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    Singles holidays in February

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    The shortest month of the year can be one of the gloomiest. All the more reason to book a trip, with sunshine guaranteed in long-haul destinations and great skiing in Europe.

    Outside Valentine’s Day and school half-term, solo travellers can pick up some cheap deals in February. Here are my tips for the best singles holidays.

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    Short haul sunshine

    For winter sun without a long flight, consider Cyprus as the almond trees start blooming this month. The perfect weather for walking, the island is also home to ancient sites and picturesque villages. Stay at a five-star hotel with no single supplement through Mercury Holidays.

    In Malta it’s often warm enough to eat lunch outside, and it’s not too hot to explore historic towns, villages and castles.

    For over-50s, Saga Holidays has deals on long hotel stays with no single supplement. Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife is a good bet.

    How about the cultural charms of Italy? Martin Randall Travel has a fascinating tour of Rome this month.

    Closer to home, Solitair Holidays has a Valentine’s Dance with overnight hotel stay in Bedfordshire for ages 30 – 59.

    Ski and snow for singles

    Europe sees some of its best snow conditions in February, so make the most of the powder in the Alps. Friendship Travel runs its own ski house parties in the French resort of Alpe D’Huez.

    If you prefer to ski alone, you can find ski holidays for solos with no single supplement in resorts including Alpbach and Zurs in Austria, Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.

    There are great options for single parents over February half-term. Single Parents on Holiday has a week at Kitzbühel, or try a week’s skiing in Bulgaria at the only five-star hotel in Borovets with Single with Kids.

    Head north for winter activities. Spot the Aurora Borealis on a five-day Land of the Northern Lights group tour to Iceland with Regent Holidays, with a low single supplement. In Greenland, you could try a Dog Sledding Expedition.

    Long haul adventures

    Whether you want adventure or simply an exotic escape, February is a great month for a singles holiday. For maximum sunshine and minimum cost, try these tours in Egypt from On The Go Tours, some with no compulsory single supplement. See the major sights and relax on a Nile cruise.

    February is ideal to discover Sri Lanka. Explore the capital, along with the country’s ancient cities and other highlights on the Colombo, Caves & Kandy itinerary from On The Go Tours.

    If Burma is on your wishlist, February is a good month to visit. Travelling independently can be tricky so these guided tours from InsideAsia Tours are perfect; single travellers make up around a third of the group. The Highlights of Myanmar itinerary features the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, the endless temples of Bagan plus Inle Lake’s famous stilt fishermen.

    Make the most of clear blue winter skies in Japan and discover vibrant cities, tranquil temples, hot springs and mountain villages on a fascinating two-week tour. InsideJapan Tours has no single supplements on selected dates, and expert guides lead their small groups.

    Or choose a trip for singles only, such Cox & Kings solo traveller tours. February has some of the best weather for exploring India: team the classic circuit of the Golden Triangle with some of the country’s other iconic attractions, including tiger spotting.

    Wildlife holidays in February

    Nature lovers should check out Tucan Travel’s overland tours of Africa where 60% of passengers travel alone. There’s a mix of hotels and tented camps, so it needn’t come with a big price tag. Popular trips include the two-week East Africa Circuit, combining Kenya’s Masai Mara with Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda.

    If gorillas top your list, Rainbow Tours has small group tours to Uganda with two nights in the rainforest of Bwindi. Or how about this two-week Ultimate Africa Group Tour which, incredibly, includes Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    There are gloriously warm seas off Australia this month to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. The East Coast Islands & Rainforest tour from Australian Sky is popular with over-50s, although there’s usually a range of ages, and no single supplement if you’re happy to share.

    Cruise holidays for singles

    You’ll find some tempting solo cruise options in February. This nine-day King Tutankhamen group tour of Egypt includes Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Aswan and a Nile Cruise to Luxor.

    In the Caribbean, Norwegian Epic has cabins exclusively for solo travellers and a relaxed informal atmosphere as you hop from island to island.

    Closer to home, Saga Sapphire from Saga Travel is cruising to the Canary Islands, while Spirit of Discovery is exploring the Northern Lights of Norway from Southampton, with welcome events for solo cruisers.

    Relaxing beach holidays

    For guaranteed sun, the Caribbean is perfect in February. There are no single supplement on selected dates at Breathless Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with Tropical Sky.

    You’ll find palm-fringed white sand in Sri Lanka along with colourful reefs, Ayurvedic massages and no single supplements. If you want a budget all-inclusive, try Koggala Beach Hotel or Long Beach Resort.

    The Maldives aren’t just for couples. February is one of the best months to enjoy the islands, with superb deals at Bandos Island Resort from Barefoot Traveller.

    For over-50s, there are great prices on long stays with no single supplement from Saga Holidays such as four weeks for the price of three. Stay at award-winning Bel Jou on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

    Healthy holidays

    Don’t abandon your New Year’s Resolutions just yet – book a healthy holiday focusing on fitness, wellbeing or personal growth. Try a yoga holiday for singles with one of the country’s leading teachers, in destinations including Morocco and Thailand.

    Combine yoga with fitness training, hiking, massage and nutritional advice on a detox retreat for solo travellers. Or shed any unwanted pounds on a weight loss holidays in Andalucia.

    For an active escape with a difference, a ranch holiday from the Inspiring Travel Company includes both luxurious resort ranches and small working ranches with as much or as little riding as you wish.

    Or focus on mind as well as body on a personal development holiday at Cortijo Romero, a lovely converted farmhouse in the picturesque hills of Andalucia – check out the course schedule.

    See a full range of healthy holidays exclusively for single travellers.

    Need warming up? Find where’s hot in February. and where’s warm in Europe in February.

    Last updated: 29 July 2019

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