KittyVonCatsworth · 06/08/2018 19:25
Are there any special websites that cater for solo holidays without having to pay extortionate single supplements? I’ve travelled for work frequently single so it’s all been paid for but I’ll soon be looking at single holidays. I’m off on holidays in September but I ended up paying almost the same as a double occupancy
FinallyHere · 06/08/2018 19:35
spoiler alert @idonthaveatattoo
insist they’d love this I don’t know.
Some people like solitude, others enjoy some solitude as a change from everyday life, others find they interact more with their surroundings when alone and still others have different reasons.
Shock announcement people are not all the same
Seeingadistance · 06/08/2018 19:46
I holidayed in Iceland this summer and last, with my teenage son. This time I hired a car and we stayed in hostels, whereas last year we stayed in Reykjavik. I love Iceland, my plan is to go back on my own in the next couple of years and complete my circuit of the ring road and visit some of the more isolated areas. I think it would be great place to visit solo.
Like the OP, I love travelling and holidaying on my own. So far, no one had said that it's sad, but a good people, always women, have said that they would love to be able to do that!
MilkFuckingRules · 06/08/2018 20:57
MyAuntyBadger - mmm that is a grey area and probably one of things people ask most.
Restaurants - cafes as such, or casual restaurants for breakfast or lunch yes no problem, I just take a magazine so I have somewhere to put my eyes. I do it all the time holiday or not. Would I sit at a romantic candlelit table for one watching the sunset? No. I have my limits lol!
Bars - on a London day trip last year I grabbed a table outside a fancy little place and ordered a glass of wine as I was shopping my arse off and just wanted to sit down and have a little fag break for 20 minutes! But would I get dressed up in the evening and piss it up on my own? Absolutely not. I always try to book a hotel room with a balcony so if I wanted an evening drink I'd just chill on there in peace. I don't have an issue with having a drink in my own company (though I know many people do!) but I would feel a twat having a 'night out' on my own.
MilkFuckingRules · 06/08/2018 21:07
Kittyvoncatsworth - no idea to be honest. I book with Travel Republic as they are pretty cheap but I think the downside is you have to pay a larger deposit at time of booking. I go when the kids are back at school though so it's cheaper anyway.
LoughingLikeAShark · 07/08/2018 20:40
Ooh i love travelling alone! I do a long weekend every year (at least) although my last jaunt to the Highlands for a few days I took baby DS as I was still on mat leave, it was fab! Usually i do a weekend cycling somewhere and then do activities DH dislikes such as caving, gorge scrambling etc. YANBU OP!
Justinonmybroomstick · 07/08/2018 20:42
my family as well but i dong let going skins prevent me from going anywhere. I’ve had some fabulous trips.
This should be ‘I don’t let going alone prevent me from going anywhere’
Furthest from home alone I’ve been is Alaska and China. Places I’ve been alone this year - Lebanon, Kenya, Switzerland, Italy and later on in the year its Zanzibar and Ceylon.
80sMum · 07/08/2018 20:45
Hi, OP. Do you just get off the plane, hire a car and do your own thing, ie rent a flat or a gite? Or do you go to hotels or on escorted tours, cruises etc?
If the former, how easy/difficult was it?
The former is my kind of holiday, but I don't know if I would have the confidence to do it on my own! Maybe it's easier than I think it is, but the mere thought of having to find my way out of an airport in a strange country and an in unfamiliar vehicle with the gear stick on the "wrong" side and then navigate to an unfamiliar destination would bring me out in a cold sweat!
Banterlope · 07/08/2018 20:45
Love travelling on my own or with my dogs if appropriate. Went to Amsterdam a couple of months ago and walked 52 miles around the beautiful city over the weekend. Been all over France and Mexico and the US as well, it's brilliant to rely on your own judgement, decisions and drunk woeful choices as well, I think it used to be called carefree
Seeingadistance · 07/08/2018 22:20
I hope the OP doesn't mind me sharing my own experiences on her thread.
A few times I've hired a car, while travelling with my DS who's still too young to drive, and can't yet reliably read a map, so as good as being on my own. Car hire companies will give you instructions on how to find them - most recently was last month in Iceland when we got a shuttle bus to the car hire office. Both were clearly sign-posted. I'd asked for a Toyota as I've had that make of car before and reckoned it would be easier than a make I was totally unfamiliar with. Every time I've hired a car I've checked out the route on google maps in advance so I've got a good idea of where I'm going and how long the journey will be. I've always arrived and picked up the car in daylight, but I think if my flight got in at night, I'd stay close to the airport overnight, then pick up the car in the morning rather than try driving in the dark.
My tip for driving on the other side of the road is to forget about right and left, and just remember that you, the driver, should always been next to the centre line.
If I've not hired a car, then I've usually booked a shuttle bus to my hotel or close to it, or got public transport. Airport websites usually provide information on transport options to and from the airport, which let you plan ahead. If I'm going to be using public transport, then I book accommodation which is close to transport links.
PollyFlinderz · 08/08/2018 06:01
What with so much information being available on google there really is no need to be heading off on holiday not knowing a thing about arriving in your holiday destination. You could even have written things down in order to give you a bit more peace of mind.
Driving in a strange place? Hire an automatic in order to make it easier on you and yes, just always make sure you're next to the central line. Oh and you can always look up traffic regulations for the country your going to online also. There really is nothing you can't google the answer to before you go.
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