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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 foreign adventures!
  • Indulge their lust for travel and exploration by taking holidays abroad, sometimes for quite long periods, going on cruises, trekking or just relaxing.

Holidays for Single Travellers links

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 around us.

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 more people are divorcing, therefore finding themselves alone in later life.

Good Guide to Dog Friendly Pubs, Hotels and B and BsThere 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 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.

There are now about 5 million people who undertake 'holidays for single travelers' - that's about 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.

Here are some Organisations specialising in single travel:

Balearic - Single walking holidays to be enjoyed not endured.

One Traveller - Specially created holidays for mature single travellers.

Mercury Direct - Long Stay & Winter Sun Holiday Specialists.

One Traveller
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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