why solo journey is booming for over-55s



Journey for solo travellers is on the rise, particularly amongst these of their 50s and 60s, say tour operators that concentrate on guided and specialist excursions. Cox & Kings, which runs small group excursions worldwide, says 40 per cent of its gross sales this 12 months have been to older folks travelling on their very own.

This shouldn’t come as a shock, on condition that one in three Britons aged 60-plus who go on vacation achieve this alone, both as a result of they’re single or as a result of their companions can not – or won’t – be a part of them. 

After spending a lot of our lives surrounded by household, mates or work colleagues, it may be an actual eye-opener to spend time untethered. You usually uncover that you’re stronger and extra outgoing than you thought you had been, and happier in your personal firm than you ever imagined.

In accordance with singles specialist, Friendship Journey, the solo holidaymaker’s largest fears are consuming alone, staying protected and never having firm for sightseeing. As somebody who has travelled the world solo I can sympathise with the primary two of those fears. 

Even in any case these years I dislike eating alone. To keep away from the stares, and feeling like Sally-no-mates, I at all times attempt to discover an outdoor desk with a view. Safety is a matter, although in my expertise it lessens as you become older. Even so, I attempt to not stroll alone in unusual locations after darkish, by no means depart my room key quantity on present, and gown conservatively. 

As for sightseeing alone? What a pleasure. There’s no person to say, “I’m bored, can we go quickly,” and you’ve got a a lot better probability of participating with native individuals who usually exit of their means to assist somebody on their very own. 

I do recognise that taking a primary solo vacation is a leap into the unknown. So I’d advise beginning with one thing structured like a metropolis break with included meals and group sightseeing, both with a solo journey specialist or a tour operator working small group excursions led by an professional information. 

Confidence gained, I can totally suggest travelling independently. A few of my most memorable holidays have been solo: staying in family-run heritage resorts in Rajasthan and having fun with campfire drinks with my hosts; being welcomed into properties and artwork galleries in Jeddah by Saudis pleased with their heritage and, final Christmas, exploring Cairo on foot with feminine guides I had discovered on-line who taught me extra about life within the metropolis than I’d ever have learnt on an escorted tour. 

Solo journey opens up a world of chance, of journey and of latest encounters that might change your life and can buoy your self-confidence. Listed below are 20 wonderful journeys that can make you wish to take the leap.

Gill Charlton

Ease your self in

A bolthole for one


A break within the conventional fishing city of Brixham is right for relieving your self into solo journey: accessible by public transport, Brixham affords boat journeys, coast walks, artwork galleries and a full of life harbour, with a number of cafés and people-watching potential. Little Area, which specialises in small self-catering retreats, recommends Fruits de Mer, a neat house overlooking the marina: view the motion from the privateness of your vivid open-plan lounge/kitchen or stroll out into it instantly out of your doorstep. You may carry your canine, too. 

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