Singles are usually more budget-conscious travelers, partly because they tend to be younger. They don't want to have to come up with any extra money because typically they don't have any. That makes singles ideal candidates for an all-inclusive vacation at a resort like the Breezes Resort and Spa Trelawny in Falmouth, Jamaica or the independent Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay, which offer budget inclusive packages without a lot of frills.
The Dominican Republic also has many budget-priced all-inclusive resorts.
For singles interested mostly in drinking and lying on the beach, a budget all-inclusive may be all you need. Singles like all-inclusives because alcohol is included and the single supplement tends to be lower than on a cruise ship. To help keep costs down, look for a resort that will allow four guests in a room. Properties in Montego Bay and Cancun are popular with singles because they offer the nightlife that single travelers often crave.
Resorts with swim-up pool bars and lots of organized activities also are popular with singles.
Younger, more inexperienced travelers like an all-inclusive vacation because it minimizes the amount of planning and arrangements they need to make on their own in an unfamiliar destination.
Security can be a big concern for solo travelers, especially women. The Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and more upscale destinations like St. Barts are particularly known for their safety.
When traveling alone, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Book a hotel with a 24-hour front desk so that if your travel plans go awry, you don't miss your window for checking in to your room.
- Do not disclose that you are traveling alone to strangers. Though meeting new people is a fun part of traveling, it is safer to let on that you are with company rather than tell people that you are going to be alone in your room and out and about.
- Carry ID on you, but NOT your passport. If you are traveling to a country that requires a passport, keep this locked up and safe in your room. However, make sure that you have ID -- school ID, driver's license, a copy of either of the above -- on you at all times.
- Post on social media where you are going to go. That way, if you are gone for longer than seems safe, there will be a large audience of people who know your most recent whereabouts.
- Use good judgment. If you have a bad feeling about going somewhere or going out with someone, then don't do it. It's far better to be safe than sorry.
Of course, in order to enjoy your vacation, you're going to want to focus on more than just your safety! So we've also compiled a list of some great tips for how to get the most out of your singles vacation -- and have a travel experience that will make all of your friends at home jealous!
More Tips for Solo Travelers
- When going out to eat, sit yourself at the bar. This is a great place to meet new people – even if those new people are just the bartenders, who make great company AND great drinks!
- Don't dwell on being alone! Cherish your "me" time because it doesn't happen that often. There's nothing wrong with being alone, and in fact, it can be the best vacation there is! So revel in your solo travels – you can be your own best copilot!
- Plan for fun! If you're traveling solo, then you have the freedom to do things that best suit your interest. Whether that's planning a day at the beach, or learning how to paddle board, this trip is a great opportunity to seek out the thing that YOU want to do and get them done!
- Live in the moment! Definitely take pictures and get ready to post on social media when you get home, but while you're in the islands, just enjoy it! Of course, as mentioned above, it can be a safety precaution to post your location occasionally to your friends, but in general, this trip is for you, so be selfish! And keep it all to yourself (at least until the Wifi on the plane home kicks in!).
Being single doesn't mean having a bad time -- in fact, there's no better place to say "so long" to everyone you know and ship off to have the vacation of your lifetime than the sunny, sparkling beaches of the Caribbean!