“Solidays” or solo travelling trips have become increasingly popular of late.
Travelling alone can be a great experience; doing exactly as you wish, making your own decisions and seeing all the places you really want.
Whatever the length of your break, enjoy the experience, the adventure, the meeting of new and like-minded people and most of all, the freedom.
Keep in touch
Make sure family and friends know your rough itinerary and keep in touch via telephone or the internet so that they know you are safe. Registering with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s LOCATE is another excellent method of making sure your whereabouts are known.
Don’t wander the night alone
Be aware of yourself and your surroundings; be vigilant at all times and don’t drop your guard just because you’re on holiday. Essentially, don’t risk doing it abroad if you wouldn’t do it at home – the same rules apply. If you have to travel late at night, try to make sure you’re accompanied or are in a crowd and stick to well-lit paths.
Meet new people
It is very likely that you will meet other people also travelling solo, so make new friends, exchange experiences and dine in pleasant company. Travelling solo gives you the chance to spread your wings and indulge in conversations and encounters outside of your normal circle. It’s amazing how quickly you can make friends this way, some to be treasured for years to come.
This is your trip and your ‘me-time’ – embrace it to the full – find out more about your personal tastes, try local food and be spontaneous! We tend to wait so long for a holiday and then it’s over in a jiffy – treasure every moment and use your camera to help you immortalise your experiences.
A good travel insurance policy
Book a suitable travel insurance policy that covers your needs. The last thing you want to do is to fall ill whilst abroad, especially if you are alone. A good policy should make sure you have a 24 hour service and that they will be there to help you quickly should the need arise.
As for places to go, consider these popular solo traveller destinations:
Ireland – The Irish have a reputation for being excellent hosts so it won’t be hard to meet genuinely friendly people on your travels here! Ask anyone who’s been!
Amsterdam – This Dutch city is buzzing with rich culture and architecture. Whether you walk or cycle, you’ll have a great time in this cosmopolitan capital!
Singapore – A great part of Asia to explore especially as it’s English speaking and a major travel hub for onward travel into Australasia – a heaven for gap year travellers.
Australia – Australia has a real travel culture and it’s easy to get around, despite the huge distances – perfect for solo travellers. You will never stick out as different here!
Costa Rica – This Central American country is perfect for adventurers for hiking, white water rafting, diverse wildlife and fantastic beaches! It is recognised as a major hub for volunteers and backpackers, so you’ll readily find a great mix of people, most travelling either alone or in unattached groups.
Wherever you may be travelling, if you are a solo holidaymaker and just for once wish to venture out there on your own, now is as good a time as any.