Everyone should travel solo once, yet many of us fear too. Solo travel is an experience like no other. You’re free to do what you want, when you want it. No compromise, no need to fit in with others, no restraint on your fun. Rediscover who you really are, free of the noise and demands of daily life, and let the joy return to your soul.
Many folks, even if they’re willing to take the solo plunge, don’t consider the busy Bahamas as a potential destination. You’re missing out! Travelling the Turks and Caicos solo is an experience that needs to be on everyone’s bucket lists. Don’t worry- the Big Blue Collective is here to look after you every step of the way. With our brand new concierge service, we’ll always be there for you.
Start with your needs and wants
You’ll see a lot about the ‘spiritual’ or ‘metaphysical’ side of solo travel. How it’s a great way to get to know yourself and discover things even you didn’t know about who you are. That’s all well and good- but having a positive solo travel experience in the Turks and Caicos hinges on knowing what you’ll enjoy most about the islands.
Is island-hopping the Turks and Caicos your dream? Would you rather have a familiar home base to return to each evening? Are you the centre of the party, or the soul who wants to watch the moon rise alone on the beach?
Having a firm idea of what you enjoy in a holiday, even if you’ve never visited the Islands themselves before, will help us help you make the very best decisions. Party-lovers will enjoy dancing-it-up in Provo, the centre of nightlife. Meanwhile, those who love the great outdoors will find a new lease on life on our eco-tour experiences. Quaint and charming Grand Turk will call some, but for many the biggest drawcard will be our spectacular wind- and water-sport opportunities. It doesn’t matter what your perfect holiday looks like, there’s something for everyone in the TCI. All that matters is you be kind to yourself, and choose activities you will enjoy.
Can I learn to dive, snorkel or kiteboard as a solo traveller?
Travelling the TCI solo doesn’t mean you have to miss out. From backcountry cycling to any number of water sports, the TCI is the perfect place for fun in the sun, even if you’re travelling alone.
We have some of the best instructors in the world working for us, so even novice learner’s needn’t worry. And ladies travelling alone, we do have your back- many of our stellar instruction team are female too, so if you feel more comfortable learning with a fellow lady, don’t worry. The Big Blue Collective delights in sharing our passion for kiteboarding, SUP, kayaking and diving with the world.And with our escorted trip services now open to you, you’ll always have someone to accompany you.
What if something goes wrong? Who can I turn to?
This is probably the issue that bothers most travellers. Who will you turn to if something goes wrong? The answer is- the same people you would if you were travelling as a party! Friends and family can be nice for moral support, but if you encounter an issue on holiday it’s far better to let people placed to help you assist you in the matter. The Big Blue Collective is always here to assist our family. We’ve also compiled this handy list of contacts for you if you’re island-hopping the Turks and Caicos. Looking for the flight that will set the right tone for the whole trip? We’ve also got a resource for that, too.
The TCI is one of the safest destinations in the world, so it’s great for travelling solo. Man-made threats are few, but do remember that there’s a wild landscape out there. If you’re interested in water fun or exploring the out-islands, the company is always a good idea in case of emergency. That’s why the Big Blue Collective are here to help, of course! With our escorted trip services, we’re there if you feel sick, struggle, get too sunburned for your own good or simply need some help or company, but we won’t be underfoot when you’d rather be alone.
Accommodation-wise, there are some fantastic private villa rentals around, but you may prefer a resort if you think you’ll feel isolated or lonely. Don’t forget to store our phone number safely in your phone, either!
If you do like your personal space, travelling to the Turks and Caicos will be refreshing. There are few touts and ‘helpers’ to interfere with your enjoyment, so there’s no need to battle whiny attention-seekers while you want to have fun.
Island hopping the Turks and Caicos will feel a little like home
Of course, you want an adventure- but it’s nice to have a taste of the familiar, too. Travelling the TCI, you will find everyone speaks English fluently, and the US dollar is the accepted currency here too. Despite this, we’re officially a British Overseas Territory, and you’ll find a lot of UK culture here. This isn’t space where culture shock will bother you. Combined with the friendly locals, you’ll soon feel at home!
What do I miss out on as a solo traveller?
Nothing! Some solo travellers feel homesick, so do be ready to get into the spirit of your adventure. Make the most of every day, and snap pics to share with loved ones back home. Pack your days full of the things YOU want to do, free of the need to listen to other’s whine and spoil the experience. Make new friends, and stay in touch with family and friends through the wonders of the internet. You’re about to get out of that comfort zone and into an adventure, so you’re sure to leave smiling!
If you have any concerns at all about travelling the Turks and Caicos solo, the Big Blue Collective are always happy to chat. Fluffy white beaches and azure seas are calling you!