So, you’re single—whether by choice or circumstance, you suddenly find yourself with plenty of vacation leave and no one to spend it with. What is a girl to do? The answer is so simple it is often overlooked—enjoy a vacation on your own.
There are many benefits to vacationing as a solo lady. For one thing, it is cheaper. There is only one airline ticket to purchase, one tour package and one mouth to feed. It can also be very freeing to plan out exactly where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there without consulting anyone but your travel agent. For the unstructured free spirit types, traveling single frees you to jet to an exotic locale without any plan at all other than seeing where the spirit leads you.
For females who have never traveled alone, have no fear—there are several ways for you to travel safely and still enjoy yourself. The most popular vacation for singles is the all-inclusive group tour in the destination of your choice. There are myriad tour plans that cater to individual interests and pursuits, such as gastronomic culinary tours of France or REI hiking tours of the Tuscan countryside. The group tour ensures that you are never truly “alone,” making new friends as you go and staying safe in the meantime.
Another vacation escape suited for singles is a time share option. More and more time shares offer stays that not only include your beach house or suite but also spas, fitness centers and other on-site luxuries. There is safety in knowing you will have vetted accommodations, allowing you to relax and pamper yourself.
For the more adventurous ladies, there is a growing economical and fun vacation trend—a home exchange. If you have ever watched “The Holiday” with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, you have an idea of the unexpected plot twists such a vacation can offer. There is also security in knowing that both you and the party who is renting your house or apartment have the same vested interest in treating each other’s places gently. Such a vacation option can also cut down considerably on your costs; you are renting out your own place to the very person you are renting a house from, effectively canceling out the cost of your accommodations.
Traveling as a single woman may seem daunting at first, but with a little imagination and the help of our seasoned travel agents at Birds Paradise Travel, you will be on your way to experiencing the vacation of a lifetime.
Jessica Pearce, Killeen Daily Herald