Travelling solo can be daunting at any age, but it doesn’t have to be that way
Exploring other countries alone can be a rewarding and invigorating experience – especially when shared with likeminded people.
So whether you’re a culture vulture, an active walker, a cruise lover or city break fanatic, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve that you’re sure to love.
For those who enjoy wandering around in the great outdoors and finishing their evenings with a glass of wine in comfortable accommodation, ATG-Oxford may suit you quite nicely. With well-researched walks stretching from Tuscany, Basilicata to the South West of India, all accompanied by an English guide, you’re sure to find a route that suits you. Fellow walkers tend to be educated, well-travelled and aged 55 and over.
Our hot pick, however, is ideal for lovers of Van Gogh. Classic Provence is an 8-day walking tour kicking off in Saint Remy. You’ll explore Glanum, a Greek/Roman town that was once home to Julia, the daughter of Emperor Augustus. Marvel at the remains of Medieval and Roman walls, stroll down ancient streets and see the Roman amphitheatre, forum, temples and baths.
After lunch you’ll visit the fortified village of Baux-da-Provence and wander along the olive groves that inspired the famous painter. And that’s just on day one! The rest of the trip is filled with Michelin-starred restaurants, local wine tastings and, we predict, delightful company!
European city breaks
For the reluctant first-time solo traveller, OneTraveller has developed an ideal introduction in the form of a five-night stay in a four-star hotel in Prague. Aimed primarily at the over 50s, group sizes range from 18-28 and follow well-structured itineraries.
You’ll enjoy hosted dinners, lunches on private boats on the Vltava River and unhurried sightseeing across the city’s old quarter, the spa town of Karlovy Vary and the pretty Karlstejn. There are plenty of opportunities to go off exploring on your own, too although OneTraveller also hosts pre-trip get-togethers to help you settle in.
Elsewhere in Europe, SolosHolidays also have some great offers. Albania remains a relatively unexplored corner of Europe and home to awe-inspiring mountain ranges and stunning landscapes. Highlights of this guided tour includes visits to the ancient ruins at Butrint and the UNESCO Heritage town of Gjirokaster, as well as the medieval mountain town of Tepelene and Llogara National Park.
If you’re thinking of a destination slightly colder and unparalleled in beauty, SolosHolidays also provide trips to Norway. The majestic mountains, fjords, glaciers and lakes of this incredible country should be on everyone’s must-see list. Our favourite way to explore is on the famous Flåm railway – one of the world’s most scenic routes! Other essential stops include a sightseeing tour of Bergen’s historical harbour, surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords.
Think your singledom should stop you from seeing the world by cruise? Well, think again. Singles cruises for the over 50s is a booming industry and there has never been a better time to take the plunge. Cruises are a great way for the over 50s to meet likeminded travellers and make new friends along the way. Special cruise travel insurance is a recommended option to ensure your holiday gets off to a smooth start!
Norwegian Cruise Lines take first place for single travel, as they took the incentive to make dedicated singles cabins and have since won several rewards for their single-centric creations. Rebranding their single cabins as ‘studio cabins’, clustering them in one place and even including a hip new lounge bar called The Living Room, NCL have managed to make single travelling welcoming, easy and, above all, cool!
All three of Cunard's ships have also followed suit. During their 2015/6 refurbishment, 15 smart Britannia single staterooms were added to the Queen Mary 2, as well as Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria who now boast nine new Britannia single staterooms each, including eight Ocean View rooms with extra-large windows. Couple this stylish, contemporary accommodation with coffee mornings, dedicated day-time singles events and the Queen Mary 2’s incredibly luxurious kennels for beloved cats and dogs – yes, really – and Norwegian Cruise Line may have some strong competition!
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