Vacations for singles over 50s & 60s

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Traveling single? Small group travel could be just the ticket

Is a  Japanese  onsen calling you? Or maybe a flavor-packed taco in the streets of  Mexico City  has your name on it? Whether you’re traveling solo, single or simply can’t be labeled, our small group tours are the perfect way to explore a destination and meet like-minded people. While our trips aren’t exclusively for single travelers in their  50s or 60s , you'll be part of a small group of intergenerational, adventure-hungry individuals who are just as keen to explore as you are. From swapping anecdotes over Aperols on the  Amalfi Coast  to late-night chats under the desert skies of Wadi Rum, it’s often those moments of connection – big and small – that are most memorable. 

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Our trips can be great for singles over 50 and 60 as we take care of safety, logistics and transport so you can focus your time on the joy of travel. We don’t offer the classic ‘singles-only’ tours, but we do provide the perfect base for people looking to get to know others, usually a varied mix of ages, nationalities, cultures and more. Since our trips are so diverse, this could mean you’re with couples in their 40s, singles in their 20s, family groups or people traveling on their own in their fifties and beyond. Our trips aren’t specifically designed for making perfect matches, but hey, if it happens, it  happens .

The best part of traveling in a small group is the friends you can make in the most unlikely of places – we’re talking while hiking the  Inca Trail  or cooking dhal in  Sri Lanka . It also means a bunch of new faces to share the world’s most epic experiences with and a few people around to watch your back (especially when walking through a traffic crossing in  Vietnam ). No matter who you’re sharing your trip with, you’ll be docking at unbelievable sites, meeting local people and getting a one-of-a-kind journey - single or not, we think that's pretty epic.

Traveling solo at any age can feel like a big deal, especially when venturing to far-off places. That’s why small group trips are the perfect fit, no matter if you’re traveling alone at 25 or 65. We’ll do the planning, manage the itinerary, handle the transport and keep  safety  in mind - all so you can immerse yourself to the max. Not to mention, your guide will be able to support you with potential language barriers, give recommendations, show you the best spots for photos and so much more. Don’t just take our word for it; find out for yourself.

Maybe you’ve already seen the big sites and now looking for a different experience or new perspective. That’s where we come in. Our trips are led by our Local Leaders, all of whom are experts in their corner of the world and are out there showing it to others right now. Their knowledge of their country’s attractions, delicacies, cultures and communities is something you probably won’t get to experience elsewhere. Find yourself ducking into unknown hotspots and learning more than just the basics when you’re on one of our trips.

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Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to join an Intrepid trip?

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Who are Intrepid travelers?

Intrepid adventures are for travelers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're traveling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Intrepid adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Intrepid adventure has a physical rating and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures, no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips, the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures , but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website. Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all travelers 70 years and over.

How many people will be on my trip?

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travelers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

I’m traveling alone – is that OK?

This is the beauty of the Intrepid style of travel: many of our travelers join because they are traveling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. 

I have a disability – can I join an Intrepid trip?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognizing that on many trips you will be required to carry your own bags and use public transport.

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travelers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally. Many travelers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by traveling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical, we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our sales team for further information on any of our itineraries.

Do I need to buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips if you’re traveling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation, but minimum coverage may differ from trip to trip, so make sure you check the Travel Insurance section in your Essential Trip Information. You will not be permitted to join the group until your leader has sighted your insurance policy number and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number – it’s really important there are no barriers to getting emergency assistance for you.

For travelers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or the USA, the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However, the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travelers from these regions who decline travel insurance when traveling outside their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise.

Will I have my own room?

It’s completely up to you. On our trips, rooming is organized on a twin-share basis, and we pair up solo travelers with another traveler of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. But if you'd like your own room, an individual room is available on the majority of our trips (it’s just a small extra charge). Just mention this to our  customer service team  when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.

As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please  contact us  so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and traveling.

How does group time work?

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). The amount of free time depends on the  travel style  - you can ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

What makes a small group tour better than a coach tour?

The main difference between a small group tour and a coach tour is the size of the group; our tours have 10 travelers each (on average), while coaches can hold up to 60 people. This means that you'll never have to vie for your leader's attention on a small group tour because you'll automatically have it.

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Best Trips for Singles Over 60

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Solo travel is an exciting journey where you can experience the world according to your own interests and desires! Enjoy the flexibility to curate a special trip, and explore at your own pace.  

For single travelers interested in meeting new people, there’s an abundance of social activities and tours that you can join while abroad. Or, choose to peacefully explore independently and immerse yourself in a new environment.  

