Solo travel doesn’t have to mean sub-standard rooms and meals in silence. Start plotting your escape for as soon as government restrictions allow with one of our six sociable getaways for going it alone. For more options, read our full solo travel feature in our August issue, out soon.
You can read the latest COVID-19 travel advice here.
For the newly bereaved, divorced, uncoupled or empty nested, loneliness is often felt especially acutely on holiday. Travelling solo can mean inferior rooms, single supplements and awkward dinner reservations. “Are you expecting someone to join you?” can be one of the hardest lines to hear.
Yet, whether by circumstance or choice, the trend is on the rise. According to our Country Living online poll (conducted in January 2020), 70% of people would go on holiday on their own, while the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has seen a spike in independent travel in recent years.
ABTA found that, of solo holidaymakers aged 55 to 64, 38% did so to make friends.
To best achieve that, join a well-organised, group-led trip based on an activity that interests you, or book a course in something you’ve always wanted to learn. Being lonely at home doesn’t have to mean being lonely when you go away.
Please check the COVID-19 guidance for each trip on their individual websites.