Along with the usual deals this month, I’ve mixed in some useful blog posts offering inspiration, tips on planning ahead and what you can expect holidays to look like later this year.

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Solo walking in the UK

After months of being confined to home, activity holidays are high on the wishlist for a lot of solo travellers – and as Ramblers Holidays has walking breaks without a single supplement, they’re popular with those travelling alone. If you’re wondering whether a walking holiday is really for you, the company also has some great blogs before you book including holiday ideas for solo travellers as well as the most common concerns, such as whether you’re really fit enough to take it on.


Tempted? The company has published all its dates for 2021’s UK walking trips, if you’d prefer to stay close to home, with new options in the Lake District, such as an introduction to scrambling or a gentler walking and yoga break, plus a new walking holiday in Ireland to see Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.

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Towel and essential oils in a spa

The future of spa holidays

Hotels and airlines have been busy putting new measures in place to keep travellers safe as holidays start up once again – but what if your favourite indulgence is a spa holiday? With small treatment rooms and close contact (you can’t have a socially distanced massage after all), it’s a tricky balance for spas.


But that doesn’t mean the end for spa breaks – The Healthy Holiday Company has some great insight into how spa experiences are set to change.


Free upgrades for escorted tour

If you’re tempted to book a group tour for next year, there’s an added incentive with two offers from Wendy Wu. Get a free one-way Business Class Upgrade on 2021 tours to Japan and China saving up to £400 if you book by 30 June, or you can upgrade both ways from £899.


There’s also a free 12-month subscription to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Audible when you book. A nine-day In Pursuit of Pandas tour costs from £2,090 including flights.


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Transport yourself to Asia

If you fancy transporting yourself around the world, and looking for inspiration for a future trip, check out the revamped East magazine from Inside Asia Tours. The latest issue is themed on harmony, a timely reminder of all the good that travel can do.


You can view it online or subscribe to get a print version, with features on Vietnamese hill tribes, a journey to the heart of Borneo’s rainforest and a stay at a thousand-year-old mountain temple, as well as authors and artists offering their own thoughts on travel.


Sunshine escape for solos

If you’re craving a beach break, there’s an escorted trip solely for single travellers to Istria in Croatia – the four-night escape, staying at a four-star hotel from 4 October, costs £690 for single occupancy of a superior double room half-board, including a day trip to Pula and boat trip to Rovinj. Excludes flights. If the holiday cannot go ahead, any deposits can be transferred to a 2021 holiday.


If you’re looking for single parent holidays, new UK trips for 2021 are due to be announced later in June and July – try some Northumberland inspiration to start you off. Or if you’d love to get away but aren’t sure about post-lockdown holidays, there are tips on planning your dream trip.

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Book ahead for singles-only Christmas

We all need something to look forward to after lockdown, and Friendship Travel has already seen interest in its singles-only Christmas breaks in the UK, including two new options.


At the four-star Horwood House in Hertfordshire, there’s a three-night stay from Christmas Eve to 27 December, including all meals except lunch on Boxing Day, plus wine with three meals, priced £570. Or a three-night break at Daventry Court in Northamptonshire, near the Grand Union Canal, costs from £495 for the same dates, with the same meals included.


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£100 off 2021 solo Europe

If you book a flight-inclusive European holiday before 31 July, you could save up to £100 on a trip with Just You in 2021. The trips, exclusively for single travellers, include a chance to see the treasures of Andalusia from £849, historic Malta from £999 and a visit to the gardens of Versailles and Giverny, painted by Monet, from £749, all before the discount. Offer subject to availability and for selected departure dates, new bookings only.


Singles-friendly Mediterranean cruise

Cruise the Mediterranean next year on the singles-friendly Norwegian Epic, with single inside cabins from £1,149 through iglucruise. Departing Barcelona on 16 May, 2021, the seven-night cruise also visits Italy and France, with stops at Naples, Rome, Livorno for Florence and Pisa, and Cannes before returning to Barcelona via Palma in Mallorca.


Price includes flights, plus the chance to upgrade to a Free at Sea package for £99, to cover either premium drinks and speciality dining, or which can be switched for a WiFi package or shore excursion credit. The ship also has its own Studio Lounge exclusively for single cruisers.

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When do you want to travel?

If you know the month when you plan to take a solo holiday, see my tips for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.
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