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Adventure trips for solo travellers

Thinking of travelling on your own? You're not alone! Solo travel is on the rise. We discuss the what and why of solo travel, the top trending destinations with solo travellers, the value of travelling with an experienced tour operator, and more!

Solo travel is on the rise, and there are many reasons for this:

  • Often friends and family are too tied up with children or work to join you on holiday.
  • Other times mates have different bucket lists or are broke.
  • Sometimes your nearest and dearest just aren’t as adventurous as you!

If you wait for others to join you before making travel plans, those plans might never happen! At Follow Alice we’re all about people taking life by the horns and embarking on adventures on their own terms. And this is where we come in to facilitate. We host group adventure trips for solo travellers and others which allow you to explore our wide world in the company of lively, like-minded people. It’s all about #travelwithfriends with us, even when those friends are the people who were strangers at the beginning of your journey! 

Trekker in mountains

Adventure is out there – you just have to go find it!

In fact, we have numerous stories of folks who came along on one of our adventure trips on their own, but left with a life-long friend (or two or three). Very often travellers stay in touch with one another long after the adventure. They also often visit each other in their respective countries and hometowns, and go on to plan further holidays together. Having a shared experience like rafting in Bhutan or gorilla trekking in Uganda has a unique way of bonding people for life! Follow Alice adventure trips are truly a great way to explore new places while meeting like-minded, adventurous young people.

The what and why of solo travel

Gallivanting around the world on your own – popularly known as solo travel – is on the rise. Big time. According to Condor Ferries, 11% of the entire travel market is made up of solo travellers. And Klook Travel reported solo travel as the number one travel trend of 2019! Another interesting stat is that far more women engage in solo travel than men, at a ratio of about 4:1. 

As mentioned, there are plenty of reasons why people opt to travel on their own. Often it’s out of necessity, because they have nobody else to travel with. But research shows that it’s also often born of a desire to strike out on your own – to be bold and independent. Self-discovery is the name of the game in the twenty-first century! 

According to Squeeze Pod, the main reason that women travel alone is to enjoy an escape from everyday life. Another reason for solo travel is that many young people want extended periods of exploring, or to live the nomad life.

Lagoon in Sri Lanka

The solo traveller can head anywhere in the world he or she wants!

Time to take the leap?

If you’ve been thinking of travelling on your own, but have been hesitant to do so for whatever reason, we encourage you to take the leap. Join the growing community of solo travellers around the world! You learn so much not just about the world when you travel solo but also, importantly, about yourself. 

When travelling with friends or family, part of your energy naturally goes into coordinating your plans and considering everyone’s needs and preferences. When travelling on your own, however, you’re not responsible for anyone else. You can really take the time and space to focus on your own journey – both the practical outer journey and your inner journey. 

Man at top of Kilimanjaro

One of the big reasons for solo travel is the search for adventure!

Top destinations with solo travellers

Currently the most popular destination with solo travellers is Australia. In fact, according to Condor Ferries, over 70% of solo travellers have visited Down Under! Hot on its heels as the most popular destination with solo travellers is New Zealand

Europe is very popular with solo female travellers, as it’s felt a safe destination in which to travel alone. In fact, if we look only at women solo travellers, Europe outranks Australasia as the most popular destination, according to Squeeze Pod. The USA is also popular with female solo travellers.

Here’s another statistic that we find very interesting: about a third of solo travellers are interested in adventure travel! We have definitely seen this interest in adventure trips among solo travellers with our own clients. 

Research shows that about a third of solo travellers are interested in adventure travel.

Further, increasingly more solo travellers are looking for culturally rich destinations to visit. In fact, nearly half of all solo travellers say they choose to travel in order to experience new cultures, according to Condor Ferries. We can again attest to the truth of this research based on our own experience. This is one of the reasons we like to incorporate cultural and historical activities in our adventure holidays. In our Hidden Gems of Sri Lanka trip, for example, we offer adventure and culture. There's surfing, hiking and river rafting, among other exciting things, but also visits to historic temples, a hike to the top of an ancient mountain citadel, and stilt fishing with local fishermen!

Skiers in chairlift in the Alps

Skiing in the Alps is an adventure trip that'll never go out of fashion!

The value of travelling with an experienced tour operator

One of the reasons behind the success of tour operators like Follow Alice is that we offer solo travellers the safety of joining in a well-organised group trip. Moreover, we go to destinations where you might feel uncertain about going on your own. Most of our adventure trips take place in African and Asia countries. Here, the languages, cultures, customs and transport systems are usually quite unfamiliar to many international travellers. 

