Finding a fun activity to do as a single person can be a struggle during winter. Many activities seem to be aimed primarily at couples or families making it difficult for single people to get out and socialise during the holiday season. Below is the list of 10 activities that are perfect for the solo traveller.
If you enjoy snow, speed and breathtaking scenery, then snowmobiling may be the perfect winter activity for you. Those lucky enough to live close to areas with heavy snowfall can spend hours roaming around picturesque mountains and snow-covered forests on a snowmobile.
Hiking is an excellent solo activity, but it can also be a great way to meet new people. Many national parks organise guided winter hikes that offer participants a wealth of information on the local landscape. Alternatively, taking a solo hike close to a river or nearby woodland is a great way to clear your mind and get some exercise at the same time.
Skiing is perhaps the most popular winter activity of all time with millions of people flocking to destinations such as Austria, Switzerland and North America. Many travel agents even offer tailor-made packages designed exclusively for the single traveller. If you cannot make it to a real mountain, check to see if there is a dry ski slope near you.
4. Polar Bear Swimming
As terrifying as it sounds, polar bear swimming does not involve getting in the water with an actual polar bear. Many countries organise winter swimming events that see brave participants dive into frozen lakes or fresh water pools in freezing temperatures. Only those who are healthy and free from heart and respiratory conditions should attempt polar bear swimming.
Skijoring is an excellent activity for dog lovers as it involves skiing over long distances with the help of a sled dog. The skier is attached to a dog by a long harness and also propels themselves forward using ski poles. Many places allow you to bring your own pet along or you can ski with a trained sled dog.
Ice-skating is a popular winter activity for both couples and singles. Many towns open ice-skating rinks close to the Christmas period that admit skaters of all ages and experience level. Ice-skating can be tricky for beginners, so it may be worthwhile attending a few lessons beforehand to get the hang of it.
7. Throw a Holiday Party
Why not throw a holiday party in your own home for your single friends? Themed Christmas parties have become increasingly popular lately with many people organising ugly sweater parties, Christmas cookie swaps or even Christmas carol karaoke nights. This idea is especially good for those who can’t spend time alone. You can have lots of fun without having a partner.
8. Christmas Markets
Exploring your local Christmas market is a wonderful way to spend a wintery evening. Many towns organise spectacular Christmas villages that sell everything from handmade gifts to local food and wines. You could even travel to one of the more famous destinations such as Strasbourg in France that hosts the oldest Christmas market in Europe.
9. Ice Fishing
Ice fishing involves cutting a small hole in a frozen lake and then catching fish using a rod or spear. In the US, ice fishing is generally a sociable activity where many fishermen gather in small ice huts. However, in Scandinavia it remains a solo sport where participants use the time to relax in quiet contemplation.
10. Winter Cruise
If you wish to spend the holidays far away from loved-up couples and families with children, then a singles winter cruise provides the perfect escape. You can take your pick from winter sun breaks in the Caribbean or set sail for the Arctic Circle in search of the majestic Northern Lights.
Undertaking solo activities is a great way to build up your confidence and improve your social skills. You may even be lucky enough to meet like-minded people that become lifelong friends over time. Be sure to check your local newspaper for any events that are taking place near you as many towns organise special events close to the Christmas period. What are your favorite activities?