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Single holidays

Unfortunately my wife of 32 years passed away Sept 2012 after a very short battle with cancer. We lived life to the full including many holidays abroad. I want to carry on going abroad and have no problem in doing so, but would like to be on holiday with like minded people. I am a young 51 year old looking for a good time a couple of times a year or maybe more. What company/s would anybody out there recommend?

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1. Re: Single holidays

I am sorry for your loss and appreciate that starting over with travel can be difficult. In your position (and I have been in your position, although not after such a long marriage) I would be concerned that being with a group might underline that I was on my own and make me feel far lonelier than if I were travelling alone.

I also remember that my emotions were all over the place for a year or two and the social demands of a group might be hard to bear. If you travel solo, you have the freedom to spend the day crying in your hotel, if that is what you need without feeling embarrassed or having someone trying to cheer you up.

If you have a good day and feel like laughing, you don't want to have to worry that others think you are "over it".

I love the absolute freedom of travelling on my own and when I have taken tours it has been only when I felt I had no alternative.

However, I suspect the trick to finding like minded people is to go some place you have always wanted to go. If the others feel that way too, you are more likely to get on with them.

I loved my GapAdventure trip to the Galapagos Islands because the group was fairly small and we all were fascinated by what we were seeing. I was in my 50s and by some way the oldest person on the trip. Except for one other 50 something, everyone else was in their late 20s or 30s.

However, I was never made to feel I was not part of a very friendly group.

Another approach would be to go on a holiday where you are helping someone else. I haven't gone with this group as I spend my professional life interacting very intensely with others and look forward to holidays where I don't, but this group looked like a really interesting way of "seeing" a destination. In describing it to another person, I suspect you would notice much more than if you were just travelling through with a usual group.

This might also overcome the tendency for a group to be in a sort of "bubble" which insulated them from the destinations.

https://www.traveleyes-international.com/

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2. Re: Single holidays

Hi Jon I have spent hours researching solo traveller holidays :)

I had my first solo holiday last year with a solo traveller holiday company called Solitair holidays ,and although I had a good holiday There were significant issues which have made me distrust them and not wish to book with them again so be careful which company you book . I have a friend who went with "Just you "and she had a great time and made some great friends.

This year I have been very brave and decided to book a cruise as a solo passenger Since booking it I have made contact with another solo cruiser and have booked tours with 2 others so I now know I will not be alone so a cruise could be something to consider too. ( Downside solo passenger rates can be very high but if you are flexible with dates you can get great deals)

also some solo traveller websites have chat forums so you can chat before you choose a holiday or chat with others on the same holiday before you go you go . Also if you like Greece "singles in crete" Mistral hotel is a hotel especially for solo travellers and they also have a chat forum .

good luck and all the best

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3. Re: Single holidays

I have travelled with Just You - part of Travelsphere based down the road in Market Harborough. People of all ages on my trips to Cuba and Tuscany and excellent British tour managers. Not a dating agency.

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Hi I will also add when I was thinking of booking a Travelsphere holiday a lady rang me back and spent a great deal of time answering my questions and alleviating any fears I had.

I would have booked the holiday but then I saw the cruise instead :) if i had money for 2 holidays I would do the Travelsphere one too .

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5. Re: Single holidays

Jon, do you want to travel on singles holidays only or just want the company? If you have a particular interest I would suggest a tour that caters for it. You will meet others with similar interests and are most likely to make friends that way and there are always a mix of singles & couples so you aren't the odd one out. I found this was the most rewarding.

Singles holidays are ok but tend to focus more on being round a pool or socialising. On both types I have met people recently berieved.

Solo's & Just You are specifically singles, Travelsphere, Exodus and the like do shared accommodation to avoid the supplement. Without knowing exactly what type of holiday you like I can't recommend more.

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Thank you for your reply, I have looked at the site you suggested and it is an excellent idea, however I still feel a little angry and not in the right frame of mind to be helping other people at the moment, but it could be something I may do in the future.

I have to agree I could feel lonelier in a group at the moment and may source a decent company that provides holidays for solo travellers.

Thanks again for the input

regards Jon

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7. Re: Single holidays

You are the second person to recommend just you, so I will have a look at them

Thanks for your input

Regards Jon

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9. Re: Single holidays

Yes, I remember the anger. It is one of the reasons I suggested that this might not be the best time for a group tour.

If you want to travel on your own, but want a bit of help with the details, I have used Tribes Travel who specialise in tailored holidays to fairly exotic places (They sorted out a fantastic safari for me in Zambia last March, but they also go to India, South America, Butan etc,

http://www.tribes.co.uk/

And if Japan is a place that interests you, you couldn't do better than Inside Japan. They have a couple of dozen "self-guided adventures" which are suggested itineraries which can be stretched, slowed down or generally messed with if you want to.

Inside Japan sorts out the accommodation and transport, the occasional private guide and/or experience, gives you lots of information about things you might want to do at the destinations if you fancied it, and then lets you get on with your holiday, your way.

Japan is a country IME, of great courtesy as well as great efficiency. The countryside is very beautiful and I can think of few places as good for someone feeling a bit fragile.

insidejapantours.com/self-guided-japan-holid…

But in the end, no place is right for everyone.

Edited: 5:18 pm, January 06, 2013
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10. Re: Single holidays

Thanks again, your recommendations have been taken on board, and I will let you know how I get on, it's nice to know there are people around who don't mind giving a little of their time to help others

Jon

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