Geoff Potter

Indulge yourself with a holiday for one

IT SEEMS I am not alone in my quest for a singles-friendly holiday, minus kids, honeymooners or cheesy sales lines.

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Thanks to all of those who wrote. Just a few of their comments and suggestions that I hope other singles will find inspirational as well. As for me - I'm thinking Hawaii.

"I might be a bit different to the average bloke my age. When I go on holidays I don't sit on the beach much, I can do that at the Gold Coast. I go for adventure and adrenalin. In Hawaii I went to see lava flowing from an active volcano, went bungy jumping and zip lining in the tree tops, went surfing and did some scuba diving with turtles and snorkelling with reef fish. Pina coladas at sunset." - Garry.

  "Being on your own makes it a bit restrictive, unless you are very adventurous. Short hiking and golf holidays are okay for 'myself' holidays. Wellness retreat - which I haven't tried - will also fit the category. Noosa can offer great lone ranger holidays - you can hike up the national park, play golf, stroll on the beach or just have a cup of coffee at Aromas and people watch." - Rita.

"I started going on solo holidays after I turned 40 and I just plan them myself. I like to incorporate some activity, walking and general exploring and taking in the sights.

One of the best ones I've been on is a swim trek trip - it's a group of about 12 people plus a couple of experienced swimming guides and even if you're not a great swimmer, you can enjoy it at your leisure. It's a great way to see the Greek islands (there are other places to visit as well), the group was a great bunch, people in their 40s up to late 60s.

Another great destination for a single woman is Croatia. So easy to get around by bus or train to different towns." - Maria.

  "I personally loved Los Angeles, Boston and Marblehead, MA, in the US. In Australia, Melbourne is fun and Lord Howe Island was relaxing." - Dominique

"I booked and flew to Sydney and boarded a Royal Caribbean Cruise on my own. As a single person they seat you at large tables of eight to 10 other singles or couples at meal times, which allowed you to meet other people. The staff on board always encouraged everyone to participate in the activities. I do a bit of travelling within Australia on my own and once in a city I book tours - and being on my own usually the whole group adopts me anyway." - Kelley.

Bon voyage.

Helen Hawkes is a qualified counsellor and happiness coach. Go to The Feelgood Factor at

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