101 Singles Holidays

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  • Blissful solitude in the Maldives

    Blissful solitude in the Maldives

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    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.

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  • Take your kids to visit Santa

    Take your kids to visit Santa

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    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.

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  • Rail holidays

    Rail holidays

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    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.

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  • Luxury Caribbean spa

    Luxury Caribbean spa

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    The BodyHoliday on the pretty Caribbean island of St Lucia is nirvana for solo travellers. You’ll have your own room with a Queen-size four-poster bed, plus a choice of restaurants, water sports, fitness classes and a daily spa treatment included in the price. Action-packed or chilled – you choose.

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  • Lend somebody your eyes

    Lend somebody your eyes

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    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 guides on tours across the world, it’s ideal for single travellers looking for a rewarding holiday with a difference.

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  • City hostels for women

    City hostels for women

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    A hostel is one of the best ways to see a city on a budget, so for women travelling solo, the option of female-only dorms and hostels is perfect. Hostels are much more sociable than hotels, and many enjoy central locations. Some have rooftop bars, free drinks and even art installations, so you certainly won’t be slumming it.

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  • Singles tour of Costa Rica

    Singles tour of Costa Rica

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    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.

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  • Spa retreat in Koh Samui

    Spa retreat in Koh Samui

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    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.

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  • Peru adventure tour

    Peru adventure tour

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    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.

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  • Nicaragua

    Nicaragua

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    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.

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  • Let Jordan amaze you

    Let Jordan amaze you

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    Home to the rock-carved city of Petra, the Dead Sea and the desert dunes of Wadi Rum, along with crusader castles, coral reefs, Roman sites and Biblical mosaics, Jordan crams a huge amount into a small country. These expert-guided group tours are perfect for outgoing singles.

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  • Archaeology tours

    Archaeology tours

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    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.

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  • Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

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    This slice of Caribbean luxury is a great choice for solo travellers who want a party atmosphere. With low single supplements, this all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has communal tables in four of its 11 restaurants, live music and activities ranging from diving to mixology.

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  • Balearic beaches for single parents

    Balearic beaches for single parents

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    It’s not always easy to find a family-friendly holiday in the Mediterranean if you’re a single parent. But these three all-inclusive hotels in Mallorca and Menorca tick every box. Adored by children of all ages, they also offer informal get-togethers for mums and dads. And there are no single supplements.

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  • Walking holidays for women

    Walking holidays for women

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    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.

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  • Gorilla trekking

    Gorilla trekking

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    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.

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  • Yoga holidays

    Yoga holidays

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    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.

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  • Wildlife holidays

    Wildlife holidays

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    Birds, bears, butterflies: nature holidays are as diverse as the people you’ll find on them. From UK trips aimed at novice birdwatchers to wolf-tracking in Sweden and tiger-viewing in India, one constant on Naturetrek’s trips is an expert guide and and a small group of fellow enthusiasts. Some tours also have no single supplement.

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  • Stylish Lanzarote

    Stylish Lanzarote

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    With its chic marina and unspoiled golden beaches, Playa Blanca in Lanzarote’s south is one of the sophisticated spots changing the island’s reputation. And with no single supplement from May to October, the luxury Hotel Volcan Lanzarote is ideal for solo travellers looking to try watersports, spa treatments or simply relax in style.

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  • Skiing weeks in the Alps

    Skiing weeks in the Alps

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    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.

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  • Cambodia

    Cambodia

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    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.

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  • Adventure tours in China

    Adventure tours in China

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    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.

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  • Group walking holidays

    Group walking holidays

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    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.

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  • Diving holidays

    Diving holidays

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    No traveller has seen the world’s wonders without at least one scuba dive. Diving holidays are perfect for singles, whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, thanks to the “buddy” system and the relaxed social scene. Get expert tuition in the Red Sea or try a liveaboard boat exploring the Pacific, Caribbean, Indian Ocean or Galapagos.

