Travel Director Anna Forbes is based in the UK and has a passion for history, art, and all things travel. Hear what she has to say about exploring Great Britain, Ireland and Scotland on a guided vacation.
This week we’re proud to feature one of Ireland’s most iconic properties: Ashford Castle.
Our March Photo of the Month comes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and was taken along Ireland’s coast on the 15 day Best of Ireland and Scotland guided vacation. Thanks, Patricia H. for sharing your picture with us!
December’s Photo of the Month comes from Priscilla, a guest that recently returned from the Country Roads of Ireland Guided Vacation.
Recently Dana, a member of the Grand European Travel team, went on the new Ireland’s Castles & Manors Guided Vacation. She enjoyed new experiences like exploring Dublin, staying in the tour’s castle hotels and visiting Sligo, the area where the poet Yeats lived. She also enjoyed traveling as a single person on a guided vacation. Read about her experience below.
This year I decided to try something new, I usually go on one of our guided vacations at least every year, if not every other year, but normally I go with a friend or family member. This year I decided to try traveling as a single in a single room. I choose our Castles and Manors Guided Vacation. Having been on several such vacations before I knew that most people that embark on vacations like this one are friendly people that enjoy traveling with like-minded people.
I found this to be true again, everyone on the trip welcomed me and I made instant friends. I was welcomed at the dinner tables, invited to join smaller groups for drinks and included in inside jokes among longtime friends on the motorcoach.
For those that haven’t traveled alone much, a tour like this is a great way to get out and experience another country and culture in the company of people you can trust and that will look out for you. The Travel Director was always there to guide me on my restaurant selections. The entrance fees and ins and outs of the site were already handled and I never felt nervous being alone in a big city.
I happen to be a good independent traveler so I enjoyed the design of the trip. I could join in with the group or if I wanted to wander by myself to explore the Cliffs of Moher for a while I could do that too. Then I had people to share my adventures with when I got back on the motorcoach.
One of the best parts was the people I met and the friends I made. I made friends with several other single women and now have friends I can travel with, visit or exchange travel stories with via email.
For anyone that is considering traveling as a solo traveler on an guided vacation I would highly recommend it. You will have an instant group of friends, feel the safety in numbers that you might not feel otherwise and as a bonus you have people to take your picture so you can show the people back home what a great time you had!
Did you miss Dana’s write up of the Castles & Manors Guided Vacation? Click here to read.