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Singles Holidays for the Retired

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 1 Jul 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
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Travel companies cater for every type of holidaymaker available and singles holidays for the retired is a growing market. Singles holidays for the retired can eliminate the anxiety of travelling alone and can open up a whole new social network.

The Growing Popularity of Over 50s Holidays

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) the 50s and over market are the fastest growing holiday sector. Retired holidaymakers have more disposable income and more free time to enjoy multiple holidays throughout the year. Singles holidays for the retired make up a large percentage within this sector and most travel companies are now catering to this market. There is a diversity of holiday options for retired singles looking for adventure and new travelling experiences.

Retired Singles Activity Holidays

Activity holidays can bring together retired singles with similar interests and tastes. Those who have interests in sports activities such as golf, skiing and even scuba diving can find holidays specifically for single retirees. These types of activity holidays are a great way to socialise with similar minded people. Anyone who is anxious about holidaying alone can try a weekend break in the UK as a taster. Weekend breaks are the perfect chance to get to know people who may be interested in a longer activity holiday abroad.

Finding Companionship on a Singles Holiday

Singles holidays no longer have the stigma attached to them as they did when they were originally conceived. Many retired people who have lost a spouse or partner take singles holidays to find companionship and widen their social circle. It is one of the best ways to socialise and meet other people with similar tastes and interests. There are holidays run by groups such as SAGA and SOLO that cater specifically for the older single holidaymaker. These organisations will not only arrange singles holidays but will also be able to offer low prices when it comes to single supplements.

Finding Singles Holidays for Retired People

A huge number of people, retired or otherwise, are realising the benefits of using the internet to book holidays. Internet only holiday providers have lower overheads and can often provide the best holiday prices. It is easy to book cheap flights and accommodation individually and to search for activities of interest. Holiday searches can be narrowed down by activities in certain countries or simply holidays for retired people. Holiday forums, where customers give their opinions on holiday companies, are another good way to gauge opinions on the services provided by holiday companies.

Escorted Group Holidays

Escorted group holidays are basically a group of holidaymakers who travel and holiday together. The group is usually made up of both singles and couples, although singles only groups can usually be requested. There will be an experienced escort similar to a tour guide who will travel with the group throughout the holiday. The benefits of escorted holiday are that holidaymakers will be shown the highlights of each destination. Travellers will usually be like minded as they will have requested a specific holiday type and destination.

Wide Range of Singles Activity Holidays

There is no doubt that having similar tastes in activities is the best way to find new social contacts. This type of singles holiday is an easy way to meet new friends, and of course enjoy the holiday experience. The range of activities available is diverse and there will be something to suit every taste. Singles activity holidays for the retired can include:

  • Italian cookery and wine tasting courses in Tuscany
  • Group golf holidays in the Algarve sunshine
  • Skiing in the Swiss and Italian Alps
  • Cruises in the Norwegian fjords
  • Painting and photography courses in the Dordogne
  • Escorted group trips to destinations around the world
  • Scuba diving courses in the Maldives, Greece and Spain
  • Cultural weekend group holidays in UK cities
Retirement should be a time to experience new activities, destinations and adventures. But many retirees do avoid holidays due to their single status. A wealth of holiday options for single retirees can be found at any time of the year. A single status can actually widen the amount and type of holidays available, and some new long lasting friendships can be made on a singles holiday.

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I am 73and would like to have Xmas holiday. I am single
Cav - 7-Oct-18 @ 8:52 PM
Am only interested in golf holidays.Could you send details.
Chesty - 9-Apr-18 @ 8:07 AM
Could You Send A Broucher For Singles Retiree And A Number I Could Ring To Disscuss What Is Available For Me
Speedy - 10-Jul-17 @ 1:49 PM
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