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  • Nile cruise in Egypt

    Nile cruise in Egypt

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    The heart of Egypt, the Nile is also the best way to see its greatest treasures as you sail between Luxor and Aswan, visiting the great temple at Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the colossal statues at Abu Simbel. With no single supplements and a spacious air-conditioned cabin to yourself, this trip is ideal for solos.

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  • Whale and dolphin watching

    Whale and dolphin watching

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    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.

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  • Sunshine in Madeira

    Sunshine in Madeira

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    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.

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  • Voluntourism holidays

    Voluntourism holidays

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    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.

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  • Sri Lanka hotels for singles

    Sri Lanka hotels for singles

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    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.

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  • Singles tour of Russia

    Singles tour of Russia

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    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.

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  • Cornwall for single parents

    Cornwall for single parents

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    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.

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  • Learn something new

    Learn something new

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    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.

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  • Solo cycling tours

    Solo cycling tours

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    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.

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  • Tennis holidays

    Tennis holidays

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    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.

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  • Silk Road adventure tour

    Silk Road adventure tour

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    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.

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  • Five-star Tenerife

    Five-star Tenerife

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    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.

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  • Private tour of Sri Lanka

    Private tour of Sri Lanka

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    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.

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  • Single parent glamping holidays

    Single parent glamping holidays

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    If you’re a single parent looking for a budget holiday that appeals to kids of all ages, these upmarket camping trips really fit the bill. Stay in glamorous wigwams and tipis in a choice of beauty spots across the UK, make new friends and enjoy activities such as nature rambles and pizza making.

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  • UK walking holidays

    UK walking holidays

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    The British countryside is made for exploring on foot, and Ramblers Countrywide 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.

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  • Lakes and mountains

    Lakes and mountains

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    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.

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  • House parties in Turkey

    House parties in Turkey

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    On Turkey’s stunning Turquoise Coast, take your pick of three hotels where all your fellow guests are solo travellers. There’s a house party atmosphere, most meals and drinks included and double room occupancy with no single supplement. Combine it with a week’s cruise on a traditional gulet for a perfect holiday.

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  • Long-stay hotels

    Long-stay hotels

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    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.

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  • UK cycle tours

    UK cycle tours

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    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.

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  • Small group tours of Japan

    Small group tours of Japan

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    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.

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  • Boutique cruise in Scotland

    Boutique cruise in Scotland

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    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.

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  • Trekking in Morocco

    Trekking in Morocco

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    Away from Morocco’s fascinating cities, the country has stunning landscapes to discover. With solo travellers making up over half of those on Walks Worldwide trips, try camping in the Sahara, trek through the Atlas Mountains and sleep under the stars. Small, friendly groups ensure that most guests take advantage of the room-share option.

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  • Classical music holidays

    Classical music holidays

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    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.

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  • Cookery courses in France

    Cookery courses in France

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    Where better to learn to cook than France, the country that gave us the word gourmet? With small friendly groups, cooking courses are perfect for solo travellers, and there’s no single supplement on Flavours of France’s Bordeaux trips. Four further destinations, including medieval Carcassone and the vineyards of Bergerac, have room-share options.

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  • Safari in Africa

    Safari in Africa

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    Seeing animals in the wild isn’t an experience to miss simply because you’re travelling solo, from tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda to classic destinations such as Tanzania and Namibia. With individually tailored itineraries or small groups of travellers, plus suggestions for single parents, Aardvark Safaris has a range of options that avoid single supplements.

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  • Walking in Nepal

    Walking in Nepal

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    Home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring scenery, Nepal is well named the Rooftop of the World. From Annapurna and the Mount Everest Base Camp to the little-explored Mustang and Dolpo regions, these expert-guided treks include options for all levels of fitness, with around half of the small group travelling solo. 

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  • Ski hotels for solos

    Ski hotels for solos

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    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.

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  • Explore Central America

    Explore Central America

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    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.

