If you plan your next trip as a solo traveller, you may want to go on a solo walking holiday. For many people who are not familiar with travelling alone, joining walking groups is indeed a great way to get started.
Walking in nature has many health benefits: it helps declutter your mind, detox from digital life, and daily humdrum. Furthermore, it is also a fantastic way of socialising and meet new friends.
If you travel with other solo travellers that share the same values and goals, it makes it easier to create bonds and relationships, especially when you are over 50 with fewer or no companions to travel with.
Walking Group Tours for Solo Travellers
How do you get started with walking trips?
I think you should ask yourself why you want to join a tour in the first place. Walking completely alone and walking in a group tour is an entirely different activity with a different purpose.
A guided walking group is safer, possibly more organised and gives you more peace of mind. Wheres walking completely by yourself implies a higher knowledge of the trail, the region and projects you into a completely different perspective. You will be alone all the time.
There are tons of walking tours for active people. Usually, they target people’s age or interests, or genders. There are many tours for 40-50-year-old travellers geared towards the same fitness level and kind of benefits, pace and expectations. And there are women’s only tours too.
The size of the group is also important. Joining a small group gives you a more intimate atmosphere. While it’s way easier to manage a small group, you are also likely to get to know all your tour mates, whereas a large group can get more complicated in many ways. I recommend walking holidays with a small group of 15 maximum to make the most of your walking adventure.
Solo walking holiday for over 50
If you are over 50 and love going on guided walking trips, joining a small group of like-minded single travellers may be a great idea. Many of the best tour companies offer multiple destinations with great walking itineraries, from local trails to overseas short breaks and multi-weeks walking holidays.
If you like to join a small group run by locals and explore places that you wouldn’t get to know without the help of a local tour guide, choose a local company versus a big one.
If you love to immerse yourself in the Mediterranean climate and relish the spectacular mountain landscape, there are a few walking tours that I’d like to suggest joining.
They are great for many reasons. First of all, I have personally created them, and secondly, I plan and organise them with the help of locally owned individual operators. So there are no big tour companies behind my tours. Here they are in a short overview.
Hiking Trips for solo travellers over 50
Walking and hiking go hand-in-hand. While walking is an outdoor activity that you can do in town and city parks, hiking is more extensive walking in mountain and coastal landscapes. There are many types of hiking tours, some including climbing and some don’t. My trips are easy walking trails that everyone can do. Also, beginners are welcome. No climbing is involved in my tours.
Small Walking Group Tour of Krk Island Croatia in September 2019
This is a highlight if you love swimming and hiking. This small Dalmatian Krk Island is a jewel, and because of its vicinity to Northeast Italy (a 1.5-hour drive from Trieste, it’s a great opportunity for solo travellers.
I offer it as a combo tour, i.e. we will be visiting Trieste for 1.5 days and then head to Baska, Croatia, where we will be going walking on four-day tours. Expect the Karst plateau’s dramatic lunar landscape and superb swimming at the small beaches and secluded bays.
Guided Walking Tour of the Dolomites
This tour is a guided tour for solo travellers who love hiking in the Dolomites in the summer.
We have been hiking in South Tyrol in the Northern Dolomites with a soft start in Bolzano on the South Tyrol Jazz Festival 2019. So we will combine some walks and some excellent food tastings while listening to Jazz Concerts in the mountains.
Women’s only Group Tour of Venice and its surroundings
Here I have restricted the participants to female solo travellers only as we will be staying in a shared dorm in a mountain hut on one night.
If you love to explore Venice’s lesser-known yet unique sites and their beautiful surroundings, this is a fantastic tour. It takes you to the Prosecco Hills near Vittorio Veneto and the Eastern Dolomites for a hike near Cortina.
Here are the details of this Walking Trip from Venice to the Dolomites.
More Walking Tours of Australia
All of my trips are small groups tours for over 40s and 50s. I also plan some walking tours for women-only groups. If you travel solo and love the idea of joining group trips for solo travellers, watch out this space for the upcoming Australia Small Group Tours.
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