First Time Travelling Alone: Frequently Asked Questions
Nervous travelling alone? We understand! While the feeling of independence is wonderful when you take a trip by yourself, it can be a little tense, especially if you’ve never done it before. But don’t worry – you’re not alone. We’ve put together a selection of the most commonly asked questions among our Community; if it’s your first time travelling with Just You, check them out for complete peace of mind.
The Just You Experience: FAQs
- Who travels with Just You?
Honestly, anyone and everyone! All the people in your group will be travelling by themselves and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of laughs along the way.
- Am I guaranteed a room of my own?
Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day.
In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.
- Will I eat alone?
This is the most frequently asked question of our friendly customers. Well, as it’s your first time travelling alone, let’s put your mind at ease – there’s always a social element to dining so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together and at other times, when a meal is included, your Tour Manager will arrange for the group to be sat together. When there’s an opportunity to eat in local cafés or restaurants, we usually find that a few people decide to head off together. Breakfast is always included, and our groups usually enjoy sitting together and chatting about what they are looking forward to that day. In the evening, there’s nothing better than talking about those fantastic experiences over a drink and dinner.
- Will I have time for myself?
As is the case with all our holidays, the idea is to enjoy the experience in your own way; if that means taking some time for yourself, no problem. Of course, you’ll be with your fellow travellers for any included excursions, but there’s plenty of free time too. You can choose to participate in some of our optional excursions, head off on your own or arrange to meet up with a few of your fellow travellers to go exploring or relax with a drink at the bar, it’s entirely up to you.
Social occasions, such as our welcome drinks and farewell get-togethers, are great for spending quality time with your fellow solo travellers, but it's by no means compulsory to attend; there’s no pressure to join in anything if you’d much rather be by yourself.
- How many people will be in my solo travel group?
Nearly all of our holidays have no more than 35 guests, and many have even fewer. Look out for the maximum group size icon on individual tour pages. If the icon doesn't appear, we expect the group to consist of around 36-40 people.
Big or small, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to socialise with your fellow travellers. So, whether you fancy making friends at mealtimes or feel like being friendly by the pool, you’re guaranteed a great time whatever size your group is. Of course, if group size is an important deciding factor for your trip, you can always talk to one of our friendly, helpful team for advice and guidance on the tours likely to suit you best.
- What’s the typical man-to-woman ratio?
Generally, more women than men embark on holidays with Just You. It usually works out that about three-quarters of any individual solo travel group is female, but recently we’ve seen more and more men joining our tours.
- What’s the typical Just You holidays age range?
To us, age is just a number; we welcome anyone on our tours! Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between). Regardless of your age, if you’ve got a lust for adventure, our holidays are bound to be a blast!
- Where should I go for my first solo trip?
Have you ever heard the expression ‘the world is your oyster’? Well, that’s the case with Just You; whatever your tastes, we offer destinations where you can do almost anything. Always wanted to take a trip away during the festive period? Indulge in an exciting city break? How about exploring faraway places you’ve only ever read about? Yes, you can do these things – and so much more – on a guided holiday with Just You.
- Where's information about job vacancies?
Love us that much? Fantastic! Check out our dedicated Careers Page (link in site footer) to learn more about current openings; we’re excited to welcome you aboard. If there aren’t any vacancies meeting your requirements now, you can still upload your CV, so we have it on file. We’ll be sure to inform you of any suitable positions that may become available in the future. If you want to become a Tour Manager, feel free to submit your application for review!
- What if I have more questions?
Our friendly team of Holiday Advisors are a phone call away; no matter how silly you think your question is, they’ll have the answer to reassure you, so you can start your trip confident that you’ll enjoy the experience to the full
General Holiday FAQs
- Do I have to travel to a London Airport
Not unless it’s your nearest, most convenient option. While many of of flights travel out of London, we also offer plenty of other options to make your journey as convenient as possible. We may be able to fly direct from your local airport to your final destination. Simply take a look at the 'Dates and Prices' section of a tour for the details of available airports for your chosen holiday. If your preferred airport is not listed, a connecting flight may be available, just call us and we'll find how we can get you there is a way that makes it as easy as possible for you.
- Is there a lot of walking involved?
Potentially, yes; there may also be areas with rough ground, gradients and steps on your tour. Don’t worry though, we’ll be your guiding light. At the end of every holiday description, we’ve emphasised the level of walking required, so you can enjoy your trip without any unwelcome surprises! We’ve also shown which holidays may not be suitable for travellers with limited mobility, meaning everyone is well informed and can make the best decision for their needs. If you would like further advice please speak to one of our Holiday Advisors.
- Is Just You a member of ABTA and is it ATOL-bonded?
We think you'll be glad to hear this: If your holiday includes a flight departing from (or returning to) a UK airport, your holiday will be operated by G Touring Limited (company number 04956006) Unit One, The Point Business Park, Rockingham Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7QU. These holidays are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 11266). G Touring Limited is also a member of ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents Limited). For any holiday which does not include a flight, we provide financial security for holiday arrangements booked through us by way of a financial failure insurance policy.
- Am I protected if I choose a Make Your Own Way holiday?
If you choose a Make Your Own Way holiday, your holiday won’t be ATOL-protected under G Touring Limited if your flights haven’t been arranged through us. As such, we can't accept responsibility for any expenses incurred (or services unused) as a result of your flights being cancelled or delayed, nor can we be held responsible for any negative impact this has on your ability to join and participate in your tour. Details about financial failure protection and repatriation (as it relates to your flight arrangements) should be provided by your flight organiser or airline. If this is not provided, please consult www.caa.co.uk/passengers to learn more about passenger rights. Just You’s financial failure insurance only protects arrangements booked through the company directly.
- What happens if I am planning on travellling to the EU after Brexit?
What happens if I am planning on travelling to the EU after Brexit?
Deal or no-deal, flights will still operate between the UK and the EU and a visa is not required. Further information can be found at www.justyou.co.uk/brexit
- Can you help me arrange my travel visa?
Our specialist visa team is experienced in dealing with the complex process of visa applications. As part of our service we will provide the necessary forms and guidance notes and check your paperwork thoroughly, ensuring that your application is processed in plenty of time for your holiday. For further information, please visit www.justyou.co.uk/visa