There’s a myriad of interesting pursuits to uncover on a solo getaway, including culture, cuisine, historic architecture, and nature.  

Whether you’re looking to embark on a new journey on your own, or are a seasoned solo traveler on the lookout for a new destination, read below for the best cities to travel for singles over 60.

exploring the riverfront of Porto

Perhaps best known for their port-wine production, Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and features the Douro River which runs through the center of the city.  

Be sure to visit the best viewpoint in the city at the Dom Luís I bridge. Whether it’s the daytime or nighttime, catch the stunning view of the cathedral, historic buildings, and the Douro River itself. Stroll down the Cais da Ribeira, a photogenic promenade that hugs the Douro River. With a vibrant evening atmosphere, discover exciting street performers, eclectic restaurants, and neat shops.

Take a nature walk at the Jardins do Palácio De Cristal. Situated on the city’s hilltop, it’s a spectacular landscaped park with a stunning botanical garden, lovely pathways, and magnificent views.

With Porto’s divine culinary scene, single travelers can join a food and wine tasting tour to sample the city’s best delicacy in a social setting.

singles weekend getaway to Boston

Boston is notable for their outstanding seafood and rich history. In the heart of the downtown lays the historic meeting hall known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Stop by this urban complex with artisan crafts, quirky shops, food stalls, and buzzing street performers.  

Take a break at the Boston Common, the oldest public park in the city. Located near downtown, this green space is an excellent option for solo travelers to enjoy a picnic on the benches, take a nature walk, or admire the surrounding scenery of the pond and trees. Don’t miss the adjacent Public Garden for a view of manicured gardens and an array of lovely flowers.  

Pop by the grand Central Library to admire the stunning Renaissance-style architecture and impressive murals that date back to 1873, or visit the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum for a history lesson via an interactive experience led by costumed interpreters.

solo trip for women to Scotland

The capital of Scotland is the perfect city for a solo trip consisting of beautiful stone architecture, the striking Medieval Old Town, and rich cultural landmarks.

Head over to the Old Town, where you can wander through the narrow passages and admire the beautiful historical monuments, delightful shops and quaint cafes.  

While in the heart of the city, you’ll also encounter The Royal Mile. This magnificent stretch of road is the main thoroughfare that connects the Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood. When you reach the Edinburgh Castle, take a step back in time as you explore this cultural icon that dates back to the 11th century.  

Escape to a tranquil paradise right in the city, at the Princes Street Gardens. Stroll through the massive urban park to admire the scenic surroundings filled with monuments, flower beds, and a spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle.  

city skyline in Singapore

Singapore is noted for their spectacular green landscape and cleanliness.  Singapore is extremely safe for a big city, which is part of the reason it is a popular destination for people in their 60’s who are traveling alone.

In the heart of downtown lies the Gardens by the Bay, a massive nature park that spans across 250 acres. Wander through the majestic gardens, which feature an extensive collection of over 1.5 million plants!  

Don’t miss the Cloud Forest section which showcases a soaring waterfall surrounded by dense vegetation, and the Singapore Botanical Gardens park which is a peaceful tropical oasis.

Single travelers can explore the city’s architecture and catch a glimpse of the city skyline with an evening walk through the Marina Bay promenade. For a complete panoramic, head up to the SkyPark Observation Deck where you can catch the soaring views from the 57th floor.

historic trips for singles over 60

Though Utrecht is a larger city with excellent amenities, it also offers the charm of a smaller town. This medieval city in the Netherlands consists of lovely canals, well-preserved ancient architecture, and a quaint ambiance that is ideal for exploring by foot.  

Take a leisurely stroll by the old canal in the city center, and admire the picturesque backdrop, the ancient houses, as well as the cafes and shops. If you prefer to venture out onto the actual canals, kayak and boat rentals are available.

For a unique museum choice, head over to the Museum Speelklok, a unique haven for antique automated musical instruments. You’ll discover musical clocks, musical boxes, and the classic Dutch street organ.  

If you’re visiting in season, stop by the Bloemenmarkt, a local street bursting with vibrant and colorful flower of all types. Utrecht’s charming city center, intriguing museums, and unique character all make it a fantastic destination for single travelers over 60.

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The Smart Way to Travel When You’re Over 60 and Going It Solo

Solo travel can be daunting.

Most of your life, someone else has handled the travel – the reservations, the research, the budgeting.

Now, suddenly, for whatever reason – it’s up to you. Not only do you have to plan it all, but you actually have to go. There. On your own.

