Dude ranch vacations are perfect for solo travellers

BY Jody Dahl | Sat 25 May, 2013

Single dude ranch vacations are perfect for individuals travelling on their own. Whether it's through choice or due to a lack of suitable travel companion, ranches can offer the perfect holiday for those flying solo and looking for singles ranch vacations.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch
Photo: Burnt Well Guest Ranch, New Mexico, USA

Freedom to be you

Hideout Guest Ranch
Photo: Hideout Guest Ranch, Wyoming, USA

Guess what? If you're on holiday alone, you only have one person to please – that's you! No more traipsing around museums when it's not your thing or spending hours persuading your other half that a day in the saddle taking in beautiful scenery is exactly what you both need. Compromise is a thing of the past – well, at least for a week or two.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Photo: Clayoqout Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, Canada

It's time to be selfish. Relax in the company of nature, explore rustic and varied landscapes, challenge yourself by trying new activities or just take a spa day – you deserve it. Go white water rafting, conquer your fear of heights on a treetop obstacle course or practise your yoga in the clean open air of the open ranges – it's a bit different from a sweaty studio!

Vista Verde dude ranch
Photo: Vista Verde, Colorado, USA

Benefit from trusted advisors

Latigo Ranch Colorado
Photo: Latigo Ranch, Colorado, USA

One of the scariest aspects of travelling alone can be knowing who to trust. Ranch vacations are different from your average hotel or hostel – expect a warm, genuine welcome from families who are dedicated to making you feel at home and safe. There will be no wandering around aimlessly accidentally missing the good stuff either, as you are staying with the best tour guides in the area. Ranch owners and their wranglers know the best tracks to ride for the views, what time to visit the local rodeo to get a front row seat and where you can source the most authentic local meals at reasonable prices.

Three Bars Ranch Canada
Photo: Three Bars Ranch, British Columbia, Canada

Plus, when you decide to engage in any of the ranch-specific activities, from fishing to cattle drives, you know you are in the best possible hands.

Meet new friends

Apache Spirit Ranch Arizona
Photo: Apache Spirit Ranch, Arizona, USA

Travelling alone doesn't mean you have to be alone (unless, of course, you want to be). It's actually a great opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests. If you want to be ahead of the game, why not contact the ranch you are interested in and ask who else is currently booked on your preferred week. You might find that there are other solo travellers visiting at the same time. 

Three Bars Ranch British Columbia
Photo: Three Bars Ranch, British Columbia, Canada

Traditionally community-minded, most ranches have cosy, comfortable areas – both indoors and outdoors – where guests can chat, read, have a drink and socialise. For those particularly interested in the total ranch experience and spending time with fellow guests, look for ranches with communal eating areas. From outdoor rustic breakfasts to luxury evening fine dining, you'll find a ranch that caters for you.

Great introduction to singles travel

Badger Creek Ranch Colorado
Photo: Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado, USA

Always wanted to travel alone, but not been brave enough to try it? A dude ranch is the perfect introduction to singles holidays. It's safe and you are living with on-site experts. The general advice suggests that for your first solo vacation, you should travel to somewhere where your language is widely spoken – true of the Top50 Ranches, too.

Just think, a ranch vacation could be the beginning of your solo travelling adventures! Visit the Top50 Ranches vacations for singles page to choose the perfect ranch for you.

- Soraya Abdel-Hadi

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