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Travelling Solo (or almost)

On other pages in this Guide, we talk about holidays for single travellers but going with an organised group where you go with others and enjoy the camaraderie of the group and meet lots of other people.

On this page, we look at travelling alone or with just one other companion. Many people like to do this and, whilst it is inherently a bit more risky it doesn't stop people doing it.

If you want to go on your own, you can do exactly what you want to do, go where you want to go, when you want to do it. For many people this flexibility is exactly what they require and desire when they go on holiday. It is sensible to make arrangements through a travel company largely because they can give you advice on security, where it's safe to go and not to go and so on. If this is the route you choose to take for your singles holiday, ensure that you do question the company on what it is safe to do.

If you want to go to one of the more remote or 'unusual' destinations around the world, look at the Foreign Office website to see what they have to say about safety in the country or countries you wish to visit. Finally, make sure to tell your friends and/or family where you are going and what your planned itinerary is.

Holidays for Single Travellers links

For a wide choice of single-person holidays, have a look at Solitair. They have a very wide choice and they provide the opportunity to meet other single travellers in a safe and well-organised environment. They have destinations in Europe, North Africa, Mexico, India and the middle east. They also organise cruises for single people.

The other alternative is to find a travelling companion who wants to do the same thing as you and just go off with them. Again, there is a certain risk in this but there are a number of organisations that help you to do this in relative safety. One such organisation is Help Exchange, where you can advertise for companions. You give a pen-picture of yourself and tell people where you want to go and what you want to do. People from their 20s right through to their 60s advertise through this organisation.

Travellers Connected is another website where you can look for travelling companions. You can put your own profile on the web site, look at others, arrange to meet before you decide anything or even fix a meeting whilst you're on holiday. There is also lots of other information about holidaying alone, such as insurance and  getting advice from other people.

Finally, Travel Mates is a web site that is designed to unite travellers with like-minded people who wish to share holidays. It also gives travel tools and lots of information to help people to prepare for their singles holiday.

The Lonely Planet Bluelist (Lonely Planet General Reference)Travelling alone can be exhilarating, with all the freedom to do exactly what you wish to do without worrying about anyone else. On the other hand, it can be lonely, sometimes frustrating and a little risky. However, if it's for you, just take all the sensible precautions and enjoy your singles holiday.

Here are some Organisations specialising in single travel:

Balearic - Single walking holidays to be enjoyed not endured.

Just You - Provide escorted holidays for single travellers.

Mercury Direct - Long Stay & Winter Sun Holiday Specialists.

Mercury Direct

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.

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