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Travelling with a Group

Travelling with a group is a very popular way of taking a singles holiday because of the obvious benefits of security, safety and companionship.

Some of us love the solitude of going away truly alone, but for many people the opportunity to share the travelling with a group is very attractive. It is easier to strike up a conversation with someone who is in your group, rather than trying to talk to a random stranger, if you are completely alone.

Holidays for Single Travellers links

Because of this, a number of companies have sprung up in recent years, who arrange holidays for single people who want the chance to be part of a group. One such company is called Companions 2 Travel, which runs a website that allows you to get in touch with others who wish to do the same things as you. It began at the end of 2004 and there are already nearly 20,000 people 'on the books'. As examples of what people do who meet up and holiday together, one group of five women went on a short break to Barcelona whilst another small group went trekking in Namibia. So, whatever your taste, you stand a good chance of meeting likeminded people to go with you.

A company that has been running for well over twenty years is Solos. Solos runs a large variety of singles holidays and you can go on a taster break, to see if it's for you. Solos has tour guides who meet you at the airport and are available throughout the holiday. It also has an online forum where you can discuss tours with people who have already been on them.India (Lonely Planet Country Guide)

There is also a company called Just You, which is part of the Travelsphere group. It caters for over 2000 holidays for single travellers each year, has tour managers but no single supplements and the majority of accommodation is 4-star on a half-board basis. You can also sign up for a monthly e-letter. Just You is now part of the Travelsphere group, so go to their website to learn more about the company and to see even more holiday choices of group holidays that have tour managers to help you enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

Voyages Jules Verne is a travel company that caters for all types of traveller, including people who wish to take holidays for single travellers. Go to their website, click on Single Traveller and see a selection of holidays for which they have negotiated no single room supplements.

Finally, don't forget Saga, who specialise in holidays for the over 50s. There are no single room supplements on any of their UK holidays and many of their overseas ones. They provide a tour manager and you will be in the company of people like yourself. They do a huge range of holidays, with something to suit almost everyone and many of their resort holidays are all-inclusive.

So there is a lot of help out there if you do want to go on holidays for single travellers. In fact, you're not on your own unless you choose to be. There are many companies that encourage you to travel as part of a group so that you can make friends as you travel.

Here are some Organisations specialising in single travel:

Balearic - Single walking holidays to be enjoyed not endured.

Just You - Provide escorted holidays for single travellers.

Mercury Direct - Long Stay & Winter Sun Holiday Specialists.

Mercury Direct

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.

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