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.
If a healthier body is the souvenir you’d like from your travels, it needn’t be gruelling. Holistic retreats in Morocco and France from the healthy holiday company promise gourmet food, yoga and fitness, while weight-loss breaks are offered in Tuscany and Spain. Almost all your fellow guests will be travelling alone, and there’s a lovely friendly vibe.
There’s more to Europe’s mountains than winter sports. Pretty lakeside towns, Alpine meadows and exhilarating hikes can all be had with no single supplement. Choose between chic Italian Lakes, spectacular Norwegian fjords, the warmth of Austria or classic Swiss destinations such as Interlaken and Lake Lucerne. Perfect, whether you want to strap on your walking boots or soak up the sun.
Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will love the chance to learn – and taste – more on an escorted wine tour in Europe or the New World. A ready-made group sharing your passion ensures the tours are a great choice for solo travellers, and there is no single supplement on one exclusive Champagne trip.
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 diverse wildlife and stunning scenery of Costa Rica make it the perfect destination for nature lovers. Exploring its rainforest, cloud forest and volcanoes, this singles-only tour from Cox & Kings is the perfect introduction if you’re travelling solo, complete with accommodation that’s full of character but with no single supplement.
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.
If you’re looking for more than relaxing in the sun, Kamalaya sanctuary and spa on Koh Samui is one of the world’s loveliest places to get body, mind and soul in order. It offers communal dining tables if you want to meet other guests, and tailored exercise, diet and treatment programmes, plus modest single supplements.
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.
From colonial Havana to remote paradise beaches, Cuba is an endlessly fascinating island. About half the guests on these group walking and cycling holidays are travelling alone, making this an ideal way to get under the skin of the country, meet new people and enjoy the local culture, music and countryside.
The vast size and incredible diversity of Australia ensure there’s something for every style of solo travel. And with trips lasting three to 22 days, including bush camping, visiting the Outback and discovering Aboriginal culture, the expert-led tours from Intrepid Travel are unsurprisingly popular with adventurous singles who want to explore beyond the cities.
Take one five-star hotel, mix with a Michelin-starred restaurant, add expert tuition from professional chefs and you have the recipe for a perfect gourmet solo break. With courses covering various cuisines, including one designed for single fathers, you can relax in your own double room between cooking classes.
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.
Encountering gorillas in the wild is a mesmerising, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Single supplements are unavoidable but we’ve found some small group journeys with Rainbow Tours that keep the additional charges down for solo travellers, giving you the chance to explore the raw natural beauty and the astonishing wildlife of Uganda.
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.
Sailing on a tall ship is always memorable but for a genuinely life-changing holiday, the voyages from Jubilee Sailing Trust are unique. Designed to allow people with disabilities to stretch themselves, able-bodied buddies can pay subsidised rates to help out on board. There’s a range of itineraries and no sailing experience needed.
Discover western Scotland’s beautiful islands in luxury, with top-quality gourmet food, the chance to explore remote spots and no single supplements. The small boat cruises from The Majestic Line have a maximum of 10 guests for an intimate house party atmosphere, with popular double cabins for single occupancy often booking up first.
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.
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.
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.
Turn your interest in art into a full-blown hobby with a tutored painting holiday. Mix in good food, wine and a house party atmosphere and you have the perfect recipe for solo travellers – with no supplements. The trips are aimed squarely at beginners with options including Prosecco tasting and truffle-hunting in Italy’s Abruzzo region.
With smaller ships, solo dining options and no single supplements on selected voyages, Fred. Olsen cruises are ideal for those travelling alone. Specialising in northern European routes and the Baltics, there are also sailings to the Caribbean, Pacific and Arctic, along with dinner hosts and companions for guaranteed company when you want it.
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.
Visitors to the unspoiled white sands of Kenya’s Watamu Marine National Reserve can enjoy snorkelling and waterspouts – and see rare nesting turtles. If such an idyllic spot needs an added temptation, eco award-winning Turtle Bay Beach Club has no single supplements for all-inclusive double rooms year-round through Tropical Sky.