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Am I too old to travel solo? It’s a question I encounter frequently. But let me assure you, the tides have changed.

There’s a noticeable surge in the over-60 travel demographic. If you find yourself over 60 and contemplating solo travel for the first time, rest assured, you’re not alone.

In our Facebook group, we receive enquiries from individuals questioning whether their age fits into solo travel tour groups. But on the flip side, there’s a wealth of shared stories from first-time solo travellers in their 50s, 60s and beyond.

Comparing this to 2006 when I started Encounter Travel, the landscape for over 60’s travel has evolved significantly. It’s not just me noticing this shift; countless blogs, travel companies and adventurers are recognising this fantastic trend.

Why Choose Solo Travel After 60?

The reasons for embarking on solo travel in your 60s or 70s or even 80’s are diverse.

Perhaps you crave a short break or finally have the time for an indulgent longer trip. You might be curious about testing your independence or reigniting the solo travel passion from your past.

Regardless of the motivation, the desire to explore the world solo knows no age limits.

Navigating Solo Travel: Practical Insights

For those hesitant to take the plunge, starting small is key. Dip your toes in the water with a short trip or join a small tour to ease into solo travel.

Worried about dining alone or feeling isolated? Small group tours offer a balance of independence and companionship, providing a more intimate travel experience.

Catering To Your Comfort: Travel Fit Considerations

Concerns about fitness level should not deter you from solo travel. While peak fitness opens up more options, there are plenty of travel styles suitable for varying fitness levels.

When choosing a travel group, seek guidance on fitness requirements to ensure a comfortable experience. If you feel you’ve got a less than ideal fitness level, then consider ocean or river cruising. You can set your own pace and pick and choose your own shore excursions. Otherwise, a resort escape or retreat maybe ideal.

Ensuring Safety On Solo Adventures

Safety concerns are common among solo travellers of all ages. However, solo travel safety is largely within your control.

By being mindful of your destination choices and travel methods; you can mitigate risks and enjoy your adventures with peace of mind.

Finding Community and Inspiration

In our Facebook group, individuals of all ages share their solo travel experiences, offering inspiration and support.

From exploring vibrant cities to trekking through scenic landscapes, age is merely a number when it comes to fulfilling travel dreams.

Here’s just some of the posts we’ve seen:

“I seem to be a tad older than others. I am 71 and my husband has got tired of travelling. I haven’t. Off in a couple of weeks to Vietnam and Cambodia. Did it solo in Sept. Going a bit longer this time. Love Siem Reap.” Kim.

“I am coming up to 74 in March and have travelled solo for the last 15 years and intend to keep going. Have recently become part of the Encounter Travel Tribe and looking forward to new experiences with the tribe.” Brian.

“71 and have been travelling solo for 15+ years, will be celebrating my 72nd in Italy this June, but can’t do trekking (two hip replacements and spinal arthritis), but still manage it.” Gerri.

“Yep I’m 71 still trekking just love Peru.” Margo.

“Thank you. I have joined but still apprehensive…just a little nervous. You have given me inspiration. I am 65 soon. I am thinking of doing Italy. I’m from Canberra. Love your spirit.” Natalie.

In conclusion, age should never be a barrier to solo travel. Whether you’re embarking on your first solo journey or continuing a lifelong passion for exploration, the world is yours to discover, no matter your age.