While some may dream of holidays with their mates, their partner or even their family, many of us can think of nothing better than relaxing somewhere quiet with a few magazines and maybe a cheeky glass of wine for company...
It may be by choice or it may come down to the simple fact that you have annual leave accrued and a bank balance that's willing, but solo holidays can provide a fantastic opportunity for personal discovery and growth. Many women swear by annual "me time" holidays where they do nothing but pamper themselves, get immersed in another culture, go on a physically challenging adventure or dive head-first into their favourite hobby.
If you're thinking of taking some personal time out to go on a solo adventure, consider the following ideas for the trip of a lifetime!
Indulgent spa package
The ultimate in "me time," a pampering weekend away at a spa retreat could be the perfect holiday you've been dreaming of. Imagine checking out of reality and disappearing somewhere enticing for a holiday full of massages, beauty treatments and peace and quiet. Kick your shoes off, put your feet up and unwind with a package tailored to your wishes. If you've been feeling stressed, struggling to find that work/life balance or just need a break from the demands of modern living, this may be just what the doctor ordered. Consider options like the inclusion of gourmet catered meals and exercise offerings like yoga, swimming or surfing. Recharge your batteries and de-stress with an indulgent solo spa holiday.
With such a fantastic wealth of islands sprinkled around our borders, the idea of a solo island getaway is a convenient option for many female travellers. Simply choose your favourite destination -- maybe somewhere close to home like Daydream Island or perhaps somewhere further afield like Fiji or Bali. Pack the bikini, a good book and you're good to go! Many resorts offer great packages with meals, transfers and activities included. Who knows, you may even meet Mr. Right on that scuba diving session...
If you're setting off on your own but are keen to meet new mates from around the world, consider a group travel tour. While there are thousands of options to choose from across every continent of the globe, you may like to zone in on a specific hobby or a new skill you'd like to learn. Tour Spain by bicycle, take a language tour in France or discover the food and wine regions of Italy. Meet like-minded people and enjoy the convenience and safety of travelling in a group, while still being free to enjoy your privacy and independence.
We're blessed with so many great national parks, biking trails, surfing beaches and rivers in this country that the adventure-seeker doesn't have to look far to spy their next holiday destination. Enjoy a contemplative and reflective holiday trekking through national park, climbing mountains or skiing the snow fields and you'll have so much fun you won't miss a travel companion for a second. Just keep safety in mind when travelling alone. Be sure to pack plenty of water and food, a first aid kit and a mobile phone, and always tell someone exactly where you'll be travelling to. Oh, and don't forget the mozzie repellent!