Tips For Single Travellers Over 60 In Majorca
Travelling on your own at any age can be daunting, but a holiday in an unfamiliar country could hold difficulties for older solo travellers in particular. You know that you have to consider accommodation options, book airport transfers and research possible activities, but what else should you think about? Here are our top tips for single travellers over 60.
1. Do your research
The best thing you can do is research in advance. Although it can be fun to be impulsive and spontaneous when travelling abroad, it's sensible to read up on the area you are visiting. If you find it difficult to walk for long periods of time, you should make sure that you can easily access all the sites you intend to visit or organise transport. You should familiarise yourself with the local culture and customs to ensure that you don't break any laws, use offensive hand gestures, tip too much or too little, or wear inappropriate clothes to religious sites.
2. Learn a few key phrases
Make sure you know how to say important Spanish phrases, such as 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please' and 'thank you', and are able to find out where the nearest shop, toilet, hotel or doctors surgery is. Alternatively, carry a phrasebook, but don't rely on your mobile phone, as it could run out of charge.
3. Pack light
No one wants to be lugging heavy bags around all day. Walking up steps, getting into taxis and exploring historic sites is more difficult if you've got a big bag in tow, so only pack the essentials.
4. Be aware of 'dangerous' areas
Some areas are worse than others in terms of crime. Make sure you are careful around tourist hotspots and on busy beaches, as this is where you may be targeted. Be suspicious of anyone who bumps into you or tries to strike up a spontaneous conversation with you to draw your attention away from your belongings.
5. Tell someone
Although you'll be exploring different places every day, make sure you tell someone your rough location and plans, whether that's a new friend in your hotel or family back home. Also, turn on your mobile's GPS so that you can be tracked if you get into trouble.
There are plenty of benefits that come with travelling alone later in life. More life experience and probably have more money to spend, too! So don't be put off following your dreams. Don't forget to book your Majorca airport transfers .