Flying solo

In the 90‘s, when you wanted to leave town, all you had to do was inform close family and friends. In the new millennium, it involved doing the same with the new-fangled addition of turning off your cell phone. In 2011 “getting away” is a tough—if not odious—task. Today, you are required to inform your family, friends and colleagues at work besides updating your Facebook, Messenger and Twitter status and tweets. Is it any wonder then that with greater disposable income and greater technology dependence, people are scouring the globe for the perfect, stress-free (read: tech-free) getaway? Planning on organising a last-minute girlie weekender or a road trip with the boys? Think again, with everyone’s erratic work schedules, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to coordinate a group holiday. The simple solution: travel solo. We’ve put together three of the best trips from around the globe perfectly designed for those who enjoy nothing more than flying solo.

There is something unexplainable about the joy and pride one feels on reaching a mountain’s summit. It is the ultimate adrenaline rush and is an incomparable feeling of euphoria. Of course, not everybody is financially or physically fit enough to conquer Mount Everest. But any sort of mountain-conquering can be fun and cathartic, as long as it’s done with the right attitude. The Annapurna Dhaulagiri is a two week trek that takes place in mystical Nepal. This trip has a definite feel-good factor about it, since the accommodation comes by way of lodges whose profit is donated to benefit local schools and village projects. Encounter terraced hillsides en route to Upper Ghandruk and forge a path through the remote hill terrain of Bayeli as you finally emerge victorious on the Kopra Ridge and marvel at the lofty Himalayan range. The icing on the cake is the return journey—to match your peaceful frame of mind; the route descends through alpine pastures and oak forests and terminates at the picturesque Lake Phewa at Pokhara which is renowned for its beauty. Travelling by oneself has never been this tranquil.
To book log onto:
Package price: Rs 73,646

This multi-sport adventure takes place in Santiago, more specifically—Torres del Paine. Your journey begins on horseback as you ride through the pampas on strong Criollo horses, experiencing the Gaucho culture of Patagonia as you go. Next stop—Torres del Paine National Park, where you hike to the famous ‘W’ granite peaks. Finally, paddle your kayak on the Serrano River past untouched forests and snow-topped mountains and visit the two magnificent hanging glaciers at the remote Bernado O’Higgins National Park. This holiday is so packed with things to do, you won’t even realise you’re travelling alone. Moreover, it’s definitely a trip for those who have difficulty staying still.
To book log onto:
Package price: Rs 1,26,753

If you’re a Greek mythology buff, this is one trip you don’t want to miss. A walking tour of Mount Olympus with experienced guides will enthral anyone. Home to the twelve gods of ancient Greece, with the mighty Zeus as commander-in-chief, Olympus looms high above Litochoro and Summit Zero. One of the most sacred mountains on earth, it has two main ascents as well as other interesting walks. Summit Zero is the ideal place to start your trek. With lagoons, gorges, ravines and the Enipea river as a part of the view that cascades down to the sea, is it any wonder the Gods chose Olympus as their home? The journey begins in Litochoro and passes through the Enipeas canyon, a steep valley with thick birch oak and pine forests, wooden bridges and the sixteenth century St. Dionysius Monastery and culminates at Mytikas.
To book log onto:
Package price: Rs 11,582

You may also like:

The 10 Most Annoying Co-Passengers

Meet India's Highest Fliers- 16 Million Miles And Counting

The 5 Best Cities For Music Lovers

Neville Bhandara

Test your Travel Quotient!

Question 1

Which of these structures was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Buenos Aires?

Poll Choice Options
  • Babel Book Tower
  • The Obelisk
  • Plaza San Martin

Join the Great East Coast Road Drive

Follow exclusive coverage of Jay's bike ride to Kashmir

More from Conde Nast Traveller

  • Food Fatale: Fall in love with Luck …

    Food Fatale: Fall in love with Luck …

    From the spicy kebabs to the bustling bazaars, Neha Prasada returns to the city of her childhood and finds that its many charms remain intact … More »

    CNTraveller - Tue 25 Feb, 2014 11:13 AM IST
  • Four Asian dive spots you didn’t know …

    Four Asian dive spots you didn’t know …

    If you love diving, plunge in and explore these four unforgettable dive spots in Asia … More »

    CNTraveller - Tue 4 Feb, 2014 11:40 AM IST
  • Vana, Malsi Estate, opens in Dehrad …

    Vana, Malsi Estate, opens in Dehrad …

    It was perhaps fitting that I fell ill with a bad bout of gastro on my way to visit the nation’s newest wellness retreat: Vana, Malsi Estate. All that met the eye … More »

    CNTraveller - Wed 29 Jan, 2014 12:37 PM IST
  • Where to go in February

    Where to go in February

    February seems to be the month of festivals, with celebrations of all sorts taking place around the world. From food and wine to art and music—with the odd carnival … More »

    CNTraveller - Mon 27 Jan, 2014 4:20 PM IST
  • India’s 20 Most-Charming B&Bs

    India’s 20 Most-Charming B&Bs

    We’ve picked India’s 20 most charming B&Bs, where spending a night (or four) will be an experience to remember. … More »

    CNTraveller - Fri 3 Jan, 2014 2:11 PM IST

Write for Traveler