Top tips for travelling alone

Jenai Laignel / 08 February 2016

Whether the aim is to meet like-minded new friends, indulge in a personal interest or travel with a friend but enjoy the privacy and peace of your own room, a singles holiday caters to a wide range of personalities and tastes with a variety of exciting destinations and experiences.

Did you know that more than a fifth of Saga customers travel alone? It's safe to say we have a good understanding of singles holidays. We also believe that no matter what your age it is natural to feel a little apprehensive when travelling alone for the first time.

So, to allay the fears of any would-be solo holiday-makers out there, we've compiled a list of top tips for single travellers so you feel fully prepared for your next independent travel experience:

1. Brush up on your language skills

If there is a particular country that you have fallen in love with, why not consider attending a language class? As well as being a wonderful way to meet new friends, acquiring a new skill is a satisfying experience at any age. Plus, when you are next in your country of choice, you may well find you can converse with the locals and fully immerse yourself in the culture.

Even if your trip might just be a one-off, a simple 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'thank you' will go a long way in the eyes of local people to show you are making an effort to appreciate and understand cultural courtesies.

Related: Should you sign up to a language course? 

2. Do your research

Safety is often a key concern for any traveller considering a solo trip. Ensure you read up on the destination before you go to identify any areas that are thought to be unsafe, any scams that travellers have encountered and use your common sense – avoid any obvious displays of wealth, use secure bags and don't go wandering into any dark alleyways.

Trust your instincts, be aware of your surroundings and remember – forewarned is forearmed.

Related: How to stay safe while abroad

3. Organised excursions

Signing up for an organised tour or excursion not only takes the hassle out of making arrangements yourself but means you find yourself with a group for the day – a great way to get talking and make friends. Saga's range of singles holidays offer a selection of organised experiences, ideal for exploring a new culture – solo travellers will be spoiled for choice.

Find out about Saga's Singles Holidays

4. Pursue your interests

If you have a hobby you would love to indulge in more often, why not consider a special interest holiday? From countryside rambling for those that love the great outdoors, to art and culture trips for those that appreciate the finer things in life, a special interest holiday will bring you together with like-minded people, promising a great experience and even better conversation.

See Saga's range of Special Interest Holidays

5. Stay organised

Independent travellers rely on themselves. Always ensure you have your accommodation address, emergency phone numbers, insurance details and other important bits of information recorded in safe yet separate locations. A battery pack for your phone, good map and emergency cash card hidden on your person are also useful tools in the solo travellers tool kit.

For a singles trip with a difference, take a look at our range of solo travel holidays and we'll help you create memories you'll treasure forever.

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