Cool, slick and cosmopolitan, the intriguing capital of Finland is a Cunard favourite that’s well worth discovering.
In light of the Covid-19 situation, the recommendations and activities mentioned in this article are for the purpose of possible future cruise holidays. Please always refer to local government health advisories for travel.
Whether single, divorced, widowed or simply having different travel tastes from their partners, Australians aren’t afraid to travel solo. Before the pandemic, solo travel was a growing trend, with many Australians opting to enjoy their country and the world around them at their own pace, answerable to nobody but themselves.
Today, as the nation eases itself back into travel, cruising makes a great, safe way to break the solo travel ice, without any of the social awkwardness that can strike in a resort full of couples.
Cruising provides easy access to parts of the world that might be expensive and logistically complicated to reach independently, particularly as a solo traveller. “I would do the Alaskan cruise again in a heartbeat,” Bradbury says. “It was just awe-inspiring: beautiful landscapes, wildlife. I came across bears walking along the side of the road, which was just spectacular. I did excursions that I’d never have had the opportunity to do: on a glacier in Alaska, in an ice truck, in the blizzard with the snow coming down. Some of the nature walks I did through Alaskan forests were beautiful, too, and the canoeing.”
Bradbury would recommend cruising to any solo traveller without hesitation. “It’s an easy way of exploring the world: you’re unpacked, you’ve got your stateroom, you don’t have to worry about cooking or washing or meals, it’s a complete escape from the everyday,” she says. “There are plenty of people on board if you want to be social and no pressure if you don’t: you don’t feel you’re standing out if you’re on your own.”
This article was produced for Cunard by BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content division of BBC Global News.
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