The Travel at 60 community is full of solo travellers – whether by necessity or choice – and according to Lonely Planet, it’s a trend that’s on the rise.
It prompted the release last month of The Solo Travel Handbook (AU$29.99, Lonely Planet) – a very handy tome offering “practical tips and inspiration for a safe, fun and fearless trip.”
For anyone unsure about heading off into the great unknown on their own, the book helps to identify, confront and overcome any worries you might have about your trip, both before and during your travels.
It offers advice on all aspects of a holiday, from deciding where to go and managing your money, to organising the right accommodation and documenting your trip. There are also chapters on flight-booking hacks, packing like a pro and how to stay safe on the road.
The social side of travel is a big focus, with tips on how to meet fellow travellers and befriend locals (“non-awkward ways to meet people on the road”) and a particularly important chapter: “11 Ways to Overcome Loneliness”.
There’s also a quiz to help you determine your holiday style. Once you’ve nailed that, the handbook includes some serious itinerary inspiration from across the globe. “10 great trips for solo travellers” highlights destinations that lone travellers are sure to love. Categorised by interest, they even include the ideal reading material for each trip.
Best for adventure:
Best for food:
Best for nightlife:
Best for self-reflection:
Best for a group tour:
Best for a solo stopover:
Best for culture:
Best for a city break:
Portland, Oregon, USA
Best for a tropical island escape:
Caye Caulker, Belize
Best for road-tripping:
East Coast Australia