The solo travel industry is a fast growing market. It’s estimated a third of British households are occupied by a single person and this is expected to increase in coming decades. Solo travel is also no longer just for the young and free. An increasing number of married, and older clients, are deciding to take a break alone and tick off that bucket list.
Here are the top tips for people planning to travel alone.
Take a pack of Cards.
When travelling alone, you are going to meet many people. It can be hard sometimes to break the ice and get to know the great personalities and likeminded thinkers you are exploring with. Be prepared to offer a change from the usual small talk and make quiet evenings a little more interesting.
It can be easy to think travelling with a larger group will provide more personalities and increase your chances of finding new friends. Don’t make this mistake and risk getting lost in the crowd! Choosing a tour with small group sizes of around 10 will allow you to get to know everyone and create a ‘family feel’.
Consider an activity holiday.
There are many options to solo travellers ranging from guided tours to activity holidays which let guests try their hand at many talents such as cooking or painting and even Pilates! Instead of simply sharing a coach bus, you will find you share an interest. This makes new friends easy to come by and ensures you will enjoy not only the holiday but the companions you explore with.
Don’t pay more!
Travelling alone can come with a hefty price tag – single hotel rooms and individual tour bookings often charge a premium. Luckily for the adventurous single, there are many travel operators that cater specifically for the solo market. Stay with these companies and never pay a single person supplements.
Choose the right company.
The solo travel market has grown leaps and bounds in recent years and now caters for all types of people. Some provide specifically by age group and some try to pack in as much as possible during your trip. Consider whether you want to be segmented with other 18-30’s, herded from iconic site to site, or whether you’d prefer to travel with a diverse group of personalities and have time to dip your feet in the pool in between cookery classes.
Guest Post by Flavours Holidays