Travelling alone can be daunting especially if yo

first_imgTravelling alone can be daunting, especially if you normally travel with a friend or family member, but those who have made the journey believe it to be a life changing experience. With many benefits such as the chance to meet new people, try things you may not have been able to do with an unwilling travel companion and have control of your own itinerary, more and more seniors are including travelling solo in their retirement plans. Having faced fears you will return with a new found confidence. So what options do you have when it comes to solo travelling?Escorted ToursEscorted tours with small groups can be a great first step into solo-travelling. There are plenty of options available with providers such as Titan Travel who operate tours across the world. These include US National Parks, Route 66, India and China, by road, and rail. Generally the majority of travellers on these trips are singles so you won’t feel alone amongst couples, and as tours are created with solo travellers in mind you’re likely to avoid the dreaded single supplement. With a planned itinerary, optional tours and extras, a local tour guide and an ideal balance between freedom and peace of mind.CruisesAlternatively, a cruise offers a variety of options, from short 7 night Mediterranean cruises, to 3 month long around the world adventures. A typical cruise consists of a number of stops in key port cities where you can spend the day exploring the city of your own accord, onboard you will find lots of activities, group dining and lots of opportunities to socialise and relax between ports. Look out for cruises with single occupancy cabins, these are in short supply, and as they are an increasingly popular option for solo travellers they sell out fast. Research in advance and book as early as possible. Activity HolidaysIf you have a hobby or interest which isn’t shared by friends or family members an activity holiday can be a great way to immerse yourself into your hobby, travel and meet many others who share your interests. Like the escorted tours, activity holidays cater for solo travellers. Yoga, pilates, cooking, photography, walking and painting are just a few of the many activities offered from tour operators such as Destination Yoga, Flavours Holidays and Authentic Adventures. Cooking holidays are available in countries with distinct cuisines such as France and Italy – you will learn how to cook the popular dishes of the country using local produce and explore the regional wines to pair with your dish. As well as cooking lessons many trips offer free time for day trips into the local area. BackpackingBackpacking around the world, and the nomad lifestyle is popular amongst single travellers, especially in destinations such as Thailand, Australia and Vietnam. Backpacking offers the potential for long term travelling whilst sticking to a budget, an option for those looking to explore the world during their retirement. Although this is more popular with the gap year travellers and bloggers, more and more retirees are making the trip. If you’re not too keen on the idea of sharing rooms in hostels an alternative is house-sitting, a popular choice for those looking to stay in a particular area for more a few nights. If you’re planning on travelling through a variety of destinations, our multi-city flight search can assist. Read more: 10 best backpacking tips and tricksHave you travelled solo? Share your experiences with us in the comments below. RelatedAdventure Travel Around the WorldAdventure travel expert Catrionna Grant from Tucan Travel introduces the world’s top spots for exciting travel options50 insider travel tips & tricks: what we’ve learned about travellingFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.Travelling Solo? Ask Skyscanner!Travelling Solo? Ask Skyscanner!last_img read more