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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sights, sounds and sheer excitement of a trip to India make it an unforgettable experience. The Exotic 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Reykjavik is the perfect base for this long weekend and, fingers crossed, you’ll see the magical Northern Lights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.