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Best Vacations for Single Women

Updated on June 22, 2010

Women Traveling Solo

Top Vacations for Single Women

Have you ever noticed when you take a trip that everywhere you look, there are couples and families? And they always seem to be happy ~~ one imagines that they are headed somewhere wonderful! Usually, if you see people alone, they are traveling for business.

But it doesn't have to be that way! If you are single, you deserve to have a wonderful vacation, too.

Here are some suggestions...

(1) Take a Guided Tour

(2) Take an Adventure Vacation

(3) Try a Singles' Cruise

(4) Head for the Beach

(5) Relax at a Spa

Guided Tours for Single Women

Singles Travel Tours

As a single woman, your idea of a vacation may differ considerably from that of your friends who are coupled. Can you feel comfortable taking a vacation by yourself? I was never able to do it myself, unless I was on my way to visit family. I dreamed about it, but just didn't feel comfortable planning anything more than a staycation on the beach where I lived.

Guided Tour

If being totally alone while vacationing isn't something you'd be interested in doing, either, consider a guided tour. Guided tours are a great way to travel comfortably and securely while getting to meet new people.

Guided tours simply mean that someone organizes a tour for a specific type of group. There are guided tours for seniors, couples and for singles. Guided tours for singles are specifically meant to show the participants a good time in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Finding Singles Guided Tours

Travel agent - You may want to use a tarvel agent. Many groups being put together for singles use the services of travel agents for simplicity. You'll find everything from historical trips to art experiences to simply visiting a new city. The group starts out together and follows an itinerary for the entire trip.

Church groups - Churches often arrange religious tours for various interest groups in their congregation. They can be overseas trips to the Holy Land, Europe or any number of interesting destinations. Everyone travels together for the whole tour so no one needs to feel alone.

Outside agencies - Some dating services organize singles tours so that those who are looking for a companion might possibly make a connection on their vacation. Not only do you sightsee but also different activities are set up for people to mingle and get to know each other.

Size of the Group Matters

The size of the group can range from ten or twenty people to a hundred. It all depends on the destination and the interest.

If you are looking for an intimate group then choose activities that limit the number of participants. One thing about traveling with a smaller group is that you are more likely to get to know some of the people you are with and make new friends.

Things To Remember

Plan on staying with your group. This is especially important in foreign countries where you might not speak the language. Things can get dangerous fast if you are alone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Relax. You are on this trip to have fun. Pack as lightly as you can, especially if it is a bus tour or a tour that involves a lot of stopping and changing hotels. Think minimal wardrobe that you can re-wear many times. In fact, a small mix-and-match wardrobe using two or three colors where everything can go together and doesn't wrinkle easily will make the "what to wear" decision much easier!

Bring along a friend or two. If you have a group of single friends, plan your vacations together so you can share the fun. Expanding your circle of friends will come naturally when everyone on the group gets together to talk about what they've seen and done.

If you are single and looking for a new way to spend your vacation time, consider a guided tour that caters to singles. Take your vacation with your own circle of single friends, or branch out all by yourself and make new friends.

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Adventure Vacations for Singles

Speaking of finding groups or guided tours, if you are an athletic single person who wants to enjoy the great outdoors with other like-minded people, you might enjoy taking an adventure vacation.

Adventure vacations are for active people who want to spend some time outdoors. The excursions are usually challenging to the body and the soul. You'll meet people with similar interests and have a great time putting your strength and your wits to the test.

Types of Adventure Vacations

River rafting - Careening down a raging river is not for the faint of heart. It would never appeal to me, but if you like to river raft or want to learn, join an adventure vacation down the Colorado River or other white water destination.

Rock climbing - If you've had your fill of the rock wall and want to try your skill outdoors, there are climbing excursions which will have you scaling rugged terrain with other singles. Check with the group arranging the vacation to see if they accept beginners and what gear is required.

Safari trips - Discover Africa by taking a safari trip. See wild animals you have only viewed on television or in magazines. Maybe you will ride elephants across the plains and visit wildlife preserves. But you can find wildlife adventure in the United States, too! You can try Alaska's national parks or head for Yosemite to see nature up close and personal.

Dude Ranch - Dude ranches are usually working ranches that allow others to experience what they do. You'll learn to ride a horse, rope cattle and perform other activities that take place on a ranch.

Adventure vacations can take place over a long weekend or become a week-long adventure. You're almost guaranteed to meet other adventurous singles!

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Singles Only Cruise

"Love, exciting and new..."

Have you ever wanted to take a cruise on your very own "love boat" but didn't want to be there alone? Well, you don't have to go it alone on a singles cruise. There are many singles cruises where you'll enjoy the company of other people who are unattached.

There are cruises now for every group - seniors, young people, married couples and singles. Cruise ships are catering to people from all walks of life with their cruise packages, destinations and amenities on board.