There’s great benefit to travelling with an experienced tour operator, not only in terms of safety but also in terms of cost and logistics. Tour operators offer group rates, and they organise your transport and more. Further, tour operators take most of the admin off your hands. And finally, they’ve also done most of the research for you, having identified the best spots within a region or country to visit.

Group of friends looking out at the clouds on Kilimanjaro

On a Follow Alice trip you meet people from all around the world

The benefits of solo travel

When you travel on your own, you’re more likely to make new connections. You’re compelled to interact with others, which at times make take a little effort, but is usually very rewarding. As wonderful and important as it is to have people who know you well, sometimes it helps to step out into spaces where nobody knows you. Suddenly there are no expectations or preconceived ideas of who you are and how you must be. It’s not necessarily about reinventing yourself as it is about feeling a little more freedom - freedom, perhaps, to be a little more spontaneous and daring. 

Not only does solo travel increase the chances you’ll make connections with new people, it also increases your chances of connecting with yourself, as mentioned above. Travel teaches you about yourself. It’s a great way to engage in inner exploration through outer exploration. By putting yourself in new contexts and accepting novel experiences and challenges, you learn new things about yourself. Solo travellers invariably engage in meaningful self-reflection and come back home having changed in big or small ways. 

Girl in Uganda

Solo travel invariably teaches you something new about yourself

Why choose to go solo with Follow Alice?

A trend within solo travelling is joining up with a tour group so that, yes, you’re travelling on your own, but you also aren’t. You enjoy the feeling of breaking away from routine, family and friends to explore a new culture and society. But you also have the safety and enjoyment of adventuring in company with others. Not only do you meet people in the travel destination, but you also meet travellers from all around the world. Getting to know new people with different backgrounds from your own is arguably the raison d’être for solo travel!

At Follow Alice we scout out the most exciting adventure destinations in the world, and then we get busy doing our homework. We research the best locations, most adventurous and engaging activities, and ideal accommodations. And we form strong relationships with enterprising and enthusiastic local people who can be our team on the ground. We’re especially proud of our local guides, like Chris who leads treks up Kilimanjaro, Dan in Uganda, and Sonam in Nepal. These guys are exceptional individuals – friendly and professional, as well as deep wells of knowledge and insight into the local nature, people and culture. Many times clients feedback to us that a huge reason for their trips being so memorable was the beautiful people who served as their guides. We love hearing this. 🙂

Dinesh in Sri Lanka

Meet Dinesh, our fantastic tour guide in Sri Lanka!

Follow Alice adventure trips

Follow Alice is all about adventure. It's about following your inner Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) down that rabbit hole to unknown places. Here are the exciting adventure trips currently on offer from Follow Alice ...

1. Climb Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro climb is where it all began with Follow Alice, so it’s a trip very close to our hearts. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a true adventure, requiring sweat, perseverance, and mental grit. It's also very much a team endeavour, as nobody can climb Kilimanjaro on their own. Every Kilimanjaro trekker hikes the mountain as part of a group, supported by a mountain crew of guides, porters and cooks. The team spirit engendered by such a trip is remarkable, and climbers often come away from the experience with new friendships firmly in place.

Kilimanjaro group

Your trekking group quickly becomes your trekking family on Kilimanjaro!

One of the Seven Summits

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. But it isn’t a mountain in the traditional sense, because it’s actually a dormant volcano. At the top of Kilimanjaro are three volcanic cones: Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi. The highest point of Kilimanjaro is Uhuru Peak, which is on Kibo's crater rim.

 

 

A rugged experience

Part of the adventure of climbing Kilimanjaro is how it brings you back into contact with nature. Every day you hike through beautiful terrain, surrounded by the natural vegetation. Those who are observant see plenty of wildlife, including - on certain routes - large game like elephants and antelope. Climbing Kilimanjaro actually takes you through five different climate zones: forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert, and arctic. You pretty much enter a different ecosystem every day of the trek!

There are seven Kilimanjaro routes leading to the summit of the mountain. Except for the Marangu Route, all require you to camp. It's wonderful to spend evenings relaxing in camp chairs, sipping hot drinks and chatting about the day's adventures and the challenges to come tomorrow.

All tents on the Kilimanjaro climb sleep two, so solo travellers get a readymade teammate in their tent buddy.

