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5 Reasons Why a Fitness Holiday is Great for the Solo Traveller

Most fitness holidays are well set up to cater for solo travellers, making them ideal if you love keeping active, want to visit somewhere new and are travelling on your own. They can also provide great value for money for an action-packed break.

What is a fitness holiday?

Most fitness holidays involve a well-organised daily programme of activities and a focus on nutrition.

Fitness holidays can be found for a wide array of interests, from cycling to surfing to boot camps. While many are on offer in the UK, those looking to explore a new area can find sports camps in America, across Europe or more exotic places like Morocco or Thailand. While the primary focus may be sport, most fitness companies appreciate that you’re there for a ‘holiday’ as well so time is often incorporated to rest by the pool, take a stroll to the beach or to explore the local area.

Nutrition is a key feature with fitness holidays, with many employing professional chefs to provide you with meals that are not only delicious and nutritionally balanced, but that incorporate the specialities and tastes of the local cuisine.

Benefits of a Fitness Holiday

In addition to the obvious health benefits, a fitness holiday can simplify trip planning and make for a safer and more social experience for a solo traveller.

Stress-free planning

Fitness holidays are typically highly organised by the company in charge, making them ideal for those who don’t have the time or inclination to plan a holiday—or for those who find holiday planning stressful. In fact, by letting someone else arrange your time a fitness holiday can help reduce stress before you even leave home. A fitness holiday should incorporate carefully-planned activities to both maximise your time and allow you to see the local areas.


Being part of a group means less worry about safety when travelling to places alone. For this reason, a fitness holiday can be especially appealing to solo women travellers.

Health Benefits

Fitness holidays cater to those who want to lose a little weight, increase their level of fitness/skill or just experience a beloved sport in a different country. Regardless of your motivation, those on a fitness holiday typically come home in a rush of endorphins with some new expertise, an increased level of overall fitness and feeling revitalised—both physically and mentally.

Social Interaction

A fitness holiday can provide an instant group of like-minded companions for a solo traveller. For many people the fear of travelling solo can put them off visiting new places, or trying new experiences. A group environment also means that meal times become a time for socialisation and learning about your fellow fitness enthusiasts, taking away the fear of having to sit and eat alone on a solo holiday.

Access to a Wider Range of Activities

On final perk to solo travellers of a fitness holiday is the access you’ll have to group activities that you could never do alone like ATV driving through the hills of Thailand.

From well planned activities to local cuisines, life changing experiences to lifelong friendships, a fitness holiday can provide a wide array of amazing experiences and memories for a singleton, in the safety and companionship of a like-minded group. Regardless of the type of trip to decide upon, make sure it's protected by a good travel insurance plan! Best to buy your travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, to get the most benefit from the "Cancellation" section of cover.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the Founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team. Read more on LinkedIn.


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