Want to see the world? Be inspired by our pick of the best holidays for solo travellers
Independent travel is booming. With time off at a premium, and holiday funds just as precious, more tourists than ever are going on holiday alone, choosing inspiring trips designed exclusively for solo travellers.
The appeal of traveling independently is obvious – not having to compromise on the places or things you want to see or do, meeting like-minded people and possibly learning that skill you’ve always wanted to master.
Independent travel may seem like a daunting prospect, but many travel companies now specialise in solo travel – whether you want to join an escorted tour (you can book through w&h Escapes here) or simply have an itinerary created for you before you fly.
Keep clicking for the independent travel destinations on our list this year…
Solo city breaks are a great way to ease yourself in to independent travel. Friendship Travel offer the most laid-back of the lot. They’ll arrange your flights, sort your four-star boutique accommodation and have a host on hand to suggest the best places to see. The rest is up to you…
Fed up of the miserly British weather ruining your tennis matches? Hone your serve in the sunny climes of Cyprus at the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy. Set within 578 acres of unspoilt gardens, this five-star sports and leisure resort enjoys 9 floodlit courts (4 clay, 5 hard) as well as top notch spa facilities.
Health and Fitness Travel run a range of all-inclusive tennis escapes especially for single travellers over 50. One-to-one coaching courses are available, so you can get tailored advice and really work on improving your game. Or, you can simply join in club tournaments.
Want to stay a little closer to home? Reinvigorate your game with a 2-day spa and tennis break at the Grayshott Spa in Surrey, from £500 pp.
There’s something romantic about train travel – and this six-day Jungfrau Express and Golden Pass Railway Tour has it all, taking in the beautiful countryside of Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany from your first class carriage. Peer down from the highest railway station in Europe (the trip’s highlight), overlooking snow-capped mountains and lush winding valleys. Great Rail Journeys offer a number of British options too.
Explore has been running tailor-made group holidays for like-minded people for the last thirty years. They’ve recently added nearly twenty tours for independent travelers. Groups are small, guides are local, single rooms are standard and there’s often little extras (like a cookery class or tribal workshop) thrown in so you can experience the culture first-hand. Plus, getting off the beaten track is a great way to meet new people. Their Moroccan solo adventure has us dreaming of spice markets, colourful bazaars and mouthwatering cuisine.
Solo ski trips are a notoriously difficult affair, with options usually limited to cumbersome coach trips or expensive single accommodation.
Fortunately, Ski World are one of the few operators who still offer single shares in chalets and empty bed supplements, so you cash in on last minute availability. They even sort everything else out, from hiring ski equipment to guided skiing sessions. The social trip set-up means your destined to meet like-minded, and most importantly, like-ability folk over evening dinners and group skiing sessions. This is a particularly popular choice for professionals, and the larger chalets usually attract a mix of couples and singles.