Embracing Solo Travel As Senior

Embarking on solo travel as a senior offers a unique and liberating experience, granting you the opportunity for freedom and independence. It allows you to set your own pace, follow your passions, and make impromptu decisions without the constraints of others.

Embracing this sense of autonomy opens a world of possibilities, enabling you to tailor your journey to suit your individual preferences for an adventure that is truly your own. Here’s how you can embrace solo travel.

Reward yourself

Welcoming the newfound freedom of solo travel can open up endless possibilities, allowing you to create a personalised itinerary that aligns with your desires. It can be extremely enjoyable and rewarding whether you enjoy historical exploration, immersing yourself in nature, or simply lazing on a beautiful beach. Solo travel enables you to curate a journey tailored exclusively to your preferences.

Planning your trip

  • Destination: Where you decide to go can depend on many factors. Do you want to travel within Australia or internationally? Will you visit one or multiple destinations? Be mindful that it pays to play it safe when deciding these as physical and mental challenges may limit your choices. Consider what you think you can realistically achieve.
  • Package/tour deals: Some travel companies offer special tour deals for solo travellers and a few, specifically for seniors. It’s worth looking into a tour company that offers the safety of travelling in a group, with like-minded people of similar physical capabilities, while also giving you the flexibility to do your own thing.
  • Make a to-do list: This list could potentially include flights, activities, dining options, hotels, and additional transport if you are planning your travel yourself.
  • Plan your time: Unless it’s a select tour, try to take advantage of off-seasons. This can be a great money saver as well as an opportunity to avoid queues and crowds. Consider mid-week flights and accommodation as prices tend to be cheaper and there are fewer crowds. Be realistic about the amount of time you are away from home and in one place.

Research destinations

What you do at your destination may depend on your abilities, especially when you are travelling on your own or unassisted. Research the terrain and be aware of hills, steps, uneven paths, and hard-to-reach locations and be realistic about your limitations when it comes to getting about. Consider the amenities and healthcare facilities at your location. Check that there are age-friendly activities, and the environment is inclusive.

Before you go, be sure to check the Smartraveller website for any alerts or travel warnings regarding your destination.

Connecting with others

It’s wonderful to have some time alone, however, solo travelling doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to be socially active. Meeting new people can be good for the soul and taking part in group activities may engage you with like-minded people and immerse you in the culture. At the same time, connect with the locals by learning the food, traditions, and customs of your destination.

Keep safe

Safety is first and foremost as a solo traveller. Be sure you communicate your plans to loved ones back home and that you routinely check in with them. Keep important documents, medications, and emergency contact information at the ready. If possible, try to keep both digital and paper copies of these. It’s wise to consider a travel insurance policy before you leave. Research and consider a policy that covers accidents and injuries as well as cancellations, theft, and loss.

Other safety issues to be mindful of include:

  • Language barriers
  • Scams and pickpockets
  • Communication problems
  • Predicted weather events
  • Conflict and unrest
  • Cultural and religious expectations.

Remember, plan ahead and do your research before you go.

​In conclusion

Solo travel as a senior provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for freedom and independence. By setting your own pace, pursuing your passions, and making spontaneous decisions, you can experience a sense of liberation like no other. With these planning and safety travel points in mind, you should be able to embark on an adventure that is truly your own.

Further reading: Smartraveller

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