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Travelling solo as a Woman over 50

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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.

Single supplements

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!


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  1. Sue

    April 18, 2011

    Since my daughter left home 3 years ago I’ve been travelling alone. Usually to Europe 3 times a year culminating in a month in India last year. I don’t like organised tours and have a restricted budget so a Ryanair flight and a hostel are the norm. From the latter I can explore the parts of the country I want to visit at my leisure. I eat when and where I want, sleep when I feel tired and talk to all sorts of people in the hostel or on my explorations. Only on my last trip in February was my age (51) a potential issue. I hadn’t scrolled down to the bit where it said ‘over 40’s may not be admitted’ but having walked through the snow in the -16C night I wasn’t going to be refused entry!

    I’m off to the Algarve next week but must remember my ear plugs. As I’ve learnt from experience that sharing a room with a snorer is miserable!

  2. Jo Carroll

    December 1, 2011

    I gave up work/home/car in my mid-50s and went on a gap year, on my own. I didn’t realise, before I left, that this is something most women don’t do. And didn’t help myself by being lost on a beach in Australia with a cliff behind me and the tide rising – just 4 days after leaving home. I drove a campervan as big as a bungalow in New Zealand, was chased by a wild boar in Nepal, and even met a gunman in Lucknow who wanted to marry me.

    But it was the best decision I ever made. If I can do that, I can do – almost anything! (And so can you!!!!)

    Can I plug the book? – now on kindle, and soon a real book – Over the Hill and Far Away – you can find it on Amazon. (I wont give the link – I don’t want you to think this is just spam!)

    • Eleanor

      March 18, 2012

      Wonderful title – I will take it to Tibet with me 🙂

  3. Eileen Durward

    September 12, 2013

    I discovered solo adventure holidays a number of years ago and just love it. I tend to go on the camping/trekking/overlanding holidays which are basic but so much fun. (try wild camping in the White Desert in Egypt, absolute magic!) I love the mystery of not knowing who I am going to meet as these holidays include people of all ages from other countries. I have never been disappointed with any of the groups I have been on and we share the whole adventure together. Roll on my next trip to South America!

  4. Kelly Rogers

    March 3, 2014

    Oh. I’m not yet fifty, but I like to enjoy daily spas. Can I also take advantage of this offer?

  5. chrissy

    March 27, 2014

    HI I NEED A TRAVEL COMPANION .50+ is there anyone ,in my area that I could meet up with and have a chat with first Lincolnshire !

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