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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Alpine deserts and green valleys to the ‘Roof of Africa’ itself, climbing Kilimanjaro is as rewarding as it is challenging. These expert-guided treks follow less visited mountain routes, with around half the small group travelling solo, and the option to celebrate with a safari in Tanzania’s national parks or recuperate on a Zanzibar beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.