And that can be scary.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be, because solo travel after 60 can be easy, safe, and, more than anything, fulfilling beyond your wildest dreams.

Solo Travel – Simplified

Yes, I did say easy, because there’s a method to it and following a few simple steps will put you in the right frame of mind to go out there and grab the world on your own terms.

Don’t wish for a partner. Accept that you’re going on your own, and you’ve won half the battle.

Choose a comfortable, familiar destination for your first trip, somewhere you won’t feel too out of place.

A weekend trip to a new city down the road. A country that’s socially similar – Canada, for example – or one where English is spoken, like England or Scotland or Ireland or, if you’re feeling intrepid, East or Southern Africa.

Make it short. That way you won’t have time to miss home, and if you feel the trip wasn’t long enough, you’ll be able to make the next one longer.

It is vital to have a plan. You can always throw it out the window but the comfort of knowing where you’re going and when will help boost your peace of mind.

Pat yourself on the back. You’ve got this. You’re doing it. It’s your trip and no one is going to take it away from you.

Solo Travel – The Safe Way

As we get older and the carefreeness of our youth occasionally evaporates, little worries begin seeping in. What if I get sick? What if I’m robbed?

Tell yourself this: any one of those things could happen at home. You don’t have to be in Paris or Pamplona. Yes, things happen. And yes, you can do a lot to make sure they don’t.

Plan for Your Health

Getting sick is no fun anywhere, least of all when you’re in a strange place by yourself. Your first line of defense is robust health insurance . If you get ill, at least you won’t have to sell everything you own to get medical attention.

The next thing to do is make sure you have the name of a reliable practitioner and hospital at your destination, someone who speaks English.

You can often get this from your Embassy, but you can also find this information online. You’ll feel a lot safer if you’re already armed with those phone numbers before you even land.

And if you’re staying in a hotel, know that hotels always have doctors either on call or on their roster: just ring reception if you’re feeling poorly.

Plan for Your Safety

Getting robbed is a common fear at any age. We’ve already left most valuables at home and the last thing we need is the theft of what little we’ve taken with us (not to mention the pain of having to hunt down some cash and cancel credit cards).

I have a few tricks I use when I’m traveling to make sure my stuff stays mine.

The first is to secure my hotel room. When I’m in it, I use an alarm system. It can be as simple as sticking a plastic wedge under the door or as sophisticated as a portable door handle alarm – you hang it on the doorknob and if someone tries to enter your room, the entire neighborhood will hear the siren.

When I’m out of my room, I often leave the radio on to discourage opportunistic thieves. I also never leave anything of value in my room.

I use a cross-body bag that’s nearly impregnable and my little laptop fits right into it. I sometimes alternate with an anti-theft daypack. And if I don’t have my laptop with me, I use a money belt (some of the wider ones are now made to be comfortable even for my expanding waistline).

The Joys of Solo Travel

Practical measures are well and good, but the true reward of solo travel comes from the accomplishment of coming home a changed person.

Imagine the fears and hurdles you overcame on your first trip – what an accomplishment! If you could do that, what else could you do?

Here are just a few by-products of solo travel : you’ll feel greater self-confidence, you’ll feel stronger and better able to cope with the unexpected, you’ll open up to the world… and you’ll be better able to face whatever life throws at you.

After all, you’ve just been away, alone, and you made it there – and back.

Now, bring on the next challenge!

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What feelings does the concept of traveling solo evoke in you? How can you overcome them? Have you tried going somewhere on your own? How far from home did you go? What was the experience like? Please share with the women in our community.


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It isn’t scary…..but my uber driver had to help me unlock the door to my airbnb in Boston! The train station at night in Boston goes from wonderful, awesome and welcoming to scary, depressing and fraught at night!

Lisa Stege

I would say that the things one might worry about could also happen in the city where you live. In fact, they might even be more likely to happen because you may be so relaxed in your familiarity of your surroundings, that you may be more vulnerable. Awareness of your surroundings is essential no matter where you are.


There are a number of Women Only travel groups;i.e., Gutsy Women Travel, Girls Guide to the World and others … check them out!

Katherine D

I have traveled solo for many years without problem. My last trip was last week when I went to Boston to visit my brother. I was walking through the airport with my lugage wheeling beside me and I fell down. I was fortunate that the only thing hurt was my pride, but it was a terrible experience. I was able to get up thanks to a lady that came to help me and go on my way. I was sore the next morning, but it did not ruin my trip or stay. Heading home next week I worry about the trip home. Phew!

