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Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

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Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

Hi,

My Mum (bereaved 3 years) is looking for a solo overseas holiday, flying from the UK. She'd like access to some backup when travelling there and a bit of english-speaking company from other visitors when she's there, but not to be over-organised into group trips all the time.

I looked back over 20 pages of post titles & read the ones that looked promising, but no joy yet so am posting this question. Anyone have any suggestions for travel companies that might have something to suit her?

Mum likes walking, history, and nature, and might try other things too.

She's keen on Switzerland (full disclosure: I asked a similar question in there) but is interested in all countries, especially Europe.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

Italy is lovely, lots of family hotels ie small, coffee, wine, lemoncello. The Amalfi coast is beautiful, ferry & walks on Capri, loads of history not just the famous bits.

Cyprus is a walking destination, lots of expats & english speakers.

Some of the Greek islands too - do a Shirley Valantine ;-)

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2. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

Solo's do walking hols for all ages and abilities and in all sorts of different destinations... I have only ever done a Ski Holiday with Solos, but they were quite well organised and not too 'intrusive'. Of course the other group members you end up with can make-or-break it....

http://www.solosholidays.co.uk/walks-treks

HF are a holiday co specifically devoted to walking holidays, mostly in the UK but also in other countries - I have no personal experience with them, but 'know they exist' from some posts I have seen on the UK forum:

http://www.hfholidays.co.uk/

They are reccomended by the UK ramblers associaton, if that helps any...

ramblers.org.uk/technical-pages/…

of course here, I have 'picked up' on the walking aspect of your remit, but I guess if your mum did one of these hols and there were a walk she did not fancy on any day, she could go 'independent' and doing some local museum/city sightseeing herself, instead...

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3. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

PS, I like walking, but don't do it as often as I should.

However, when I go on my solo trips (all sorts of different places in the world) I find that most tourist offices will have maps and walking routes around their local areas many of which are good and interesting, some are city walks, and others get you out of the city/town/village into the local countryside!! Plus they usually are graded for difficulty, 'prospective time taken', points of interest, etc....

Sometimes the walks leaflets in the tourist office are free, sometimes cost a £ or 'euro' or 2 - often not much, and usually well worth-it IMO!!

I daresay if there was a local and 'native' style 'ramblers association' the tourist offices would know about them - but I also daresay you could google them up if you really set your mind to it....

Bon Chance!

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4. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

The only travel company I can think of that specifically aims for the "grey" market is Saga. Although based in the UK, I'm fairly sure she could book from the ROI. They offer a wide spectrum of holidays, but their prices seem higher than most travel companies.

Thompsons used to offer a range called "Small & Friendly", which, as the name suggests , were for holidays in smaller hotels and B & B's. I have no idea what the single supplement would be.

I once used a company called Cachet Travel. They have holidays mainly in Turkey and Greece. Excellent company ( based in the UK) , and they do organise escorted walking holidays in the spring.

Edited: 27 December 2012, 10:59
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5. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

When I travel I generally pick a city (usually cities are "solo" friendly). Once there I not only explore it, but go on small group day trips out to the countryside.

So, my suggestion is to pick a city, get a hotel for a week or two and then no only enjoy all it has to offer but day trips.

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6. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

A tour company that I have used and been very pleased with is Just You. It is UK based and part of Travelsphere.

People of all ages and definitely not a dating type holiday.

I went to Tuscany and Cuba. A friend went to Jordan. And very good it was with really good, British, tour managers and local guides.

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7. Re: Solo travel with some help for my Mum, aged 72?

Trouble is being on a trip with a tour leader they like to sell their own trips. Went twice with Solos to Egypt, did some of their trips which were good - organised by Fivestaregypt. I was able to book direct with the Egyptian company after as I got their details :-)

The tour leaders do not dominate or try to organise you, they kept very much in the background to be there as needed. I started going off on my own trips & one or two came and joined me. No hassle.

They are doing 2 walking holidays in the Med. All ages. You could go on some walks, often with lunch and pass on some and take yourself of elsewhere.

Saga I've been places with. In the past I got to some exotic locations at excellent prices. Since the repeated public buyouts they are more like Thompsons. They do want to keep you on their trips and they are not always the best. They tend not to do activities much. The ones advertised often aren't take up so don't run. Personally I found more friendship with Solos.

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