BEST SOLO TRAVELLER HOLIDAYS
We've rounded up the best solo traveller holidays and top destinations where you'll make amazing memories. Departing to a new destination unaccompanied can be just as exhilarating as when you're flying with friends or on family holidays, and while it’s natural to experience a few pre-holiday nerves, they’ll soon unravel as you begin discovering new destinations and amazing places. If you're looking for exciting 2017 holidays that pack adventure, incredible sights and cool beaches into one sunkissed package, then look no further!
TOP DESTINATIONS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
There's a gorgeous Greek Island out there for everybody, particularly if you like white, sandy beaches, century-old sights and spectacular villages and towns. The most popular of these Mediterranean islands is Crete, Corfu and Rhodes Town and each island has a mix of lively resorts and quiet, charming beachfront villages that are all about rest and relaxation. For amazing food and stunning views why not book a hotel near Aghios Nikolaos in Crete and day trip to Spinalonga island, Loutro and Elounda. If you're looking to let your hair down, lively Zante and Kos are where to look. Exploring the lesser known isles is well worth your time, as well. Skiathos is sprinkled with stunning sands, Kefalonia offers fantastic sugar-coated towns and Thassos is a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle. If you want to experience mainland Greece holidays, Halkidiki serves up a laid-back atmosphere with some of the best scenery in the country!
Thailand holidays offer never-ending tropical beaches, bustling towns, incredible diving and fantatsic shopping opportunities, making it perfect for solo explorers. The balmy year-round temperature makes it a great destination for winter sun holidays and whether you fancy yoga on the beach, watersports near lively Phuket town, cool island-hopping boat trips or embarking on an elephant trek, the backpack nature of Thailand travel will suit solo adventurers down to the ground. If you like to make a splash, the jungle-topped island of Ko Tao is the place to snorkel, swim and scuba, while nature lovers can spend a day riding, walking and washing elephants. Take a boat trip to 'James Bond' island or why not enjoy an excursion to the Big Buddha and Promthep Cape in Phuket?
If you're a sucker for city breaks, Dubrovnik is a great destination for solo travellers. One of Europe's most incredible walled cities boasts medieval buildings, ancient palaces and quaint churches alongside stylish boutiques, brilliant beaches and buzzing bars. The winding cobbled streets are packed with history and there are plenty of excursions and day trips worth trying if you like to stay active on holiday. Soak up the Dalmation coastline at one of the city's stunning beaches or hop on a boat and travel to the neighbouring island of Lokrum during your time in Dubrovnik.
If cutting-edge art, cool culture, brilliant restaurants and a whole lot of history is your thing, Berlin holidays are sure to tick all of your boxes. This buzzing capital is brimming with character and there's so much to see and do here, you won't know where to start. If you're after iconic landmarks, take a step back in time as you walk the iconic Berlin Wall, head through the Holocaust Memorial and go on a guided tour over the glass-domed Reichstag building. Once you've seen the sights, hit the city's bustling squares, sample the breweries, do some shopping and enjoy a leisurely stroll through some of the scenic gardens!
TOP TIPS FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
While the spontaneity of solo travelling adds to the overall excitement, planning ahead proves helpful too. Set aside some time to organise your travel schedule, including transport to and from the airport, hostel or hotel arrangements, and key sightseeing stops to ensure your summer holidays run smoothly. Do some research into group tours and day trips as this is a great way of exploring in company.
Have your holiday plans at your fingertips, plus comprehensive What To Do guides for your holiday destination right on your phone when you download the new Teletext Holidays app. And though we love our app, there are lots of cracking apps and sites that can make your solo trip go super smooth. See if your airline has an app so you don't have the hassle of printing boarding passes, check out tourist board websites for up to date events and guides or download a good currency converter app so you know what you're spending.
TAKE A BOOK
Be sure to take a book on your travels for those ‘longer than expected’ journeys, whether you’re reading your favourite novel, learning a new language or gathering information for your itinerary – it’ll come in handy. If you want to keep a record of your travels take a journal with you, scribbling down sounds, sights and surroundings will jog your memory when reflecting on your trip and telling those all important stories to friends back home.
You’ve heard the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and when it comes to travel, it couldn’t be truer. Whether you’re snapping your hotel room, iconic landmarks or delicious looking dinner choices, each will have a story to tell! There are great photography classes, courses and sessions in just about every city in Europe, so why not book on and improve your snaps while you explore your holiday hotspot?