If you have the chance to go away on holiday, no matter who with or how, I believe you should take the chance. I’m not suggesting you disappear for a couple of weeks with a stranger, but if you find you’re offered the opportunity to go away with a family friend, or a group, then go! On the flip side, if you fancy heading off on your own for a week or so, again, go!
I say this because I recently found myself in a situation that was basically go away alone, or don’t go away at all. I was umming and ahhing about this situation for a while, because I was worried about lone travel as a single female, but I needed have worried, and I would certainly recommend this to anyone in the same situation.
Of course, there are certain things you need to take into account, such as personal safety etc, but if you’re sensible and you take heed of your common sense, you will probably find you have a wonderful, relaxing time.
To lower the lone travel stress, I found that being where I needed to be ahead of time helped calm my nerves. I stayed at one of the Gatwick Airport hotels prior to my early flight, and it really helped make the travel part of my break feel like an equally enjoyable part of the holiday. I’d highly recommend the hotel idea for anyone with an early flight, and especially if you’re flying long-haul.
To add to the safety net aspect of any kind of travel, never attempt to leave without covering yourself with adequate holiday insurance. I can’t stress this enough! If you’re worried about any medical conditions you have, which may drive up the cost, you will be pleased to know that an online price comparison website search will bring up plenty of results for policies with low prices for pre-existing medical conditions insurance, giving you peace of mind for your travels.
Obviously whilst you’re in your destination, you need to keep your wits about you when it comes to safety, and that means watching your drinks, not walking alone at night, not trusting everyone you meet, and keeping in touch with people back home regularly. Having said that, these are things you should be doing at home anyway, and it’s all a case of common sense. Listen to your instincts and follow your gut, it’s really as simple as that.
If you want to get away but don’t fancy the idea of being alone for the duration of your holiday, then why not look at an organised tour? There are many companies who organise trips for likeminded people, and you simply need to check out the company’s credentials and reviews before deciding who to go with.
The options don’t end when you find you have nobody to go on holiday with me; look at me, I now head off all over the place on my own, and have made plenty of friends along the way.