Best cheap singles holidays
A few years ago, the big problem with travelling solo was the cost – single supplements or other hidden fees which made a singles holiday work out far more expensive than travelling as half of a couple. Thankfully times have moved on, with more and more trips and hotels with no single supplement.
But if you’re travelling on a budget, that’s not the only way to keep the costs down. Here are my best cheap holidays for singles.
Singles holiday discounts
One of the big bonuses of solo travel is the flexibility – you can book and go when you want and where you want. So make the most of it by searching out the deals and discounts, to cut the cost of your holiday.
Many tour operators featured on this website run regular deals and last-minute offers, so it’s worth keeping an eye out. Or sign up for our monthly newsletter which has my pick of the best singles holiday deals, as well as occasional extras on our Facebook page.
If you’re a cruise fan, Iglu.com has a section for singles deals on a variety of cruise lines as well.
Solo accommodation on a budget
Choose cleverly when you book somewhere to stay, and you can cut the costs of your accommodation dramatically. See these hotels with no single supplement and my guide to the best singles holidays in the UK.
Or give hostels another chance. Many have more facilities, a more stylish look and sometimes women-only sections than the cut-price dormitories of a decade ago – Hostelbookers features more than 3,500 destinations worldwide.
If you’re planning a longer stay or are happy to look after pets as well, housesitting gives you a different taste of a destination as well as more facilities than you might find in a hotel. Sites like Trustedhousesitters.com charge a low monthly rate, then it’s free to stay.
Bargain sun for singles
Sometimes only a week on the beach will do, and whether you fancy Mauritius or Malta, Mercury Holidays has a huge range of hotels with no single supplement worldwide. The Algarve is great for a short-haul week on the coast or if you fancy somewhere a bit more exotic, Sri Lanka also has all-inclusive options, spas and plenty to explore.
Or check out singles specialists such as Friendship Travel, which has a week in Olu Deniz for under £500 at selected times of the year, exclusively for solo travellers. Or the ClubSolos hotels from Solos Holidays have week-long breaks in the Greek Islands for similar budgets.
UK breaks for solos
Cut out flight prices and a UK break is also a great option if you’re travelling on a budget, as well if you’re looking for a more active trip. Several companies run walking breaks across Great Britain, including Ramblers Worldwide Holidays which has no single supplement on holidays across the country and only small supplements at Hassness Country House in the Lake District.
If you’d prefer a female-only group, WalkingWomen runs both short breaks and longer trips in the UK. And Solos Holidays has a range of difficulty levels on its walking holidays whether you fancy wild Snowdonia and Hadrian’s Wall or the gentler scenery of Constable Country.
If walking doesn’t appeal, there are cycling breaks too. Saddle Skedaddle has a range of options across the UK from gentler leisure breaks to mountain biking. Or sign up for a yoga weekend. Yoga with Simon Low runs sessions in a 16th century barn in Kent.
Volunteering for singles
Although a volunteering holiday isn’t automatically a budget option, especially on long-haul trips, it can be a great way to give something back and get a break for less. Traveleyes International subsidises places for sighted travellers who’ll help describe the destination to blind and visually impaired companions, for example.
Or join a working holiday from The National Trust where you could help maintain historic houses, discover more about archaeology or try a more active break by the coast while carrying out essential conservation.
Last updated: 31 January 2017