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Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Feb-16 14:35:50

Not really sure this is the best place to put this but...

I'm single, having separated from ex h about 2 years ago. He is taking the dc's away for a week in the school holidays so I am child free. I would really like to go on holiday. Nothing fancy - just a chilling by the pool with a book and a cocktail somewhere hot - type of holiday. I have the money. I have the time off work (teacher). What I don't have is anyone to go with blush I'm not totally friendless or anything but my friends are mostly married with children and understandably want to spend their precious holiday time with their families.

So..... I'm not sure I have the guts to go to a "regular" hotel completely alone. In my head (and I confess I haven't done any research) companies that specialise in solo holidays are going to be full of people of retirement age or possibly 18-30 type affairs.

So can anyone recommend a company or even a hotel which would cater for a 41 year old travelling alone. I don't want to have to take part in any organised activities or anything forced. Nor am I particularly wanting it as a "meeting a man" opportunity. I just want to be with people in a similar position so I don't look odd being alone and/or I can make friends with other singletons.

Bonywasawarriorwayayix Sun 07-Feb-16 17:17:01

An ex-colleague goes with Solo Holidays every year. She's in her late 30s and has no interest in meeting someone. She went to Cuba the year I worked with her. She always has a whale of a time.

Magpie18 Sun 07-Feb-16 17:22:45

Friendshiptravel.com - specialise in trips for lone travellers. It is annoying how much more expensive it is to holiday as a single person.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Feb-16 18:07:47

Thank you both smile I'll have a look

LyndaNotLinda Sun 07-Feb-16 18:20:18

Mark Warner do singles holidays where you can do activities but you don't have to. There is a bit of a datey vibe but equally I made friends with other women and had a blast. Definitely not a shagfest.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Feb-16 20:32:12

Crikey! They're all very expensive confused Thanks for all the suggestions.

ineedaholidaynow Sun 07-Feb-16 20:45:45

I have just been looking up single holidays on behalf of my MIL, who pretty much wants the same criteria as you, and I was stunned by the price of them.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Feb-16 21:36:53

It's ridiculous isn't it? Maybe your MIL and I should go together! wink

FedUpWithJudgementalPeople Sun 07-Feb-16 21:57:26

What about a holiday that focuses on an activity eg yoga. Not for singles per se but you would meet folk doing the activity.

My friend did a surfing holiday in Morocco one year. Met lots of people.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Feb-16 22:19:52

Hmmm. I can see how that might work but tbh, the holidays with the dc's are quite active so I really want a relaxing holiday doing fuck all

FedUpWithJudgementalPeople Sun 07-Feb-16 22:34:45

Yoga might be quite relaxing though.

Tillyscoutsmum Sun 07-Feb-16 22:38:41

It doesn't do it for me unfortunately. I'm a bit of a cynical cow and find it a bit "woo". I could look at something like wine tasting perhaps 😉

JoMalones Sun 07-Feb-16 22:49:04

I second Mark Warner - they are pricey but worth it.

BackforGood Sun 07-Feb-16 23:05:47

As a teacher, I'm guessing in the holidays you really want to just read a book / people watch / sit in the sun and not do a lot else?
I think I'd actually just book an ordinary holiday - big step in the first instance I know, but easy enough to chat to others in the evenings if you wish without having to if you don't want to the next night. The supplements they put on to "arranging" for you to go with other single people are ridiculous.

LyndaNotLinda Sun 07-Feb-16 23:54:58

Yeah the Mark Warner ones are expensive because you can go sailing/windsurfing/waterskiing etc whenever you fancy and there are trainers and equipment on standby.

If you just want to do nothing, just book a room in a hotel and take a book. It's a bit harder if you have to go in school holidays though. Mexico might be good?

apostropheuse Tue 09-Feb-16 17:41:03

I find the specialist holidays ridiculously expensive so I've booked a "normal" all inclusive in Gran Canaria for a winter break. Can't wait to do my own thing ... read, people watch and gaze into space. I may prise myself away and sightsee a little. I have another couple of family holidays booked but this is one just for me! (I'm in my fifties and a gran). Do it ...it's so liberating.

Mondrian Tue 16-Feb-16 13:14:55

Not sure when you intend to travel but a city break in a hotel with pool/spa might work well for you. I could definitely a spend a week on my own in places such as Geneva/Krakow/Copenhagen/Budapest ...

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