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.
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.
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.
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.
The British countryside is made for exploring on foot, and Ramblers Worldwide 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on islands such as Kos, Zante and stylish Santorini, Solos Holidays has a range of Greek getaways just for single travellers, whether you’re 25 or 65.
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.