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.
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.
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.
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.
If you love horses, why not saddle up for a riding adventure in one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a country, encounter local wildlife and get to know other members of your small organised group. Destinations include Cuba, Jordan, Mongolia, Chile and the deserts of Rajastan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One big benefit to solo travel is its flexibility, so the mix of free time, like-minded companions and independent local hosts from Vidados is ideal for those who don’t fancy group tours. The range of quirky trips plus activity and learning breaks, 400 with no single supplement, is the icing on the cake.
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.
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.
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.
From budget backpacking to single parents, active treks to laid-back cruises through the islands, Thailand really does offer something for everyone. With small group tours covering all those options, as well as ones for specific age ranges, it’s no surprise that around half those on G Adventures trips are travelling solo.
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.
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.
With kids clubs, activities, baby listening and a spa for weary adults, the Sands Resort Hotel is perfect for single parents looking for child-friendly luxury and a beach on the doorstep. Ideal for discovering the Eden Project, Camel cycle trail and Cornish coastline, this exclusive offer includes no single supplement on selected dates.
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.
Group tours are a great way for singles to explore further off the beaten track, particularly anyone who’s new to solo travel. So a company specialising in escorted small groups exclusively for singles is hard to beat, especially when they offer itineraries including Ethiopia, Georgia and Armenia, and some of Europe’s most fascinating cities.
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.
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.