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Holiday Ideas for Senior Singles

You could try walking holidays in the Alps

The holiday season is here at last, and the travel opportunities available to us these days are endless.  However, it may seem a daunting prospect to many, booking to go on holiday on your own.  If you are clear what you want out of your holiday, and plan it carefully, you can have a fantastic time.

Holidays include any or a combination of: –   Pursuing an interest, hobby or sport, relaxing or exploring.

Special interest holidays for singles:

This type of holiday will give you the opportunity to learn or take part in a planned activity whilst mixing with others with similar interests.  You may be regarded as a “single” in a “group” and may mingle or retreat from this group as you like.   There are now websites catering for every interest.  Whether you fancy pottery classes in Tuscany, white water rafting in Colorado or fossil hunting at Freshwater Bay – everything is possible and most sites offer huge flexibility, so you can organize exactly the type of holiday you are looking for.

Justyou.co.uk specializes in singles holidays. They offer “discovery weekends” in the UK, for you to have a go at a ”singles” weekend before you book anything international, as well as follow up days in UK hotels, to meet up with people who you have met on their holidays.  Their choice of adventure, cultural, all-inclusive, cruising, nature loving, and shopping holidays should give you some inspiration.

If you are looking for a more spiritual experience, Journeysofthespirit.com provides a broad catalogue of holidays with an underlying spiritual experience.  These include hiking, photography and retreats to name but a few.

For our sporty singles, Alpineelements.co.uk arranges trips to the Alps to experience the beauty of nature and adrenalin rushes.

For a truly memorable and worthwhile experience, check out Gapyearfor adults.com.  They offer holidays overseas which have a life experience to them.  You can volunteer to help a community, learn a skill or language, or work with animals.

If your interests are closer to home, then try the National Trust.  They offer a whole host of holidays – from volunteering your services at one of their UK sites, to activity holidays across the UK and beyond.

From golfing,  bowling, tennis, diving, swimming courses, archery, bird watching, deer stalking, learning to paint, horse riding, fishing, white water rafting, skiing, if you can think of it, it is out there – so make the most of it whilst you are able to indulge your interest!

Beach holidays for singles:

All inclusive package deals are also ideal, as they provide you with a fixed base, and all meals included and often the option of signing up for excursions with the hotel or local companies for days out if you are interested.   Again, Justyou.co.uk specializes in all inclusive holidays for singles, or try voyagertraveldirect.co.uk – who has special offers for singles.

Singles go explore!

For the braver amongst you, a safari, trek across a continent, or epic train journey may be more your thing.   Explore.co.uk sends you off to see the world with others, as small groups and is considerate of the needs of their single travelers.

For something different, why not try a train journey.  Greatrail.com offer sociable mealtimes, smaller group sizes and no single supplement.  Travel to Bavaria, Berlin, or Venice as a small group and watch the world pass by your window or meet your fellow passengers, as you please.  There is also the Orient Express, if you fancy journeys further afield.

And not to be scoffed at, Saga offers a huge selection of singles holidays, both relaxing and stimulating, and don’t miss their research on travel insurance as well.

Wherever you go, and whatever you do, have a great holiday!

Paula Taylor

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