Singles holidays in November
Apart from a few fireworks, November can be a dark and dismal month as winter really kicks in. But before prices spike around Christmas, it’s also a great time to track down some winter sun without spending a fortune, both long-haul and short-haul.
November is also ideal for a singles holiday in South East Asia or Central America with the end of the monsoon or rainy season bringing better weather and some great exotic alternatives to the UK. Here’s my pick of destinations if you’re travelling solo in November.
Winter sun for solo travellers
Winter sun is the holy grail once British summer time has officially ended. Close to home, you can still find good temperatures and water warm enough for diving in Malta, as well as plenty to explore on land. If you don’t mind a long-haul flight, November is one of the best months to visit Mauritius with its white sand beaches, rainforested mountains and fascinating culture. I’d recommend Mercury Holidays which has a great range of beachfront hotels with no single supplements, whether your budget stretches to the Mediterranean or Indian Ocean.
Or try another Indian Ocean destination, Sri Lanka, where you can combine beaches with ancient sites, tea plantations and fascinating wildlife. Book your own personal driver and guide with a trip specifically for solo travellers from Barefoot Traveller to whisk you around the island’s main sights.
And while it’s still officially the rainy season in the Caribbean – with low season prices – you’ll find plenty of sun and warm temperatures. Sign up for The BodyHoliday in St Lucia and your all-inclusive break will include everything from drinks to watersports, daily spa treatments, yoga and archery, so there’s plenty to do between topping up your tan. With king-sized beds in the resort’s dedicated single rooms and no single supplements, it’s the ideal getaway if you’re looking for a Caribbean singles holiday.
In the UK, join a cooking course at the Lucknam Park Cookery School set in a magnificent country house hotel near Bath. Topics include patisserie, Indian street food, pub grub and Michelin-standard cooking at home.
If you enjoy tennis, join a Single Player Weeks for both advanced and intermediate players at Praia da Luz on the Algarve. These holidays are popular with singles and there is a room share option. Or join a golf holidays for singles only in the Algarve – stay at the luxurious Le Meridien Penina or CampoReal.
Naturetrek has a wonderful collection of whale and dolphin watching holidays which are popular with single travellers. Head to Sri Lanka where you can head out to see blue whales in November. There is a room-share option for solos.
Skyros runs personal development holidays with a friendly house-party atmosphere. There’s a wonderful five-night trip to Marrakech in November when the weather will be perfect. You’ll stay in a historic riad with pool in the heart of the medina, with a mix of sightseeing and either life coaching or journal writing guidance.
If you ride horses, how about a horseback adventure holiday with Wild Frontiers – it runs small-group tours where about 70% of clients arrive alone. Destinations in November include mysterious Bhutan and the deserts of Rajasthan where you’ll ride along sandy river beds, over rolling dunes and past granite mountains to ancient temples and rural villages.
Short-haul breaks for singles
Not all of November’s best holidays include a long-haul flight – there are plenty of options closer to home. You could join a walking holiday with a group of other solo travellers. For example, the weather is still great in Almeria in Spain, or you could discover villages, monasteries and unspoiled scenery in North Cyprus. I recommend Solos Holidays which has trips exclusively for singles, expert guides and a choice of gradings from easy to medium.
And classical music lovers will have no trouble forgetting the weather outside on a holiday to one of the Kirker Music Festivals, such as Alfriston this month, or some of the world’s great music festivals and events abroad. Opera at La Scala in Milan and a musical tour of St Petersburg are just two of the memorable choices for a solo holiday in November, with no single supplement on selected trips.
Head to Norway for three nights to see the Northern Lights with the chance to go dog-sledding. Or join a five-night group tour to Iceland to marvel at lava fields, waterfalls, glaciers, sea stacks and the Blue Lagoon. Both trips are with Solo Travellers, the UK’s only group tour specialist for singles.
Far East holidays in November
March sees the beginning of peak season in Vietnam. I suggest a guided tour with specialists Travel Indochina to really get a feel for the culture and history of this fascinating country – around a third of the company’s guests travel solo, and it has room share options to keep prices down. Vietnam Insight takes in the highlights including Hanoi, Hoi An and Halong Bay, as well as more unusual additions such as a speedboat cruise through the Mekong Delta, a market walking tour helping local children and a trip down the Cu Chi tunnels.
If culture is high on your wish list, cast your eyes even further east to Japan. With clear days and relatively mild temperatures, autumn is one of the best times to visit and you’ll find no single supplement on selected small group trips from InsideJapan Tours. See everything from cutting-edge Tokyo to a traditional temple stay, as well as snow monkeys, bullet trains, geisha and gardens with Japan Unmasked, the perfect introduction to the country and its history.
America for singles
Or venture south of the border to Central America. The rainy season is coming to an end here, so it’s a great month to explore some of the continent’s less-visited destinations. Packing El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras in alongside Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica in three weeks isn’t easy without the efficiency of a tour, but with an expert guide and around 40% of the group travelling solo, the Alcion trip from Journey Latin America is the ideal combination. From cloud forest to the famous canal, Mayan ruins to adrenaline thrills, this has to be one of the best ways to spend November.
If you’d rather focus on just one destination, I’d pick Costa Rica. Thanks to its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, even the changing season means you can enjoy everything from surfing to turtle spotting. The wildlife is incredibly diverse and November marks one of the best months to spot the mythical quetzal bird. Volcanoes, cloud forest and rainforest, coffee plantations, beach and backwaters are all highlights. Solo travellers can join the Natural Wonders of Costa Rica tour from Cox & Kings, exclusively for singles and particularly popular with over-50s.
Last updated: 1 August 2016