Don’t have anybody to join you on a holiday? No need to despair, there are plenty of options for solo travellers. You can book an organised group tour, look for like minded travellers on Girl Crew or just go by yourself. As Stevie Nicks sings ‘You can go your own way’.
I’ve been in this position plenty of times, my friends already made other holiday plans, budgets are very different or it’s difficult to find a destination or date that suits everyone. Instead of missing out on a nice holiday, I’d rather go by myself. I do like my own company so depending on how you feel about alone time, a solo trip might not be everybody’s cup of tea. I’ve holidayed on my own a few times now, here’s what I’ve learned.
I wouldn’t book a 2 week vacation on my own but 5 days to a week is ideal for me. City breaks are perfect in my opinion because there’s plenty I can do on my own. I don’t necessarily need company when visiting museums, exhibitions or doing sight seeing tours. Also, there’s no need to compromise with anyone about what to do, it’s all me, me, me!
I couldn’t quite imagine going on a beach holiday by myself, I think I would get very bored quickly and feel a bit lonely. Then again, I’m not one for beach holidays in general. In a city, however, there’s always something to explore and do, even if it’s just sitting in a cafe watching people or reading a book in the park.
Instead of staying in a hotel or B&B, I prefer booking an apartment so I can make my own meals and generally feel more at home. This also means I don’t have to go to restaurants by myself if I don’t feel comfortable doing that. Going for lunch, breakfast or a coffee during the day are fine on my own but having dinner in a restaurant can feel a bit weird. Tapas bars are great for solo dining because it feels more casual and I can bring some reading material to keep me entertained. I did this a lot when travelling through Spain.
On a trip around Andalucia some years ago I plucked up the courage to approach two girls sitting at a table in a tapas bar. The place was packed and there was no table left. I overheard them speaking German and thought, fuck it, I’ll just ask them if I can join them. I won’t lie, they didn’t look too impressed at first and probably thought, what does this weirdo want?! But they were too polite to say no. We ended up having a great chat and none of us turned out to be an axe murderer.
Evening times can be a bit trickier when you’re travelling by yourself. That’s why I like having an apartment to stay in. I bring a lot of books and magazines with me, some podcasts to listen to and then just chill out with a nice bottle of wine. Walking around a city at night taking photographs can also be nice, or even going to the cinema. The main thing for me on a solo trip is that I get to relax completely because I only do what I want.