Happy August! Now that summer is winding down, we’re thinking about back-to-school—and specifically, to college. This month, we’re talking about a new trend we’ve been seeing lately: Families taking special trips with their college-bound kids. And speaking of bonding travel, we’re also highlighting our recent retreat in Puerto Rico—including our top hosting tips. And finally, rounding out this edition is a great Q&A with Qatar Airways, which was recently honored with the distinction of “World’s Best Airline.” We hope the rest of your summer is fun and relaxing!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
One of the fastest growing trends in travel? Women traveling solo to destinations around the globe. There are a host of different reasons for this growing movement—from the freedom that comes with visiting a place on your own to simply being excited to see the world, according to various sources and surveys.
And luckily, there are some amazing places to consider, no matter what type of vacation you’re planning.
If you’re looking for a city trip. Visiting a city—whether in your own neck of the woods or somewhere thousands of miles away—is a great way to explore on your own. There’s no shortage of cultural activities, amazing restaurants, and people to meet. Plus, there’s usually public transportation—or at least Uber and taxis—to help make getting around that much easier. If you’re U.S.-based, we love Chicago and Montreal for a quick weekend getaway. In Europe, London offers tons of to-do’s, whether you want to snap a pic in front of Kensington Palace or prefer hitting some of the trendy lounges and bars. Further afield, Cape Town, Sydney and Singapore all offer amazing amenities and attractions.
If you want to focus on resting and relaxing. There’s nothing better than being able to really chill out on vacation, and doing it without worrying about anyone but yourself can make it the ultimate in self-care. And there are tons of places around the world to do just that—from trying one of four dozen workout classes at the Golden Door Spa in San Marcos, California to taking in all the nature at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park in Canada to indulging in the included-in-your stay treatments at St. Lucia’s Le Body Holiday. Looking for something a little different? Roll out your yoga mat at the base of Ananda in the Himalayas Spa in India or re-energize at the Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort in Italy.
If you prefer adventure. Rather more movement than meditation? There are tons of fun experiences to be had, particularly in Europe where walking, biking and multi-sport tours are growing in popularity. Some ideas: Booking a biking and hiking tour of Croatia and Montenegro, or stick to just biking, with a tour of the Basque Country in Spain—or skip that altogether and try a walking tour of the Italian lakes region.
Need help deciding? A travel advisor can not only offer their expertise on navigating solo travel, but can also help you figure out where to go and book a slew of things for you to do while there. Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.