Destinations for Singles

You can go just about anywhere on a cruise ship. Maybe you dream of going to Alaska to watch the whales. Or maybe your dream is to see Hawaii and enjoy the local cuisine and even get in a little surfing. All of this becomes available when you book a cruise.

Finding a Singles Cruise that's Right for You

A singles cruise is not just a boat filled with unattached people. When a cruise ship plays host to a singles tour, normally a percentage of the boat is reserved for singles, including the cabins, meeting rooms, and entertainment areas. The group sponsoring the trip plans an itinerary that makes a singles cruise more than just milling around hoping to meet someone.

Activities often include on-board mixers, group activities, dancing, and sometimes even guest speakers. If the purpose of the cruise is to be a kind of matchmaker, then they are likely to schedule activities that help the singles begin to get to know each other.

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Beach Vacation Spots

The beach is a great place to hang out in the summertime even if you're single. Single vacationers love the beach for lots of reasons. The important thing is to find the best place to go.

Hotels or Resorts

Where you stay is almost as important as what you do. There are many hotel chains on beaches all over the world. A hotel is a good idea if you want a quick, simple solution to a little getaway destination. If you are familiar with the area where you are vacationing, you will no doubt be familiar with the hotel chain.

If you're vacationing alone you may be able to lower the cost of the room by getting the smallest room available. If you plan on spending most of your time on the sand anyway, you are just looking for a place to accommodate your basic needs. There may be happy hours in the hotel bar that will cut the cost even further as well as give the single person a place to mingle with other singles.

You also can choose a resort that is primarily rented by singles. If you choose a "singles resort" you increase your social agenda with beach parties, dances, music, and other activities, planned and unplanned.

Something to Remember

You are not the only ones who love the beach. If you want to have a beach vacation alone or with a group of single friends, avoid the family beach areas. These family resorts will have a lot of kids in the middle of summer when they are out of school. If you are vacationing at a resort that is not singles only, choose the school year to vacation.

A singles beach vacation doesn't necessarily mean you have to be alone. Decide what kind of vacation you want to have and plan accordingly. If you want a vacation that is guaranteed to put you in front of other singles, you can have it.

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Take a Singles' Spa Vacation

Everyone wants to be pampered, but singles often forget to take care of themselves because no one is around to remind them. What would be better for a single than to have some special pampering? You can have that if you decide to take a spa vacation.

Spa vacations are not only good for the mind but the body as well. Some fitness spas offer guest activities like morning runs, fitness activities, horseback riding, hiking and the like to invigorate the body. Instead of the more heavy-duty sweating, you might instead want to participate in classes: Yoga, t'ai chi, stretching, meditation, listening to new age music and more appeals to many young singles.

A spa vacation will offer some, if not all of these kinds of services:

~Facials

~Body wraps

~Mud baths

~Hot stone massage

~Aromatherapy

~Steam room

~Sauna

~Skin treatments

After all of that luscious pampering, you can enjoy healthy cuisine. Some spas even offer cooking or nutrition classes and counseling to help you to choose the right foods and exercise for your body.

Finding your Spa Vacation

There are spa resorts all over the world. Spa Finder is just one of many resources available. You can use websites like Spa Finder to locate a spa in your area or elsewhere abroad. Most of the information is online, but you'll want to call to get more intimate details. If you are choosing a singles spa in particular, be sure you know what programs the spa offers and ask about the itinerary.

If you are interested in being pampered, you may want to choose a resort spa. Decide which type of spa vacation suits your budget and offers the services that appeal to you and head for the pampering of your life!

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"Traveling alone can be a joyous experience, particularly for women, because it allows them to find a sense of self-reliance, adventure, and freedom."~~Beth Whitman

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I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting.

Jeanine

Where will your next trip take you?

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    • Tricia Deed profile image

      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Great tips for single travelers. Thank you.

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      thecampingtrail1 3 years ago

      I was in the same situation a while ago until I decided just to go for it, I picked a company that seemed to offer great singles trips with plenty of security if needed and they proved to be really good , helpful and keen to make my trip as easy and less hassle as possible.

      That was about 5 years ago and i do a couple of trips a year with them now and still love what they have to offer and still see new places and meet new people on every trip. The company is g adventures and if you want to find out more about them have a look at my site at http://greattraveladventures.net/

      Hopefully more and more single women start traveling, really once you start its simple and safe just use some common sense and try to find a good and reliable company to book with :)

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      skjk3318 lm 4 years ago

      best vacations for single women look like the best place for single men to take trips, LOL :) awesome lens!

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      TheWorldOutdoors 4 years ago

      Combine 1 (guided tours) along with 2 (adventure vacation) and check out The World Outdoors' singles hiking and multisport tours lead through amazing National Parks such as the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Multisport , Women's Colorado Backcountry Hiker, or the Glacier-Waterton Hiker to name a few!

