In a time where fulfilment is increasingly about collecting experiences rather than possessions, more and more people look to travel as a cornerstone in overall happiness. Setting out on any type of journey is a rewarding experience, but solo travel can be an adventurous discovery of the world and the self. The past few years have seen more and more people get onboard with this travel trend, but it can be an intimidating prospect if you've never done it before. Don't let this get the better of you though; these luxury options are the perfect way to dip your toes in the refreshing pool that is solo travel.
Conjuring images of well-heeled ladies and gents alighting their carriage to travel to places previously unseen, there's something romantic about traversing the world by rail. Not only is that romance still very much alive, but there are several iconic train journeys in countries around the globe that provide solo travellers with an unforgettable luxury experience.
Gold Leaf service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer allows you to travel Canada's ruggedly beautiful landscapes by day and stay in the lap of luxury at 5-star hotels by night. Your onboard experience will be punctuated by comfortable seats, glass dome carriages offering incredible views, attentive service and once-in-a-lifetime tours and experiences that range from scenic helicopter flights to city walking tours.
If you're looking for something closer to home, The Ghan traverses the great red expanses of the Australian outback with an emphasis on the finer things. Choose the Platinum Service and you'll be treated to a luxurious cabin that transforms from a private lounge by day to a comfortable bedroom by night. You'll also be privy to such luxury touches as in-cabin breakfasts and access to the Platinum Club dining car and lounge as you explore the sunburnt stretches of your own backyard.
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If you'd rather travel by water, a river cruise provides the perfect chance for solo exploration without the hassle that can come with travelling to multiple destinations. Unpack once and spend the remainder of your trip waking up to a new destination every day. With itineraries that drift along iconic waterways throughout the globe, you'll have your pick of what you want to see.
Viking River Cruises are a great choice for those that want to explore Asia or Europe, with multiple itineraries to choose from. No matter where you travel, you can rest assured your every need will be met, with luxurious ships appointed with the finest facilities and accommodations. In fact, Viking's European longships offer full verandas and the largest suites on the rivers of Europe.
Maybe you'd rather experience the sultry culture and landscapes of South America? Avalon will take you there in style and comfort onboard their premium ships. With everything from Egyptian super-combed cotton linens to L'Occitane toiletries in each suite, all of the little details have been thought of and realised with supreme attention to detail. You will also be treated to a selection of exclusive excursions, providing you with an authentic look at these beautiful destinations.
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For those that would rather explore every inch of a single destination, there are plenty of luxury hotels out there that not only allow you to stay in the lap of luxury, but provide all the services you need to experience everything your destination has to offer. From day tours to fine dining, it can all be arranged for you, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the thrill of exploring at your own pace.
Find serenity in the Maldives with a stay at the One & Only Reethi Rah. Book a few nights in a Water Villa perched above the shimmering lagoon and you'll be treated to beautiful island-inspired interiors that meet the exacting standards of any discerning traveller. The netted wrap-around hammocks suspended over the water just happen to be the perfect place to find your inner Zen. Beyond the rooms, the hotel is all too happy to arrange exciting excursions that allow you see the beauty of this area first hand. From seaplane flights and Dhoni excursions to swimming with whale sharks, your days are only limited by how adventurous you're feeling.
Hitting the high seas is a superb option for first time solo travellers. Not only do all inclusive packages take the hassle out of looking after all of those little details, but small ship journeys can whisk you to exotic destinations while maintaining a more intimate experience. As an added benefit, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes time to decide where to go as there are plenty of luxury cruise lines promising exceptional onboard experiences.
Silversea is a premium small ship operator that prides itself on providing passengers with a unique experience both onboard and off. Sailing to countries across all seven continents, it doesn't matter where you want to go, you can find an itinerary to suit. Each ship offers all-suite accommodation with personalised service from a team of highly trained hosts. Experience fine dining every night and benefit from a full schedule of wellness and enrichment activities. For days when you're not at sea, the Silver Shore Concierge can create a tailor-made tour that allows you to explore each destination according to your own specifications.