Active holidays for single travellers

Active holidays for singles

By Cathy Winston, Editor

Tempting though it is to spend your holiday lying on a beach, many people would rather indulge an active hobby, try something entirely new or discover a destination on foot or cycle. And if you’re travelling alone, it can be a great way to meet other people with a shared interest.

From yoga to trekking, diving to riding holidays, here are some of the best active holidays for singles.

Some of these trips may be impacted by the pandemic. Follow the links below for prices, dates and booking policies.

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. Start in the UK with Ramblers Walking Holidays, including their own country house hotel in the Lake District, and no single supplement on a string of walking breaks.

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.

Hedonistic Hiking specialises in Italy with graded walks, gourmet food, fine wines and small sociable groups. Highlights include Basilicata, the Abruzzo and the Dolomites,

On The Go Tours is popular with solo travellers too, with no compulsory single supplement on many tours.

For another adventurous trek, head into the jungle rather than the clouds, with gorilla trekking trips. Rainbow Tours takes small groups into the forests of Uganda.

Head north to the Arctic Circle to discover pristine natural wonders. This summer trekking holiday in Iceland looks spectacular. In winter, you could join a Dog Sledding Expedition in eastern Greenland. Or explore the raw beauty of Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago on this Polar Nights Tour.

Or join a walking tour of Ethiopia to discover its soaring mountain ranges, ancient rock-hewn churches and coffee plantations. These expert-led small-group tours include a range of activity levels from mild to hardcore.

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.

Cyclists can choose gentler trips, mountain bike holidays and most options in between with Saddle Skedaddle including UK cycle holidays in EnglandScotland and Wales. Their most popular European destinations include Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Croatia, but they also have trips to Cuba, Borneo and Japan.

Horse lovers should head to the American West for a ranch holiday. You’ll find great deals for single travellers and a wide range of options from resort ranches such as White Stallion Ranch in Arizona to small working ranches such as Silver Spur Ranch in Idaho, where experienced riders can take part in cattle drives and sleep around a campfire under the stars.

Snow and ice

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 offers exclusive ski house parties for skiers in Alpe D’Huez plus skiing for solos in Les Deux Alpes.

Or how about viewing the Northern Lights on a small group tour with Regent Holidays. One of its most popular trips for singles is this Volcanoes and Glaciers group tour in September.

Active holidays for singles

Active breaks

Whether it’s a new interest, a wish to shape up or you’re looking to improve your skills, there are plenty of breaks focused on a single sport or activity as well.

Choose from a string of different fitness holiday ideas from the healthy holiday company, including the chance to tailor your own week from various fitness classes in Madeira, a health and fitness resort in Fuerteventura or more adventurous itineraries including hiking, mountain biking, surfing and trail running.

Yoga fans can choose from Italy to India, as well as Spain and Morocco for a singles-friendly break from destination yoga. Or combine yoga with skiing in the Italian Dolomites.

Or tee off with the golf holidays from singles specialist Solos Holidays, including UK weekends and one-week holidays around the Mediterranean.

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Last updated: 5 November 2021

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