Best cheap singles holidays

By Cathy Winston, Editor

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 my monthly newsletter which has my pick of the best singles holiday deals.

If you’re a cruise fan, iglu cruise has a section for singles deals on a variety of cruise lines. Inghams has regular deals on its singles-friendly breaks, including lakes and mountains holidays for solos where there’s no single supplement to pay.

On The Go Tours has some great itineraries if you’re travelling solo with no compulsory single supplement, plus regular discounts and deals of its own.

Bargain sun for singles

Sometimes only a week on the beach will do, and whether you fancy Mauritius or MaltaMercury 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.

There are also offers if you fancy booking longer stays. If you do have time to spare, Saga Holidays has great long-stay deals too for singles over 50, such as four weeks for the price of three.

Or check out singles specialists such as Friendship Travel, which has a week in Olu Deniz for under £650 at selected times of the year, exclusively for solo travellers. The ClubSolos hotels from Solos Holidays have week-long breaks in the Greek Islands for similar budgets.

Travel One also has some great-value house-party style holidays exclusively for single travellers, with bargain breaks in Turkey for under £600, or Spain and north Africa for not much more, such as Morocco for under £700, and Calpe in Spain for under £800. Find more singles holidays in Spain.

You can even find healthy holiday ideas which won’t break the bank – a short detox retreat in Andalucia for under £700, for example.

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 Walking Holidays which has no single supplement on holidays across the country and only small supplements at Hassness Country House in the Lake District.

If walking doesn’t appeal, there are cycling breaks too. Saddle Skedaddle has a range of options from gentler leisure breaks to mountain biking. Cheapest options are in EnglandScotland and Wales but they also offer trips to Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Croatia.

See my guide to the best singles holidays in the UK.

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Last updated: 2 September 2019

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