Seeing animals in the wild isn’t an experience to miss simply because you’re on your own. From tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda to classic destinations such as Kenya, Tucan Travel offers an exciting and cost-effective way to go on safari. More than 60% of passengers on these overland tours are travelling solo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the historic cities to the stunning national parks, coasts, deserts and vineyards, America is vast enough to have holiday choices to suit everyone. And escorted tours with a room share option are a great way for solo travellers to discover the country’s highlights if you’d rather not explore alone.
A solo cycling tour is a wonderful way to discover the quiet backroads of Europe, and these holidays ensure that your luggage is transported each day to your next hotel. With practical well-planned routes and handpicked accommodation, this option is ideal for independent singles who enjoy their own company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With its spa, six restaurants and waterfront location, the five-star Villa Cortes is one of the most luxurious hotels to enjoy the sun in Tenerife. Chill out on four-poster loungers, shop at designer boutiques or discover the island’s lush green north and volcanic centre, all with no single supplement on selected dates.
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.
A yoga holiday is a great opportunity to unwind, restore your mental and physical health and meet new people. With inspiring locations from Ibiza to India, world-class teachers and delicious healthy food, destination yoga is the UK’s leading specialist. Virtually all guests travel alone and there is a room-share option to keep down costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a fortnight isn’t enough, long hotel stays can attract discounts that make them more of a bargain than an indulgence. For over-50s travelling alone, single rooms in Saga’s hotels usually cost the same as doubles for three weeks or more, with all-inclusive options in Spain, St Lucia, Cuba, Thailand and Mauritius.
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.