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  • Detox retreats

    Detox retreats

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    If you ever feel you need to kickstart your health, fitness and sense of equilibrium, try an in:spa retreat. In gorgeous settings such as Morocco and Andalucia, these week-long holidays offer a unique mix of gourmet healthy eating, yoga, personal training, hiking, massage and nutritional expertise. The small friendly groups are almost entirely made up of solo travellers.

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  • Cruising for over-50s

    Cruising for over-50s

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    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.

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  • Vietnam

    Vietnam

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    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.

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  • Single parents in London

    Single parents in London

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    London’s a great city for families, but finding the top child-friendly experiences can be overwhelming. Along with the capital’s top sights, Family Twist’s tailored days out range from playing detective to multicultural food tastings or learning about street art. Ideal for single parents looking for more unusual ideas for younger children.

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  • Singles hotel in Crete

    Singles hotel in Crete

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    A welcoming house party atmosphere and strict singles-only policy ensure you won’t feel the odd guest out at Mistral Hotel on the Greek island of Crete. Double rooms with no single supplement, two pools, a nearby beach and on-site massages, plus activities from wine tasting to boat trips, attracts solo travellers of all ages.

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  • Greek Islands

    Greek Islands

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    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, secluded Samos to stylish Santorini, Solos Holidays has a range of Greek getaways just for single travellers, whether you’re 25 or 65.

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  • Hit the beach in Antigua

    Hit the beach in Antigua

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    If you like your Caribbean beaches to be activity-filled during the day and a lively atmosphere at night, an all-inclusive beachfront break in Antigua is just about perfect. With no single supplements on double rooms, and four restaurants from which to choose, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is also great value.

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  • Winter sun deals

    Winter sun deals

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    In the depths of winter, long-haul destinations like Mauritius and Bali become even more tempting, especially when there’s no single supplement on double rooms. For solo travellers who’d prefer a short-haul flight to winter sun, the range from Mercury Holidays also includes three and four-star hotels in Malta and Cyprus and regional airport departures.

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  • Group tour of India

    Group tour of India

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    The sights, sounds and sheer excitement of a trip to India make it an unforgettable experience. The Mystical India tour from Cox & Kings includes not only the country’s most iconic spots, from the Taj Mahal to tigers in Ranthambore National Park, but it’s also designed specifically for solo travellers.

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  • Luxury single rooms in Barbados

    Luxury single rooms in Barbados

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    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.

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  • Golf holidays for singles

    Golf holidays for singles

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    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 fascinating Vietnam, as well as winter sun and options for players without a golf handicap.

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  • Singles safari in Tanzania

    Singles safari in Tanzania

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    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.

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  • Thailand small group tours

    Thailand small group tours

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    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.

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  • Photography holidays

    Photography holidays

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    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.

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  • Battlefield tours

    Battlefield tours

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    Visiting the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars is a moving experience and a great way to bring history to life. Popular with over-50s, and with modest single supplements, these small group tours with an expert guide are ideal for solo travellers looking to explore alongside those with similar interests.

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  • Life-changing weekend breaks

    Life-changing weekend breaks

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    If you’re nervous of solo travel or personal development holidays, Skyros’ weekend breaks are the ideal first step. From a four-star country house on the Isle of Wight to Paris, Venice and Marrakech, combine sightseeing with expert guidance on life coaching and mindfulness to writing, yoga and art with a house party atmosphere.

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  • Painting holidays

    Painting holidays

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    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.

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  • Change your life in Spain

    Change your life in Spain

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    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.

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  • Boutique Turkey

    Boutique Turkey

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    Turkey’s stunning Turquoise Coast is its most beautiful stretch of sea, with quiet unspoiled areas to discover between the resorts. And with no single supplements at some of Exclusive Escapes’ boutique hotels, as well as activity and cultural holidays, it’s a great choice for solo travel in style.

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  • Adventures at sea

    Adventures at sea

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    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.