Kilimanjaro camp

We love the camp life on Kilimanjaro

I climbed Kilimanjaro last year with Follow Alice and it was an unforgettable experience!! All the planning was made at their side and I just enjoyed the beautiful climb – so simple and well delivered.

– Silvia Coimbra

2. Tanzania safari

Tanzania is arguably the ultimate safari destination for wildlife lovers. With 16 beautifully maintained national parks, it offers some of Africa’s best game viewing. Some of the animals one can find on safari include African elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, dik-diks, antelopes, gazelles, elands and kudus. Tanzania has dedicated more of its land to its national parks than any other wildlife destination in the world. In total the country has 42,000 square kilometres of national park!

African bush elephant seen during safari adventure drive

African elephant having a munch

Highlights of a Tanzania safari

Some of the highlights of our Tanzania safari trip are:

  • Go on safari in the UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park
  • Spot lions, leopards, Cape buffaloes, African elephants, cheetahs, giraffes and much more! 
  • Camp overnight in some of Africa’s most beautiful national parks
  • Watch the sunrise over the African savannah
  • Experience the rich culture of local Tanzanian tribes
  • Do it all in the company of a group of lively young people whom you get to know well over the course of the journey
Masai tribe of Tanzania

Maasai people of Tanzania

Our exciting destinations

During our time on safari we visit the following world-famous sites:

  • Lake Manyara National Park 
  • Serengeti National Park
  • The Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks, but it packs a real punch, boasting savannah, bush plains and evergreen forest. The chance to see elephant families moving through the forest is reason enough on its own to visit this gem of a park!

The word serengeti means ‘endless plains’ in the Maasai language, and this is truly apt. Serengeti National Park is home to the Great Migration, the famous annual migration of over two million grazing animals like wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Our drive in the park affords us ample game-watching opportunities, as well as the chance to visit the beautiful Olduvai Gorge. We’ll also visit the Maasai Culture Boma to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating tribe.

Directly south of Serengeti National Park is Ngorongoro Crater, the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world! The walls of the crater have protected the area over time and created an oasis of wildlife. You can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, wildebeest, jackals, kobs, eagles, vultures, and so much more. There are also brightly coloured flamingoes in the crater lake and hippos in the swamp, which is where we stop for lunch!

Adventure safari drive in Africa

Everyone should go on an African safari at least once in their lifetime!

3. Gorilla trek in Uganda

Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa, for very good reason. This lush country has mountains, jungle, mountain gorillas, savannah, the Big Five, island-dotted lakes, rich culture, welcoming people, and so much more. At Follow Alice we’ve put together a wild Uganda adventure holiday that takes in the best the country has to offer: we explore the capital city of Kampala, go on a mountain bike safari, row in traditional boats on the lake, zip-line into the water, visit chimpanzees in the wild, and go on a boat cruise. And finally, our pièce de resistance: we take a trek in the rainforest to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. It’s all epic times in Uganda!

lioness in tree in Uganda

A Ugandan safari is a must when you visit the country

An adventure-packed itinerary

During our eight-day stay in Uganda, we take you to various beautiful spots around the country. Some of the exciting activities on the cards are:

  • Visit Nedere Cultural Centre in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city
  • Go on a mountain bike safari in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Hike to see chimpanzees in the wild 
  • Take a boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi and zipline into it
  • Quad bike around Lake Bunyonyi to explore local villages
  • Row in traditional dugout canoes on the lake to visit some of its islands
  • Take an evening walk into the town of Kabale
  • Go on a jeep and boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see a gorilla troop
mountain gorilla in Uganda

Mountain gorillas are gentle giants, so we get to see them up close

Trekking to see mountain gorillas

The gorilla trek is the highlight of our trip. And for good reason. The mountain gorilla is an endangered animal – there are estimated to be fewer than 900 in the wild. They live only in Uganda, the DRC and Rwanda. We’ll take a guided trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find a troop to observe. As the name of the forest suggests, we’ll be trekking through dense vegetation. You can expect overgrown trails, walls of green, dripping leaves, rivers and rivulets, forest sounds, mist and perhaps the odd downpour! Trekking through such an untouched and thick forest like this is a treat in and of itself.

Mountain gorillas are known for being mostly gentle and shy. The gorilla troops that are visited are habituated ones, meaning they’re used to the presence of humans. It’s wonderful to watch them interact among themselves, and hear their grunts and barks. Very few people are afforded the opportunity to view these gentle giants in their natural habitat – those who do rarely leave the forest unaffected.

