As travel restrictions are relaxed, the world is opening up once more for solo travellers, Cathy Winston of 101 Singles Holidays, looks at the best deals around.

The pandemic has been particularly tough on solo travellers. Amongst the eight million single-person households in the UK, many people felt particularly isolated and craved a holiday. But singles holidays tend to be group trips, sometimes with same-sex strangers sharing a room, just the kind of thing that Covid didn’t allow. The past 18 months has seen support bubbles, staycations and a boom in camping, villa holidays and rental cottages, but not so much for the solo traveller.

Now, as travel restrictions are relaxed, the world is opening up once more for solo travellers. Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays, says many specialist companies are launching new destinations, reviving old favourites and reinstating room shares. Here she picks some of the best deals and late availability for solo travellers.


UK BREAKS



Join a group of walkers to explore Shrewsbury and Ludlow on a four night break with no single supplement with Ramblers Walking Holidays; departures are available between February and November. And there’s no single supplement on Ramblers’ seven-night Discover Guernsey break which also includes a day trip to the vehicle-free island of Sark.



Foodies will love Flavours Holidays’ four-night break in Aberfeldy, one of the UK’s top spots for gourmands. Staying in a luxurious Highland lodge (with no single supplement) overlooking the River Tay, you’ll enjoy tastings from wine, coffee and chocolate to smoked salmon and whisky as well as cooking demos and delicious food.


WINTER SUN



Solos Holidays has plenty of ideas for some winter sun, travelling with other solo travellers in a small hosted group. Head to Madeira for a week in a four star hotel in Funchal, with lots of sightseeing tours included, or step out on a guided walking holiday in the Western Algarve or Tenerife in March.



Head to the solo-friendly five star SHA Wellness Clinic near Alicante for some top notch one-on-one time. This luxury wellness resort offers a Rebalance programme with a range of therapies designed to relieve stress, detox and improve fitness. All meals and treatments are included in the price. Book with Inspiring Travel Company.


HEAD TO EUROPE



There’s a brand new solos-only house party on offer in a gloriously unspoiled area of the Algarve this summer. Singles specialist Friendship Travel is opening Casa Rosa, a stylish four-star boutique hotel in Olhao. It’s got just 10 rooms and is in walking distance of the town’s bars and waterfront and close to the spectacular Ria Formosa Natural Park.



Discover Slovenia and Italy’s Friuli region on a small group gastronomic walking tour with Hedonistic Hiking in June. Starting in Ljubljana and finishing in Venice, it includes hikes in the Julian Alps and wine-tasting in Italy’s Collio hills. There’s a modest single room supplement.

Solo travel specialist, Just You, is offering up to £250 off selected small group tours in Europe and further afield. From a three-night rail break to Monet’s Garden at Giverny and Versailles to a tour of St Lucia, there’s a huge choice of ideas with departures throughout the year. Book by 28 February 2022.



If you fancy a cruise but are worried about the single supplement, Iglu Cruise has a huge range of deals for solo cruisers from two-night mini-cruises to Amsterdam to the Caribbean and Alaska. There’s an all-inclusive cruise around Spain, Italy and France in April for under a grand in your own cabin, for example.


FURTHER AFIELD



On the Go Tours specialises in keenly-priced group travel and its most popular destination is Egypt. There are savings of over £400 on their 12 night King Ramses tour which combines all the key sites such as the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings as well as a few nights’ on the Red Sea. Solo travellers can opt to twin-share or pay a single supplement for their own room.



Sri Lanka is top of the bucket list for many of us. Wendy Wu Tours is offering savings on its Highlights of Sri Lanka escorted group tour including 50% off solo airfares. The tour includes visits to the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the rock fortress of Sigiriya and Yala National Park to spot elephants.

Cox & Kings offers a range of upmarket solos-only small group tours. Departing on 27 April, for example, there’s a trip to Peru which includes visits to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu. Other solo-only luxury small group tour options include India, Russia, Panama and Costa Rica.

February 2022