Singles holidays in November

Lanzarote is great for solo travellers in NovemberBodyHoliday for singles in November

By Cathy Winston, Editor

Many solo travellers are pushing holiday plans forward to November because of the coronavirus crisis. It’s a smart move. November can be a dismal month in the UK but you can usually find some tempting deals on winter sun.

It’s also a great time for a singles holiday in South East Asia and the Caribbean, as the end of the rainy season brings better weather. Here’s my pick of the best destinations if you’re travelling solo in November.

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Winter sun for solo travellers

Winter sun is the holy grail once British summer time has ended. You’ll find lovely weather in Malta, where you can find hotels with no single supplement. The weather is warm in the Canary Islands too (23ºC and seven hours of daily sunshine) – head to Lanzarote for an indulgent all-inclusive hotel stay.

It’s just three hours flying time to the sunny coast of Morocco. Try this group singles trip to Agadir with Friendship Travel.

Over-50s can catch some winter sun on a Spirit of Discovery cruise calling at the Canary Islands and Morocco. They depart from Southampton, so there’s no need to fly.

If you don’t mind a long-haul flight, November is one of the best months to visit Mauritius with its white sand beaches. I recommend Mercury Holidays which has a tempting range of beachfront hotels with no single supplements.

Another Indian Ocean destination, Sri Lanka, combines beaches with ancient sites, tea plantations and fascinating wildlife. This private guided group trip for solo travellers whisks you around the island’s main sights.

Warm days and cooler nights in India make November an ideal time to explore the Golden Triangle. This amazing group tour for single travellers takes in the Taj Mahal and tigers in Ranthambore National Park.

The Immersive Journeys with Abercrombie & Kent are upmarket small group tours to fascinating destinations, also including India’s Golden Triangle this month. The first four solo travellers booking each trip will get their own room with no single supplement.

Or head down under to find summer once more – plus some singles-only escorted tours in Australia.

Caribbean in November

Although it’s officially the end of the rainy season in the Caribbean – with accompanying low season prices – you’ll find plenty of sun.

At The BodyHoliday in St Lucia your all-inclusive break includes everything from drinks to watersports, daily spa treatments and yoga, so there’s far more than simply sunbathing. The resort’s dedicated single rooms have king-size beds and no single supplements, perfect for a Caribbean singles holiday.

Singles specialist Friendship Travel has a solos-only trip to Cuba as well as the chance to chill out in the sun in Barbados.

Or try a Caribbean cruise. Fred Olsen has an itinerary heading across the Atlantic to several islands plus staterooms for solo passengers.

Activity holidays

The overland truck tours offered by Tucan Travel include a chance see the Great Migration reach the Serengeti this month. Check out its Mara and Serengeti trip.

And Take Me To Africa has a two-week South Africa tour featuring Cape Town, the Garden Route, wine tasting ​in Stellenbosch and a safari in Addo National Park.

For unique wildlife, there’s nowhere better than Madagascar – and everything from lemurs to baobabs are at the heart of these small group tours in Madagascar.

Or try a walking holiday with a group of other solo travellers. The weather is lovely in the volcanic landscapes of Fuerteventura.

In Arizona, temperatures will be in the 20s. If you love horses, saddle up and enjoy a ranch holiday.

At Skyros on the Isle of Wight, these personal development holidays focus on mind and soul as well as body, all with a friendly house-party atmosphere, while Cortijo Romero in Spain has a variety of courses including the chance to plant trees on an eco-friendly retreat.

Short haul breaks for singles

Not all of November’s best holidays include a long-haul flight. Kirker Holidays has a choice of music and other cultural tours while Martin Randall Travel has a cultural tour of Sicily for foodies.

On The Go Tours runs tours in Turkey year round, though November is a perfect month to explore Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli and the historical treasures of Troy and Ephesus. Try this 10-day Turkey Unplugged tour.

You can experience the Northern Lights in Norway on a five-day group tour that also includes bathing in geothermal pools and exploring volcanic landscapes.

Amazing Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam

Far East holidays in November

November sees the beginning of peak season in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as the dry weather begins but without the scorching temperatures of spring. InsideAsia Tours has a great range of expert-led group tours with same-sex room share options.

For example, this sensational 15-night tour features Hanoi, Hoi An and Halong Bay, Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor plus Luang Prabang.

If you’re short of time, you can still see the highlights of Cambodia – there’s no compulsory single supplement on this 6-day group trip.

Cast your eyes further east to Japan. Autumn is one of the best times to visit for mild temperatures and beautiful foliage, plus no single supplement on selected small group trips from InsideJapan Tours. This tour is a perfect introduction to Japan and its history, and there’s a solos-only departure.

Wendy Wu Tours also has a variety of escorted escapes to China, including solo tours and group tours popular with solo travellers. This month, the Wonders of China itinerary features some of the country’s biggest highlights.

Discover another side to Hong Kong  on a group walking tour across some of the smaller islands and the unspoiled hill country.

For a rather more relaxed Asian escape, the Healthy Holiday Company has a spa break in Bali that’s ideal for solo travellers.

America for singles

There’s adventure to be found across the whole American continent this month. These small group tours are for solo travellers only and include a chance to explore the country’s west coast, from the cities to Yosemite.

Or venture south of the border to Central America. The rainy season is coming to an end so it’s an ideal time to explore the continent’s less-visited destinations.

The Panama and Costa Rica Experience tour from Cox & Kings is exclusively for singles, with a chance to explore Costa Rica’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts and diverse wildlife.

Or the overland adventures  from Oasis Overland include a variety of South American destinations, from the Amazon to the Galapagos and the salt plains of Bolivia.

Last updated: 23 July 2020