Dan and guest in Kampala

Join us in Uganda and you'll meet Dan, our fantastic local tour guide

Dan exudes positivity, confidence, and really was the reason we fell for this colorful, emerging location. Dan made us feel safe, has a passion for animals, loves his country and has interesting insight on its current affairs.

– Nicole Bailey

4. Trek to Everest Base Camp

Not everyone can climb Mount Everest, but most of us can make the trek to its famous base camp. The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging but ever-so-rewarding two-week hike through the Himalayas. It starts in the temperate zone at around 2,500 m and requires you to climb up to the alpine zone at over 5,000 m. During the trek we hike as a group up steep, forested valleys, over suspension bridges, across desolate valley floors and lake beds, along high contour paths, and over snowy mountain passes. 

We stay in traditional Sherpa villages, eat Nepali food, visit Buddhist monasteries, stand back for passing yaks, dip our toes in icy high-altitude lakes, and marvel at snow-capped mountain peaks every way we turn. And in the middle of it all, we get to stand in Everest Base Camp, where the prayer flags are pulled at relentlessly by the wind and we contemplate the start of the trail taken by many greats to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Suspension bridge Everest Base Camp trek adventure

Suspension bridges are common along the lower parts of the Everest Base Camp trek

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek

This two-week trip to the Himalayas of eastern Nepal is not just about standing at Everest Base Camp. No, no – it has so much more in store for the curious and intrepid traveller. When you travel to do the Everest Base Camp trek with Follow Alice, you’ll:

  • Take an exciting flight from Kathmandu to the mountain town of Lukla
  • Trek for two weeks through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park
  • Stay in traditional Sherpa villages and experience the local culture and cuisine
  • Visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and other important cultural sites
  • See wild and domesticated animals like musk deer and wild goats 
  • See Mt Everest, Khumbu Glacier and many other spectacular Himalayan peaks and glaciers 
  • Visit the world’s most iconic base camp
  • Stay on the shore of the beautiful Gokyo Lake
  • Challenge yourself physically and mentally as you trek at great altitude
  • Make friends with fellow trekkers from around the world
Yak on a hill at Everest Base Camp trek

Yaks are a common sight on the Everest Base Camp trek, not least because they're used by porters to carry trekkers' luggage

How far is the trek to Everest Base Camp?

The Everest Base Camp trek is 65 km each way when you walk the most direct route. This is the traditional trek route. There are, however, variations to this route, a common one being the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes.

We hike the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes, an exciting alternative to the classic trek route that takes in more of the area.

Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp trek 2020 best adventure trip

The Gokyo Lakes are an incredibly beautiful corner of the Himalayas

Who should do the Everest Base Camp trek?

If you’re a curious soul who doesn’t mind a little discomfort for the sake of new experiences, then the Everest Base Camp trek is for you! You don’t need any mountaineering skills or equipment, nor do you need to be an athlete. You do, however, need to be reasonably fit. Simply put, if you’re able to go on a day-long hike wherever you live without falling over with fatigue and complaining that life is no fun, then you should be perfectly able to tackle Everest Base Camp. 

Himalayan adventure trip

The mountains of the Everest Base Camp trek are the uncontested stars of the show

5. Trek the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit trek is an incredibly varied and exciting high-altitude trek. Located in Nepal’s central Himalayas, the Annapurna region boasts some of the world’s highest mountains. Most famous is Annapurna I, the seventh highest peak in the world at 8,091 m (26,545 ft). 

On the Annapurna Circuit trek we hike deep into the Himalayas. We wind our way up steep, forested valleys and canyons, walk narrow paths that snake round the sides of mountains, visit an ice lake, and cross a bleak summit pass. The higher we climb, the fiercer the weather, with strong winds and temperatures that drop below freezing at night. It's a fantastic adventure trip for solo travellers (and others) who want a challenge and something out of the ordinary!

Annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna is a high-altitude trek that takes you up into a rain shadow

Annapurna Circuit people and culture

The people groups we meet along the Annapurna trek route vary greatly. At the trail’s start we meet Hindu communities with close ties to Indian culture, but when we enter into the remote mountains we meet Tibetic groups who are closely connected in culture to their neighbours to the north. Along the trail we encounter temples, prayer flags, stupas, gompas, prayer wheels, and more. Every day on the Annapurna circuit introduces you to something new and surprising.

woman along Annapurna circuit

We stay in traditional villages along the Annapurna Circuit, meeting many local people

The Annapurna Circuit trek route

Many treks around the world involve hiking from Point A to Point B and then back along the same route, often because the terrain dictates it. Not a problem, but arguably not ideal. The Annapurna Circuit route, by contrast, is a roughly circular route that takes you anticlockwise through the valleys and gorges and over some of the heights of the Annapurna Massif. Every day brings something new!

