Have you dreamed of traveling somewhere, but you have no one to go with … so that you end up staying home? You not only miss, but you are also lonely. There is good news: today, as a single woman (or man), it is easier than ever to travel the world and find friendly companions to dine with and share stories. Throw away all worries to be isolated and alone.
Janice Waugh, founder of the Solo Traveler website and author of The Solo Traveler & # 39; s Handbook says: "I love traveling solo because of the people I meet. I think traveling alone more approachable compared to people traveling with friends or family. "
Waugh adds that it is never too late to travel solo." I meet many female solo travelers all over the world and many, like me, are older than 60 years. "According to a study she has conducted for Solo Traveler, these women enjoy the freedom to do what they want without waiting for others. They also appreciate the ability solo travel offers them to challenge themselves and to gain trust.
Here are four fantastic vacation ideas that give you the chance to travel alone while talking to others when and where you want:
River cr uise: American Cruise Lines, [1
Another option: Viking River Cruises specializing in European destinations.
Wellness retreat: Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is located on a spectacularly beautiful campus in the rolling hills of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. Many yoga and meditation classes are given daily, along with workshops on a variety of topics such as healing from loss to dealing with anxiety – you can also book spa treatments. Three buffet meals are offered with vegetarian, vegan and omnivorous options, and breakfast is always quiet. Cell phones are banned from most public areas. Rooms are no frills but comfortable. Costs: Shared rooms and baths start at $ 120 / night; & # 39; s programs start at $ 85 / day. Day passes are also available .
Dana Jacobi, author of The Power Greens Cookbook has been to Kripalu many times since the 1980s and enjoys the retreat as a solo traveler because “ I know that I can be alone so much if I want and can also share conversations and meals if I want to be social. The native New Yorker also feels comfortable walking to the nearby shore of the lake, alone or with group walks.
Another option: For a more luxurious wellness vacation, visit The Lodge at Woodloch in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Scholarly vacation: Road Scholar is a non-profit educational organization that offers more than 90 national and international programs specially created for individual travelers with the option of a single or shared room . "Individual travelers – especially female solo travelers – have a special affinity for our unique brand of learning holidays," says James Moses, president and CEO. An extra bonus: all journeys are assessed on physical difficulty on a scale from "Easy Going" to "Outdoor: Challenging". Cost: $ 600 for two days to $ 12,000 for six weeks.
Another option: Smithsonian Journeys a similar non-profit travel group associated with the Smithsonian Museum.
Artsy vacation: Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts Ludlow, VT. On any day in the summer you can find baskets, needle felt carpets, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, quilting and silversmithing on the rural grounds of this art academy. In the fall and winter they give weekend and evening classes. One-day lessons cost $ 120; Special offers are available for seniors in the winter months.
Another option: The prestigious Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.
So where are you going?
For more information, visit these online resources:
Solo Traveler: https://solotravelerworld.com/
Solo Travel Society: https: //www.facebook.com/SoloTravelSociety /
Bio: Nancy Monson is a writer of travel and well-being, artist and health coach. Connect with her on Instagram .
Photo: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health