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.
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.
Group tours are a great way for singles to explore further off the beaten track, particularly anyone who’s new to solo travel. So a company specialising in escorted small groups exclusively for singles is hard to beat, especially when they offer itineraries including Ethiopia, Georgia and Armenia, and some of Europe’s most fascinating cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.