Best singles holidays for under-40s

By Cathy Winston, Editor

If you’re under 40 and single, there’s a world of exciting holidays waiting out there for you. You might look at travel websites and see images of happy smiling couples and families, but there are plenty of options for solo travellers, including specialist singles companies and mainstream tour operators that are popular with people travelling solo.

Here’s my pick of the best singles holidays for under-40s. Some trips may be affected by the pandemic, so click the links below for prices, dates and rebooking policies.

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Activity holidays for under-40s

From cycling to yoga to jungle trekking, there’s an active holiday to suit everyone. One of the most popular activity holidays for solo under-40s is a safari in Africa. You could discover gorillas in the wild with Rainbow Tours in Uganda, for example.

Inghams has trips exploring the lakes and mountains of Europe with no single supplement, so you could choose from Italian lakeside scenery or the peaks of Austria and Switzerland.

In winter, they have ski breaks for solos, with no single supplement at resorts such as AlpbachKitzbuhel and Lech, while Friendship Travel runs its own ski house parties for singles in the French resort of Alpe D’Huez.

Explore the world on two wheels. Saddle Skedaddle runs group cycling trips in the UK and overseas, where you can choose from an easy leisurely pace or high-adrenaline thrills on a mountain bike. Check out their tours in the UK along with Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Croatia.

You could hop into a rather different kind of saddle with a ranch holiday at one of 45 working and luxury horse ranches in seven states across the USA and in Canada with the Inspiring Travel Company.

Or join an active holiday at sea – swimming, diving, sea kayaking (and the occasional cliff walk) with one of the informal cruises along Scotland’s coast from St Hilda Sea Adventures, with around six to eight people sailing on board.

If your goal is getting into shape as well as discovering a new destination, these fitness breaks from The Healthy Holiday Company are ideal.

And for an active break that’s as good for your mental as your physical health, try some yoga in an exotic location. Destination Yoga has trips in IbizaIndia and Thailand – you can even combine yoga with skiing in the Italian Dolomites.

Escorted tours for singles

Small group tours are great for solo travellers, whether it’s part of a longer trip around the world or a standalone break, and several companies focus on the under-40s age group.

If you want a tour group with a wider age range, several companies run adventures for ages 20 to 60. Discover the desert and ancient sites of Jordan with On the Go Tours for example – Trek Petra is a great active option or you can see the country’s main sites with the Passage to Petra tour.

The company also has a string of tours in Thailand, if you’re travelling solo not to mention Sri Lanka and Egypt.

And if you want to put the stresses of modern life completely behind you, how about joining a small group tour for an adventure in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

Beach breaks

More tour operators are waking up to the ever growing numbers of solo travellers, so if you’re looking for a beach holiday, there’s a huge choice including long-haul and short-haul sun, all-inclusive, luxury and budget beach breaks – whether you want to be alone, or with a sociable group.

Solos Holidays runs one and two-week breaks at its ClubSolos hotels on a string of Greek islands, including Crete, Corfu, Zakynthos and Santorini. Many are open to all ages, although they have occasional breaks for specific age groups, including an under-50s option, all exclusively for singles.

And the Mistral Hotel in Crete is exclusively for guests travelling alone. Expect a mix of ages from 20 to 70, with pool, beach, activities and the chance to explore the island.

For more hotels with no single supplement worldwide, Mercury Holidays has three and four-star winter sun, as well as tropical island destinations including Mauritius and Sri Lanka, many with all-inclusive options.

You can also visit Agadir on the coast of Morocco on a singles-only beach holiday with Friendship Travel – most of those who travel with the company are aged 35-65, although the holidays are open to 25+.

The Indian Ocean needn’t be the preserve of couples either. Barefoot Traveller has an exclusive single rate at Bandos Island Resort in the Maldives from May to October.

Or head over to the Caribbean, where BodyHoliday in St Lucia has dedicated single rooms, no single supplements and the option of sociable communal dining.

You can mix your spa escape with some added pampering in Asia too – the luxurious Absolute Sanctuary Detox on Koh Samui has tailored detox retreats with in:spa retreats.

Learning holidays for singles

From photography and painting to cookery and languages, a holiday is a great way to learn something new.

If you’re looking to develop life skills, Skyros has weekend breaks in Greece, focusing on personal development, with sightseeing between the life coaching, as well as creative writing options.

There are a variety of courses on offer at Cortijo Romero, open to all ages, ranging from yoga, tai chi and dance to mindfulness, stress reduction and singing. See all the courses.

* See my guides to the best holidays for solo women and holidays for solo men.

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Last updated: 26 August 2021

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