We know that travelling on your own over 60, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience.
Which is why we consulted with the UK Holiday Group and asked them to share their advice for single seniors not yet ready to retire from their travels.
1. Find a holiday company you can trust
It might sound obvious, but it’s important that you can book your senior singles’ holiday with confidence. Do your research and only make a booking with a reputable ABTA bonded company, so you can ensure your finances are secure at all times.
Using an established business with a proven track record is also advised. Not only will they have the experience required to make sure they craft the perfect singles holiday for over 60s, but you’ll get much better peace of mind knowing you’re going on a holiday that’s already proven to be a success for people travelling on their own.
2. Book a package tour for your solo holiday
By using a Travel Agent, or booking a complete package holiday, you won’t need to worry about what activities or sightseeing excursions to arrange whilst away.
Your holiday itinerary will all be in place before you travel, allowing you to simply enjoy the experience and selected excursions planned, ensuring you can make the most of your time away with the least amount of stress possible.
Before choosing a package holiday, it’s worth having a think about the type of activities that you want to get up to on holiday. Do you prefer more outdoors-y and active holidays or is exploring museums and sightseeing more your tthing? Have an idea of the experience you want, so you get the right package holiday with like minded people.
If you're worried about travelling solo or need peace of mind for a roaming relative - a GPS tracker alert is a great peice of modern technology?
There are various GPS Trackers on the market and whilst we hate the terminology (we're humans not dogs), this life saving kit can detect a fall, call for help in an emergency and pinpoint the wearers location.
Read our guide to the best GPS trackers for older people.
3. Book with an adults-only operator
Travelling alone can be a wonderful and liberating experience, more so if you can make sure you are in the company of like-minded holidaymakers. Booking an adult only trip away opens up the possibilities of you forming life-lasting friendships with other mature travellers in a similar position to you.
4. Don't forget travel insurance
Travel insurance is really important for a number of reasons. Without travel insurance you will have to pay yourself if anything goes wrong. It can protect you against:
- Cancelling your trip for reasons beyond your control
- Missed transport
- Emergencies (medical or otherwise)
- Personal injury (or death)
- Lost, stolen or damaged items
- Damage or injury caused by you
It can be slightly harder for older people to find travel insurance, especially if they have pre-existing conditions.
We’ve teamed up with Quotezone, a price comparison site, to help you find the insurance that’s best for you. What’s great about Quotezone is that if they can’t provide you with insurance, then they will point you towards someone who can.
5. If you can, book a Tour Manager-escorted holiday
Tour Managers are a great way to break the ice and help introduce you to the other elderly single travellers on your trip. They are a smiling face and a listening ear, there to answer any questions you may have and assist you when they can. They’ll put you at ease and create a relaxing and fun atmosphere along the way.
With all this in mind, there really is nothing better than being able to go on holiday on your own, feeling safe and having a wonderful time. Grand UK Holidays have a selection of Tour manager escorted coach holidays for the single mature traveller here.
Covid-19 Travel Advice
Since the government declared ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July 2021, there aren’t any restrictions (at the moment) when you take a mainland UK staycation. Different operators, hotels or venues may encourage you to wear face masks in certain circumstances, and some might request that you are double vaccinated so please make sure you do your research before you book.
It’s worth bearing in mind that there are also things to observe if you are travelling to Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight or the Channel Islands, so you absolutely must plan in advance if you are holidaying at any of these destinations.
If you are planning a trip abroad, then again, different countries will have different expectations and it is imperative you understand what they are before your holiday.
Our main advice is to use your common sense when out-and-about, and although social distancing rules may no longer apply, when inside or in crowded public areas, keeping your distance and wearing face coverings are still advisable.