by Lara Scott
Travelling alone can be a daunting prospect, but with adventures waiting wherever you go, and interesting people to meet in every destination, it’s well worth taking the plunge. If you’re trying to decide on the best accommodation for solo travellers, why not go self-catering? It’s the perfect way to enjoy a fun and cheap holiday for one – here are some reasons why:
As a solo traveller, you’re probably hoping to get out and about, and take part in lots of activities, so you’ll need to budget accordingly. Choosing self-catering accommodation is one of the best ways to save money. You’ll find a wide range of price options depending on the facilities you need. So, you can pick what you need and just pay for that, without worrying about charges for unnecessary extras.
You’ll also have a kitchen where you can cook meals, or make packed lunches to take with you on a day out. Buying food at the local supermarket to prepare yourself will be cheaper than anything on a hotel menu. You could even experiment by making local dishes, like lamb peka if you’re in Croatia, or papas arrugadas if you’re visiting Lanzarote.
No need to skimp on luxury
Even though you’re saving money, you don’t have to miss out on a luxurious experience. Self-catering rentals offer quality accommodation for great prices. You can still enjoy a comfy bed, a cosy living area, and a spotless bathroom. Best of all, it’s completely private.
If you’re a keen swimmer, you might even opt for a villa with its very own private pool. This way, you’ll avoid the throngs of kids splashing in the water, or hotel guests hogging sun loungers all day!
You’re more likely to explore
If you stay in a hotel, it’s tempting to stay close to your resort, eat in the same place every day, and limit yourself to activities run by hotel tour guides. Of course, this makes everything very convenient, but there’s lots you could be missing out on. There are holiday rentals available in busy resort towns, by the beach, or in the middle of the countryside, so there’s no lack of choice.
Staying by yourself in a holiday home will push you to go out and find things to do. You might try out some watersports in the Algarve, or go island-hopping in Greece. Along the way, you can make new friends and try new things so that you come home with plenty of exciting stories to tell about your travels.
Relax after a busy day
Solo holidays aren’t all about action and adventure. After a long day exploring in the hot sun, there’s nothing better than the prospect of a peaceful place to sit back and unwind. In your holiday let, you can spend the evening sitting on the balcony with a chilled beer or a glass of wine to store up your energy for the day ahead.
You could watch a film, call some friends or family back at home, or take advantage of the quiet to read a book. With a whole holiday home to yourself, there’s nothing to hold you back.
A former executive at a major hotel chain, Lara Scott is a freelance travel writer and journalist. She says her previous career gives her extra insight into both sides of the tourism industry.