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Stoke Travel Trips For Solo Travellers
You’re never alone when you’re a Stokie
Travel alone they said. It’s the only way to really explore and grow and get to know the place you’re visiting and yourself, they insisted. And for the most part they were right. Travelling solo is the best way to be forced out of your comfort zone, to have to socialise with people outside of your friends and family network, to spend less time gossiping with your pals and more time engaging with the bright, brave new world you’re exploring.
It can also, sometimes, be daunting, lonely and expensive. Without friends to lean on, shoulders to cry on, an extra set of thumbs to man the Google Maps and Booking.coms and without another mouth to share the meal-time burden, voyaging alone can sometimes be too much to bear. It’s worth it, you know, but sometimes being a part of a group just makes so much sense.
Enter your pals at Stoke Travel. We’re really nothing more than a massive collective of travellers who didn’t know they were friends yet, groups, couples and individuals coming from all over the world to get together and realise that we have something super fundamental in common – the overwhelming desire to have fun. With Stoke Travel you can do all that beneficial solo traveller stuff, like meeting new people and being out of your comfort zone, while enjoying all that group travel stuff like not being alone and enjoying the cost benefits of having people to share the cost with.
Hogmanay for solo travellers
Our 24-hour party train trip from London to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the perfect trip for people travelling alone. You are literally on a train with, and only with, 600 absolute legends/party animals with the exact same thing in mind as you – having as much fun as is humanly possible on the last day of the year. You can spend the trip up there chatting to your trip mates and playing drinking games. Then once you’re in Edinburgh you can roll with the favourite members of your new crew, bump into others you’d met on the train, and if you get lost you can just head to the official after party location where we’ll all be gathering once the New Year has happened.
Then, in the morning, you can sit next to your new best friend and dribble all over each other’s shoulders as you pass out for the ride home.
Ski Andorra for solo travellers
You want to get stuck into the white stuff, but haven’t got a crew to split the cost. Chalets are expensive, and who wants to spend six cold hours smashing your own arse without anybody around to laugh at you/help you to your feet again. Well, if you want to get chin deep in Pyrenees pow pow with Stoke Travel, all you have to do is make your way to Barcelona for our Andorra Ski Weekenders. Our coach will ferry us up to the principality, where you and your new ski buddies will do shots, smash dinners and generally carry on – including a healthy daily dose of skiing and boarding.
Running of the Bulls for solo travellers
Unlike the previous two trips, our Pamplona Running of the Bulls camp doesn’t have a transport option where your fellow travellers are captive and have no option but to become your friend (unless you book our Barcelona-Bulls, or San Sebastian-Bulls, or Madrid-Bulls – or any of the myriad transport combinations we offer for this event). What we do have, however, is an open and flourishing beer and sangria bar, where you can drink as much as you want and therefore get the tongue wagging with all of your new campmates. We’ve also got the Stoked In The Park music festival that goes off right there in our campsite, free of charge so, for example, solo travellers at Running of the Bulls 2018 could say, Wow, how amazing is it that Stoke got Art Vs Science to play! And based off that little bit of straightforward small talk friendships were formed.
See also: San Vino wine fight and making new friends absolutely pickled in vino tinto, both outside and in.
San Sebastian Surf Camp for solo travellers
The San Sebastian Surf Camp is paradise for individual wanderers, as you can mosey in whenever you like and leave when it suits you. In between you’re completely open arrival and departure dates are days filled with fun in the sun, surfing, cider, exploring San Sebastian, hiking and general surf camp hijinks. This place is truly one big family and from the time you arrive until you unwillingly depart you’ll be busy making new friends from all over the world and sharing the experience of being smashed by the North Atlantic together.
And if you’re single can you think of a better way to start a relationship than with sand in your hair and saltwater pouring out of your nose? If they like you then, they’ll love you forever.
We also consider our Springfest and Spring Break Ibiza trips, as well as all Barcelona Boat Parties, to be prime destinations for solo travelling. Come alone and leave with new best friends for life – Stoke can just about guarantee it.
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