an illness and decided that it was time for a well-earned break. But there was one problem. With her husband being cared for in a nursing home, she didn’t have anyone to go with and had never been on holiday on her own..

“A few years ago I went with my daughter but now she couldn’t make it, so I decided to take the plunge, just to see if I could do it. My friends and family had mixed feelings about it. Some of them thought I was mad, although others said that it was a great idea and admired my courage. It was their encouragement I needed.


“I went to the local travel agency and they really boosted my confidence. They said that loads of people came in to book single holidays, and always came back. I took away with me a number of mini-break brochures and decided on a three-day “Mystery” trip. Short, I know, but it was a safeguard in case I didn’t like it.”

The mystery destination turned out to be in the “Last of the Summer Wine” country in the Yorkshire Dales, a break that included a variety of mini tours around the local area including country walks and visits to nearby villages including those used in the filming of the popular BBC TV series.

Wendy was delighted. “It was beautiful. And the hotel was a really nice, 4 star Hilton with superb food and wine, jacuzzi, swimming pool and excellent service.

“One if my biggest concerns about holidaying alone was worrying about how to break the ice when meeting new people. I quickly learnt that many people didn’t mind me joining in; it’s up to you to be friendly. If you have the confidence to make the first move, people quickly respond. Normally, I find it hard to mix with strangers like this but I found myself next to two people in a restaurant queue on the first evening, and I asked if I could join them. I had a great time with them for the full three days”.

Travel arrangements can be off-putting, but in Wendy’s case the organisers had thought of everything. The cost of the holiday included transport by taxi to and from the collection point. “Motorway delays on the way back worried me, but the bus driver called ahead and advised the taxi company of the time change. They were very safety conscious, insisting on waiting for my taxi to arrive before leaving”.  

Holidaying alone is becoming more and more common these days and holiday companies are adapting to meet people’s needs.. A variety of mini breaks are available across the United Kingdom to suit almost every taste. Some companies specialise in holidays for single people, although Wendy chose one that wasn’t specific. And the once dreaded single supplement?  “The single room supplement was 14 for the three night break, which I think was very reasonable”.

So having taken the plunge, what is Wendy’s advice for those thinking of holidaying alone? “I wish I’d done it before. I’ve got more confidence now than I’ve ever had.  Since the first trip, I’ve been for a five-day break to Scotland, a second three-day “Mystery” tour and a day trip to the Lincolnshire coast. “I’d encourage anyone, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Just do it.” 



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