Take a single-minded approach to adventure
An escorted tour can be a great way for solo travellers to see the world. Gill Charlton suggests 10 enticing options, from a Himalayan retreat to a Tuscan trek
It takes a lot of guts to go on holiday solo for the first time. Many singles worry about appearing a Sally-no-mates, the pitying looks of smug couples in French bistros, or experiencing real loneliness. Recognising this, travel firms are working much harder to ensure solo travellers feel relaxed and happy, with options ranging from hosted house partystyle beach holidays to tours that include convivial dinners each night.
You don’t have to be outgoing or socially skilled to get on with new people. The travel experiences you share will bring you closer to others in the group. What’s important is to book the right holiday in the first place, where you have the greatest chance of meeting people with shared interests and a similar outlook. To this end, book later rather than sooner, when the tour operator knows the age and sex of the other participants.
To keep costs down, it can be tempting to share a bedroom with a stranger and avoid the single supplement. Think carefully before doing this. After a busy day, it is far more relaxing to have your own space and avoid tensions caused by snoring, bathroom-hogging and fussiness.
Here are 10 suggestions for ways to meet other solo travellers, either on dedicated singles holidays or by joining a trip where care is taken to bring people travelling on their own together. All prices quoted include the single supplement where applicable.