solo travel

3 great places for solo travel in 2018

Solo travel is a brilliant way to build your confidence and meet new people; but it’s not without its drawbacks. A new study by Lonely Planet finds that safety concerns and the so-called ‘singles tax’ are two major barriers to people booking a trip alone. While it is ridiculous that travellers should have to pay a […]

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Solo travel gets rid of a major stress trigger

People who haven’t travelled alone before tend to think of it as a stressful experience. They worry about how they’ll manage alone and whether they’ll be able to cope. The fact is, solo travel actually removes a huge source of stress: obligation. A close neighbour of expectation, we carry the weight of obligation around with […]

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12 countries in 12 months – the challenge you need in 2018

Remember last New Year’s? Slumped on the train back from your parents’ house with a throbbing hangover and overcast British skies whizzing by, you swore to yourself that 2017 would be ‘the one’. That this would be the year where you finally expanded your horizons and saw the world. But then life happened – again […]

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Want to travel solo? Don’t wait to be confident

We all have a mental image of what solo travel looks like. It’s a phrase that evokes confidence. We imagine a man suavely charming strangers in a Dominican Republic bar. A woman breezily strolling through Beijing airport, ready to take on the world. Explorers swaggering up mountains or down beaches, oozing serenity and self-belief. These […]

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Tackling burnout with an outback adventure

Around 1 in 4 of us will suffer a mental health problem every year in the UK. Dialogue around issues such as anxiety and depression is slowly opening up, but the stigma dies hard. Too often, these illnesses remain clouded in shame. Around the world, people still struggle to articulate or understand what it means […]

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The reality of going on a group tour with strangers

I recently returned from one of the best experiences of my life. Forget your bog standard holiday, I’m talking about an action packed two week adventure in Vietnam & Cambodia. With the risk of sounding like a cliché traveller, packing up my stuff in search of new horizons is not a foreign concept to me. […]

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The delights and challenges of dining alone

Dining alone is one of those rites that everyone should try at least once in life. There’s no sweeter feeling than strolling into a restaurant somewhere new, and savouring the hubbub all around you over a spicy pad thai and a bottle of Tiger beer. Or a creamy lobster bisque and a glass of Sauvignon. […]

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Continuing the Journey: Life After Loss

‘Maybe next year’ or ‘when I have saved a little bit more money’ – those are things that I used to say on a regular basis before March of this year. Sadly, my Dad, a retired Professor with an immense zest for life, was knocked down and killed by a car in March and life […]

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One trick to overcome your fear of travelling alone

More of us are choosing to travel alone than ever before, but it can be a decision that’s riddled in fear the first time you do it. A solo adventure is the kind of quest that throws up a stream of nagging “what ifs?”. What if I end up sad/lonely/stranded/broke/lost? Often, the reaction of friends […]

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A life-changing rite: your stories of solo travel

Solo travel is booming right now, as more and more of us are choosing to roam alone in this glorious world of ours. The trend for travelling alone is gaining pace all the time, according to industry experts who appeared at 2017 Abta Travel Convention this weekend. Ben Ross, head of print at the Telegraph, said […]

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