In the depths of winter, long-haul destinations like Mauritius and Bali become even more tempting, especially when there’s no single supplement on double rooms. For solo travellers who’d prefer a short-haul flight to winter sun, the range from Mercury Holidays also includes three and four-star hotels in Malta and Cyprus and regional airport departures.
Dazzling white buildings against the blue of the sky, clear warm waters lapping the sandy coves … the Greek Islands are nothing short of idyllic. From lively tavernas to relaxed beachfront hotels on islands such as Kos, Zante and stylish Santorini, Solos Holidays has a range of Greek getaways just for single travellers, whether you’re 25 or 65.
A hostel is one of the best ways to see a city on a budget, so for women travelling solo, the option of female-only dorms and hostels is perfect. Hostels are much more sociable than hotels, and many enjoy central locations. Some have rooftop bars, free drinks and even art installations, so you certainly won’t be slumming it.
Better than returning from holiday with a memory card full of snaps is a trip that teaches you how to take better photos. With options aimed at different levels, all exclusively for solo travellers, there’s no single supplement on short breaks in Paris, Berlin and Istanbul or longer journeys in Burma, Cuba and Ethiopia.
Skiing holidays can be pricey for solo travellers if you’d rather not join a group of singles. But if endless snow on the slopes is what you’re looking for, there’s another option with no single supplements at a range of hotels in France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Lapland – après ski optional.
With more than 1,000 islands dotted along Croatia’s coast, there’s plenty of competition for most picturesque, but its historic waterfront village, boutique hotels and proximity to Split make Brac a favourite. Solo travellers can escape single supplements at the beachfront Hotel Lipa on selected dates, and enjoy the wellness centre and pool.
One of the best ways to discover a destination is on foot, so a group trip is ideal if you’d rather not wander solo. Walking Women goes one step further, arranging female-only tours. The selection includes easy rambles, high Alpine treks, and photography, sailing and wild swimming trips, some with no single supplement.
Cruising has worked hard to throw off its fuddy-duddy image, helped along by innovations like Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘freestyle’ options. It ditched the stuffy formal atmosphere and replaced it with martini tastings, an ice bar, ultra-modern spa and climbing wall. Solo travellers even get their own exclusive section on one ship.
Cruise holidays are perfect for solo travellers, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy your own company on board or meet new people as you travel. And with dedicated single cabins and UK sailings, Saga’s fleet of two ships offer more traditional or contemporary informal cruising including four-night trips and beginners cruises, all for over-50s only.
The BodyHoliday on the pretty Caribbean island of St Lucia is nirvana for solo travellers. You’ll have your own room with a King-sized bed, plus a choice of restaurants, water sports, fitness classes and a daily spa treatment included in the price. Action-packed or chilled – you choose.
On Turkey’s stunning Turquoise Coast, take your pick of three hotels where all your fellow guests are solo travellers. There’s a house party atmosphere, most meals and drinks included and double room occupancy with no single supplement. Combine it with a week’s cruise on a traditional gulet for a perfect holiday.
Viewing whales and dolphins in the wild is an unmissable experience, from orca in Iceland to blue whales in Sri Lanka. Not all the locations are exotic – some of the world’s best cetacean-watching sites are here in Europe. These trips are always popular with solo travellers, so it’s a great way to meet others who share your passion.
Why endure the festive season alone when you could enjoy a luxury Christmas or New Year break in the UK or the Caribbean with other singles? Exclusively for solo travellers, Friendship Travel’s holidays have no single supplements whether you opt for an adults-only resort in Jamaica or a black-tie ball at a classy UK hotel.
This slice of Caribbean luxury is a great choice for solo travellers who want a party atmosphere. With low single supplements, this all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has communal tables in four of its 11 restaurants, live music and activities ranging from diving to mixology.
Travel is about seeing the world. So the unique trips from Traveleyes are a novel and inspired way to make that a reality, matching people who are blind or visually impaired with sighted companions. With discounts for sighted companions on tours across the world, it’s ideal for single travellers seeking a rewarding holiday with a difference.
Whether you’re indulging your interests or perfecting a new passion, learning holidays are ideal for solo travellers looking for more than just a tan. From art and dance to cookery, sports, wellbeing and languages, you’re guaranteed a group of like-minded students, a range of budgets and no single supplements on selected trips.
For a short break with a difference, don’t just visit some of the UK’s loveliest sites – you could help to preserve them. Including archaeology, gardening and conserving historic houses, see country and coast without any single supplements as well as family-friendly breaks perfect for single parents, as part of a National Trust working holiday.
Skiing alone isn’t much fun, whether you’re a novice or a black-run expert. Ski weeks exclusively for singles provide the perfect combination of sociable après-ski and company on the slopes. Solo specialists Friendship Travel offer shared room options help keep costs down, as well as dedicated weeks for beginners.
Skyros was the first travel company to offer holidays combining personal growth with fun and relaxation. Its mix of expert tuition and house party atmosphere invariably prove popular with solo travellers. We particularly recommend the creative writing courses, featuring award-winning authors, on the gorgeous Greek island of Skyros.
From fascinating Hanoi to stunning Halong Bay, a tour of Vietnam guarantees a perfect taste of the culture, food and history of this beautiful country. With solo travellers making up more than a third of bookings with specialist Insider Journeys, their 10-day small group trip is an ideal guided introduction.
Explore Central America for thrilling wildlife encounters, the fascinating remnants of the Mayan culture, volcanoes and national parks. To make the best use of your time, group tours with Journey Latin America are the ideal way for solo adventurers to discover Panama to Guatemala, with almost half the group typically travelling alone.
If you ever feel you need to kickstart your health, fitness and sense of equilibrium, try an in:spa retreat. In gorgeous settings such as Morocco and Andalucia, these week-long holidays offer a unique mix of gourmet healthy eating, yoga, personal training, hiking, massage and nutritional expertise. The small friendly groups are almost entirely made up of solo travellers.
Getting under the skin of a destination means understanding its people, culture and traditions, so how better than staying a local family? From agriturismo in Tuscany to hill tribes in Thailand, Kenya to Mongolia, it’s also great for singles, with solo travellers making up around half these small groups.
While guided tours are always popular with solo travellers, dedicated trips for singles are even better. Cox & Kings’ range of singles-only holidays covers its most popular destinations, including Russia’s two main cities. With no single supplements, first-class hotels and a welcome dinner, it’s particularly popular with over-50s.