It used to be a taboo subject to say you were going on holiday on your own. People would look at you with either a sympathetic look on their face, ‘awww poor thing’, or look at you like you were mad. These days, it’s all changing. I’ve been away on holiday alone a few times, and it’s during those holidays I’ve met friends who I count amongst my closest. For time alone, the opportunity to meet new people and see different places on your own terms, this is a fantastic idea.
I found the most important thing is to make sure everything is in place prior to jetting off, that way you have one worry less. For me, that was the general logistics, like transfers and how to get to the airport from home. To solve that problem I booked airport parking at Airparks, which turned out to be a roaring success. Not only did I save money on the train fare I was originally looking at, but it was a leisurely, chilled-out drive to the terminal, meaning my holiday started in the best possible way. I stopped off en-route for a coffee, and enjoyed my time. No matter where you fly from, you’ll find a service to suit and save money, such as Glasgow airport parking for flights from Scotland.
Once your travel arrangements are all sorted, it’s down to you to spread your wings on your solo adventure. The first time I went away alone, I made sure where I was planning on staying had good facilities for staying around the pool on the odd day, and a good bar, because that way I didn’t have to venture too far if I didn’t feel like it. I also did a little pre-holiday research on excursions I might like to go on, and got excited at the thought of being able to do what I wanted, when I wanted, without having to compromise or rely on anyone else.
The key thing with solo holidaying is to make yourself do things, push yourself out of your comfort zone, and speak to people! This is how I made friends, and I found many others doing the same thing as me. It really is an enlightening experience and one I’ve never regretted.
If you prefer the safety net of a group holiday, then there are many organised tours with reputable companies nowadays, where groups of solo travellers, either all female, all male or mixed, come together to jet off. This is great if, like me, you find yourself in a situation where all your friends have suddenly become coupled up and you had no-one to go away with. For me, it was either go alone or don’t go anywhere, so I took the jump.
Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from experiencing the joys this wide world has, it’s only a week or even two, so jet off and experience the joys of solo travel!