You are more likely to build deeper connections with those few people, and to become long-term friends.
And last but not least, if you are an older woman travelling solo, this will also mean less harassment in certain countries. After my dreadful experience in Egypt in the 90’s, I decided to give the Middle East and North Africa a wide berth until I was older.
Have you noticed that there aren’t too many of us middle-age solo travellers out there? I would be in a hostel, mostly filled with the usual 20-35 crowd, and then perhaps a couple of retirees over 60.
But I rarely encountered anybody in my age group anymore, people in their 40’s or 50’s. Most people in their middle years are raising children, paying their mortgage, and working hard to get that next promotion (so they can get more money to send their children to university and finish paying their mortgage).
For most of them, travel is probably something they did in their youth, or are planning to do after retiring. Oh well, nobody said that being different was easy.
However, thinking about it some more, I realized that there are both challenges people than the young crowd or retired set.
Not only are there statistically fewer men, but the dynamic of human engagement, and style of personal connection, has changed dramatically since we were dating in our 20’s.Having your own private room, you may tend to spend more quiet time in there instead of the common areas or dorms where all the socializing happens. On the other hand if you are a 45-year old woman travelling solo, you’ll be a real hit with the 60-80 year old solo males!Since your budget is probably a bit more generous by now, you want to eat out, while your companions are planning to stay in and cook, in order to save money. Let’s just hope that the conversation turns to their art career in Spain, rather than their latest open-heart surgery!Perhaps going clubbing all night does not appeal anymore (if it ever did).Isn’t anybody up for a nice dinner followed by a walk, or a show, and then a beer and a chat at a nearby bar (where you can hear yourself talk)?