It may come as a bit of a surprise to find that going on holiday as a solo traveller is a trend that’s speedily increasing.
Nearly one third of all holidays are taken by single adults, with an estimated 3.5 million adults taking a solo trip annually.
The growing trend for go-it-alone is partly due to increased opportunities and a reflection of changing demographics: people are living longer and many are outliving their partners.
Currently 29% of households consist of just one person. Added to which the creation of specialist companies for single travellers has taken the potential awkwardness out of finding such a holiday.
There is no doubt that the idea of holidaying alone can, for the first time, seem absolutely overwhelming, even for those who are confident in other areas of life.
The logistics for starters: transfers, hotels, excursions and then a real horror, eating alone in the evening. All these can put even the most determined holidaymaker ill at ease.
Group holidays are a great way to travel
So the ideal solution is to join a group of fellow singles, people who are also looking for the same type of holiday, be it relaxing beach holidays, tours of discovery, activity holidays (including walking, cycling, skiing, tennis and golf), cruise, short breaks and city breaks!
Add to this an experienced tour leader, who is there to assist, advise, help and support whenever needed. Often with just 10 to 15 people in each group, it’s a winning formula that provides thousands of single travellers with exactly the holiday they want.
Travelling with a group offers the flexibility to join in with others or to go off to do your own thing. And sensibly these properties that are, in the main, unique and exclusive for single travellers.
These hand-picked hotels offer an incomparable adult-only single environment, where singles can enjoy the privacy and comfort of their own hotel but also take advantage of the local hospitality of nearby bars and restaurants.
Travellers frequently remark that holidays like this are like a club where the only requirements are to make friends and have fun!
Travelling by yourself is not only empowering and gives you the freedom to do what you want, when you want, it is also is a great way to meet new friends.
Go away on your own and by the end of day one you will have met 10 or 15 new people, some of whom will remain friends for the rest of your life.
Single Traveller Christine Reid travelled to Turkey this year and enthused: ‘I really enjoyed Turkey and will certainly go back next year. It is also an extremely safe place, with people keeping an eye out for each other and a great place to make friends.
'Many of us have swopped email addresses so we can keep in contact once we are home.’
Surely there can be no better recommendation!
This article is brought to you by Silver Travel Advisor. For single travellers, Silver Travel Advisor recommends Solos Holidays.