Finding yourself single in your 50s does not need to be a barrier to travel. There are lots of opportunities for single women to travel solo- I know, I’ve done it, and so have many of my friends!
Going on holiday solo for the first time
If you are looking to go on holiday on your own for the first time, one of the easiest ways to take a solo break is to book an activity based holiday. This can be an easy introduction to the world of solo travelling as participating in shared activities during the day enables you socialise with like-minded people , and generally resolves the problem of eating alone in the evenings.
Whether its cooking in Italy, yoga in Greece , painting or book writing in France, there are many possibilities to explore AND pursue your interests. Meeting people on excursions like this may also be an introduction to travel companions for future trips.
Activity groups such as Spice organise events and holidays, with the added advantage of attending local events where you have an opportunity to meet fellow travellers. I have one friend who went on a Spice ski holiday in her mid 40s and met her husband- an added bonus!
Prior to booking any traveI it’s a good idea to attend a local weekend or evening event (if possible) arranged by your chosen organisation- it would at least provide you with the opportunity to see if you like the way the company arranges things and if the profile of people attending works for you.
If you book to go on an organised break, find out specifically which meals are included in your package. Some tour ‘hosts’ book restaurants for the group ahead of time where you may find yourself paying in addition for an expensive 3 course meal at lunchtime where the ‘host’s’ meal is paid for by the paying travellers. Don’t be bullied into paying for or participating in something you don’t want- but do check what is expected up front !
There are also companies who specialise in singles holidays – check ahead of time regarding what age groups travel with their company.
If organised group holidays aren’t for you, then are resorts where singles are made to feel welcome- without the burden of the dreaded single supplement! I always count myself lucky that a well informed travel agent recommended Le Sport in Saint Lucia to me as a potential venue to travel to solo. An all inclusive resort where you can choose to lie on the beach or participate in as many or few activities as you wish – from tai chi , aquarobics, diving, tennis. Daily spa treatments are included in the package which help bring some structure and a little added pampering to your day. Just to make the solo traveller feel a little more comfortable they also have a table hosted by a member of staff where singles or couples wishing to socialise are welcome to dine in the evenings. This is particularly reassuring until you’ve had an opportunity to start meeting people and making your own arrangements. I loved my first trip so much I kept going back – 7 times in all! I will add that I haven’t been recently, although friends who have assure me that it’s still great- leaving me very envious! I’m working on persuading my husband that it could be venue for him to enjoy too 🙂
Why not connect with women in the Fabafterfifty community and see there are any potential travel companions with common interests. Flying solo can be fun!