I'm thinking of organising a holiday for about 3 weeks in June/July to Europe.
I'm tossing up between two ideas.
One is going to a French language school for a few weeks (I've studied French for a year or so before, but need some improvement!) where I have class in the morning and free afternoons for sight seeing etc.
The other is booking a trip on an organised tour. I'd definitely like it to involve part of the south of France, but it could include some other parts of Europe too.
I'm in my mid 30's and single, and not a huge fan of travelling alone, as I can get quite anxious and am not necessarily that outgoing person who can make friends wherever they go. It's not an option at the moment to travel with anyone else. Part of what stresses me about a trip like this is being on my own such a long way from home, but I would like to beat some of this anxiety and prove to myself that I can do it (and not just survive but enjoy it too!). It's crazy because when I was younger I did quite a bit of travel on my own.
In terms of the trips I am looking at the language school would be great but I'm not sure how easily I will make friends there to do things with in the afternoons and evenings. I don't need someone to hang out with all the time but three weeks could be quite lonely without company. Also without others to motivate me I can be a bit reluctant to 'bother' going out to explore as much as I might otherwise.
An organised tour of somewhere could be good but then you are bound to their itinerary. Also I don't want to do something like contiki where everyone is very young and wants to get drunk and party all the time, nor do I want to join a tour with retirees. Maybe people have recommendations for groups that would have a similar age bracket to me?
Any thoughts or advice on the above would be appreciated.