Making holiday plans as a single

Girl on Railay Beach (Roberto Trombetta/Flickr)Being single doesn’t mean you can’t travel the world. It means you should. Sure, it might take a while before you find the right company to book your trip with, but thanks to our tips your trips will be awesome.

You’re young, not tied down to anything or anyone and ofcourse you want to travel as much as you can. But somehow many single people – especially twentysomethings – find out it’s not always easy to plan holidays on their own. We’ll help you make travel plans.

STEP 1: what you want
First, think about which destinations you would like to visit. If you haven’t made a bucket list yet, now is the time. Your bucket list will help you stay goal oriented. Chances are you won’t enjoy your trip very much if you just take the first travel opportunity that comes along.

So you don’t know where you want to go? We’ll help you find out. Answer these questions in order to find out a bit more about what you’re really looking for:

  • When would you like to travel?
  • How many days would you like to/can you afford to go on holiday?
  • Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to go? (now is the time!)
  • Do you prefer a warm location or a cold one?
  • Are a nature lover or a city person?
  • How far do you want to travel?
  • Would you mind having to sleep in a tent? Or on somebody’s sofa?
  • How active do you want this trip to be?
  • Is there an activity you’ve always wanted to do?

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STEP 2: choose your style
Think about how you would like to travel. Thankfully there are several options: all by yourself (maybe not the best idea if you’re planning to visit dangerous destinations, but despite that it’s getting quite popular), in group with people your age you haven’t met before (via a travel agency) or with people you know.

Would you be up for joining a befriended couple on their trip? You might not have thought about that yet, but it might be an option and it could certainly be fun. Maybe you’ll even end up sharing a hotel room with two guys you’ve been friends with for years – been there, done that. If you know you’ll get along, the trip will be great.

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STEP 3a: finding the right tour operator
If you decided to travel on your own, you can immediately start planning your trip.

Those of you who chose to travel in group, might want to start googling travel agencies and tour operators. There are many good travel companies, and most of them have a specialisation. Tour operators organize vacations for young people, single people, adventurous people, shopaholics and so on. They organize local trips, international trips, hiking and camping tips, cruises (even party cruises), roadtrips, … you name it!

Tip: if you’re living in the UK, you might want to read ‘the best tour operators for single people’.

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STEP 3b: finding the right travel buddies
We’re guessing most of you will want to travel in good company. But how do you find the right travel buddies? Start by keeping your eyes and ears open. When you meet up with people, mention that you would like to go on a holiday this season.

If you’re looking more actively, you can ask these people:

  • Your best friends, ofcourse
  • Friends you hang out with from time to time
  • People you work out (or share a hobby) with
  • Your favorite colleague(s)
  • Family members

If you think you might have found someone (or some people) you can travel with, start by checking your calendars and your destination preferences. Yes, this is where you let them know what’s on your bucket list and you try to find destionations that you have in common.

There, you’re all set to make flight and sleeping reservations. Remember to send us a postcard 😉

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