It’s not easy these days for senior women to travel the world on their own. It takes a certain kind of woman to pull that off. That’s why senior women traveling solo reminds me of Christopher Columbus.
They are in search of new horizons and far off places without knowing what wonders and new discoveries lay ahead. Senior women who travel alone deserve a ton of respect. It’s a big world out there and you never know what’s going to happen. But living in fear of the unknown does not sit well with savvy senior women travelers.
I believe it’s all about attitude and self-confidence. Women who have what it takes to set out on their own all have a certain quality. They have made up their minds they’re not going to be sequestered in their homes, towns, or cities out of fear of the unknown. Confidence in their abilities to fend for themselves is the catalyst that sets their travel adventures in motion.
Most of all these women have common sense to map out their holiday plans. They realize that there are many travel options that are tailored specifically for solo senior women.
CRUISE SHIP HOLIDAYS
Cruise lines place a high premium on their cabin space. If a person decides to travel solo, they often have to pay twice the price for the cabin. However, if a person is single, they can opt for a shared cabin. They will be placed with another single person of the same gender.
This might be perfect for senior women who are traveling on their own and deals with loneliness on a daily basis back home. Although one never knows who they will end up being matched up with, chances are very good that they will get along just fine.
As a matter of fact, they could end up being the best of friends by the time the cruise is over.
On the other hand, there may be women who would rather pay a higher price in order to have their own cabin. If that’s the case, it doesn’t mean they can’t meet new people and make new friends.
Besides, cruising by yourself means you are only responsible for your own pleasure and not someone else’s as well.
You can come and go as you please. You can stay up as late as you want dancing the night away with the new gentlemen friends you are sure to meet. After those late nights, you can sleep in as long as you want.
Most cruise lines have special events designed for solo travelers. Some will even reduce or waive single-supplements in order to fill empty cabins. They often have single meet-and-greets and special dining arrangements for those traveling alone.
Norwegian Cruise Line does an excellent job of catering to solo cruisers. The Norwegian Epic led the way in the NCL fleet by offering 128 studio cabins aimed at those who are traveling alone and prefer the privacy of their own space.
Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway took the same path and feature 59 studio cabins. The Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Escape have 82 studio units.
The cabin sizes vary depending on the configuration of the ship, but all include a flat-screen T.V., bathroom, and full-sized bed. Best of all, studio guests have access to a very exclusive social area called the Studio Complex and Lounge.
It features coffee-making facilities, large-screen T.V., and even a bartender depending on the time of day. Best of all they have hosted pre-dinner gatherings every day.
Savvy senior women travelers who do their research before booking a cruise will look for options just like those offered by NCL. It makes traveling on their own far less intimidating if they do their homework and pick the perfect cruise.
LAS VEGAS FOR SINGLE SENIOR WOMEN
If a few simple rules are followed, traveling to Las Vegas alone can be a fun-filled trip. However, there are several common-sense tips that the solo senior woman should keep in mind when traveling to Sin City.
- Plan your arrival for the daytime. It’s much safer than arriving at a strange destination in the dead of night.
- Don’t wear expensive jewelry or dress inexpensive, flashy clothes. It’s much better to dress casually and fit in as if you’re a local.
- Make a point of never flashing your money around. Try to avoid counting your money in the middle of the casino.
- If you happen to win a lot of money, have a security guard walk you to your room. Personally, I don’t feel enough seniors take advantage of all the security personnel casinos have. They are there for the specific purpose of ensuring the safety of their guests.
- Most Las Vegas hotels have in-room safes, but an even safer option is to use the safe-deposit boxes at the main desk.
- Stay and play where the crowd is, and avoid less reputable areas.
- Take copies of all your travel documents and store them in your safe. I usually carry the copies with me and store the originals in the room safe. If you happen to win big, having a copy of your passport would come in handy. Also, if there is some sort of medical emergency it will be easy to figure out who you are and where you are from.
- If you rent a car, avoid walking to your car by yourself at night. Have someone from hotel security escort you to your car. A tip of around $3 would be a nice gesture.
- Always keep an eye on your purse if you are in or near big crowds. Most people are in Las Vegas to have a good time. However, like most big cities where tourism is the main draw, there is always a certain criminal element to be aware of. Just taking a few common-sense precautions will ensure you have a worry-free holiday in Las Vegas.
Now if you want to try something really daring, try the Grand Canyon West zip line.
When you visit their site, click on the explore button on top of the page and check out their amazing Grand Canyon options. They include a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and many other features.
It’s not lost on the travel industries that many solo senior women have the desire to travel to Europe. Many agencies have guided tours available that are perfect for solo travelers.
Perhaps you would like to visit Paris. Maybe you might enjoy a show and champagne at the Moulin Rouge.
Or maybe a skip-the-line guided tour of the Colosseum and arena floor in Rome.
There are countless opportunities to travel safely all over Europe if senior women traveling on their own join guided tours. It’s a very safe way to see the world and feel completely safe while you do it.
THE WORLD IS YOUR PLAYGROUND
Whether single female seniors decide to go on a cruise, visit Las Vegas or travel to Europe, there is always a way to do it in safety. The main thing is to plan your trip carefully so there are no surprises when you reach your travel destination.
Traveling alone can be an excellent adventure, and many fears solo travelers have are unfounded for the most part. Common sense is the order of the day when planning a solo trip.
Who knows, there is always the chance that you will meet that someone special and you will never have to travel alone again.
Solo senior women are indeed awesome. They have what it takes to seek out adventure and new worlds. That’s why senior women traveling solo reminds me of Christopher Columbus.