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I'm part of a trend now - and there
aren't many times I can say that about
myself! Single holidaying is on the ascent
- it no longer has a whiff of stigma or
sadness about it. More than one in 10
Brits now escape tout seul, with the
over-65s most likely to do so*.
This change is doubtless down, in part,
to shifts in our society. According to the
latest figures from the Office for National
Statistics, 7.7 million people now live
alone in the UK**.
But there are wider forces at work,
too - the internet has made our world
smaller and more accessible, eroding
the obvious barriers to travelling alone.
Common niggles, such as finding solofriendly accommodation, deciphering

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lright, so it didn't rival Eat,
Pray, Love in terms of spiritual
enlightenment, but my inaugural
solo trip - learning to surf in south
Wales - was still a personal milestone.
It was born out of both choice and
necessity - I didn't have a partner and I
couldn't persuade any of my pals to join
me. But I'd set my mind on going, so I
threw caution to the wind and went. By
choosing a UK destination and joining
a group of like-minded people, I eased
myself super-gently into solo holidaying.
And as I sat in my wetsuit on the golden
dunes of Llangennith beach buoyed
by my achievement and resilience, I
contemplated adventures even further
out of my comfort zone. Next up would
be a two-month trip to New Zealand
and Australia.

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SINGLE
H O L I D AY I N G
IS NOW ON THE
ASCENT - IT NO
LONGER HAS A
STIGMA ABOUT IT
Stay
safe
Make copies
of your
itinerary and
give out
to friends
and family
so they
know your
whereabouts
should
they need
to contact
you. Stay
in regular
contact by
text or calls.

the local transport system and mastering
essential holiday lingo can all be resolved
quickly online. Another reason for the
increase in solo travel is that, after taking
a while to catch on, travel companies are
now embracing this new tribe, rather than
penalising us for being an inconvenience.
F O R A L L TAS T E S
Whether you want a learning experience,
a physical challenge or cultural getaway,
you can join like-minded people on a
group holiday specifically tailored for
solo travellers - and do so without fear
of the dreaded single supplement.
'The attitude towards singles travel
has definitely changed over the past
decade, and singletons have become
more adventurous, too,' says Ian Darkin,



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