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      TheGreatAussieL 4 years ago

      Theres hope for me yet ...lol

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      andrewdar 4 years ago

      Really professional and informative lens!

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      Seo-Thomas 4 years ago

      Whoa good lens. That river rafting looked like a blast!

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      WebMarketingPro 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. I actually enjoy traveling solo, and have done it many times before, but to "safe" places (mostly). I'm going to check out the book you recommend about the 50 best places to travel to :)

      Thanks!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      This is a wonderful lens. Lots of great ideas and practical advice.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      I love traveling alone! I never have to wait for anyone or ask what someone else wants to do. I just go!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      My single sister vacations each year to the central CA beach with only her dog. She rents a beach house for a week and thoroughly enjoys herself. It is her ultimate vacation.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I've travelled alone from the time I was 18. I particularly like your adventure travel ideas.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Now that my kids are older (well I have a 16-year old at home, but he can go to his Dad's), it's just me and my dog :). I do a lot of solo hiking, and we have a high Sierra Nevada cabin. I really want a trip to Alaska. We live in north Idaho, not far from the Canadian border. I'm not sure how I should make the trip. I keep thinking I should drive and see the country, but everyone tells me to take a cruise out of Seattle.

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      monarch13 5 years ago

      great ideas!

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      ElinorArnason 5 years ago

      Fort Myers Beach Resorts have healthy food and great shopping! Perfect for single women!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of good ideas, tips and images. I am not single anymore, but because of my online dating photography business, I meet LOTS of cool single people. This will be a good article to pass on- thanks!

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      I'm thinking about going on a vacation by myself to Europe this summer. I've never traveled alone, so I'm a little nervous about it, but your lens has given me some ideas I hadn't considered. Great work on your lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      im looking to go on an all inclusive beach/caribbean vacation. where do u suggest????

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      I've never had a problem traveling alone. I like it, because I can do what I want, when I want. A lot of good tips here. Thanks!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice Lens.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Norway! Squidlikes for the theme. Great lens!

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. I have no one to travel with so I'm going to try some of your tips. Thank you.

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      bigoyaseo 5 years ago

      Barcelona is the best tourist destination for single women, and finding good Barcelona Accommodation for a single is not a very difficult if you have a good real estate agent/company for the same. i 've been to Spain many times and enjoyed my stay in Various Apartments in Barcelona

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Top vacation destinations for single women are normally fun filled and are characterized by parties, daytime activities as well as an exciting nightlife. Miami South Beach is one of the well liked vacation destinations for singles. The beautiful shores are perfect for hanging out as you sunbathe. There are also many night clubs where party girls can dance the night away. Las Vegas is also a perfect spot for single women, thanks to the Sin City's pools spread all over the Las Vegas strip. The night life is amazing and singles can have fun at the exotic clubs.

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      StellaSingles 5 years ago

      Sometimes it isn't about going on vacation to find guys. Sometimes it is just to relax as a single female. I like this lens, great job!

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      nobodysbxxch 6 years ago

      Recently celebrating a "single relationship status" after a 22 year abusive marriage...I am excited to travel and venture without fear...Excellent article!

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      I'm a gentleman and have traveled the world also. This lens is great for both the ladies and gentlemen wanting to travel. I especially liked the idea's given about learning the culture on where ever you might be. That is the best part of your travels. You actually learn more than any school could ever teach you. A wonderful lens for anyone wanting to travel. And yes it is cheaper than you think. Thanks for a wonderful site. I loved Singapore also.

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      JessStone 6 years ago

      I love this lens! Thanks for all the great tips on vacations!

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      floresbrowns 6 years ago

      It's such a fabulous lens. useful lens for traveling for single woman. I liked your post as a useful news for woman. waiting for more useful new..

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      indiavacationplans 6 years ago

      This is such a fascinating lens!!!! I found it so full of useful informative information. Thank you for sharing this with us...

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      markstraveltips 6 years ago

      I have so many Travel Friends that request someone like you! Thanks and I'll share you with my friends!

      "Best Wishes & Happiness"

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      StellaSingles 6 years ago

      I agree, its nice to take a solo vacation. I don't want to worry about men for a while, I just want to relax. hmmm, maybe I should go on one soon! :)

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      Nice tips for singles! I am not a single anymore but when I was I felt awkward travelling on my own. (Well, except for when I was very young)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      GREAT LENS!!!!! Love it!!!! I want to go to Morocco! (I wish)

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      Nice lens! Blessed by a (single) Squidangel!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      I'm single, but have been fortunate to always have had a travelling companion. However, if I didn't I still would travel. Escorted tours or a singles cruise would be great options for the solo traveller.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Wonderful suggestions. I would have to make a priority list and start marking them off.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      If I were single, I would still want to travel. You've offered some great suggestions here. Not sure where we'll be heading next.