According to a study from TravelAge, 35 million adults traveled solo in 2012. Are you single and looking for a new way to meet potential partners or simply explore an exciting new destination? Cruises are no longer just a way for families or couples to enjoy a scenic getaway. For singles, cruises can be an optimal opportunity to make lasting connections or explore personal interests. Here are 4 ways to make the most of your cruise experience as a solo traveler.
First Tip: Don’t Worry!
The prospect of going on a cruise on your own may be intimidating at first. But a representative from Holiday Cruise Line, a global travel company that offers budget-friendly cruise options, reminds single travelers that cruises are among the most relaxing vacation options available. “They reduce stress almost immediately,” the representative notes. “As soon as you get on a cruise…there’s no doubt that you’ll start feeling more relaxed and centered. Leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind you, and allow for an immediate change in your attitude for the better.” Take the representative’s advice and plan your solo cruise without stress weighing you down.
Second Tip: Identify Your Goals Ahead Of Time
As the New York Times recommends, solo travelers should establish their goals for the cruise ahead of time in order to have the best possible cruise experience. “Consider your age, your budget and – perhaps most important – your goal. Are you looking for romance? Enrichment? Rest and relaxation?” asks NY Times author Stephanie Rosenbloom. Find the goal that is the perfect match for your interests, then approach cruise planning accordingly.
Third Tip: Broaden Your Horizons
Whether you are looking for romance or solo fun, a cruise can be a great opportunity to engage in a few new activities that will spark passion, excitement, and enthusiasm. “Most cruises offer yoga classes, fitness classes, gyms, and include any other amenity you can think of,” notes the Holiday Cruise Line rep. If you are used to looking for love around your favorite hometown haunts, a cruise can be an excellent way to break free of your routine and meet new people who share the same interests and curiosities as you. Why not step out of your comfort zone and see what can come of it? If you are cruising purely for your own enjoyment, you have an opportunity to engage in some of the activities that you’ve always wanted to try but have never had a chance to participate in. Make the most of a solo cruise by signing up to participate in a few off-the-wall activities, from tennis and aerobics to wine tasting and cooking lessons.
Fourth Tip: Pump Yourself Up
If you are still holding on to some pre-cruise jitters, Cruise Reviews recommends taking time to re-kindle your enthusiasm for the excursion. Concerned about safety? “With the new heightened security that all cruise ships adhere to, it may just be the safest vacation destination in the nation,” the site notes. Worried about planning and organization? “A cruise is one-stop shopping. No need to worry about the details of planning and paying…most of these are already included in the cruise package,” notes Cruise Reviews.
Whether you’re looking for romance or relaxation, as you prepare for a cruise as a single traveler, relax, keep your goals in mind, and motivate yourself to be open to new experiences. Above all, get yourself excited about the unique and memorable experience that you’re about to enjoy. The Holiday Cruise Line representative agrees that there is plenty to get excited about when planning a cruise as a single traveler: “If you do a quick search for information about how vacations can impact an individual’s happiness, there’s a lot of information out there. Your mental health is imperative, and using a vacation, especially a cruise, to relax, wind down, and recharge your internal batteries is a great way to stay healthy.”
Cast off and prepare for new experiences, supreme relaxation, and a solo traveling expedition that you won’t soon forget.