When it comes to travel, there's a lot to be said for going it alone, writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD
Single and Solo
Lets start with the slightly tricky title of this guide. For the words “single” and “solo” are very different and cover a range of people and situations.
Many readers I meet are rather reluctant singles. Through separation or loss of a partner, they find themselves living ostensibly solitary lives but making an effort to connect to others.
They spend time with family, and meet friends for coffee. They go along to clubs and develop their hobbies and interests. They volunteer.
They refuse to give up their interest in travelling the world and all the experiences and stimulation that can bring. But they face the challenge of committing to travelling alone, finding other singles to travel with them, or jumping the social precipice to join a cruise or tour with strangers who they hope will become friends.
It’s fair to say that lots of solo travellers go solo out of choice.
Maybe the time they have available doesn’t match that of a partner. Maybe each recognises they have different tastes and desires, and choose separate adventures. Maybe they like to refresh and bring back stories to the relationship. Maybe one wants to fish or tour on motorcycles. Maybe the other wants to visit art galleries and do cooking classes. Or maybe one partner simply doesn’t want to travel, and the other does.
Read the full story, and more, at thewest.com.au
A message from Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield...
Thanks for reading us – we value your continuing interest and our connection with you.
But as our readers increasingly move to digital, we have to keep up with them.
As I’m sure you’ll appreciate, there are costs involved in doing what we do for you.
To support Travel, reading the full story now requires a digital subscription (it’s $1 a day for full access to thewest.com.au, for all your devices).
If you have the newspaper home delivered, you may already have complimentary premium access to thewest.com.au and our digital editions.
And we have other packages, including $9 a week for the weekend papers and everyday digital.
You may also like
Podcast: The Pod Well Travelled Episode 4
Australia's bush fire crisis and the Federal government's $76 million tourism recovery package throw into relief the relationship between caring for our unique flora and fauna and maintaining an industry central to helping sustain and promote them. In our latest podcast, Will Yeoman talks to Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield about Australia's "brand" in a competitive international tourism market. They also discuss overrated holiday destinations, travelling vicariously through telling stories, the rise of the holiday selfie and more...
Podcast: Talking Travel 2020: what's coming up
In their first Talking Travel podcast for 2020, Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield and his team look ahead to a New Year packed with stories, tours, events, workshops and more
Podcast: The Pod Well Travelled Episode 1: Stephen Scourfield & 2019 in review
STEPHEN SCOURFIELD says travelling in 2019 was more fun than he could possibly have imagined