HOW TO DO SOLO HOLIDAYS (AND WHERE TO GO)
Solo travel. It’s a big thing right now - you could say it’s ‘having a moment’ and it’s no longer something defined by a single relationship status. Oh no, solo holidays are growing in popularity whether you’re single, taken, married or it’s complicated! Independent holidays permit you to escape the everyday, allow yourself some ‘me time’ and are a wonderful way to enjoy every moment you’re away without catering for someone else’s holiday style! From city breaks exploring the sights of Berlin to sunshine filled days spent island hopping in Croatia, we’ve rounded up some of the best locations to take a solo holiday this year...
A Mediterranean gem blending endless sunshine with electric blue seas, holidays in Turkey are popular all year round due to an inviting year-round climate meaning travellers can not only enjoy sizzling summers but warm winters too!
Whilst Turkey is brimming with dreamy destinations to help you relax, the beautiful Antalya (also known as the Turkish Riviera) is the perfect place to escape for a peaceful solo holiday away from it all. Located on the south west coast, you’ll soon unwind on the long sweep of sandy beaches and charming quiet coves. Alongside idyllic beaches, you can also enjoy the Old Town of Antalya, a truly authentic Turkish town filled with shops, galleries, tavernas and bars. With plenty of natural beauty spots to see in the area too, including the spectacular Duden Waterfalls, you really can tailor your trip to suit your own personal preference.
If you enjoy exploring a new city, then Berlin is sure to take your fancy for a quick break away. Perfect for solo travel, Germany’s capital has lots of accommodation options from self-catering apartments and bed and breakfast to boutique hotels.
A true treasure trove of culture, this is a wonderful choice to experience classic Europe. From famous art galleries and museums to parks, boat tours and tourist favourites like the Berlin Wall, here you’ll find lots of other solo travellers discovering the city – perfect if you want to meet like-minded holidaymakers! Visit between May and September when the weather is milder and you can make the most of exploring the exciting city by bike, or on foot. If museums are your thing, don’t miss Neus Museum and The National Gallery and for history buffs, be sure to visit the iconic Berlin Wall. If you don’t want to miss any of the tourist hotspots, then opt to go on a guided hop-on hop-off boat tour and see the sights at your own pace.
Thinking of travelling solo and embarking on an adventure a little further afield? Then a road trip through California could be just the ticket! From San Francisco to LA, there’s so much to discover and the Cali highways boast some of the most spectacular scenic coastal drives in the world!
Situated on the west coast of the USA, the region is world-famous and whether you’re looking to spot the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran or the Hollywood sign in LA, the state is not only full of scenes right out of the movies, but remarkable natural landscapes that will take your breath away. Cities along the way like Sacramento and Santa Barbara will greet you with their old buildings, wooden sidewalks and more for a nod to the era of Spanish colonisation and the Gold Rush, whilst stopping by the Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the perfect summer retreat to indulge in a glass of wine at one of the many vineyards. No matter where you choose to drive to, California is sure to be a solo holiday to remember!
A definite backpacking destination making it a favourite with solo travellers the world over, Thailand is a place like no other. The country has some of the most picture-perfect beaches in the world and whilst we’d definitely recommended soaking up the sun, there’s so much more to discover!
From ancient temples and elephant sanctuaries to lush leafy jungles and not to mention the lively capital city of Bangkok, this enchanting exotic country is full of things for independent travellers to see and do. Whether you opt to travel along one of the backpacking routes to meet other explorers, or you move around from Phuket to Pattaya and soak up the sun, this will be an unforgettable trip to truly lose yourself in. For foodies, there’s a vibrant culinary scene too if you fancy tempting your taste buds with the authentic flavours of the country; you’ll also find plenty of places to try your hand at making popular Thai dishes yourself – this is also another great way to meet other holidaymakers on your trip!
Holidays to Croatia are all about hopping around from island to island. Sitting pretty on the Adriatic coast, this dreamy destination has it all and it’s only a short flight away from the UK.
If your idea of the perfect solo travelling holiday is to simply switch off from it all, then the heavenly Croatian coastline is brimming with tranquil sun-soaked islands! Mljet boasts a lush national park and inviting sandy beaches, whilst Korcula has a quaint little town offering all the best of Croatia but on a much smaller scale. With plenty of natural marine life, intriguing historical buildings and picturesque vineyards dotted all over, holidays in the sun with the option of exploring the area too really don’t get much better than this! If you get the chance, make sure to visit Dubrovnik on our holiday, the ancient town in South Dalmatia is quirky, colourful and a wonderful place to wander around and watch the world go by.
Still undecided on where to go first? Browse our round-up of the top beaches and islands in Croatia for inspiration on the hottest places to visit now!