Joining a house party holiday can be the best of both worlds for singles – a ready-made group to join whenever you fancy the company, and the usual hotel facilities if you prefer time alone. Throw in Spain’s beaches and historic towns, and it’s a perfect short-haul break.
If you want to get more from your holiday than a tan, try one of these personal development courses at Cortijo Romero, a charming converted farmhouse in the hills of Andalucia. Themed trips include mindfulness, dance, Pilates and creative writing. There is a modest single supplement, or the option of sharing a room.
Why endure the festive season alone when you could enjoy a luxury Christmas or New Year break in the UK or the Caribbean with other singles? Exclusively for solo travellers, Friendship Travel’s holidays have no single supplements whether you opt for an adults-only resort in Jamaica or a black-tie ball at a classy UK hotel.
South Africa delivers such awe-inspiring experiences and adventures but it’s one of those places that is best seen as part of a group tour. On this solos-only trip you’ll experience wildlife encounters, wine-tasting, spectacular sight-seeing – and all with your own double room in first class hotels with no single supplement.
There’s far more to Thailand than those famous beaches, so if you’re looking for more authentic experiences, an expert guided group tour is the best way to get a real taste of the country. With tours from five days up, and no compulsory single supplement on some tours, solo travellers have plenty of choice.
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.
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 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.
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.
When a fortnight isn’t enough, long hotel stays can attract discounts that make them more of a bargain than an indulgence. For over-50s travelling alone, single rooms in Saga’s hotels usually cost the same as doubles for three weeks or more, with all-inclusive options in Spain, St Lucia, Cuba, Thailand and Mauritius.
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’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.
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 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 14-day small group trip is an ideal guided introduction.
In deep winter snow or the summer midnight sun, Finland’s wildlife and countryside are hard to beat for outdoors adventure. View the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle between husky safaris and snowmobiling, or discover wolves and bears in a wooded wilderness, on a small group trip where more than half of guests arrive alone.
Discover western Scotland’s beautiful islands in luxury, with top-quality gourmet food, the chance to explore remote spots and no single supplements. The small boat cruises from The Majestic Line have a maximum of 10 guests for an intimate house party atmosphere, with popular double cabins for single occupancy often booking up first.
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.
From its fascinating ancient cities to stunning wildlife, beautiful beaches or a taste of colonial life, Sri Lanka has plenty to discover – and an escorted group tour is a great way to see the sights without the hassle, especially when many itineraries have no single supplement. Ideal for 50+ travellers.
This slice of Caribbean luxury is a great choice for solo travellers who want a party atmosphere. With low single supplements, this all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has communal tables in four of its 11 restaurants, live music and activities ranging from diving to Spanish classes.
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.
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.
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.
From the historic cities to the stunning national parks, coasts, deserts and vineyards, America is vast enough to have holiday choices to suit everyone. And escorted tours with a room share option are a great way for solo travellers to discover the country’s highlights if you’d rather not explore alone.
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.