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Single Travel - once tried, you’ll never look back!

By Jennie Carr from

The thought of taking a holiday by yourself might appear more than a touch brave, and you’re right! However, we are frequently told that once that first trip is under your belt, nothing could be simpler and you’ll wonder what took you so long. Here are our suggestions for getting started.   

Chat before you go
Our forum has many chats on this very subject, with help for those new to these discussions. Click on ‘Solo Travellers have more fun’ on our home page for lots of travel ideas. And our popular publication, A Guide for the Solo Silver Traveller, is available on this page too, scroll down towards the end.  

Avoiding the single supplement
One word – ask! Ring the holiday or cruise company that you’d like to travel with and ask the question, what about single supplements? There are sometimes deals to be had on the phone that don’t appear on the internet. Find out which companies regularly dispense with these charges, then keep an eye out for opportunities. And of course, singles holiday specialists never charge these anyway.

Short Breaks are best for Beginners
We recommend dipping your toe in the water, to build a little confidence and find out what works for you. A two or three day UK break to discover a new city, visit the theatre or a Christmas market are great ways to start your single travel experience. Chat to everyone in the group, you’ll learn so many useful tips and question the tour manager too.

Activities and cultural trips
If you like to have things to do on holiday, joining an escorted tour, in Europe or further afield, has to be a good plan. Or maybe a walking, cycling or sporting holiday. Surrounded by others of a similar mindset, usually with a tour leader, you can meet new people doing things you enjoy. Travel by coach, train or ‘plane.


We’ve heard this described by some as the best form of travel for singles as you’re able to explore new places, whilst returning to the ship as your base each evening: it’s safe and secure. Dining alone is not an issue as sharing tables are the norm and excursion groups are often arranged, so there are companions to share on shore adventures with. Ocean and river cruises offer differing, both interesting, options.  

Mini Guide
You might enjoy our free mini guide full of tips and suggestions on getting the best from solo travel. Order your copy of the Guide for the Solo Silver Traveller.


Silver Facts:
Singles holiday specialists, Solos Holidays, call 0844 371 8856 have a huge range of options from time away in the UK to exploration in China and almost everywhere in between as well!
Travel One, call 0207 929 7773 offer Mediterranean beach holidays, cruises and city breaks.  




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