Lynne Stevens

I have traveled alone for years, and yes, I am still apprehensive before I set out. That never changes. However, my first goal is to get where I am staying and take a lot of deep breaths. Then I venture out and expand my exploring day by day. It’s never as scary as it is in my imagination before I do it. I’m thinking of doing another trip, and I’m just as apprehensive as ever. If we don’t get beyond that, we’ll never leave our homes. I’ve spent months and even years in other countries, and I wouldn’t change those experiences for anything. It’s a big world out there, and there just isn’t enough time to see it all (but we can try).

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Leyla Giray Alyanak is a former foreign correspondent obsessed with social issues, culture, food, maps – and stationery. She launched Women on the Road in 2007 to encourage women to travel solo whatever their age. Her weekly newsletter shares strategies to overcome solo travel challenges.

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Solo holiday ideas for over 50s and 60s

As the pressures of work and family life often ease in later life, you may find that you have more time to spend on yourself. Whether you've retired from work and want to spend your days travelling the world, or have decided to dedicate a little more Me Time, Explore's solo holidays could your ticket to doing all of the things you've always wanted to do.

Our holidays for single travellers over 50 and over 60 feature a huge range of activities across exciting destinations across the world. From laid back walking explorations to adventurous fully guided trips, our solo holidays cater to all, so you can choose the itinerary that works for you and enjoy an unforgettable adventure holiday.

Solo holidays for over 50s & 60s: Activities

Each itinerary for our over 50s and over 60s solo holidays has been carefully considered. Each has been designed to fully immerse you in the culture and spirit of your destination country, while allowing you to enjoy your surroundings at a pace that suits you through the activities you love most.

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Walking holidays for the over 50s and 60s

What better way to enjoy your solo holiday than on foot? We cater to all activity levels and all of our trips feature a clear walking grade to illustrate the difficulty of the route. Enjoy the best of both worlds with our leisurely walking tours for over 50s , such as our best-selling Amalfi Coast Walking trip which is peppered with regular opportunities to savour the delicious local cuisine and wine. Or, choose our Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Foot trip to discover a wealth of cultural heritage as you explore UNESCO Heritage Sites and even gain a new skill: bog walking.

For for something a little more challenging, why not tackle our Walking in the Rockies trip , which takes you through the very best Canadian landscapes and offers breathtaking, panoramic views?

Cycling holidays for the over 50s and 60s

If you'd prefer to adventure on two wheels, we offer a range of solo cycling holidays for over 50s to help you see the most of your chosen destination. Like with our walking holidays, you can choose the pace that's right for you. Challenge yourself to our Cycle the Dalmatian Coast trip, and take on moderate terrain as you travel from Split to Dubrovnik enjoying picturesque countryside, ancient cities and beautiful fishing villages, or push yourself with our Southern Oasis Cycling tour; the perfect way to explore Morocco's Draa Valley.

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Advice for mature single travellers over 50 and 60

Solo holidays for the over 50s and 60s are a great option if you want to spend some time doing your own thing outside of your typical couple or family holidays - perfect if there's a destination you've always wanted to visit.

To ensure your solo travel is as enjoyable as possible, it's important that you choose the right trip for you. Choose your holiday based on your preferred levels of activity, keeping in mind your usual activity levels to ensure you're not pushing yourself too much. You may also want to consider the climate of the country you're visiting, as extreme heat or cold may make maintaining activity levels more difficult.

Before you book, you should also check the accessibility of your destination. For example, a hilly terrain may be overly challenging if you have mobility issues. If you'd like further information about the accessibility of your chosen tour, the Explore team are on hand to help.

If you need medication, remember to pack enough for the duration of your trip. Keeping them in their original packaging will make it easier to go through customs and it's wise to write down the name of your medication, so you can get more should you run out while you're away.

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Enjoy solo travel designed for mature travellers with Explore

Whether you choose our walking or cycling holidays, we'll take care of everything - we'll even provide your bike for your ride - so your only concern is making the most of your over 50s or over 60s adventure holiday. We provide travel, evening accommodation and most meals; full details of what each trip entails can be found on the specific trip pages.

While a solo holiday may sound daunting, you won't actually be travelling alone. You'll travel in a group made up of a mix of other mature solo travellers, couples and famillies. Travellers are carefully selected to create the right mix for your trip, helping you meet new people, socialise and make new friends.

During your trip, you'll also benefit from an expert tour guide. Usually a local from your chosen destination, they'll share their extensive knowledge of the area, guiding you through the must-see sights and hidden gems to deliver a truly authentic experience. They're on-hand throughout the duration of your trip to answer any questions you may have.

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