Travelling solo doesn't mean you have to travel alone! Neither does it need to be intimidating. Here, tips for planning a trip, on your own.
Q My late wife and I used to love travelling. Since she died three years ago I haven't felt much like going anywhere, but I'm starting to think about it now. I'm 68 and a little concerned about travelling alone because I don't want to appear as if I'm hoping to meet a mate because I'm not. I would enjoy talking to people along the way, but I want to travel as a single person and be clear that's my preference. It seems so many travel agencies accommodate couples, or people looking to connect with potential mates, but not so much senior singles who want to stay that way. Any suggestions on how to proceed?
A First off, even though you might be travelling solo, you’re not alone. The Canadian Tourism Commission estimates that 10 per cent of Canadians travelling overseas are doing what you’re thinking of doing – heading off on their own.
While taking your first trip alone can be intimidating, there are lots of great opportunities for solo travellers – and ones that aren’t intended to hook you up with a companion. The first step is deciding what really interests you. Maybe it’s wine, opera, ecotourism, volunteer opportunities or genealogy, which is particularly popular these days.
“Once you’ve discovered your true interest it’ll become an endless vocation and it can take you all over the world,” says veteran solo traveller Diane Redfern, founder of Connecting Solo Travel Network (cstn.com), the online research and resource centre for single and solo travelling. On her website you’ll find books on single-friendly trips (including ones that don’t charge budget-busting singles’ premiums), stories by solo travellers, tips for travelling alone, plus lots of other relevant information.
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