Take a sin­gle-minded ap­proach to ad­ven­ture

The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Germany -

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.

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