Should you and your partner go on separate holidays?

Jenai Laignel / 15 February 2016

Holidays are the perfect excuse to take a break from the responsibilities of everyday life and focus all our energies on experiences that make us smile, enrich our hearts and open our minds.

In short, planning a holiday is all about fun, freedom and getting away from it all – at least for a few days.

But what happens when your idea of fun and that of your partner's don't mix? When your idea of heaven is a relaxing Caribbean cruise, but your partner wants to trek Alpine landscapes in Slovenia? Or when you could happily spend all day absorbed in art galleries, but your partner would prefer to be bird-watching in the Great Outdoors?

First of all, you are not alone. Here at Saga, more than a fifth of our customers choose to travel on solo holidays, many of whom choose to leave their partners at home. Travelling alone is now more popular than ever, and here are a few reasons you just might want to consider it:


1. Freedom to pursue your interests

Travelling alone means you have the freedom to indulge in your favourite interests and hobbies without having to worry about whether or not your partner is interested.

Saga's Special Interest holiday portfolio offers a diverse range of trips to match a variety of tastes. So, whether you want to immerse yourself in the treasures of an Amsterdam art appreciation holiday or dabble in a toe-tapping jazz and swing experience in Jersey, you can indulge in your passions to your heart's content with nobody to please but yourself.

Find out more about Saga's Special Interest Holidays


2. Meet new friends

Travelling alone is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people and develop new friendships. On a singles holidays, you can rest assured that even if you are nervous, dining arrangements and activities are specially designed to make mingling as comfortable as possible – plus, everyone you encounter will be in the same boat.

Related: How to make friends on holiday


3. No need to compromise

Every relationship needs a certain degree of compromise to succeed and nowhere is this more evident than on holiday. However, the beauty of travelling alone means you can do away with this element of your trip and spend every blissful moment doing exactly what you feel like doing. You can set your own schedules, choose your own activities and be as organised or spontaneous as you want to be.


4. Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Spending some time apart on occasion can be rejuvenating for a relationship. Giving each other the freedom to pursue your own interests allows each partner to find their own personal fulfilment as well as providing the space to remember the little things that they miss about one another.

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5. Empowerment

Travelling alone is a great way to develop your confidence and maintain independence. As you navigate new experiences and cultures, you will learn you can rely on yourself and enjoy your own company. It's amazing just what a boost being self-sufficient can do for your self-esteem and carry over into other areas of your life.

To find out more about the range of singles holidays that Saga offer, visit our singles holidays page. 

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