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ticketforoneGoing away on your own might seem scary at first, but solo travel can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Trips with a partner can be fun – but they also tend to mean compromise. When you go solo, however, you can choose exactly where you want to go, and what sort of break you want to have. Let’s face it, not many men would be up for a salsa holiday.

Being on your own can mean you have a lot more freedom, whether it’s a short holiday or a longer spell away travelling. If you don’t feel comfortable slinging on your backpack for a lone adventure, there are plenty of companies offering holidays that will put you with other single people in a safe environment. These holidays can also cut out the additional extras you might have to fork out for when you’re alone, like single room supplements.

Activity holidays
Fancy abseiling down a cliff or hiking up a mountain? You may also have to share a room with someone you don’t know, but this type of challenge is a great icebreaker when meeting new people.

If trekking is your thing, why not try one of the Adventure Company’s (www.adventurecompany.co.uk) Kilimanjaro climbs? The Lemosho Route offers the most scenic route with exclusive views of the fabulous, unspoilt forests and
moorlands surrounding the mountain. The 12-day trip includes eight days of trekking, two days longer than standard
trips, providing you with more time to acclimatise to the altitude and have a better chance of reaching the summit.

More info: Prices start from £2,479, depending upon the time you wish to travel. This includes return flights, park fees, two nights’ accommodation in a lodge and seven nights’ camping and all meals and minibus transportation.

Party people
House parties in small hotels, city breaks, ski holidays and long-haul trips are all great ways of creating an informal,
relaxed atmosphere for singles.

Trust singles holiday specialist Friendship Travel (www.friendshiptravel.com) to show you a good time on Paros Island, Greece. Taking over the Aeolos villa on an exclusive basis, Friendship Travel creates a house party with style. Next door, on the Cape of Choni, guests can enjoy all the services of the Poseidon, the neighbouring four-star hotel, with tennis courts, a pool bar, gym and spa.

More info: Prices start from £565 for seven nights’ stay. This includes transport to and from the airport (but excludes flights), a double room or triple garden-view room for sole use, full breakfast each day and four nights’ set dinner.

Escorted tours
If you’re after a well-planned, luxury, small group tour in the company of likeminded travellers, an escorted tour makes perfect sense.

Travel to Marrakech for the impressive spectacle of the Koutoubia minaret, snake charmers, fire-eaters and Gnawa dancers and the glorious Atlas Mountains. The Independent Traveller (www.independenttraveller.com) provides the perfect trip for women who have always wanted to explore the souks and culture of Marrakech, while enjoying shopping and spa treats with likeminded females.

More info: A six-day tour costs £1,290 to share or £1,894 for single occupancy. Flights, accommodation, breakfast, two lunches and two dinners, transfers, cookery school, and tours included.


This article was first published in at home with Lorraine Kelly in May 2011. [Read the digital edition here]


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