Eat, Pray, Love! Why Everyone NEEDS To Go On Holiday Alone
The idea of going on holiday alone can be a scary thought but you'd be surprised what you can discover about yourself and the world without any distractions. But if you're not quite ready to be Christopher Columbus, why not try these locations only four hours from home?
Going through a break-up? Stressed out at work? Or perhaps you simply need some "me" time.
As summer draws to a close and Autumn rears it's ugly head, the stresses of daily life can leave you feeling a little bit more than down.
We've discovered the must-see locations to collect your thoughts, thrill your eyes, tantalise your tastebuds and open up your heart.
From little fishing towns steeped in history, to rural retreats perfect for unwinding and collecting your thoughts, we think it's time you had a solo adventure!
Eat In Marrakesh, Morocco.
It's hard to believe that in three hours, you can leave the drizzly British Isles and be in the heart of one of Africa's most vibrant destinations.
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea; Morocco's Berber, Arabic and European influences means it has one of the most diversified cuisines in the world.
Spices fill the souks in Marrakesh Picture: iStock
Bright colours and and strong smells fill the streets of Marrakesh, mainly due to the spices which are are extensivley used in the region's delicious dishes. You'll see the decoratively bright powders stacked high as you navigate your way through the labyrinth of souks located in Medina - the oldest part of the city.
Ingredients such as Saffron, Mint, Olive, Oranges and Lemons are home-grown locally, and make up some of the country's traditional dishes.
Beef is the meat traditionally used in Tagine. Picture: iStock
If you're looking for slow-cooked Beef that melts in your mouth, then Tagine is a must-have! Cooked in a ceramic pot over hot charcoal, the meat is stewed with a range of vegetables for a tasty dish to thrill your tastebuds.
Travelling alone is the perfect time to pick up a new skill, so why not book yourself onto a cooking lesson whilst there? You'll know exactly what to do with the spices when you return from your travels.
Pray In Antalya, Turkey.
While we don't necessarily mean pray in the literal sense; a bit of relaxation and meditation can be just as good for the soul and that seems to be the primary focus at Gloria Serenity Resort, Belek.
A quick flight with Monarch Airlines costs from as little as £39 one-way and after a direct 4 hour journey you'll find yourself in the Turkish province town of Antyala, a popular tourist resort where the hotel is based.
Set across a sprawling estate overlooking the Mediterranean Sea this luxurious hotel is for the traveller looking for a little R&R.
A rustic shack along the pier of the resort's private beach, serves up a variety of classic cocktails with a breathtaking view of the sandy shores of Belek thrown in for extra measure.
Picture: Gloria Serenity Hotel
With 16km of white sand which slopes down towards the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea, there's no arguing that Belek has one of the finest beaches within the Turkish coast.
Collect your thoughts with a cup of authentic Turkish tea, before heading over to the Serenity Spa where the smell of sandal wood fills air in their luxury treatment rooms which include traditional Turkish Baths. The steam within the bath's beautifully tiled rooms open up your pores and your lungs, while a full body scrub and massage during the Hamamm treatment will not only help you to unwind, but leaves your skin silky smooth.
Termasssos is an ancient city built at the top of the Taurus Mountains. Picture: iStock.
The hotel may be be sleek and modern, but outside the resort walls lies a town steeped in history ready for the solo traveller to explore. Termassos, an ancient city built at an altitude of more than 1000 meters on the south west side of the Taurus Mountains, is just over an hour's drive while the ruins at the Temple of Apollo tells the story of ancient conquers.
Love in Santorini, Greece.
It's no secret before you can love anyone else, you need to learn how to love yourself first. So why not strike up a healthy relationship with your body by booking yourself onto a yoga retreat?
Santorini in Greece isn't just for honeymooning couples, The Travel Yogi are just one of the many retreat companies using the greek island as a backdrop for their popular trips aimed at those looking to be at one with their bodies whilst they travel.
Yoga retreats are a great way to get healthy and meet like-minded people Picture: Facebook
Set in a white stone villa overlooking the domed churches and old towns of Oia and Ancient Thira, the retreat's yoga sessions take place on the terrace of the hotel, and it's unparalleled views are sure to leave you feeling zen.
Teachers are on hand to teach you the techniques that will leave you with an open mind and heart, so who knows? You may not come back so single after all!
Santorini, Greece is known for it's history and culture. Picture: iStock