Going on a solo travel journey at any age can be an amazing and empowering experience, allowing you to pick where you want to go and what you want to see.
Deciding to embark on a solo journey can be daunting at first, yet travel is a remarkable experience that brings joy and restoration to the soul. However, don’t let the “solo” part of your journey discourage you from seeing the world or persuade you into thinking you’ll be lonely, you’ll be surprised by how the magic of travelling alone can open you up to easily make new friends along the way.
From trusting your instincts to embracing your spontaneous desires, we share 9 tips for embarking solo travel in your 60s and above.
Don’t just think about where you want to go, but consider what you want to do when you get there.
For example, it’s not just about saying “I want to go to Spain”. Are you looking for a walking trip along the Camino de Santiago, staying in rustic digs along the way? A beach holiday on the island of Mallorca? Or is a luxe hotel and cooking classes in Barcelona more your scene?
Be specific and refine your search from there.
Look to travel on the shoulder season, the time period between peak and off-peak travel seasons, when tourist destinations are less crowded and prices tend to be lower.
This can be a great time to travel solo, as you’ll have more space to explore without having to navigate large crowds.
One of the main advantages of travelling during the shoulder season is that you can often find better deals on flights, accommodations, and activities. Airlines and hotels may offer discounts to fill up empty seats and rooms, and popular tourist attractions may offer off-peak pricing.
When packing for your solo trip, it’s important to pack smart and light. Consider investing in a quality backpack or suitcase that’s easy to carry and maneuver.
Additionally, pack versatile clothing that can be dressed up or down, and don’t forget to bring any necessary medications or travel documents.
Solo travel can be a unique opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and meet new people. Be open to new experiences and try not to be too hard on yourself if things don’t go according to plan.
Remember, this is your adventure, and you have the freedom to make it whatever you want it to be – and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
While travelling alone, it’s natural to crave human connection. Consider attending local events and meetups to meet other travellers and locals. You could even look at travelling in a community holiday, such as Travel at 60’s community holidays, which are specifically designed for solo and group travellers specifically over the age of 60.
Not only can this help combat feelings of loneliness, but it can also lead to lifelong friendships and unforgettable experiences.
No matter where you are in the world, it’s important to stay connected with loved ones back home. Make sure you have a reliable form of communication, such as a phone or email, to keep in touch.
Additionally, consider sharing your itinerary with someone you trust, so they know your whereabouts in case of an emergency.
Consider leaving a note in your hotel room with all the details about any day trip adventures and who you’re doing it with – plus contact details back home, in case of an emergency.
While travelling solo can be exhilarating, it’s important to prioritize your safety.
Stay aware of your surroundings, especially when travelling at night or in unfamiliar areas. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables, and consider investing in a money belt or travel lock for added security.
Travelling in a group on a community holiday with like-minded people is also a great way to explore new places while having peace of mind that you’re in the safety of a group.
For those who are new to solo travel, taking a cruise can be a great way to ease into the world of travelling alone.
While you’ll still be travelling solo, you’ll have the company of fellow travellers and the crew throughout your entire journey.
Taking a cruise not only provides you with built-in social opportunities, but it provides a sense of security and comfort for any of those solo travel jitters you may be feeling. And the bonus of booking a cruise for your solo experience is that everything is taken care of for you, there’s no hassle of planning!
Solo travel gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
You don’t have to take anyone else’s preferences into account and you don’t have to keep to a schedule (unless, of course, you’re on a tour!).
So, trust yourself and be brave – if an opportunity arises and you’ve ascertained it’s safe and physically possible, then say yes!
If not now, then when?
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