When I first published this post 3 years ago, Boomer gals were emerging as the growing demographic in solo travel.
Well, feeling slighted and overlooked hasn’t slowed us down! More than ever, Boomer women are traveling. We love escorted tours and often travel solo. And we are definitely looking for more than spa treatments!
Yep, we are a force to be reckoned with and, more than ever, we’re definitely kickin’ butt and takin’ names! More updates and travel tips about solo travel…
Cruise lines and tour companies have definitely taken notice: Many cruise lines are now offering single supplement waivers on select itineraries. And, following suit, many tour companies are re-evaluating hefty single supplements making solo travel more affordable. Hurray!
The Boomer Generation, especially women, are definitely stepping up, stepping out and wanting to see the world…often on their own! Once seen as almost pitiful (like you don’t have any friends or family who will travel with you, poor thing!), now solos are catered to and welcomed. There are more and more choices and opportunities, and Boomers are packing their bags and living those dreams!
“I travel because I’d rather look back at my life saying ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had…'” – Florine Bos
As a matter of fact, Boomer women are traveling more than ever! Domestic or international; with family, friends or solo, they’re more likely than men to travel on their own and they have the resources to do it! As a matter of fact, according to GirlPowerMarketing.com
“Boomer Women control more than 1/2 the nation’s discretionary income and 3/4 of the country’s financial wealth.”
I remember when I decided to take my first totally solo venture. I decided that I knew it was something I had to do so I set out to find my “courage muscle” – a long weekend to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I flew to Albuquerque, rented a car, stayed in a B&B, enjoyed great food, took a cooking class, went to the Opera, went to museums and shopping, and drove all around the area. In other words, I did exactly what I wanted to do – all solo and I loved it! Sure, there were “moments” when I felt a bit lonely and shy but overall I was so damn proud of myself! I knew then, as I know now, that a “courage muscle” has to be flexed!
Since, I’ve traveled solo and combined it with small group tours (that I organize and lead) and sometimes meet with friends. It’s perfect. I meet my doubts head on, take a deep breath and overcome them one at a time. Always taking precautions for my safety and well-being, I find that my solo travels have made me a better traveler. I’m forced to engage and interact and, therefore, I grow and learn…and meet so many fabulous people!
For those not quite ready to do an entirely solo trip, especially internationally, joining a small group of like minded travelers is the perfect way to be “solo” but still have the umbrella and security of the group. I did this on my first “solo” trip to Italy years ago. I had been traveling solo domestically for business but going overseas was a new “stretch”. I was going to meet a group in Rome and flew in several days before and after the tour to explore a little on my own. It was truly a breakthrough for me as I met my apprehensions and anxieties and not only survived but have never had a regret!
It’s because I’m so familiar with the reservations many solo travelers (especially women) have, and particularly if traveling internationally, I found myself organizing small groups (never more than 12 guests) to Italy. (Okay, I also happen to LOVE Italy!) Suitable for couples and friends, they are also absolutely perfect for the solo traveler.
I’ve even had seasoned solo travelers as guests and they loved the experience, too. It’s the perfect compromise between being totally on your own and still having the support and comfort of the group. No fuss, no muss, just sit back and enjoy yourself!
So my advice to you is to revive that dream, meet those fears head on and just take that first step – even if it’s a baby step, you’ll be so gratified that you did!
As Wayne Dyer said, “Do it now. The future is promised to no one.”
And I’m here to help you! Let me know how you plan to flex your travel courage muscle in 2019! I’d love to hear from you…and I have some tips, too…
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25 Great tips for the Solo Traveler
Solo But NOT Alone!
Going Solo–Getting Started Advice & Why a Small Group is a Perfect Solution!