Spending a vacation as a single person can be a great opportunity to meet people and enrich your life. When you don’t have to consider anyone else’s needs on a vacation, you are free to create your own experiences.
If you are traveling alone but don’t want to spend your vacation that way, consider one of Club Med’s many locations for an all-inclusive single’s vacations. Club Med offers single’s resorts in the Caribbean, South America and Europe that feature activities designed to encourage people to mingle and make new friends. Each location centers on activities ranging from sports themes to water adventures. You’re sure to meet people who share your interests.
Explore Your Wild Side
The Hedonism II resort in Jamaican is famous for offering a wild time to its patrons. Often referred to as “a real-life Garden of Eden,” the activities at Hedonism center around two beaches, one of which is nude. There are mirrors on the ceilings of every guest room, and the bars serve up notoriously tasty drinks. What happens at Hedonism stays at Hedonism, which rings especially true if there’s no one else you know there. So if going on a vacation where no one knows your name gives you an adventurous feeling, Hedonism is a great place to go to explore your boundaries, be yourself (or someone else) and have a wild and exciting time.
A vacation spent on your own can be a great opportunity to get more spiritually grounded. Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat in Nepal, has been offering spiritual guidance to Western visitors since 1969 and is a favorite vacation spot for the spiritually minded. Each year in November, more than 200 pilgrims come to the monastery for a month. However, seven- and 10-day meditation retreats are also offered where students are taught meditation skills and tools to handle problems or dissatisfaction in their lives.
Be a Kid Again
Remember heading off to summer camp as a kid? You embarked on that vacation alone as well, but when you left you developed lifelong friends and memories that you could revisit the next summer. Well, just because you aren’t a kid anymore doesn’t mean you can’t still go to camp. There are many adults-only camps that offer a range of experiences like academic and art courses, performance workshops, and fantasy and sports camps. You can spend your vacation immersed in your favorite hobby or take the opportunity to learn a new one. Either way, you are likely to make friends in the process.
If you’ve always wanted to travel to France but have been wary about what to do there alone, consider taking a language course. The French American Exchange offers French lessons in beautiful Aix-en-Provence, just a few miles north of Marseille. The classes include 15 hours of instruction per week, which include language skills as well as lessons in French civilization and culture. And in the afternoons, courses in French cooking, wine tasting and more are offered for an additional fee. But the best thing about the courses is that they are not only an opportunity to learn something new, but an opportunity to meet other vacationers who share similar interests.