Active holidays for single travellers
Tempting though it is to spend your holiday lying on a beach, it’s also a great time to indulge an active hobby, try something entirely new or discover a destination on foot or cycle.
From yoga to trekking, diving to riding holidays, here are some of the best active holidays for singles.
Walking and trekking
Whether you prefer a gentle amble through the scenery or something more strenuous, walking is a great way to see the world, and meet like-minded people. Start in the UK with Ramblers Worldwide, including their own country house hotel in the Lake District.
Or Solos Holidays has walks across the UK and throughout Europe which are exclusively for singles. For mountain views, Inghams’ Lakes and Mountains holidays have no single supplements and some gorgeous Alpine countryside to discover.
For a more adventurous trek, head into the jungle rather than the clouds, with gorilla trekking trips. Rainbow Tours takes small groups into the forests of Uganda.
A great way to see Africa is an overland tour in a group of between 12 and 24 people travelling together in a truck. There’s a mix of hotels and tented camps and Tucan Travel says 60% of its clients travel alone. Popular trips include the 10-day Mara and Serengeti safari.
Riding and cycling
If you’d rather not explore on foot, a riding holiday is a perfect compromise – whether you choose a horse or a bike.
For an unbeatable way to see animals in the wild, imagine galloping through Mongolia, India, Kyrgyzstan and the Andes on an adventure riding holiday with Wild Frontiers, where more than 70% of their guests are solo travellers.
Cyclists can choose gentler trips, mountain bike holidays and most options in between with Saddle Skedaddle including UK cycle holidays. And Headwater’s cycling breaks take a lot of the effort out for solo travellers, with preplanned routes, three different grades of difficulty and luggage transferred for you – all you have to do is pedal.
All at sea
Above or below the waves, there are some great active holidays at sea. For a sailing holiday with a difference, the Jubilee Sailing Trust runs voyages around the world in tall ships, converted to take teens and adults with a range of disabilities on a life-changing journey with able-bodied buddies helping on board.
Skiing for singles
More companies are realising that not everyone wants to ski in large groups, with a growing number of holidays aimed at solo skiiers. Inghams ski holidays with no single supplement have proved so popular they’re adding more, with options in Lapland as well as the Alps.
Singles specialist Friendship Travel also offers learn-to-ski weeks as well as house party-style trips across eight European resorts for more experienced skiers.
Whether it’s a new interest or you’re looking to improve your skills, there are plenty of breaks focused on a single sport or activity as well.
Yoga fans can choose from Italy to India, as well as Spain and Morocco for a single-friendly break from destination yoga.
Brush up on your backhand with the single player weeks from Jonathan Markson Tennis so you’re guaranteed a partner for a game. Or tee off with the golf holidays from singles specialist Solos Holidays.
For a holiday that mixes activity and more, GoLearnTo is ideal for solo travellers. Aimed mostly at singles, you’ll stay with hand-picked independent local hosts to get a different experience of the country, with more than 400 trips to choose from, including surfing, canoeing, Tai Chi, Pilates and more.
Last updated: 22 April 2016