By nature I am not very good at keeping my own company, but as much as I love the company of others, I have to confess that I have spent very many happy hours travelling around Tasmania under my own steam. I would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone thinking of a solo adventure.
One thing is for sure - you will never be on your own for very long in Tassie - even in the the remotest corner of the mainland, or the most far flung island in the archipelago, the chances are you will have an inquistive wombat, pademelon or wallaby for company. And you will almost certainly return home from your travels in Tassie having made friends for life.
Tassie is probably one of the best places on earth to choose as a single traveller, no matter whether you are a walker, a wildlife lover, an adrenalin seeker or simply a free spirit looking to join a group of like-minded people on a journey of discovery by foot, bicycle or even by kayak.
There can be few safer places that offer such remote, pristine wilderness within a short distance of civilisation - so if you crave empty space and tranquility in small doses, this is your island. Equally, if friendlier and more genuine people exist on our planet, I have yet to find them.
To be welcomed into a Tasmanian B&B is effectively to be welcomed into someone's home as a member of the family. The owners are as passionate about hospitality as they are about sharing a love of their land with their guests. Most would walk over hot coals rather than see a lonely or downcast guest in their care. In fact, you will probably bid farewell, as I frequently do, with a full tummy that hurts from laughing, a slightly fuzzy head from one too many glasses of wine, your pockets stuffed full of home-grown limes (in my case, for my G&Ts), home made shortbread or a freshly baked pie to keep the wolf from the door, a notebook full of telephone numbers and email addresses, and irreplaceable memories.
The multi-day walking and cycling tours in Tasmania are as restorative for the heart as they are for the soul, and a perfect holiday for a visitor of almost any age and reasonable fitness, travelling on his or her own. Some walks, like the Freycinet Experience, don't even charge a supplement for single accommodation, meaning ladies can be sure of their own privacy by night. You walk in small groups of 8 or ten, dining altogether by candelight and by the time the walk is over I absolutely promise you will have made friends for life. As the Maria Island Walk says, they are four days that will last a lifetime.
The private guides are without question some of the best in the world, and not only for their wildlife spotting, fishing, cooking and bush tracker skills - but for their story telling, their ability to engage, communicate with and relate to anyone of any age, from anywhere, and from all walks of life.
I hold my friendships with the Tasmanian people very dear to my heart. How often do we say goodbye to holiday acquaintances, vowing to keep in touch only for months and years to pass without further contact? So genuine are the folk I meet in Tassie that despite the fact that I also live on an island - albeit a considerably smalle one - on the other side of the world, within a few months of returning home to the UK, I invariably have the pleasure of returning the compliment and welcoming the same folk who have gone out of their way to host me here in my own home. I know the same is true from many guests who have spent time in their company.
So, if you are thinking of visiting Tasmania as a single traveller, don't think twice - call or email me for the start of a journey that will last a lifetime.