If you happen to be a person who is of the opinion that remaining single is nothing but a cruel punishment meted out by the Almighty, then I suggest that you immediately sign up for a singles' backpacking junket. Even better, grab your overnight bag and head out into the countryside or to some unexplored destination. Very few people realize this, but traveling solo is often a great way of self-discovery, and it is also a good way to connect with different people.
It doesn't matter whether you pack an overnight bag and head into the forest, or whether you grab your helmet and set out on an unplanned road trip to an unknown destination. With the freedom to do what you want, and when you want, you are always a free bird, both by body and soul. You are your best companion in such situations. Traveling alone gives a joy and bliss that need to be experienced, to be understood.
Singles' Vacation Ideas
A couple of such ideas should be good enough for you to realize that being single does, in fact, have its fair share of benefits as well. So, on that note, let us look at some fascinating ideas for those flying solo. If you are under the impression that summer vacations are limited to only families, couples or kids, then you are wrong my friend. There are plenty of summer vacation options and ideas that are specially suited to single men and women. Listed below are a few of them:
A great summer vacation idea for singles as well as couples and families, visiting an animal safari is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. With the large number of state parks that dot the map of the United States, you shouldn't have a problem finding a good park in your state, regardless of where you live. However, if you're game enough for the 'real thing', then following are the places you should opt for.
Masai Mara, Kenya (For Safari)
This place is famous for the king lion, zebras; giraffes are also seen here.
Serengeti, Tanzania (For Safari)
Enter the world of wild beasts!
Madikwe, South Africa (For Safari)
Lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffaloes are spotted.
Borneo Island (For Safari)
The threatened orangutans, climbing the treetops, and beasts are seen here.
Summer is the perfect time to pack your climbing gear and head out into the mountains. If you happen to be among a group of fellow climbers (that too single climbers), then it's even better! Scaling the rocky terrains of Rocky Mountain, Colorado can give a tremendous high, that is unparalleled and unmatched.
Mt. Everest expedition (8,848 m)
Ama Dablam expedition (6,812m)
Baruntse expedition (7,129 m)
Singles' Travel Tour
Gather all your single friends, make a group, and head off to explore a new place, city or even a new country! Hitchhiking, staying in student hostels, roughing it out on the road, camping, etc., are certain things that you can experience and savor as long as you enjoy your 'single' status. Make the most of it!
Asheville, North Carolina
It is famous for hitchhiking and fly fishing. A nature-loving person should surely pay a visit for its natural beauty.
Inca Trail, Peru
You will see the ruins of Patallacta, the Incan tambo of Runkuraqay, and a view of Sayaqmarka with the beautiful scenery consisting of rivers and lakes.
Backpacking in Argentina would be a phenomenal experience, especially if you head to Perito Moreno, the world's largest flowing glacier.
If you're one among a band of boys who loves the sun, sand and the surf, then don't waste another minute. Head out to the beach for some volleyball, waves and babes! You can rent a beach-side shack or a cottage for a couple of days. Grab hold of a chilled drink, set up a hammock under a tree and laze the day away. A beach vacation can be a fantastic idea, and is cheap, too.
It is a perfect place for those who wanna spend the nights (besides the beach), and those who wanna swim with fish alongside.
Bora Bora, Tahiti-
Also known as the Romantic Island, this is the perfect place for the singles to find the love of their life!
The Hamptons, New York
It is one of the loveliest beaches with windswept dunes, and waving grasses bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
Quite often, it happens that we end up visiting faraway places and tourist destinations, but are yet to visit certain signature spots in our hometown itself. Why not do that for a change? Set aside a day to look into all such places in your city which you would normally recommend to guests, but haven't been yourself. Examples could be the museum, art gallery, zoo, places of historical interest, etc.
If you are a party lover, looking for a bash in vacations or if you have been through a breakup or any emotional situation, then just put on some of your best wears, and get ready for the blast. This can surely let you forget all your wounds and get you engulfed in the night with music, dance and fun. Just groove to the music, and burn the dance floor as if you are the only one! Or you can just book a cottage for one, alongside a beach and chill out listening to the heavenly sounds of waves with
Miami, Florida, United States
Looking for a serious party? Then Miami is the place with a serious party and a music conference.
You'll find the best DJs on earth here; a place to just rock and roll.
Scheduling a group trip with an organization or a travel service on different spots is also a good option. Here we tend to have a lot of new experiences with many new people. Getting to know people from different areas, their views, opinions is fun indeed, and can make your journey exciting and extravagant; and in the end, a few new friends to be in touch with.
The capital, Colombo is a popular place to visit. Also, there is Anuradhapura for the oldest living tree and Minneriya for hundreds of elephant gatherings.
An art-loving person should surely enjoy a visit to Rajasthan, for its imperial artistry.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It is a famous place of visit for its natural beauties and not to forget, The Amazon Jungle.
Now this is something for a just-do-it kind of a person, though a person afraid of heights, depths can also do it just to conquer his/her fears. If you are ready to explore the fascinating ventures of life, then sky is not the limit.
Sky Diving, Switzerland
Experience the thrill of flying in the air here!
Scuba Diving, Hawaii
Discover the beauties underwater!
Just get a ticket to your destination, and experience these fascinations yourself. (Note: All the sports mentioned above do have some risk factors. Do not opt for these sports without knowing them.)
Solo's Tour (Exploring oneself)
Traveling in a group or in an organization perhaps, can't be your take. Don't worry! You can still spend your vacations making sand castles in the sand of Bali. Even going on a cruise is a good way to spend your 2-3 day holiday trip. Sometimes, it's good to be in your own company. You come across the real you which might not happen, if not traveling alone.
Known as The Island of God, Bali is also famous for its beautiful nature and never-ending fascinations.
Best place for solo travelers, it is safe, too.
Knowledge-savvy people can take a flight to places that suit their interests. Traveling with any official volunteer service, for the purpose of learning, is the best way to connect with the people having a mind-set similar to you.
For an unimaginable experience in yoga
Machu Picchu, Peru
Referred to as the City of the Incas, a good place to visit for history lovers.
Ideas for Other Seasons
In case you find yourself in the midst of the rainy season, do not fret. The rains will not wash away your vacation plan! Instead, they will only add to the beauty of it. Get hold of a couple of fellow single friends and head out for a long drive in the rains. Sipping on some hot soup and watching the rain pour all around you is a heavenly feeling.
If a four-day Christmas break is all you've got, then once again that's not a cause for worry. Gather all your pals, load your car with a bunch-load of skiing equipment, and hit the slopes for a cool ski vacation!
Tips for Traveling Solo
Before going on a vacation, that too single, or with a travel service, you must research thoroughly about the place you are going to. Find out the cost of the trip, names of good hotels to stay, and if possible find out the taxi fares to various places you are going to pay a visit to.
Money is an important thing while going on a vacation. Check whether you have taken all your money and credit cards, and if there is sufficient amount of balance in it. Also your passport and documents for identification are necessary.
While packing a bag just see to it that you don't have excess baggage. Pack outfits that can be used on several different wears, an easy way to reduce the luggage size.
Medication is the crucial and important item which you should not forget. Take all the necessary medicines with you, preferably those if you are undergoing a medical treatment.
Other Basic Things
Other small but important things are sunscreen lotions, skin lotions, lip balms, face wash, toothbrush, extra camera batteries, mobile chargers, extra bag, winter wear (though not needed on a summer vacation) and feminine hygienic products.
When You Reach
Once you reach your destination, make sure you know the taxi fare and time to reach the destined place. Don't let others know that you are alone while asking for directions. Be in contact with someone always through mobile phones or Internet cafes.