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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to get more from your holiday than a tan, try one of these personal development courses at Cortijo Romero, a charming converted farmhouse in the hills of Andalucia. Themed trips include mindfulness, dance, Pilates and creative writing. There is a modest single supplement, or the option of sharing a room.
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.
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.
Cambodia is a beguiling mix of ancient wonders – including the must-see temple complex at Angkor – rich Buddhist culture and tragic recent history. Join one of the small-group tours with Insider Journeys where around a third of guests are travelling alone and your expert guide will bring this beautiful country alive for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the benefits of organised travel but no need to travel with a group: the combination is hard to beat if you’re travelling solo on a private tour with Barefoot Traveller. Taking in ancient frescoes, historic culture, tea plantations, elephants and dazzling beaches, this Sri Lanka itinerary promises to be magical.
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.
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.
Visiting ancient sites with an expert guide is the ideal way to bring history to life, so it’s no surprise that culture lovers return again and again to Peter Sommer’s tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. Focusing on older explorers, the land and sea trips attract plenty of solo travellers with a mix of first-timers and regulars.
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.
Seeing Machu Picchu is a bucket-list experience for a good reason. Add in Lima, the Amazon, La Paz and Lake Titicaca and a Journey Latin America tour has the right mix of Peru and Bolivia highlights, plus room share options for the solo travellers who typically make up about 40% of the group.
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.
Aptly dubbed the ‘land of fire and ice’, Iceland is one of Europe’s most thrilling destinations, from the geysers and waterfalls of the Golden Circle to the famous Blue Lagoon. Try whale watching and Northern Lights spotting or head off the beaten track with expert guided tours where around half travel solo.