If you are looking to get away by yourself this year but youre not experienced at solo travelling, weve got some top tips to help smooth the way...
Many people holiday by themselves, whether theyre single, looking for a new experience, desperate for some me-time, or their partner or friends dont fancy the trip. Whatever the reasons, a solo holiday could be a revelation.
Unlike many other times in your life, you have the opportunity to do whatever you, and only you, want. Research is the key to a really successful holiday on your own.
Before you book anything, check out the accommodation, package or activity if relevant, and destination. Find out what your fellow travellers will be like, and look at whats on where youre going. You probably dont want to be surrounded by newly-weds in the middle of nowhere.
If youre feeling unsociable and not interested in meeting people at all, you could be happy with an independent break at a nice hotel, in an interesting destination.
Notebooks, novels and devices will help make evenings less uncomfortable amongst the bored couples, stressed families or unwanted companions.
If youre staying in a city, theres no reason why you cant head to the theatre, arts centre or cinema at night for some entertainment too.
For those travelling independently but looking for a bit of company, quirky B&Bs, guest houses and hostels can lead to new friends and unforgettable experiences. Forget any preconceptions you have and get your backpack on!
Organised group trips can be a brilliant way to holiday by yourself, with guaranteed company if you want it. Friends, couples and solo travellers tend to bond during daily excursions and meals; often finding future holiday companions and building long-lasting friendships.
Its worth remembering that you will travel in close confinement and not everyone on a group holiday will share your views and interests! Pay the single supplement to ensure you dont end up with a roommate who gives you nightmares.
If you have a hobby such as cookery, art, cycling, trekking or yoga, there will undoubtedly be an organised specialist holiday out there for you. These breaks are ideal for people travelling on their own as the focus is on structured activity with like-minded people, and the camaraderie that results from this.
The advantage of booking with a specialist singles holiday provider is that you will generally get your own room with no single supplement. Youll know that all of your travel companions are flying solo too, but not necessarily looking for love. The best singles holiday companies will also give you an idea of the age range and male/female split, if this is important to you.
Theres a range of holidays available, from sunshine breaks to activity-led stays. Tour leaders will make sure everyone is included in the action, but you can always opt out if you fancy some alone-time.
Share your travel plans with friends and family and keep in touch via social media if it makes you feel safer. Try to avoid arriving at a strange destination alone in the early hours, and pre-book a hotel for your first night. Make a note of the address and phone number and use the official taxi service to get there. Be aware of the areas to avoid at your destination.
When out alone it can be easy to knock back the booze to shake off inhibitions - dont drink too much! Aside from the safety issues, the lone holiday drunk is a very sad sight indeed.
If anyone or any situation is setting off alarm bells, just walk away. It doesnt matter if it turns out to be a false alarm.
If you are in the market for romance youll be pleased to hear that an interest in travel makes someone more attractive, according to a poll of MySingleFriend.com members run by adventure specialists Intrepid Travel in 2013. The survey found that eight in ten (79%) find a potential partner more attractive if their dating profile lists an interest in travel. Keen travellers are also thought to be curious about the world (84%), open-minded (75%) and cultured (68%).