Single travellers have not been well catered for in the past and had to resort to travelling with companies that deal mainly with families with children, and have inevitably ended up paying a substantial single supplement. It’s all too easy to feel left out if you are on your own; nowadays however there are specialist holiday operators who understand the problems of being a single traveller and are focusing on their particular requirements, a service which is proving extremely popular.
There are lots of different reasons why people choose to travel by themselves. They might be widowed, divorced, unattached or just want a break from their spouse. The big advantage of travelling by yourself is that you can do what you want to do, but it’s taking that first step and actually booking the holiday that seems to be the toughest part.
Director, Ian Darkin of One Traveller, says: “It is a barrier that is really all in the mind. Some people like to call and talk things through and when they are satisfied that they will be well looked after they will make a booking. You never know what fun a holiday can be for a mature single traveller until you try it; reading testimonials from others who have already taken the plunge also helps to boost confidence.”
Some people may be happy to spend time on their own however most people prefer to have others around them to chat to and share experiences, a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled! If you choose a company specialising in holidays for single travellers then you will have companions who feel exactly the same way. Ian says: “We are in no way a dating agency, the exact polar opposite in fact; on our holidays, everyone makes the effort early on to get to know one another. It is also comforting to know that you will be met at the airport before you check-in by a Tour Manager who will stay with you throughout the holiday. The Tour Manager will be multilingual, well travelled and specially selected so that he or she has the qualities needed to assist all members of the tour.”
People generally do not want to go on holiday to be on their own, after all a holiday is about sharing experiences and having fun. When booking a solo holiday look for a company that includes excursions, meals and drinks in the price as well as organising each day so that you get to see as much as possible of the destination,
If you are planning a first time trip alone why not try a six day European city break as it is not too long to start with. A city break means there is plenty to do rather than just lie on a beach all day and you won’t be wandering around by yourself feeling lost. Travelling with a group means there are plenty of people around you and increases your chances of finding people that you get on with, plus it means that you do not have to eat alone, something that many people dread.
Of course the only way you are going to find out what fun it can be is to take the plunge and book yourself on a holiday!