 

 

We start in the small village of Pisang. Over the next few days we hike deep into the remote mountains, eventually climbing up into a rain shadow. Colourful prayer flags and Buddhist stupas (religious monuments) can be seen all along the trek route. The pinnacle of the trek – both literally and mentally – is reaching the top of the mountain pass Thorung La. Thorung La is 5,416 m (17,769 ft) above sea level. It’s a snow-covered spot that’s blasted by fierce winds.

After this special moment of victory, the trek’s descent begins. The route drops down from the chilly heights into the woods before reaching the hills and plains of the Mustang District, where we spend a night. Next we fly to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, a popular tourist destination, where we stay a night. We have the option of exploring the city, canoeing on the lake, ziplining above the trees, and more!

Pokhara Lake Nepal adventure destination

Pokhara is a beautiful lakeside city popular with local and international tourists

Solo travellers almost always leave a Follow Alice adventure trip with a new friend or two.

Who should hike the Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular treks worldwide. This is because of the sheer diversity and beauty of the trek route. We can vouch for the fact that every day on this trip is new and exciting. And also that the hard work and sweat to complete it is one hundred percent worth it. The views, the people and the memories are truly special. 

The Annapurna Circuit is a non-technical route, which means you don’t need any special experience or skills to complete it. You just need a good pair of hiking boots and a decent level of fitness. So if you’re a reasonably fit person with an adventurous spirit, we hope to share the experience of trekking the Annapurna Circuit with you soon!

6. Discover Bhutan

Bhutan is a small country sandwiched between China and India that has the Himalayan mountain range running through it. It has an abundance of natural beauty, and a fascinating culture, religion and history. At Follow Alice we’ve put together an exciting itinerary that takes in some of the most culturally rich and picturesque spots of the country. This is an adventure holiday you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Adventure outing to Tiger's Nest in Bhutan

One of the highlights of our time in Bhutan is hiking to Tiger's Nest

A stellar and exciting itinerary

Our Discover Bhutan itinerary has three themes: adventure sports, history and culture, and R&R. Put together we think they’re a recipe for the perfect getaway! Some of the exciting adventure activities on offer are:

  • Take a sightseeing hike around the Himalayan town of Punakha and visit its beautiful 17th-century fortress Punakha Dzong
  • Go white-water rafting down the Mo Chu river
  • Take a bike ride from Paro to Thimphu, passing through paddy fields, virgin forests and sleepy villages
  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, which clings to the side of a cliff

Some of the culture and history fixes we’ve got planned are:

  • Spend a day exploring the culturally rich Thimphu, Bhutan’s gorgeous capital city
  • Visit Motithang Takin Reserve to see gnu goats, also called takins 
  • Learn about Bhutanese arts and crafts at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum 
  • Tour a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and farm before being treated to a delicious lunch

At Follow Alice we specialise in adventure trips for solo travellers and groups alike.

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

The local name for Bhutan is Druk Yul, which means ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. It’s so named for the violent thunderstorms that descend from the Himalayas. Such a storylike name only serves to heighten the somewhat mystical image of the country in the eyes of most foreigners. Bhutan only really began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s. This small, hard-to-reach nation of mountains, valleys and rivers has fewer than a million inhabitants.

In recent years the world has learned with fascination of Bhutan’s official public policy of pursuing Gross National Happiness. The idea behind the policy is rooted in Buddhist values that measure quality of life based on your spiritual and mental well-being.

River rafting adventure in Bhutan

One of our Follow Alice groups rafting the Mo Chu River in Punakha

7. Hidden gems of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of green hills, tea plantations, ancient temples, spicy food, astonishing wildlife and postcard-like beaches. In other words, it has it all! We invite you to explore the hidden gems of Sri Lanka with us in one of our action-packed trips in 2020. We’ll raft, snorkel, bike, tuk-tuk, swim, surf, hike, take a train ride and more through the amazing nature of this scenic island. We’ll also go on safari to see elephants, leopards, crocs and other exciting creatures. And finally we’ll relax and dine in some of the most beautiful boutique hotels and adventure lodges the country has to offer.

