There’s far more to Thailand than those famous beaches, so if you’re looking for more authentic experiences, an expert guided group tour is the best way to get a real taste of the country. With tours from five days up, and no compulsory single supplement on some tours, solo travellers have plenty of choice.
Birds, bears, butterflies: nature holidays are as diverse as the people you’ll find on them. From UK trips aimed at novice birdwatchers to wolf-tracking in Sweden and tiger-viewing in India, one constant on Naturetrek’s trips is an expert guide and and a small group of fellow enthusiasts. Some tours also have no single supplement.
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.
Gourmet meals, fine wines and the chance to explore France’s most beautiful countryside are enticing enough. But add in a luxury hotel barge and these cruises become the perfect way to travel with a group of new friends. As well as no single supplements on selected dates, a ‘floating house party’ atmosphere ensures nobody is left out.
Away from Morocco’s fascinating cities, the country has stunning landscapes to discover. With solo travellers making up over half of those on Walks Worldwide trips, try camping in the Sahara, trek through the Atlas Mountains and sleep under the stars. Small, friendly groups ensure that most guests take advantage of the room-share option.
There’s no reason the idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Maldives should be for couples only. Barefoot Traveller has negotiated an exclusive singles rate on double rooms at one private island resort so you can dive unspoiled coral, lounge under the palms, socialise at beach parties or escape to your private terrace as you prefer.
With minimal single supplements and itineraries covering the world’s most fascinating ancient sites from Orkney to Easter Island, it’s no surprise that solo history buffs snap up these archaeology tours. Expert guides, such as Professor Mary Beard, lead the trips including private visits to Stonehenge on tester weekends or longer worldwide tours.
It can be tricky to find double rooms with no single supplement in popular holiday destinations, which is why we love this selection of three-star and four-star hotels in the Algarve. Each property has a beachfront location, some with dining tables exclusively for solo travellers and the option to upgrade to all-inclusive.
Joining a house party holiday can be the best of both worlds for singles – a ready-made group to join whenever you fancy the company, and the usual hotel facilities if you prefer time alone. Throw in Spain’s beaches and historic towns, and it’s a perfect short-haul break.
In Italy’s beautiful south, the only thing better than the scenery of the Neapolitan Riviera is not having to share it with crowds of others. With no single supplement for summer stays at Hotel Hermitage, enjoy its private beach, Unesco World Heritage sites and walks in the Cilento National Park.
South Africa delivers such awe-inspiring experiences and adventures but it’s one of those places that is best seen as part of a group tour. On this solos-only trip you’ll experience wildlife encounters, wine-tasting, spectacular sight-seeing – and all with your own double room in first class hotels with no single supplement.
London’s a great city for families, but finding the top child-friendly experiences can be overwhelming. Along with the capital’s top sights, Family Twist’s tailored days out range from playing detective to multicultural food tastings or learning about street art. Ideal for single parents looking for more unusual ideas for younger children.
If you enjoy playing tennis, you’ll love the trips organised by Jonathan Markson. The company offers a range of holidays, from relaxed sporting breaks to intensive training, with no single supplements on selected camps in the UK, Portugal and Spain. Its Single Player Weeks in the Algarve are particularly suitable for solo travellers.
Barbados is famed for its luxury accommodation but single rooms in five-star hotels are notoriously hard to find the world over. The beachfront Coral Reef Club has four spacious and elegant singles, each with a private terrace or garden, plus a world-class spa, watersports, room service dining and live evening entertainment.
If you’re nervous of solo travel or personal development holidays, Skyros’ weekend breaks are the ideal first step. From a four-star country house on the Isle of Wight to Paris, Venice and Marrakech, combine sightseeing with expert guidance on life coaching and mindfulness to writing, yoga and art with a house party atmosphere.
A welcoming house party atmosphere and strict singles-only policy ensure you won’t feel the odd guest out at Mistral Hotel on the Greek island of Crete. Double rooms with no single supplement, two pools, a nearby beach and on-site massages, plus activities from wine tasting to boat trips, attracts solo travellers of all ages.
History, literature, gorgeous gardens: these small group tours are the ideal way to indulge your interests in the company of like-minded people. Take exclusive peeks at England’s stately homes and castles, or let expert guides reveal the secrets of some of the UK’s loveliest scenery and ancient buildings.
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.
From the Great Wall to the Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai to Tibet, China’s fascinating history, culture and landscapes provide endless reasons to visit. Expert local guides make small group tours like Intrepid Travel’s particularly popular with solo travellers, with home-stay accommodation and street food adding an extra dash of authenticity.
If you’re a single parent looking for a budget holiday that appeals to kids of all ages, these upmarket camping trips really fit the bill. Stay in glamorous wigwams and tipis in a choice of beauty spots across the UK, make new friends and enjoy activities such as nature rambles and pizza making.
The legendary Silk Road is one of the world’s great travel adventures, passing mountains, deserts and the ancient cities of Tashkent and Samarkand. Best attempted with an expert guide, it’s no surprise that Adventure Worldwide’s Silk Road Safari is popular with solo travellers, with most of the small group choosing to room-share.
From Northamptonshire to Italy’s Bay of Naples, Kirker Holidays’ exclusive music festivals give lovers of classical music the chance to enjoy their own private performances, as well as meeting the artists. It also runs escorted tours to visit Europe’s most important classical events, some with no single supplements.
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.
In deep winter snow or the summer midnight sun, Finland’s wildlife and countryside are hard to beat for outdoors adventure. View the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle between husky safaris and snowmobiling, or discover wolves and bears in a wooded wilderness, on a small group trip where more than half of guests arrive alone.