We live in a society that seems to cater for couples and where holidaying alone is seen as strange, adventurous or brave by those who regularly holiday with their partners, friends or family.Yet holidaying alone is growing in popularity and no longer has the stigma attached to it that it once did.
A Growing Market
More and more single people are holidaying solo; last year, over a third of foreign holidays were taken by lone travelers who pumped over 10 billion into the travel industry. As a consequence, a fast growing holiday market has sprung up to cater for those who do want to go it alone at holiday time. If you have ever holidayed with someone who doesn’t want to do the things you want to do, you know how ultimately frustrating and disappointing holidaying in a group or couple can be. It’s a rare couple that share the same tastes in everything and one of a pair has always to make some compromises on a holiday, whether it is when dining out or planning what to do with the day. The splendid selfishness of doing exactly what you like when you like can never be underestimated and is one of the top reasons why people take the chance to holiday alone.
Recent research highlighted that single holidaymakers are not necessarily single people, with over 45 percent of the people questioned happy to holiday apart from their partner. Single holidays are no longer all about looking for love, but having a chance to explore enriching experiences that wouldn’t be possible if they holidayed with a partner.
Taking holidays alone doesn’t have to be lonely either. It’s much easier to meet new people and make friends when traveling solo, as you have the impetus to talk and chat not just with fellow holidaymakers, but with locals too. There is also the added advantage that you can see as much or as little of your newly made holiday friends as you want to during your trip.
Taking a holiday alone is also about learning. By taking yourself out of your comfort zone surrounded by the people you know, you have the time for a little self discovery because there is no one else to please but yourself. Traveling solo is also a great confidence builder, makes you more susceptible to new ideas and perspectives and you might even learn something new or discover a talent you never knew you had.
With the growth in the popularity of the singles holiday, travel companies have been swift to cater for the trend to holiday alone. The expensive single room supplements that used to penalize people traveling alone have been dropped by companies geared for the singles market. There is also a wide range of experience and adventure holidays aimed solely at the lone holidaymaker, so whether it be trekking across America, white water river rafting, taking a cookery course in France or learning to surf off the coast of Australia, you can be assured you’ll be doing it with a like-minded group of people. Learn the ways as how you can make holidays for less