GOING SOLO
France|October 2020
GOING SOLO
Travelling alone in France can make for an incredibly rewarding holiday experience. Helen Parkinson has a handy guide to make the most of your solo adventure
Helen Parkinson

Whatever your age, a solo holiday can be a transformative experience. With no more compromises over where to go, what to do or where to eat – once you’ve had a taste for freedom, you might not want to go back!

Solo travellers make up 11% of the global travel market and according to online travel agency Booking.com, it’s Baby Boomers who are most likely to go it alone. A whopping 40% of 55-64-year olds took the plunge in 2019, finally putting to bed the myth of solo travel being the preserve of bushy-tailed backpackers.

Call us biased, but we think there’s no better place to go solo than France. Whatever solo travel means to you – from an escorted Riviera tour to bivouacking in an isolated National Park, or somewhere nicely in between – we’ve got your options covered.

Alone, not lonely

One of the privileges of solo travel is being able to get exactly want you want out of a trip, with no trade-offs. For some people, that could be making new, lifelong friends; for others, perhaps learning a new skill or simply being immersed in another culture. As well as the excitement of an impending voyage, travelling solo for the first time can also awaken a few worries, particularly of loneliness, but there are numerous solutions that will have you wondering why you waited so long to give it a go.

A group tour to France could be the ideal stepping stone to going it alone for those concerned about being isolated. With the organisational side of the holiday taken care of, it’s a stress-free way of enjoying France at its finest and meeting like-minded Francophiles. Opt for a travel company that specialises in welcoming single holidaymakers, such as Solos, JustYou or G Adventures, in order to avoid hefty single supplements.

With coronavirus still a consideration, you may be wondering about the practicalities of a group trip. To combat any misgivings, providers are upping their standards to ensure solo travellers feel safe and content. G Adventures’ managing director Brian Young says: “We’ve launched our Travel with Confidence Plus collection, which follows increased safety and hygiene protocols as well as additional physical distancing, smaller group sizes and reduced rates on My Own Room options, which is great for solo travellers.”

Work and play

Another sociable option for solo travellers is a working holiday. If you prefer to keep yourself active when on holiday and see travel as an opportunity for discovery, this is an ideal way to learn a new skill or experience a different way of life for a week or two.

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October 2020