Travelling solo for a holiday is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, solo travel can open up a whole world of possibilities.
With solo travel, you can choose a trip that is exactly right for you and create your perfect holiday. You can head to destinations you’ve dreamed of and see places you’ve always wanted to see. With more free time to enjoy different experiences and so many countries to explore, there really is nothing holding you back.
Now is the time to pack a suitcase and enjoy the world! From ocean cruises to adventures in the furthest corners of the globe, here are some ideas to inspire your next solo holiday.
Cruises are an exciting way to see the world and singles holidays on board an ocean liner are a unique way to travel. Sailing from one port to the next and exploring different destinations while enjoying life on board ship makes for a relaxing, yet adventurous, travel experience.
The beautiful thing about a cruise is that you can go to sleep in one destination and wake up in another. There is really something special about sailing across the ocean, with the waves guiding your way.
Cruises are often seen as the perfect singles holiday. Even though there will be groups and couples on board, cruises are really popular with solo travellers and there are plenty of chances to meet like-minded people. Many cruise companies are also in-tune with what solo travellers want and can tailor the cruising experience especially for singles.
Fred.Olsen cruise around Europe, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, North America & Canada, Caribbean, Norway and South & Central America. They’re also really geared up to the singles market – in fact they won the ‘Best for Solo Cruisers’ Cruise Critic Award. A common problem single travellers often have is single supplements – a premium charge for single occupancy. To start with, many of Fred.Olsen cruises do not charge single supplements.
As well as the usual activities like theatre, cabaret, spa, golf and fitness, Fred.Olsen also throw special events for singles holidays so solo travellers can socialise, and they seat solo diners together so there are plenty of opportunities to mingle. Plus, they make a point of having ‘dance hosts on hand’ so ‘single guests never go too long without a dance partner in the evenings’.
Norwegian Cruise Line are another great operator in the singles market. On 6 NCL ships solo travellers can sleep in an ‘award winning studio’ – 100 sq. ft. of space created specifically for singles holidays. There’s also a shared private lounge exclusively for studio guests, another brilliant way to get to know others on a singles holiday.
On a walking holiday, you can see a destination right from its heart, exploring your surroundings from the ground up. Walking holidays can be easy, moderate or hard so you can pick a holiday that suits your level of fitness.
Walking and hiking through the countryside, coastal paths and mountains means stunning scenery and an opportunity to be immersed in the natural beauty of the outdoors. Plus, guided walking holidays are an ideal way to meet new people and socialise.
HF Holidays offer walking holidays in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Solo travellers are welcome on any trip, but they also have specific ‘Solos Walking Holidays’ in the UK. These singles holidays include walks through the gorgeous scenery of the Isle of Wight, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor, Shropshire Hills and more. Plus, there are no single supplements in the country house accommodation.
Ramblers Walking Holidays provide walking holidays all over the world, plus a range of singles holidays, again with no single supplement. Their website has an up to date listing of available singles holidays, from the hills and gorges of the Peak District to the warm and sunny Algarve region of Portugal.
Solos Holidays also run walking and trekking trips to picturesque European locations, such as the white villages of Spain and the gorgeous island of Crete. There are also trips closer to home in the UK. As the name suggests, Solos Holidays is only for solo travellers and they give a suggested age range for each trip, so you can pick a holiday with compatible people of a similar age.
Beach & Sun
Being a solo traveller is a great way to enjoy a peaceful beach holiday. A singles holiday on the beach offers rest, relaxation and a chance to unwind – don’t forget to pack a few good books!
The warmth of the sun, the sparkle of the water and the soft, golden sand – what’s not to enjoy?
It’s true that beach holidays are simple enough to book independently, with short haul flights and a big selection of hotels available. But for solo travellers over 50 looking for a bit extra, there are some excellent beach holiday options.
Solitairhols are singles holidays specialists, particularly popular with older people looking to travel independently, but as part of a small group. These holidays are ‘purely for single travellers who want to go it alone but do not want to spend their holiday on their own’. Plus, in their experience, at least half of people on a trip are taking a singles holiday for the first time, meaning you won’t be the only “newbie”.
Solo travellers with Solitairhols always have their own room, with no single supplement. Groups are also quite small at around 12 people, giving you the option to mingle with new friends and have time alone when you want it. Destinations include Sardinia, Portugal, Crete, Corfu, Spain, Cyprus, Italy and the Canary Islands.
Arts & Culture
If you want to experience something a bit different, an Arts & Culture break is a brilliant idea for a singles holiday. Cultural trips offer a little extra holiday experience – perhaps a chance to visit somewhere special or get tickets to a truly unique event.
Perfect for solo travellers who want more out of their holiday, arts and culture singles holidays let you become immersed in a wonderful cultural experience.
One Traveller is the UK’s number one singles holidays specialist for the over 50s. With a huge list of destinations, their trips are ideal for independent solo travellers to explore museums, galleries and cultural attractions – and all with no single supplement!
A 7-day trip to St Petersburg, the ‘Pearl of the Baltic’, includes the Hermitage museum, suburban palaces of Pavlovsk and Peterhof, the Faberge Museum, a Cossack show and a performance at the Mariinski theatre – ‘a feast for your senses’ says One Traveller.
For something especially spectacular, One Traveller operates singles holidays to the Verona Opera Festivals. This trip includes 2 opera performances at the stunning Arena di Verona, as well as the chance to experience the city of Verona and surrounding towns and markets.
Far Away Adventure
Adventurous travel to far off places is not just for the young! There are a wide range of travel companies providing long haul holidays that attract solo older travellers.
Are you feeling the lure of the open road or the pull of the great unknown? If so, a faraway adventure is the answer to cure those restless feet.
Responsible Travel offer amazing trips across the world such as Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, the Galapagos, Japan, Peru and South Africa. Open to all ages, they’ve even put together a travel mini-guide for the Over 50s. While not only for solo travellers, singles are welcomed on every small group tour. You can choose to share a room with a like-minded adventurous traveller or have your own room, although this means there will be a supplement to pay.
Cox & Kings run group tours for solo travellers to exotic destinations such as China, Vietnam, India and Burma which give every traveller their own room, with no added cost. These tours have been ‘specially created for solo travellers who enjoy exploring fascinating parts of the world in the company of like-minded people’.
Travel One offer ‘sociable holidays for the single traveller’. Travellers can be from any age and the majority are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s – but there is no upper age limit and all are welcome. To encourage you to meet your fellow travellers, they hold group dinners every evening. In particular, their 12-day tour from South to North Vietnam is a fabulous cultural and travel experience and takes in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Tra Que village.
You can find more useful tips on solo travel here, but before you rush off on your next adventure, don’t forget to make sure you have travel insurance in place that covers your needs.
Note: The information provided are suggestions only and is correct to the best of our knowledge. Age UK is not responsible for any errors or changes to the information.