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.
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.
What better way to see the beautiful Greek islands than from the water, island hopping in a traditional gulet? With 10 cabins exclusively for singles, all meals included and the chance to snorkel in secluded bays or enjoy the nightlife after anchoring up, this trip from Rhodes is the perfect escape.
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.
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.
A cruise on board a traditional felucca on the Nile is just one option on these fascinating group tours. On The Go Tours uses expert guides who will help you discover Egypt’s fascinating history from the pyramids to the Red Sea. They are a great option for solo travellers aged 50+ with some trips ideal for single parents.
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.
From colonial Havana to remote paradise beaches, Cuba is an endlessly fascinating island. Join other solo travellers of all ages on a group tour or beach-based holiday with the chance to explore in your own time. Get under the skin of this beguiling country, meet new people and enjoy the local culture, music and countryside.
The BodyHoliday on the pretty Caribbean island of St Lucia is nirvana for solo travellers. You’ll have your own room with a King-sized 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re a single parent, it’s not easy to find a family-friendly holiday in the Mediterranean. 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.
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.
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 sighted companions on tours across the world, it’s ideal for single travellers seeking a rewarding holiday with a difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.