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The Best Trips For Flying Solo

If the last year and a half has taught us anything, it's that unexpected things happen. Curveballs. Spanners in the works. Things that unceremoniously shove us back to the drawing board. That relationship that was going oh-so-well and you were planning a romantic escape à deux? It didn't pan out after all. And those friends that promised you that you'd take on an epic adventure together to make up for 2020? Well, one's pregnant, and the other's got a new job. Sigh.

It's easy to shelve travel plans. Put off travelling until the circumstances perfectly align. But why wait? More and more people are choosing to fly solo in their 30s and 40s and put their own travel fantasies first. Should you be one of them?

 

Taste your way through Italy

Cannoli Dessert

We don’t like to brag, but our Street Food & Sunshine in Sicily trip has it all: gelato pit stops, balmy evenings and eye-opening Mafia tours – what more could you want? If you’re the kind of person who’s always fighting over who gets the last slice of pizza – then doing this trip, solo, is just the ticket. And Sicily doesn’t scrimp on their portions either, make some space for seconds, thirds and fourths while wandering through Palermo’s famous food market. We’d recommend trying their rascatura croquettes, sandwiches stuffed with hot and salty panelle (chickpea fritters) or freshly made slices of sfincione (a traditional Sicilian-style pizza). Oh – and don’t even get us started on their cannoli.

 

Plunge into Turkey

Kayaking in Turkey

Perhaps you've had trouble convincing some less adventurous friends that a week flinging yourself down canyons, sea kayaking, and cycling is the perfect antidote to 2020? We say do it anyway. For those hungry for an adventure this year (and who can blame you?) Sports & Sundowners in Turkey packs in high-octane activities, with time to kick back and enjoy the gorgeous scenery too.

 

Surf the dunes in Egypt  

Sandboarding in Egypt

You can’t deny that the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel are sensational sights to tick off your list when you’re in Egypt – but our Pyramids & Pharaohs in Egypt isn’t reserved for history buffs alone. This adrenaline-charged adventure will get you kayaking on the Nile, tucking into a home-cooked Nubian meal in the middle of the desert and sandboarding across the dunes. And just so you know, sandboarding is way more than just a passing fad in Egypt. Historians claim that it was once a beloved ancient pastime of the pharaohs, so why not give it a go? It’ll make for one hell of a story when you get back.

 

Head East to Vietnam

Vietnam

Harbouring a hankering for Vietnam? Maybe your friends or partner ticked it off their bucket list in their backpacking days and have other destinations in their sights. But if it's on your wish list, don't let the lack of a fellow traveller stop you. On our Pho, Fun & Sun in Vietnam, you'll meet other solo nomads. Together you'll follow an awesome itinerary that means you'll experience Vietnam properly, from its food to its scenery, to its cities and countryside. And all in considerably more style than the backpackers.

 

Clear your head in Croatia

Croatia

Maybe it's not a lack of willing co-travellers that has you longing for a bit of time alone. Sometimes, we all need a bit of headspace and anonymity. Some time to focus inwards. And if biking is your thing, spending five days experiencing our Cycles & Scenery in Croatia trip could be just the ticket. Yes, there'll be others there too, some welcome company to enjoy leisurely dinners and a boat trip to Mljet Island with. But as you cycle the vineyards and coastlines of Croatia, it might give you the time you need to reflect and realign.

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