Along with its ancient temples, tea plantations and national parks, Sri Lanka is home to some stunning Indian Ocean beaches. And with no single supplement on double or twin rooms, these seafront hotels are perfect for solo travellers, along with the option of communal dining and the chance to arrange private excursions.
A sailing holiday is ideal for solo travellers, whether you’re exploring the British Virgin Islands or the pristine seas of the Maldives, or undertaking a more adventurous expedition on the high seas. And with an experienced skipper at the helm, you can learn the ropes or relax as you get to know your crew mates.
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.
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.
A cycling holiday is a great way to explore a destination, whether you’re a Tour de France enthusiast or seeking something more sedate on two wheels. Saddle Skedaddle’s UK and overseas tours range from relaxed country routes and short introductory breaks to rugged mountain biking, with room shares for those riding solo.
Lapland is magical year-round but add Santa to the Northern Lights, deep snow and husky sledding and it’s a child’s dream. With regional flights and special offers for single parents, trips needn’t blow the Christmas budget either, despite packing in activities galore and a private meeting with the big man himself.
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hiker, a walking holiday is naturally sociable and a great way to soak up some of the world’s most spectacular natural sights. Solos Holidays offers an inspiring selection of trips for single travellers only, from the dramatic landscapes of America’s Grand Canyon to the sunny Devon coast.
From the stunning scenery of the Western Highlands of Scotland to the legendary Glacier Express in Switzerland, a rail holiday offers one of the most relaxing ways to explore. And with no single supplements on selected trips from Great Rail Journeys, it’s ideal for solo travellers looking for a ready-made group of companions.
Tanzania’s spectacular Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater should be on every wildlife lover’s wishlist. And there’s no reason singles should miss out on spotting cheetah, leopard, lion and elephant, thanks to tours exclusively for solo travellers. On this trip you’ll sleep in double rooms at luxury lodges with no single supplement.
Who needs singles supplements when you can stay in somebody’s house for free? Ideal for solo travellers, housesitting is the perfect way to get to know a destination as part of the local community. There are locations worldwide and, for animal lovers, petsitting offers an even larger choice of properties.
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.
From ultramodern Tokyo to the temples and geisha of Kyoto, Japan is eternally fascinating. And with no single supplement on selected trips, these guided tours cover the country’s main sights and lesser-known spots, some featuring overnight stays in temple lodgings. There’s also an option to create a tailor-made solo itinerary.
Off the tourist map for so long, Nicaragua is now one of the most exciting destinations for adventurous solo travellers. Home to Central America’s oldest city, nature reserves, volcanoes and unspoiled islands, singles looking to head off the beaten track will love Journey Latin America’s expert-guided tour, including room-share option.
The land of the free is also the home of adventure travel, from Death Valley to Alaska, eye-popping national parks to iconic cities, not to mention island hopping and volcano spotting in Hawaii. For solo travellers, a small group tour can be the perfect option for singles looking to share the thrill of the open road.
Thanks to TV’s Strictly, ballroom dancing’s glamorous makeover has given it a huge boost in popularity. If you don’t already have a partner, these singles-only dinner dances and short breaks in the UK are the ideal solution. Options include ballroom dancing lessons, tours of England’s historic cities and weekends for under-45s.
From luxury hotels to exotic destinations, teeing off on a golf holiday is a great way to indulge your passion and see the world. Exclusively for single golfers, these trips with Solos Holidays range from long weekends in the UK to the Algarve, as well as winter sun and options for players without a golf handicap.
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.
The British countryside is made for exploring on foot, and Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has negotiated no single supplements on walking tours from Guernsey and Cornwall to the Isle of Arran. It even has its own welcoming country house in the Lake District which is consistently popular with single travellers, with a supplement of only £5 a night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Madeira’s year-round sunshine makes it a tempting escape, especially for keen walkers and nature-lovers. And with no single supplement on a wide selection of dates year-round, Classic Collection Holidays gives another incentive to book, along with whale-watching and old town of Funchal, and a friendly atmosphere without enforced socialising.
For solo travellers looking to give back to the communities they visit, voluntourism holidays allow you to put your professional skills to use on a career break. With tailor-made itineraries exploring Africa, Asia, South America or the South Pacific, these trips are not just for gap-year students. You can make a real difference.