Holidays for Single Travellers
As we get older and, particularly in retirement, many
people take the opportunity to stretch their wings and
travelling more. Depending on interests, finance,
inclination and attitude to travelling long-haul, people
take the opportunity to do one or more of the following:
- Explore their local environment by going on days out.
It's probably true that most of us tend to ignore what's on
our own doorstep when we're younger, under the impression
(mistaken or not) that there are lots more interesting
places to see further afield.
- Explore a little more widely, but still in the UK.
Again, many of us have ignored the UK in the quest for
- Indulge their lust for travel and exploration by taking
holidays abroad, sometimes for quite long periods, going on
cruises, trekking or just relaxing.
Indeed, once we get older and, especially in retirement, it's
a good thing to get out and about because it can help replace
the process of getting out of the house and having social
interaction that work provides us with. Even before we retire,
many people love seeing new places and exploring the world
All of this is much easier to do if we have someone to go
with. They help share the fun of planning, join in with our
enthusiasm and sense of anticipation, and provide
companionship whilst we're on our travels. Even talking to other
people seems easier to most of us when we know that we've got
the support of someone else.
So, travelling alone is not as easy as holidaying with
someone else. It can take courage to go away on a holiday for
single travellers, especially if you haven't done it before.
However, there is a demographic trend towards holidays for
single travellers; more people are not marrying
and/or not having children and morepeople are divorcing,
therefore finding themselves alone in later life.
There are also lots of people who have partners who choose to
go away on their own for a host of reasons. Take a look at http://www.laterlife.com/laterlife-holiday-companion.htm for
one story of a lady who decided to holiday alone. So holidays
for single travellers are not necessarily just for single people; anyone
might choose to go away by themselves.
In 2008, more
than 4 million people undertook 'holidays for single travellers' - that's one in
five holidaymakers. Some of them do travel truly alone, but
others prefer the safety and companionship of going with a group
or at least a partner. So, whichever type of single traveller holiday you
prefer, this guide is intended to help you. There are
suggestions about where to go, what to see, how to go about it,
who can help you plan it and organisations who really help
travellers enjoy holidays for single travellers.