Last Updated on March 7, 2023

Following two years of travel restrictions, it seems that Brits are embracing the advantages solo travel more than ever before. It appears individuals are no longer deterred by – literally – ‘flying solo’ as they are keen to seize the day.

Simultaneously, according to “The Future of Wellness 2022” report published by the Global Wellness Summit, “survivalist wellness” is emerging, which describes travelers seeking resilience and self-reliance through spending time in nature. 

Friendship Travel, a solo travel booking company based out of Antrim, Northern Ireland, know that holidaying by yourself is a great way to learn how to build self confidence, be comfortable in your own company, and become more resourceful. The tours solo travellers operator offers a wide variety of solo holidays across Europe and beyond making it easy, safe and affordable to travel on your own. 

The company has noted an increase of 9% in bookings in January 2023 since 2019. There are plenty of advantages of solo travel in 2023 and beyond:

Benefits of Solo Travel

Don’t Miss Out on Your Dream Holiday

 From active walking holidays in the New Forest to sunning yourself in Greece or wildlife-watching in Kenya, individuals who don’t have a travel buddy with similar interests can still go on their dream trip safe in the knowledge that they can connect as much – or as little – as they like with the rest of the group of solo travelers.

Be Flexible

No synching calendars or working out how many days your friends can take off work compared to your holiday allowance, the only person you have to consult before booking is yourself.

Be Safe

Traveling on your own can be daunting, but with Friendship Travel, you’ll be accompanied by a dedicated host who will be onsite for the duration of the trip to help break the ice and answer any questions. Guided excursions and activities are also on the program, so guests can explore their dream destination to the fullest extent without worrying about safety.

Your Trip, Your Rules 

Traveling with family and friends often means compromise and (at times) bickering, but on a Friendship Travel trip there are several free days where guests have the option to go off and do what they would like on their own. There are plenty of opportunities to mingle with their fellow solo travelers, but absolutely no obligation to do so.

Save a Pretty Penny 

Savvy travelers will appreciate the fact that by booking a trip through a solo holiday tour operator, they can avoid hefty single supplement fees. With flights, local airport transports, accommodation, some meals and drinks, activities and host support included on all Friendship Travel itineraries, you definitely get a bang for your buck. 

Reconnect with Yourself

Traveling by your lonesome – even if it is within the safe setting of a group trip – is time to reconnect with yourself, reflect and relax on a journey of self-discovery. It is also an excellent way to boost your confidence as you step outside your comfort zone, explore new destinations by yourself and make new connections.

Learn a New Skill: 

From painting in Portugal to skiing in the French Alps, if you want to pick up a new hobby or rekindle an old passion, Friendship Travel itineraries often include classes – whether you’re a total beginner or just a bit rusty!

Avoid ‘Festive Blues’ 

Holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be a daunting time for those without family or other single friends, so why not escape on an exhilarating adventure and meet new people into the bargain?

Friendship Travel offers a variety of festive getaway options, including shorter 2-3-night trips within the UK as well as 7, 9 and 14-night winter sun holidays in Cyprus, Morocco and St. Lucia to name just a few.

Four Amazing Tours for Solo Travellers

Marrakesh, Morocco

Aerial view of Jamaa el Fna market square lit up in Marrakesh at night.
The bright lights of Jamaa el Fna market square located in Marrakesh at night. Courtesy of Deposit Photos

Few cities in the world enjoy such a dramatic setting and lively atmosphere as Marrakech. Equally, few cities intimidate solo travelers more. During Friendship Travel’s four-night getaway, guests can enjoy the buzz while exploring the rose-pink walls of the ancient city with new friends.

From the acrobats and jugglers in the famous Jemaa el Fna to the ancient mosaics of the palaces and the vibrantly coloured Jardin Majorelle, after a fascinating day you can share tales over a mint tea with the dramatic soaring peaks of the Atlas Mountains visible from a rooftop terrace. 

