According to a recent survey*, more and more British holidaymakers are choosing to leave their partners at home whilst they jet off into the sunset alone… Unaccompanied… Sans spouse.
There could be many reasons for wanting, or even needing, time apart. Maybe people believe it will make for a healthier relationship? After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder, or so they say. Maybe a bit of ‘me time’ is on the cards, or maybe a couple’s interests differ so much that they choose to get their chosen holiday fix separately. Either way, 27% of people are now opting for a solo break abroad, so it can only be a good thing!
Can’t Wait to Take the Plunge?
There are no restrictions when it comes to going on holiday without your other half, but certain destinations are ideal for the solo holidaymakers and are well worth escaping to for that much needed break.
Italy is a great choice for anyone after a cosmopolitan buzz, perfectly blended with authentic Mediterranean style and grace. Romance, history, lakes, mountains and beaches… Italy really does have it all. Whilst there, why not enrol yourself onto a painting or cooking course? There’ll be no cutting carbs on this holiday!
Turkey is ideal if you just want to soak up the sun and relax with a good book. With a whole host of fantastic resorts and hotels, not to mention the stunning scenery, you’ll find the perfect base for your time away from home. Kick-start your holiday with an obligatory Turkish bath and be sure to grab yourself a bargain at one of the many bazaars. And maybe get something to take home for your partner too… You don’t want to upset them now, do you!
Bali is the place to go if you really want to ‘find yourself’. Take a leaf out of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and indulge in cleansing foods, organic juices and spiritual meditation in Ubud. Take a walk amongst the rolling rice paddies or stroll through the sacred monkey forest sanctuary. Then, after a long day, restore your balance by practising your best downward dog. All together now, “Ommmm”…
But what are the pros and cons of going it alone?
- Independence – Travelling alone gives you a huge sense of freedom and free spirit, filling you with confidence and self-appreciation.
- ‘Me Time’ – Whether it be a hectic home life, a busy work schedule or an action-packed social life, a solo holiday could be the perfect time to get some peace and quiet and concentrate on you.
- Getting Things Done – Having nobody else with you means you can get done all the things that you’ve wanted to do. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want, in your own time and without any disagreements.
- Meet New People – A solo holidaymaker will always find somebody to talk to, often more so than a couple would. When you travel alone, you’re never alone for long. There are always others in the same boat as you. Some of the best friendships are forged when travelling.
- Moral Support – Having somebody with you on holiday gives you that added bit of motivation to try something new that you might never have attempted on your own. It’s also nice to have someone there should you have a bad experience such as illness.
- Loneliness – As nice as it is to enjoy some quality time to yourself, being away from home in unfamiliar surroundings can at times get lonely. There’s only so many selfies you can take without getting a sore arm and ‘table for one, please’ gets a little repetitive after a while…
- Safety – You might be the most confident jetsetter ever, but safety should always be taken into consideration, especially when travelling alone. Depending on where you choose to holiday, it may not be the best idea to be wandering the streets at night on your own.
- Sharing – Holidaying together means you get to share all your experiences with someone. Not only that, but you get to share the cost of all your holiday spending! And don’t forget the luggage… Who will help carry your heavy suitcase? But by far the toughest thing about going away by yourself is not being able to share the memories when you return home…
*Survey commissioned by insurance company, Liverpool Victoria.