The landscape of Sri Lanka includes idyllic warm-water beaches, jungle, tea plantations and high, tree-covered mountains. In our 11-day trip to the island we explore the northwest of the country, where the turquoise waters meet the shore in beautiful white-sand beaches and pristine mangroves, and palm trees frame the scene. We then travel inland to go on safari, hike high into the mountains, and explore an ancient rock citadel. We also travel south for a dose of colonial history, some epic watersports, and more beautiful beaches. 

Sri Lanka beach and surfer on adventure holiday

Sri Lanka is a paradise for water babies

An exciting and action-packed itinerary

While staying on this beautiful island you can pick and choose from all of the following exciting activities:

  • Kite surf, whale and dolphin watch, cycle and visit the mangrove swamps in Kalpitiya
  • Go on a tuk-tuk ride in the historic city of Kandy and climb Baiharawa Kanda Buddhist statue
  • Take a guided climb to the top of the Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress 
  • Go on a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Climb to the top of the famous Adam’s Peak in the Central Highlands
  • Go canyoning and white-water rafting or kayaking in the rainforest of western Sri Lanka
  • Go surfing, diving, snorkelling and swimming at some of the country’s best southern beaches  
Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka

Tourists join Sri Lankan stilt fishermen to give it a go ...

Sri Lanka is a paradise for the adventurous spirit, and we’re excited to show you all the amazing locations and activities we discovered there. And it’s not just us who are in love with this island nation – Lonely Planet named it the number one country to visit in 2019!

At Follow Alice we’re all about adventure, exploration and meeting new people.

Two ladies in Sri Lanka in traditional dress

Sri Lanka has a rich history and thriving cultures

A great dose of history and culture

We know that no trip to Sri Lanka would be complete if you weren’t exposed to some local colour and culture. So don’t worry – we’ve got you sorted. We offer our guests the following handpicked outings:

  • Take a guided tour of the well-preserved seaside Galle Fort built in the 1500s by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch
  • Visit the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project to learn about these special animals
  • Visit the iconic stilt fishermen who sit on simple stick stands while line fishing in the sea 
  • Take a scenic train journey to Hatton and explore the Uva Halwapthethe Tea Estate and its factory
  • Take a guided tour of the fascinating Dumbulla Rock Cave Temple in central Sri Lanka

And finally, what’s an island getaway without a little R&R? We’ll book you in for a one-hour Ayurvedic massage at Spa Ceylon. In addition, there’s time to dine and party in vibrant Colombo, the country’s capital city.

Lotus Tower in Colombo

The famous Colombo Lotus Tower in the capital city

8. Alpine Oasis Ski Weekend

You are officially invited to join us for a fantastic weekend of skiing, adventure, good food and friends in Switzerland! This is a fantastic adventure trip for solo travellers! Picture yourself gliding (or whizzing) down freshly prepared piste, and tackling some superb cross-country trails. Then picture yourself sitting back on your deckchair in the sun with a drink in hand. Evenings are spent eating local cuisine like fondue in cosy mountain huts with friends. And how about a night-sled ride down the slopes? This is a trip you do not want to miss!

Ski group shot in Alps adventure trip

A bit of sun in the Alps does everyone a world of good!

The ski weekend was a bit of everything, fun in the snow, apres-skis, private parties! You’re sure to make some cool new friends, the vibe is great. Can’t recommend it enough!

– Natalie Janicka

We have chosen the beautiful Arosa Lenzerheide as the site for our alpine weekend getaway. Arosa Lenzerheide is a mountain ski resort in east Switzerland that boasts 225 km of prepared slopes. The area also has more than 40 cosy mountain restaurants and sun terraces. Moreover, it has a record-breaking number of sunny days, with both sides of the valley enjoying sun in the morning and afternoon. It's a true paradise for skiers, snowboarders and winter hikers. Or just anyone who enjoys a stunning view!

Stay in beautiful accommodation

Revier Mountain Lodge on the shore of Heidsee Lake is our luxurious home-away-from-home for the weekend. The lodge is right on the doorstep of one of the ski lifts, all the better to just get on with some skiing from the moment you step outside! The lodge also has a great restaurant, bar, terrace and, of course, awesome mountain views. 

As with almost all Follow Alice trips, accommodation is based on double occupancy. If you come on your own, we'll try to pair you with someone else, unless you request your own room.

Rivier Mountain Lodge

Rivier Mountain Lodge, our weekend home base

Keen to join us on an adventure??

Feeling inspired to take on an adventure trip as a solo traveller? Please drop us a line and we'll be in touch soon!

Group photo Kilimanjaro adventure trip

We look forward to adventuring with you!

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