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  • Rent a university room

    Rent a university room

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    Swapping a hotel for a university room is the perfect way to find a quirky place to stay on a budget, with no chance of being penalised by single supplements. But it’s not just a bargain alternative, with rooms in historic university towns such as Oxford, Cambridge and Paris offering a unique experience as well.

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  • Five-star cookery break

    Five-star cookery break

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    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.

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  • Ski with your kids

    Ski with your kids

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    Many skiers want to introduce their children to the sport – whether they’re a single parent or have a reluctant spouse. This can be tricky but Esprit Ski has decades of family travel experience and provides a house party atmosphere plus excellent childcare. There are no single supplements on some trips during school holidays.

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  • Wild Finland

    Wild Finland

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    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.

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  • Dinner dance breaks

    Dinner dance breaks

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    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.

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  • Burma

    Burma

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    Newly opened up to tourism, Burma’s little-discovered sights are high on travellers’ wishlists. But with the industry in its infancy, choose a specialist tour from Insider Journeys to explore the ancient temples of Bagan, traditional life on Inle Lake and the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, with solo travellers making up a third of their small groups.

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  • Sailing with disabled people

    Sailing with disabled people

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    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.

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  • Italy’s unspoilt south

    Italy’s unspoilt south

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    In Italy’s beautiful south, the only thing better than the scenery of the Neapolitan Riviera is not having to share it with crowds of others. With no single supplement for summer stays at Hotel Hermitage, enjoy its private beach, Unesco World Heritage sites and walks in the Cilento National Park.

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  • Amazing Iceland

    Amazing Iceland

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    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.

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  • Cuba

    Cuba

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    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.

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  • Wine and champagne tours

    Wine and champagne tours

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    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.

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  • Informal cruising

    Informal cruising

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    Cruising has worked hard to throw off its fuddy-duddy image, helped along by innovations like Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘freestyle’ options. It ditched the stuffy formal atmosphere and replaced it with martini tastings, an ice bar, ultra-modern spa and climbing wall. Solo travellers even get their own exclusive section on one ship.

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  • Christmas and New Year breaks

    Christmas and New Year breaks

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    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.

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  • National Trust working holidays

    National Trust working holidays

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    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.

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  • Luxury barge cruises

    Luxury barge cruises

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    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.

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  • Yoga weekends in the UK

    Yoga weekends in the UK

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    With yoga sessions in a 16th-century barn and the peace of 500 acres of gardens, a weekend break in Kent with expert teacher Simon Low is guaranteed to leave you refreshed, while locally-grown organic food nourishes your body too. Small friendly groups make the room-share option a popular one.

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  • Fred. Olsen cruises

    Fred. Olsen cruises

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    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.

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  • Hotels for solos in the Algarve

    Hotels for solos in the Algarve

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    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.

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  • Singles tours for over-50s

    Singles tours for over-50s

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    Discovering Spain’s Moorish cities or Portugal’s wine-producing Douro Valley, island-hopping in Greece or exploring further afield – Saga’s range of singles-only escorted tours for the over-50s are ideal for solos who prefer to be amongst fellow travellers in a similar situation, along with a mix of excursions and free time.

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  • Weight loss holidays

    Weight loss holidays

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    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.

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  • Adventure tours in America

    Adventure tours in America

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    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.

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  • Kenya beach holiday

    Kenya beach holiday

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    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.

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  • Beachfront Croatia for singles

    Beachfront Croatia for singles

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    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.

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  • Live like a local

    Live like a local

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    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.

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  • Become a housesitter

    Become a housesitter

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    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.

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  • History lessons in the Med

    History lessons in the Med

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    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.

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  • Creative writing in Greece

    Creative writing in Greece

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    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.

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  • Adventures in Australia

    Adventures in Australia

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    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.

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  • UK cultural tours

    UK cultural tours

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    History, literature, gorgeous gardens: these small group tours are the ideal way to indulge your interests in the company of like-minded people. Take exclusive peeks at England’s stately homes and castles, or let expert guides reveal the secrets of some of the UK’s loveliest scenery and ancient buildings.

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