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Post: #31
Hi Lyn

I have been to Malta but years ago when it was not a well known tourist destination - in 70s. Obviously it would have changed a lot since then but I am sure you will like it. The Cathedral is lovely. Island of Gozo is nice too. Did a day trip whilst there. Not sure if you will get a chance to visit the Blue Grotto, but if you do then please go as it is really nice. Enjoy your first holiday with Just You. I am sure you will want to book another one after you come back!

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Post: #32
Sylvia
I find myself in the same position as you were. Widowed and never having been on a holiday on my own. I have had the Just You brochure for some weeks and have been looking at the holidays on the webbsite also but as yet have not had the courage to actually book one.
I was considering going to Moscow and St Petersburg in October but I am not very impressed with the reviews which have put me off when I had just plucked up courage to book, so I am still undecided as I don't want my first holiday not to be enjoyable or I fear I will not book another.
Your review was very encouraging to read, I think I just needed that to give me the push to do it, but perhaps I will look at other destinations.
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Post: #33
Hi Sylvia,
I was very inspired by your post. I have yet to take the plunge and book. I do fancy the Lake Garda holiday but am put off by the hotel reviews Undecided. Did you read reviews on trip advisor and similiar sites? Some are posted by JY travellers. This is the only holiday that fits in with time off work/local airport/ flight departures.
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Post: #34
Hi Denisejoy and Rh

Thank you for saying that my post gave you encouragement - I hoped it would help.

Yes, I look at Tripadvisor reviews, and others and have decided, like you RH, not go to Lake Garda on the strength of it. On another singles company's site I rejected Prague for the same reason - didn't want a 612 room hotel, with more people in it than the village where I live! Pity you are restricted with dates because if you could go to Calabria then I am certain you would not be disappointed. Albi and Carcassonne are nice too, but you need good weather for that one. I am trying Apulia this September.

If you have any more questions please ask. If you want to email me "off forum" then Julia will let you have my email address.

Hope you both find something that ticks all the boxes.

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Post: #35
(17/03/2014, 11:10 AM)sjm533 Wrote: Hi Denisejoy and Rh

Thank you for saying that my post gave you encouragement - I hoped it would help.

Yes, I look at Tripadvisor reviews, and others and have decided, like you RH, not go to Lake Garda on the strength of it. On another singles company's site I rejected Prague for the same reason - didn't want a 612 room hotel, with more people in it than the village where I live! Pity you are restricted with dates because if you could go to Calabria then I am certain you would not be disappointed. Albi and Carcassonne are nice too, but you need good weather for that one. I am trying Apulia this September.

If you have any more questions please ask. If you want to email me "off forum" then Julia will let you have my email address.

Hope you both find something that ticks all the boxes.

Sylvia

Thanks Sylvia. Good Luck Denisejoy!
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Post: #36
Hi Denise and Sylvia

Sometimes it is best not to take the hotel reviews too seriously as it is not always possible to know whether or not they are genuine or not and also it is not easy to please everyone. Some people will find fault with everything no matter what. I personally never look at the reviews and to date have never been disappointed with the hotels I have stayed in whilst on holiday.

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Post: #37
Hi All

I'm new here - just joined today. Can anybody give me some reassurance based on their experiences please? I'm 40 years old and single - would I be out of place on a holiday on here as I'm fairly young? No offense intended to anyone - I just want to get a feel for the age spread that's all.

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Post: #38
(21/03/2014, 02:00 PM)mikerugby Wrote: Hi All

I'm new here - just joined today. Can anybody give me some reassurance based on their experiences please? I'm 40 years old and single - would I be out of place on a holiday on here as I'm fairly young? No offense intended to anyone - I just want to get a feel for the age spread that's all.

Best wishes
Mike

Hi Mike,
Welcome to the JY forum. No, you will not be out of place. You may perhaps be at the "younger" end of the age spectrum, but there are those that will be younger, and several 35 - 45. Sometimes it all depends on where you go. It seems to me as though the farther afield the younger, but having said that there have been 80 year olds go to the Far East., and 20 year olds to France. Have a search through the various postings for age of travellers, etc., and you will soon find what others think. The search facility is at the top right hand side of the forum.

It has been said many times on here that age is just a number. I have been on holidays where some of those a lot younger than me have struggled, and those older have been fitter. Forget age, just go for it, you'll be OK.

