I’m solo, should I travel long haul?
While your friends or family may be quick to label you brave or wreckless, you are not alone in wanting to go half way around world on your own.
As the number of people travelling solo has increased year on year, an adapting tourist industry has come up with loads of ways to satisfy solo travellers’ taste for adventure.
These days, travelling alone to other continents needn’t mean heaving on a back pack and venturing out into the unknown alone (not unless you want it to).
Organised holidays, such as many you can take with GoLearnTo, offer a safe and affordable way for solos to experience the world.
With 80 percent of those who holiday with NotInTheGuideBooksbooking alone, most solo travellers arrive in far flung destinations to find many other likeminded solo travellers with whom they can explore, dine, drink, travel or learn a new skill.
From yoga retreats in Thailand, to cooking courses in Mexico, photography in Costa Rica and horse riding in Australia. There are some great activity holidays out there, offering the chance to enjoy and experience radically different cultures, landscapes and climates with groups of people of similar interests.
Many find it far more relaxing and enjoyable to experience new places in a group, and feel far less vulnerable or nervous than they may do on their own.
Accommodation is safe, pre-booked and clean with all mod cons. On many holidays you could choose to have your own room or opt to share with another solo traveller of the same gender.
You will be also be well looked after by your holiday’s hosts who often speak both English and the local language. They will tell you the best places to visit during your free time, where to eat, where to shop and, importantly, if there are any spots you should avoid.
Dispelling the dread of unfathomable train timetables, taxi scams and dark bus stations, transfers to and from the airport can often be arranged through your hosts too, meaning you’re in safe hands as soon as you step off the plane.
Travel to nearby towns and attractions may be included in your trip and taken with other members of your trip too, so you needn’t worry about becoming lost, stranded or stressed.
So there it is. The idea of flying thousands of miles alone may seem heedless but, when you are confident of arriving at lovely accommodation, having knowledgeable hosts look out for you and being surrounded by fellow, likeminded adventurers, it’s actually far from it.
You could still try to convince your friends you’ll be slumming round Asian hostels on a shoestring though… Just for long enough to hear them gasp.