Solo Travel Guide For Those Over 50

Guest Post by Erica Hollman: A solo holiday is an opportunity to enjoy a trip abroad entirely on your own terms, whether you want to relax at a luxurious resort or indulge your passion for sightseeing in an exotic location.

With over a third of adults in the UK living alone, the stigma about solo holidays has well and truly evaporated, with many travel companies actively encouraging solo travellers – so if you’ve been longing to get away from it all, but feel held back by the lack of a travelling companion, there’s never been a better time to make the leap.

City Breaks

A solo city break is a great chance to lose yourself in an entirely unfamiliar culture – many travellers enjoy taking the day to explore the cultural touchstones of their destination and take in some shopping, but might prefer some company in the evening.

Consider a group singles holiday, which allows you to be as sociable as you like, when you like – couples on holiday can be quite insular, so going it alone is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and expand your social circle.

Adventure Holidays

Shared adventures are a great way to bond, and with over half of all adventure holiday customers travelling alone, you’re more likely than ever to meet like-minded people.

From physical challenges like hiking and mountaineering to charity and volunteer work, venturing off the beaten path can often lead to an unforgettable experience.

Beach Holidays

If your idea of heaven is a beach, a good book, and no distractions, packing off to a stunning resort on your own can be an ideal way to recharge the batteries.

Even the most popular holiday destinations such as Ibiza and Spain have quieter, lesser known areas that can be a paradise for the solitary traveller.

Cruises

If making new friends is your goal, a cruise can be just the ticket – with a wide variety of group activities on hand but no obligations to join in with anything you don’t want to, you can get to know your fellow passengers at a pace that suits you.

Travel companies used to aim primarily at couples, but have recently woken up to the market for solo holidaymakers with very affordable single travel cabins now widely available.

If you’re going on holiday by yourself it’s more important than ever to be fully protected in all eventualities. Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance, and if you’re going somewhere outside the ordinary, always check your policy to make sure all of your planned activities fall within your cover.

Over 50s travel insurance often features optional extras reflecting the popularity of specialist holidays – such as golf insurance – whether you’re crossing the globe or snoozing in your deckchair, with a little forward planning you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime with peace of mind.

6 Responses to Solo Travel Guide For Those Over 50

  1. Biba February 26, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Amazing article – can you please also high-lights if any destination is disability-friendly

  2. Kat February 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Love the new post even if I’m not over 50!

  3. Penny Sadler March 6, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    Thanks for the article. I’ve done most all of these with the exception of a literal adventure trip. May have to try that next. But really, I’m a city girl.
    Good article for any age!

  4. Catherine Steele March 21, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I’m not over 50, but I travelled solo once for my birthday. I allowed myself to wander, or perhaps a better term is getting lost, in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul after reading about it in a Travel Republic review.

  5. Bol Croatia Accommodation March 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    This is really good post for solo travellers of any age, not only 50 +.

  6. Amanda Hamilton May 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    My house in Spain used to be run as a B&B and we frequently had single men and women arrive out there for some chill out time. It does take a certain type of person though. I think you need to be pretty comfortable in your own skin – at least the guests we had certainly were not your “average” – bearing in mind that apparently the “average” person eats doughnuts, pizza and watches TV and that’s it!

    These days the house rents out in her entirety and I hope, by only asking £495 a week, people will still feel able to have the house all to themselves to paint, walk, photograph or be far more adventurous. That said, I have no agenda – if 10 people want to go, that’s also fine, but it;s not a single holiday then … unless it’s a case of 10 singles all rocking up together!

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