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Post: #39
(13/01/2014, 01:12 PM)sjm533 Wrote: Two years ago I was in the same position as many of you, having lost my husband in February 2012. A had never travelled alone, or even for that matter lived alone. I am in my mid-70's. I found JY and other singles holiday companies through an internet search and booked my first holiday with JY. Why I chose JY - I don't really know. Perhaps it was the choice of holidays, no single supplement, connection from my local airport, it just felt right.

I was so scared a few days before departure that I almost asked my doctor to sign me off sick so that I did not have to go and claim on the insurance! Sense prevailed because I really knew that she wouldn't do it.

You are really "on your own" until you get to the departure airport. Unless of course you have someone to travel with you, or take you to the airport. From there on you will have as much or as little company as you wish.

Fellow travellers are there for the same reason you are - it is somewhere they want to visit. Whether it is for the sights, architecture, history, food, culture, you have that in common at check-in.

I am so glad that I didn't call off that first holiday to France which was in May, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The age range, which was from about mid 30's to 80 really didn't matter, in fact I booked another for September to Calabria and thoroughly enjoyed that as well.

I have two holidays booked this year - though only one with JY, simply because JY do not go where I want to for the other trip.

In my limited experience JY's tour managers have been fantastic. The second hotel was far and away better than the first, but the first was very, very good.

Organisation from departure airport - resort(s) - return airport is smooth. Everything is done for you.

All you have to do is choose - read any reviews on the forum that you can find - book - pay - turn up - ENJOY!!

If anyone wants to contact me "off forum" JY have my email address.

Happy travelling.

Sylvia

Hello Sylvia
Like you I have not long lost my Husband, we both travels a lot, I love to travel, a keen Photographer, Our last wish was that we could go back to Auss, that was never to be as Brian died not long after, I want to follow his dream, I was looking at JY, have spoke to the Lady on the Phone,
I am not scared of the travel just meeting different people, after reading your experience seems to have given me more hope,
if there is any tips that you can give me I would be truly grateful

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Post: #40
(28/03/2014, 01:25 PM)Elaine 123 Wrote:
(13/01/2014, 01:12 PM)sjm533 Wrote: Two years ago I was in the same position as many of you, having lost my husband in February 2012. A had never travelled alone, or even for that matter lived alone. I am in my mid-70's. I found JY and other singles holiday companies through an internet search and booked my first holiday with JY. Why I chose JY - I don't really know. Perhaps it was the choice of holidays, no single supplement, connection from my local airport, it just felt right.

I was so scared a few days before departure that I almost asked my doctor to sign me off sick so that I did not have to go and claim on the insurance! Sense prevailed because I really knew that she wouldn't do it.

You are really "on your own" until you get to the departure airport. Unless of course you have someone to travel with you, or take you to the airport. From there on you will have as much or as little company as you wish.

Fellow travellers are there for the same reason you are - it is somewhere they want to visit. Whether it is for the sights, architecture, history, food, culture, you have that in common at check-in.

I am so glad that I didn't call off that first holiday to France which was in May, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The age range, which was from about mid 30's to 80 really didn't matter, in fact I booked another for September to Calabria and thoroughly enjoyed that as well.

I have two holidays booked this year - though only one with JY, simply because JY do not go where I want to for the other trip.

In my limited experience JY's tour managers have been fantastic. The second hotel was far and away better than the first, but the first was very, very good.

Organisation from departure airport - resort(s) - return airport is smooth. Everything is done for you.

All you have to do is choose - read any reviews on the forum that you can find - book - pay - turn up - ENJOY!!

If anyone wants to contact me "off forum" JY have my email address.

Happy travelling.

Sylvia

Hello Sylvia
Like you I have not long lost my Husband, we both travels a lot, I love to travel, a keen Photographer, Our last wish was that we could go back to Auss, that was never to be as Brian died not long after, I want to follow his dream, I was looking at JY, have spoke to the Lady on the Phone,
I am not scared of the travel just meeting different people, after reading your experience seems to have given me more hope,
if there is any tips that you can give me I would be truly grateful

Elaine

Hi Elaine,
Sorry to hear about your husband, yes travelling alone for the first time can be daunting. Don't worry about meeting new people - I doubt if you will be the only first timer, equally nervous.

The only really tip I can think of at the moment, is to keep a look out for JY luggage labels and make sure you have one clearly visible on your hand luggage, even if it is only on your handbag. That way, at the check in area, you will be able to spot others, and they, including the JY rep, will be able to find you. If you see one, banish shyness and nervousness and introduce yourself. It is highly unlikely that your approach won't work.

It also means that if your tour rep doesn't fly out with you then you will have company at the other end.

Can 't think of anything else at the moment if anything comes to mind I'll let you know.

Happy travelling

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