Solo travel is more popular than ever before. But what makes so many people decide to pack their bags and go it alone?
One of the main reasons why people choose to travel alone is independence. It’s not just about the trip, it’s about you too; taking on new challenges and finding out what you can achieve when you take yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s also an opportunity for self-discovery away from family and friends who expect you to act in a certain way.
Going it alone is a great time for reflection. You’ll be surprised by what you learn about yourself when you’re in a strange and distant land, whether you’re looking to find out who you are or not. When things go wrong – and they will at some stage – simply go with the flow: a positive attitude and solo travel go hand in hand.
We all dream of going on a great adventure at some point in our lives. The desire to take on a new challenge and test your mettle is within us all. This is a chance to try things you’ve never done before; whether that’s bungee jumping off a cliff, hiring a bicycle and exploring the hidden depths of a city, or simply having a go at sailing. It’s your choice and the ultimate test to see if you can cope with the risk alone.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Meeting people when you’re travelling on your own is very different to when you’re a couple or with a group. There’s a challenge to opening yourself up to new people, especially when you’re in a new place, but meeting locals and making new friends is a part of the whole experience. Keep an open mind and enjoy some encounters you never would have thought possible.
Forget about your email and social media, stop checking your mobile phone every five minutes and put off binge watching the latest TV show. Leave it all behind, concentrate on you and find out what the world really has to offer.
CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION
According to research by 101 Holidays, supported by the Association of British Travel Agents, some of the most popular destinations for single holidays are Greece, Portugal, St Lucia and Sri Lanka.
Greece offers you the chance to hop between islands or you can stay in one place like Crete and explore every inch, while Portugal has friendly locals, tasty cuisine and amazing views from the hills of Alfama.
St Lucia has a varied landscape to explore; venture into the Piton Mountains one day and then see the beautiful coral reef the next. The predominantly Buddhist country of Sri Lanka is a friendly and welcoming place. The beautiful sandy beaches as well as ancient cities and tea plantations offer days of discovery and adventure.