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Solo Holiday Ideas for 2017

The editor of 101 Singles Holidays, Cathy Winston, picks her top 10 singles holidays for every month

How better to brighten up the darker days of winter than planning a holiday for 2017? With a huge variety for solo travellers out there, you needn’t even worry about finding a travel companion. The editor of 101 Singles Holidays, Cathy Winston, picks her top 10 singles holidays for every month.

JANUARY
Kickstart the New Year by fulfilling one of your New Year’s resolutions – Vidados has a great range of activity holidays without a single supplement, whether you want to shape up, learn a new skill or a bit of both with some exploring on the side. Try a surf and yoga break in Morocco, staying in a boutique riad with pool, from £550 for seven nights excluding flights. www.vidados.com


FEBRUARY

February has some of Europe’s best skiing conditions and whether you’re a novice or a black run expert, Friendship Travel has some great ski breaks for singles. If you’re just starting out, try one of the Learn To Ski weeks in Les Deux Alpes in France, exclusively for solos. From £1,245 for a break in February 2017, chalet board including flights and lessons. www.friendshiptravel.com


MARCH

Sri Lanka is marking the 150th anniversary of tea production on the island, so it’s a great month to head out and explore the plantations, along with the history, Indian Ocean beaches and wildlife. Barefoot Traveller has a private two-week solo traveller tour, including accommodation on tea estates and your own dedicated chauffeur guide, from £1,895 including flights. www.barefoot-traveller.com


APRIL

This month is cherry blossom season in Japan, one of the most beautiful times to discover this fascinating country. Take some tips from the experts to find the best places to appreciate the display on a trip with Inside Japan Tours. The two-week Spring Elegance tour runs several times in April, from £3,024 excluding flights, as well as self-guided adventures and private tours. www.insidejapantours.com


MAY

There’s never a bad time to visit Cyprus and, to add to the appeal, Paphos has been named European Capital of Culture for 2017. By May, you’re guaranteed sunshine without the crowds, perfect for exploring. Travel One has a week in Cyprus from £729 half-board including flights with the option to upgrade to full board. www.travelone.co.uk


JUNE

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017 so there will be events and celebrations throughout the year. Stick to midsummer and you can range far and wide across the country without being slowed down by snow, whether you fancy a city break, exploring the scenery or a mix of both with a road trip. Saga has an escorted tour of Vancouver and the Rockies for solo travellers, from £3,249 in a single room for the 17-day tour, including flights. travel.saga.co.uk


JULY

Make the most of Europe’s best weather and head out to explore the lakes and mountains – Inghams has a string of trips across Austria, Italy and Switzerland for single travellers, including a week on Lake Garda in Italy from £1,134 including flights. www.inghams.co.uk


AUGUST

If you’re a single parent, it’s all about school holidays in August – but for a trip that guarantees you won’t be surrounded by nuclear families, Single With Kids has holidays to the Balearics, Algarve and Croatian coast. Stay just outside Dubrovnik with a week all-inclusive costing from £1,124 for an adult and £924 for the first child aged under 14 (with discounts for additional children), including flights. singlewithkids.co.uk


SEPTEMBER

September is solos month at The BodyHoliday St Lucia with extra events for single travellers on top of the all-inclusive daily spa treatments, activities, food and drink. There’s also a sunset cruise and the chance to explore the island. There’s currently up to £870 off if you book by 15 December for stays between April 1 and December 20, 2017 through Tropical Sky. www.tropicalsky.co.uk


OCTOBER

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Vietnam, with October marking the end of the drier months. Insider Journeys’ small group tours can take you from the top of the country to the bottom, including the Vietnam Insight trip, from £1,626 for 11 days, excluding flights, in October 2017. www.insiderjourneys.co.uk


NOVEMBER

The thought of an Indian Ocean holiday is always tempting in the depths of winter and November is an ideal month to discover Mauritius, with its stunning beaches and mix of cultures. For a hotel with no single supplement, Mercury Holidays has a week from £1,018 in a single room, with the option to upgrade to all-inclusive. www.mercuryholidays.co.uk


DECEMBER

Get into the festive spirit by escaping the UK on Christmas-themed cruise. Fred Olsen cruises are perfect for singles, with no single supplement on selected sailings. There are two Christmas cruises planned for December 2017, taking in some of Northern Europe’s cities, with regular deals appearing on iglucruise.com. www.iglucruise.com


December 2016