Solos Holidays trip to Zakynthos - Part 1
Before I Go
The last time I went to Greece was 40 years ago. I bought a ticket on the Magic Bus, London to Corfu return for £50.00. I remember watermelons and ouzo; sleeping bags on beaches and local buses to Delphi shared with large ladies holding baskets of live chickens. These days I really need hot showers, clean beds and pleasant company and am hoping that this trip with Solos Holidays to Zakynthos will provide all of these.
I have never been on a holiday with a group of single people before, so am feeling all the things that I am sure other single travellers experience. Will I like the group and will they like me? Will I fit in? I hope there are no predatory women just looking for romance. On the other hand, I realise that this is an easy way to travel as a single woman. All I have to do is decide what to pack (that’s the hard part) and make sure I get to the airport on time, the rest will be taken care of. Transfers are arranged to the hotel and then I’ll meet others in the group, learn about excursions on offer and I won’t worry about eating alone in the evening. If I am not sure how much and when to tip the staff, well all I have to do is talk to the Solos Holidays representative.
Even before take-off Solos Holidays have been great, really helpful when I called about accommodation near the airport, as the early flight demands. The Itinerary is comprehensive and already I have a feel of what is to come. The brochure promises a Pine-clad, hilly, green island ringed by sunny, sandy beaches and aquamarine seas.
I like islands, you can get a feel of island life in a short time and I really want to make the most of my week on Zakynthos. I want to learn about the history, way of life and also to find out how the current economic crisis has affected life in general.
I shall go in search of low-key peaceful al-fresco meals with a hint of bouzouki music floating through the air. I wonder if they still play Zorba the Greek?
So, here I go, the optimistic traveller, hoping to meet interesting people and have memorable experiences – in a good way!