The stigma associated with singles holidays is not as prevalent as it once was, as more and more people are prepared to holiday alone or with an organised group of independent travellers.
At their inception, singles holidays were just that, a chance for singles to get away and mingle with other like-minded people. Today, however, these types of trips are geared to the individual rather than their marital status and those who choose to travel alone are just as welcome as any other holidaymaker. Companies that specialise in single traveller holidays offer people the chance to both meet others and visit exciting destinations in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Booking a holiday as a single can have huge financial implications; hotels are generally not geared towards lone travellers and room supplements are costly. Booking with a tour operator ensures that they seek out the best deals on single rooms. The potentially awkward situation of sitting alone in a restaurant or the hotel bar is also eliminated on a singles holiday.
The majority of tour operators offer a mix of both guided and independent travel. Guides are unrivalled in their local knowledge and are always on hand with useful local information. Equally, they understand how important time alone is and will respect an individual’s wish to venture out alone, providing them with advice and tips on local attractions only if asked.
A singles holiday, above all else, is a great opportunity to meet new people, possibly even making friends for life. The number of lone travellers who return again and again is testament to their continuing popularity.
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