How to travel alone and meet interesting people
So you’ve taken the plunge and booked a trip alone – whether you’re a first-time solo traveller or just looking for a change, increasingly affordable flights to Zante mean that now is the perfect time to take a trip. Travelling solo can be a liberating challenge, so follow these travellers’ top tips to be sure that you make the most of the holiday of a lifetime and meet interesting people along the way.
The Greek island of Zante, or Zakynthos, is not a party hotspot like Kos or a family fun resort like Crete, but somewhere in the middle with a balanced mixture of nightlife beaches and quiet, sleeping-off-a-hangover beaches. Head for the infamous resort of Laganas if you want to meet fellow travellers for a drink and a dance. Usually the preserve of groups and the 18-30s crowd, it’s nonetheless a cheap, fun place to have a few drinks, with a diverse mixture of clubs and the usual complement of English-speaking tourists looking for fun in the sun.
During the day, the picturesque mountain village of Keri is a great one to explore, as well as the best place to get good kebabs and really, really good coffee. Stick around and head west in the evening when the trail suddenly fills with tourists keen to head to the cliffsides to see Keri’s famous sunset. A romantic retreat, the sunset is a great place to catch someone’s eye or just take some truly eye-catching photos.
Make sure to spend at least a day around Vasillikos while you’re on Zante, which is a quiet village with spectacular local taverna fare and the best beer on the island. A relaxed place to make friends and see the sights without tour guides or itineraries, at the right time of year its central beaches of Gerakas and Dafnia come alive with nesting turtles. Their spectacular journey to dig holes and lay eggs is worth witnessing, as is the subsequent emergence of baby turtles to crawl in incredible numbers back into the surf. Bring a camera for this one – you won’t regret it!
As long as you’re sensible and don’t take unnecessary risks, travelling solo is perfectly safe and with so many destinations to choose from it’s one of the best ways to meet interesting new people and discover some real gems off the beaten track.