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A room of one’s own: Why a solo traveller holiday is the best

A room of one’s own: Why a solo traveller holiday is the best
Although travelling alone may sound daunting, solo travel is continuing to rise in popularity. There may be numerous reasons why someone is travelling independently, and solo travellers invariably come from all walks of life, but they usually all share the same passion - a desire to see the world!
Solo travel doesn’t mean that you have to conquer the globe all by yourself. Escorted holidays for single travellers allow you to experience the countries you want to whilst removing the stress of planning. You’ll also be part of a small group of likeminded people, meaning you can explore alone, together. So, if your friends and family are unable to join you on your dream holiday, don’t let that stop you. Start planning to discover amazing destinations, along with taking a little bit of time out, just for you. Here are our top reasons to travel by yourself.

A chance to see incredible destinations

Fancy a safari, but your partner not keen? Want to go long haul, but your friend doesn’t like flying? Fancy an exotic adventure but you’re being swayed into another staycation? Don’t let your travel companion’s barriers put you off an incredible adventure. From European favourites to curated city breaks further afield to China and East Asia, there are a variety of solo travel tours for you to adventure on. If you’re looking for fabulous food and weather, Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea could offer the perfect break. From its historical sites, colourful cuisine and Mediterranean climate, to its stunning landscapes and the mighty volcano of Mount Etna, there’s so much to see and experience.
Fancy something a little more historical? Step back in time with a trip to Egypt and embark on a relaxing river cruise down the Nile. Along the way, visit the Temple of Horus, the Valley of Kings, the High Dam and the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Sailing the river is wonderful way to explore a country whilst only unpacking once, and relaxing as you go. Take a guidebook to read onboard whilst relaxing with a glass of something chilled, and immerse yourself in this magical land.
If you have a longer trip in mind, then South Africa, the Rainbow Nation and a country filled with natural beauty, spectacular landscapes and diverse culture could be for you. Take the ultimate South African road trip, the Garden Route; along the way discover extraordinary sights like driving through the Outeniqua Mountain Pass and the wildlife in the Featherbed Nature Reserve. It’s a trip you’ll never forget – and one which friends and family will sure to be jealous of you experiencing without them.
Image of a road running alongside the coast by the sea on the Garden Route
And for the ultimate solo adventure? Visit Namibia, the beautiful coastal town of Swakopmund. Experience a safari experience in Etosha, one of Africa’s third largest National Parks and explore the incredible deserts of Soussuvlei and Deadvlei. Enjoy sunrises over the red dunes, and sunsets searching for roaming Namibia wildlife. Incredible.
Image of some giraffe and zebras in Namibia

Time for you

Some people say the best thing about solo travel is the comfort and relaxation of having your very own hotel room during your holiday. However, for those looking for some more adventurous ‘me-time,’ solo tours also typically offer plenty of free time to go it alone. During your time at leisure, you have the freedom to do your own exploration, see the sights you want to see or simply relax and take it easy. With no-one to compromise with, it’s totally up to you.

Meet like-minded people

 It’s often the people you meet on holiday that are the highlight of the entire trip and, even though you’re travelling alone, you’ll have amazing memories of the shared experiences you had together with people in your group. Take plenty of pictures to remember forever.
Image of a beach covered with penguins

You’ll never be alone

Group travel is ideal for solo travellers as it offers the opportunity to meet a group of like-minded people, each interested in exploring their chosen destination. Being part of a group provides extra security (especially key for independent female travellers who may feel anxious about being on their own) and for everyone there’s the benefit of an expert local guide who is keen to share their knowledge. The guides also accompany you on tours and can offer suggestions for what to see and do in your leisure time, to ensure you have an authentic and enjoyable experience on your exciting solo adventure. Solo holidays are a great way to explore the world and meet new friends in the process. So what’s stopping you? Get out and explore the world today!
A lady travelling as a solo traveller with a red hat and her hands in the air

Escorted holidays for single travellers from the Travel Department

Travel Department offer escorted holidays for single travellers which enable you to experience the countries you want to whilst removing the stress of planning. They take care of all the organising, including return flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions in the company of an expert local guide so you can spend more time enjoying the destination.
Solo travel doesn’t mean you have to be alone. There’s nothing like globetrotting for breaking down barriers and bringing people together. As part of their solo travel groups, you will tour with a like-minded group of people, sharing wonderful experiences and creating memories that will last forever. For independent female travellers, you can have peace of mind that wherever in the world you visit, safety is paramount, and the Travel Department’s local guides will be there to help should you need any assistance. From European favourites to curated city breaks, further afield to China or a cultural haven like Barcelona, the Travel Department provides a variety of solo travel tours for you to choose from. Simply decide on your destination, make a booking and start your solo adventure today.
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