If the thought of a two week vacation lazing on a beach is your idea of complete boredom you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re determined to use your precious time off work to get fit or work your way through various sporting challenges, here are some of the best activity vacations for singles.
- Cowboy (or Cowgirl) Camps
Whether it’s down under in Australia or out and about in the American wild west, a cowboy camp is a great way to make new friends and quite literally bond under the stars. Learn the knack of herding cattle, lasso errant horses and set up camp in the mountains. Avid equestrians amongst you can demonstrate your riding prowess by saddling up your horse and truly earning your spurs.
- Trekking (it’s like walking but more difficult!)
Trekking is ideal for meeting new people and escaping your comfort zone in the process. All tour operators rate their particular activity according to difficulty. Trek across volcanoes (mostly dormant you’ll be relieved to know) or to the spellbinding sight of Mount Picchu on the Inca Trail. For the ultimate challenge, journey through the Himalaya to the base camp of Mount Everest; the options are endless.
- Alternative Trekking
Try a trek with a twist; head out for some serious heat across the Sahara desert. On a camel of course! Learn how to live like Bedouins sleeping underneath a canopy of stars and barter in the bustling markets of towns like Marrakech. It’s a guaranteed big adventure for all single travelers.
Who doesn’t love a safari? The thrill of seeing animals in their natural habitat is hard to beat. From trailing the traditional big cats to tip-toeing around gorilla habitats safaris are a great option for single travelers. The adventurous may be tempted by the icy terrain of the Arctic Circle. What better way is there of getting to know someone than staying close for warmth! You may also want to try the next big thing – a wolf watching trip (You heard it here first!)
- Skiing and Snowboarding
From novice skier to the snowboarding thrill seeker there’s no more exhilarating way of staying fired up than an activity holiday in amongst the white stuff. The highlight of these vacations has to be warming up with an ‘apres-ski/snow’ tipple in the bar, swapping stories with new friends. Don’t get me wrong, the ‘activity’ part is great fun too!
Whether you can give Jacques Cousteau a ‘swim’ for his money or you’re not sure which way round a snorkel fits, have no fear. From novice to expert, there are vacations to suit all singles. If you prefer to stay above the surface, try your skills at the more traditional sports such as water skiing or dinghy sailing. If you really fancy a challenge, opt for kayaking, canyoning or white water rafting. Don’t be deterred by the movie The River Wild, by the way, it’s not all like that.