If you were given the choice of no holiday, or a holiday alone, which would you choose?
For many people this is a realistic choice to make. A few years ago I found myself in the same position, mainly because my friends were all married and coupled up, and they decided it was time to do the couples’ holiday thing. Of course, this left me with nobody to go on holiday with, and whilst I did think about just not bothering and saving the money, as soon a summer came around and all those holiday clothes began to hit the shops, I decided to think again.
Going on holiday alone doesn’t have the same stigma it used to have, and nowadays you only have to look around a hotel pool and you’ll no doubt find at least one or two people who are on holiday by themselves. I was apprehensive about it at first, but as soon as I got there and settled in, I had no problems, and I enjoyed the chance to be selfish and do what I wanted, without having to please others.
The only thing to remember with this kind of holiday is that if everything is in place well before you go, then you cut down on the worry factor, and you can focus on yourself. It’s easy to forget things when you’re stressed, so make sure you double check all your travel plans. To ease myself in gently to the idea of traveling alone, I decided to book a night in a Glasgow Airport hotel with parking the night before my departure, because then I didn’t have the worry of getting from A to B at stupid o’clock in the morning. This was a great idea because it gave me an extra night on my holiday, I was chilled out when I arrived at the terminal door, and I bundled together my hotel with airport parking by booking through Airparks, so I saved money too. What could be better?!
Pick your destination wisely, and make sure it’s somewhere that a) you feel safe, and b) it’s somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Like I mentioned before, going on holiday alone is your chance to be selfish, so go somewhere you’ve always dreamed of. Remember safety is always going to be a factor here, more so than in group holidays, so keep your wits about you, don’t walk down the streets alone after dark, be careful how much you drink, watch your belongings, and above all, don’t trust that kind stranger who smiles at you – remember your instincts are your most powerful tool.
Aside from that, use your time to relax, see the sights, join guided tours and see who else you can meet, and remember to speak to people. Whilst you have to be careful who you trust, on the flip-side, you never know who you might meet!
So, the next time you’re faced with that question of whether to stay or go, give it some serious thought, because lone travel isn’t only for adventurous types, and maybe a few days relaxing solo in the sun is just what you need.