Should I travel solo after the loss of a relationship? This is a question we’re often asked. We believe that holidays are a great environment for those getting back on their feet after the loss of a relationship. We like to think that the mixture of like-minded people, friendly hosts and an itinerary jam-packed full of activities is like a breath of fresh air. But if you thought that our breaks away were just for singles, you’d be very much mistaken.
Indeed, many of our guests have partners and families back at home, but they see Flavours as a chance to indulge in hobbies and enjoy some well-deserved me-time. And, when you think about it, it makes total sense – while going away with loved ones is great, sometimes it’s important to concentrate on yourself and nurture your passions.
If you were edging towards the idea of treating yourself to one of our singles holidays, here are some of the reasons we find that people really appreciate some time carved out for themselves, away from looking after kids or relatives, or catering for a partner’s needs or wants. Hey, sometimes it’s good to be a little selfish!
1. No catering for different interests
So, you like painting, but your partner is into golf? Your kids love Orlando, but you dream of painting Italian landscapes? Going away by yourself means you get exactly the holiday you ordered – with none of the usual resentments that can bubble away when you find yourself on a holiday that doesn’t suit.
2. You don’t have to compromise
On solo holidays, you never need worry about anyone’s needs but your own. Will you hold a grudge because you spent the afternoon by the pool rather than going for a walk? Nope. Will you tut because you stayed up late reading your book? We doubt it. Solo travellers don’t have to do anything they don’t want to, so they’re not bothered by all the tiny niggles and squabbles that so often take the gloss off your holiday mojo.
3. You can be whoever you want to be when travelling solo
Suitcases aren’t the only baggage that couples and families lug about on holiday: they also carry a lifetime of behavioural expectations, forged through years of being together as a family. You fancy one more Prosecco at lunchtime, but you know your partner will raise an eyebrow? To hell with it. You fancy staying up late to chat to the group, but you know your partner will say that’s not really you? Well, too bad Old You, the New You is letting their hair down.
As a solo traveller, there’s no one to hold you back. It’s amazing how differently people tend to interact with others when away from their family, how many new experiences they’re suddenly willing to embrace. Distance also allows single travellers to look at their life with a fresh set of eyes – it always amazes me how many of guests come back from a Flavours Holiday with renewed energy and a whole new set of life goals.
4. Explore the destination to its fullest
Family holidays are wonderful, but when you travel in a family group, the trip inevitably becomes more about your shared experiences than the country itself. If you really want to connect with a place and its people, solo travel is the best way to go, as you’re less distracted by your nearest and dearest, and therefore more open to observing the whys and wherefores of a different culture and its people. You’re also considerably more approachable, and therefore much likelier to meet people on your travels.
5. Feel a renewed sense of confidence
Nothing makes you feel more confident or capable than conquering the world on your own. Successfully ordering a meal in botched Italian, buying some figs from a local market – OK, it doesn’t suddenly make you Bear Grylls, but surviving on your own in a foreign country definitely gives solo travellers a feeling of confidence that stays with them long after they’ve unpacked their suitcase back home. It’s nice to have someone to rely on, but it’s particularly satisfying when that someone is you.
6. Solo travelling can have you feeling rested
Ever notice that going on holiday with the whole family, doesn’t really feel like a holiday? Especially if you’re the glue that keeps the rest of the gang together and responsible for checking all suitcases are packed, passports are accounted for and the hotel is up to scratch – as well as mediator for any disagreements that might occur!
Flavours Holidays balance activities and excursions with time to sit by the pool and lovely outdoor spaces to settle down with a glass of fizz and a good book. We make sure there’s plenty of time to just relax and let your shoulders loosen, which when you’re only looking after yourself, is a lot easier.
7. Hone your skills
One of the biggest reasons people attend a Flavours Holiday is the chance to indulge in a hobby. From cooking to Pilates, our classes are taught by brilliant tutors and enjoyed by a group of like-minded people, which is a fantastic environment to hone your skills and improve your talents.
There’s a strong chance your family might not want to spend a whole week practising watercolour, but on a singles holiday designed around your hobby, it’s a chance to invest in yourself.
8. You’ll come home excited to see your family
And, of course, one lovely thing about going away without you nearest and dearest is how excited you’ll be to see them when you get home. Sometimes it just takes a short break away to feel that renewed sense of contentment with day-to-day life. Plus, it will be a lot of fun sharing tales and pictures of your exciting adventure!
Travel solo with Flavours Holidays!
After reading this blog you may think that single holidays are calling you name! The thought of looking forward to an activity and meeting new people is exciting. It’s a real change from reality and allows you to discover the solo travel lifestyle.
We offer many activity holidays in multiple different locations across Italy, Spain and Scotland. Around 70% of our guests travel on their own and we believe that no one should have to pay a single supplement!
There’s no need to worry about structuring your week as we have an itinerary ready for all the holidays and bringing cash isn’t necessary unless you want to buy something from the shops. We’re sure your family would love a little gift from a tourist shop…