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  • Wendy Byard

Solo Travel For Women - Where to start

Do you want to embark on a solo adventure but feel hesitant about what to expect?

Solo female traveller taking photos

It's completely understandable to have concerns; I know I've been there too. Losing something, getting to your destination safely, eating alone, exploring alone, getting lost, being ill....the list goes on. You may even think it's easier to stay at home....yes, you might be right, but is that what you really want?

Solo holidays often push you out of your comfort zone and make you do things you never thought possible. Still, they can be incredibly fulfilling and confidence-boosting experiences. So. let me help you take your first steps and push the boat out...quite literally because one of my favourite ways to travel solo is cruising. 

If you've never cruised before, you might have some preconceived ideas about what it's like: ball gowns and formal dinners, couples and organised events? Let me debunk those myths and unveil the reality of modern cruising, where relaxation, exploration, and socialising come together to create unforgettable journeys.

Cruising often conjures images of formal attire, stuffy dining rooms, and rigid schedules. However, today's cruise industry offers an enormous amount of options to suit every taste and preference. While you can certainly opt for elegant evenings and formal dinners if that's your style, there are also plenty of relaxed dining options where you can enjoy delicious food freshly cooked to order in your everyday clothes. Picture yourself dining al fresco under the stars or savouring gourmet burgers by the pool; cruising offers the perfect blend of sophistication and laid-back charm.

Virgin Voyages cruise with Going Solo

The Cruise Experience:

Imagine waking up each morning to views of the waves stretching to the horizon or the sun rising over the ancient walls of an old town in a Mediterranean port. That's the beauty of cruising: there's a sense of tranquillity and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Step onboard and discover a world of endless possibilities, where every moment is yours to savour.

Cruise ships are like floating resorts, offering a whole host of activities and services to suit every interest. There's never a dull moment, from lounging by the pool with a refreshing cocktail to trying your hand at a bungee or yoga class. And when it comes to exploring on land, the options are equally enticing. Whether you're strolling through cobblestone streets in a historic European city, snorkelling in crystal-clear Caribbean waters, or immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of a bustling Asian city, each port of call offers a new adventure waiting to be discovered.

Safety First:

Safety is one of the biggest reasons I suggest cruising for solo female travellers. When you embark on a cruise, you're stepping into a secure environment where safety protocols are stringent and crew members are trained to ensure the well-being of all passengers. Cruise ships are like floating cities, with round-the-clock security and surveillance, providing a reassuring environment for solo female travellers. Visit the club or a bar in the evening, and you can walk back to your cabin with total peace of mind.

Making freinds by the pool

Socialise with Ease:

One of the beauties of cruising is the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. As a solo traveller, you'll find it effortless to strike up conversations with fellow passengers in the cafes and bars, shore excursions, or onboard activities. Whether it's a casual chat over dinner or joining a group exercise class, you'll never feel alone on a cruise ship. Plus, making new friends becomes even easier with dedicated solo traveller meet ups and activities.

Delicious food on Cruise with Going Solo

Indulge in Culinary Delights:

Say goodbye to dining alone (unless you want to)! Cruises offer a huge range of dining options, from gourmet restaurants to casual eateries catering for every taste. As a solo traveller, you can savour food from around the world without worrying about feeling out of place or the price. Whether you choose to dine with newfound friends or enjoy a quiet meal with a book by the window, the choice is yours.

Pampering ideas aboard Going Solo Cruise

Pamper Yourself:

Need some me-time? Cruise ships are equipped with luxurious amenities like spas, fitness centres, and wellness activities to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, join a yoga class at sunrise, or unwind in the steam room. Solo holidays for women are the perfect opportunity to prioritise self-care and indulge in some well-deserved pampering.

Explore the World:

Last but not least, cruising offers the chance to explore multiple destinations without the hassle of constantly packing and unpacking. Wake up to a new port of call each day, ready to embark on exciting adventures and cultural discoveries. Whether you're cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, or beyond, solo female travellers can embark on unforgettable journeys filled with enriching experiences and lifelong memories.

The Journey Begins:

So, to wrap it up, cruising is not just a holiday; it's a gateway to new adventures, new friendships, and unforgettable moments. It's the ultimate choice for solo female travellers seeking safe, enriching, and hassle-free holidays. If you'd like to know more, why not join the Going Solo Facebook Group to join the discussion or ask me to help create your perfect trip.

And in the meantime, if you're considering solo travel for women take a look at the video below to see just how different cruising has become these days. You can join a group female travellers onboard for a long weekend in September, it promises to be fun!


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