For many older adults, arranging a solo holidays over 55 can be a difficult process. Planning and researching them is often a very confusing and stressful experience. Some of the major reasons include worries about lack of travelling companions, the need for assistance and a fear of travelling alone to unknown places. The aim of this article is to help you to overcome these fears and to help you to enjoy the freedom that solo travel brings.
Several companies offer solo holidays geared toward older single travellers, with special features like a slower pace, tours that aren’t too physically taxing, and social gatherings like nightly dinners and dances with other tourists of a similar age. To choose the right one, it is important to check how specialised the tour operator is; do not assume that because they have clever advertising that they have an experience in dealing with older people. Whether you decide on a holiday provider or choose to travel independently to the resort, make sure that you clearly explain at the time of the booking your individual care needs to avoid any disappointment. Research the resort, check if the accommodation suits your needs, and see if there are any medical centres nearby.
In the UK, Saga Holidays offers organised and affordable package tours for singles 55+, which include a programme of excursions, entertainment in a group of other like-minded seniors and care of an onsite representative. For North Americans, O Solo Mio Tours and Best Single Travel are two top companies that specialise in senior travel.
Also, to get advice about single senior tours, register with websites such as Solo Travel Network (CSTN) which could assist you with finding a holiday companion. A cruise vacation could also be a great option, Single Travel International offers cruises for all age ranges. Many cruise liners have solo get-togethers or ‘find a partner’ programmes, you could also meet people with similar hobbies through your areas of interest such as dance, bridge or cuisine.
Or why not give back to the world and consider joining the growing number of travellers aged 55 and over opting for volunteer service vacations. There are several organisations that specialise in this area – for example Global Volunteers.
When you search for a right destination always take climate into consideration. You should avoid high heat as it could be dangerous and/or cause exhaustion. If you have a particular destination in mind, research the best time to visit so you can avoid extreme temperatures. Make sure that while you are on your holiday you drink clean water to keep yourself hydrated and perhaps it is worth to visit your doctor before you travel to check your health and seek any medical advice regarding the holiday.
You have worked hard all your life so now is the time to do the things you have always wanted – go ahead and treat yourself to your dream vacation!