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28 Jan Top 4 Destinations for a Solo Traveller to Visit

Travelling alone is no longer a taboo. According to a recent survey conducted by Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, 24% of holidaymakers opted to be a solo traveller in 2015, this is up from 15% in 2013.

Various travel agents, holiday comparison websites and cruise companies are starting to adapt to this growing trend, by method of updating their packages and facilities to cater for the budding “solo traveller”.

Particularly for first-timers it can be a daunting prospect so safety, the level of friendliness of the locals are important factors. Embark on a voyage of self-discovery and see some of our top picks for those who are travelling solo.

Mediterranean Cruise

Let’s face it, a cruise down the Med does sound like some piece of heaven but some solo travellers can get caught out with paying double the price for their tickets.  This occurs in an effort to recuperate the cost for the spare bedroom bunk along with a host of other costs such as; of food, drinks and spa treatments. However, various cruise companies are now beginning to accommodate single bedroom cabins catering for the growing number of solo travellers.

For all age groups; either single or married solo travellers, cruises are known to be a good way of making friends, meet like-minded people which often lead to arranging future holidays.

Reykjavik, Iceland

After a holiday with a difference, that has friendly locals, a relatively strong level of English and is safe? Get a four-in-one and look no further then Reykjavik, Iceland. The coastal-capital has become a hot spot among solo adventure seekers. With a white blanket picturesque back drop, Iceland is a holiday you won’t forget.

According to a previous AA Travel Insurance poll, over half of survey respondents said that Aurora Borealis, or more commonly known as the Northern Lights topped their bucket list. Spot the breath-taking Northern Lights and if you get a clear night you can even see these over the city.

Thrill seekers can enjoy glacier hiking, horse-riding on a friendly Icelandic horse, whale watching, puffin watching or the opportunity to go snorkelling in the nearby Sifra, in Thingvellir Valley where your tour guides can arrange to collect you.

If you prefer a more laid back approach then the Golden Circle or a South Shore tour is perfect.

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Bali, Indonesia

Calling all yogis. How does practicing yoga, deep meditation, attending spirituality workshops, spas, massages until your heart’s content sound to you? Topped with the usual bells and whistles of blissful beaches, enough markets to satisfy your inner shopaholic and once in a lifetime experiences. Not to mention, truly breath-taking views and did we mention Bali is also very cheap upon arrival? Though there is a catch of a 20 hour flight involved! But if you equate Bali into that trip you have been putting off to visit your son/daughter/niece/nephew/sibling/friend in Australia, it may not seem that bad.

Costa Brava & Barcelona

Still not convinced on a long haul flight? Then, sunny Spain is perfect and just a short flight away. Costa Brava is a top pick for solo travellers best known for its scrumptious food and restaurants, scorching weather, beautiful blank sandy beaches, magnificent landscapes and isolated coves.  Get the most out of your holiday and head south to Barcelona for a couple of days and soak up some culture, admire the Gothic architecture, browse shops down the Las Ramblas, gaze at the lively Magic Fountains of Montjuïc or tour the Barcelona FC Stadium.

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Linda Pototzki
Linda.Pototzki@TheAA.ie