Four nights from £545 pp include: 

  • Return transfers from/to Marrakech International Airport (approx. 30 mins)
  • Double room for sole use 
  • Buffet breakfast each day
  • 2 dinners
  • Half day city tour
  • Friendship Host at your disposal throughout
  • Return flights with CAA bonding for financial peace of mind

More details at: https://www.friendshiptravel.com/marrakech.html. To book, call 0289 446 2211.

Cairo & Nile Cruise

This tours solo travellers itinerary starts with two nights in mesmerizing Cairo before guests begin their journey down the majestic river Nile.

Local Egyptologists share their country’s ancient history during visits to the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings, with excursions also including trips to the Temples of Horus and Hatshepsut, and a sail around Kitchener Island, to name just a few highlights.

Nine nights from £1695 pp include:

  • Double room for sole use in Cairo on B&B basis
  • Double cabin for sole use on cruise
  • 2 guided tours in Cairo (with lunch)
  • All meals during cruise from dinner on Day 3 to Breakfast on Day 10
  • Guided tours & entrance fees unless noted
  • Host support throughout
  • ATOL-bonded flights from Heathrow to Cairo, internal flights to/from Luxor:
  • Transfers Cairo/Luxor/Cairo & transport while sightseeing

Book: https://www.friendshiptravel.com/holiday/cairo-nile-cruise/ call 0289 446

Skiing in Trysil, Norway 

New for 2023, solo skiers will enjoy the vast pistes of Trysil, Norway – and can enjoy some sociable apres-ski activities with their Friendship Travel holiday buddies during an upscale winter sports experience.

Often voted the best ski resort in Norway, Trysil has no less than 31 lifts and 68 slopes perfect for all levels. Guests will also love the luxury to ski-in/ski-out of the Radisson Blu Resort Hotel Trysil, where rooms come with beautiful views over the slopes and across the rolling fjells of Norway. 

Seven nights from £1995 include:   

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Scandinavian Mountains Airport 
  • Airport transfers (approx. 40 minutes)
  • 7 nights in own/shared room (as appropriate)
  • Breakfast every day
  • Dinner on 6 evenings
  • Local Ski Scandinavia Host

Book: https://www.friendshiptravel.com/trysil-solos-ski.html, or call 0289 446 2211. 

BodyHoliday in St Lucia

View of a stunning white sand tropical beach with a view of the Piton mountains.
A stunning white sand tropical beach with a view of the Piton mountains. Courtesy of Deposit Photos

Solo travellers are truly spoiled here. From the spectacular setting in St Lucia to the fantastic wellness offering and endless services, there’s everything for everyone. Features that are perfect for a party of one include: three pools, four restaurants serving fresh and delicious meals, a watersport center and spa.  

From activities such as Pilates, archery, tennis and more, and a complimentary spa treatment included every day, heaven feels like a place on earth! While it may be tempting to not leave the resort, with St Lucia’s fabulous beaches, volcanic twin peaks – the Pitons – and a tropical rainforest nearby, a day trip to Diamond Falls or the drive-in volcano is well worth the effort.

Seven nights from £2,990pp include:  

  • Spacious Garden View Single Room
  • Comprehensive all-inclusive plan with all meals and drinks throughout stay (some dishes in selected restaurants at a supplement)
  • All activities, equipment and instruction (1:1 instruction at a charge)
  • One personal training session
  • A 50-minute Spa treatment each full day of your stay
  • BodyHoliday Host support throughout
  • ATOL-bonded flights from Gatwick only
  • Road transfers from/to Hewanorra airport (approx 90 mins). Helicopter transfers also available: ask for details/price.

More details at https://www.friendshiptravel.com/bodyholiday.html. To book, call 0289 446 2211.

Author

  • Chadd Scott

    Chadd Scott is an arts contributor with Forbes and the founder of See Great Art, where he writes about his travels from big city museums to small town galleries in search of great art.

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