Have you made your travel plans for 2020 yet? Why not make 2020 the year that you embrace solo travel with one of these fabulous holidays.
The popularity of single travel is on the up, and there has been a big rise in the number of people searching for terms like ‘solo travel’.
It doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not you’re in a relationship. Solo travel is all about not being held back if you don’t have anyone to travel with. It’s about exploring the world, and exploring your own boundaries as well.
Perhaps you’ve got a burning passion for the arts, want to see a far flung corner of the world, or just fancy spending time on your own on a retreat.
More companies are now offering solo travel packages, and making group tours more accessible for single travellers. You may find that there’s no single room supplement, or that the tour will pair up solo travellers to share a room.
Here are a range of the best solo holidays for 2020, with something to suit every taste.
Join a House Party for Solo Travellers
Fancy travelling on your own in 2020 but want to socialise while you’re away? Well, why not join a house party for solo travellers?
Solos Holidays have been serving solo travellers for over 35 years. They provide trips that are designed specifically for solo travellers, but which have the added support of a friendly group of fellow travellers.
They handpick family-run properties in the Med, which are available exclusively for Solos customers in the summer. These provide the perfect base for your solo trip.
You can join a group excursion, explore the local area or just lounge by the pool if you like. And you’ll have a Solos tour Leader on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Immerse yourself in Culture
Or if exploring local culture is your aim for 2020 then a trip with Martin Randall could be perfect for you.
Martin Randall runs around 300 high-end small group tours each year. They are ideal for solo travellers who are keen to learn about cultural treasures from experts in their field.
The price you pay covers most aspects of your trip, including wine and tips with your meals and overnight stays in comfortable hotels.
And with tours to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest.
You could follow in the footsteps of the great Italian artist Raphael, or explore the art and gastronomy of Provence.
Take to the Slopes
Is 2020 the year when you will finally learn to ski? I’ve wanted to do this forever, and everyone tells me that it’s never too late!
Friendship Travel offer group ski trips for solo travellers, which are ideal for both novice and experienced skiers alike. You’ll stay in one of their fabulous Chalet Hotels for an informal house party style holiday.
Great food and excellent ski hosts are included in the price of your holiday, and there’s no single supplement. Friendship Travel depart from Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester airports, other regional departure points may be available.
Take Sail on a River Cruise
Or if the snow doesn’t appeal, then maybe you’d rather embark on a river cruise? River cruising is a fabulous way to travel, and Just You offer a range of cruises on some of Europe’s great rivers.
Just You are specialists in providing solo traveller with excellent holidays. You’ll get to visit vibrant towns and cities, as well as discovering hidden villages along the way.
Your trip will include fantastic local excursions, and you can tailor your itinerary with optional excursions.
Whether you choose to sail along the Rhine in France and Germany or through the Douro Valley in Portugal, you’ll enjoy your own en-suite cabin and no single supplement. And a dedicated Tour manager will be on hand to ensure a smooth journey.
Maybe your goal for 2020 is to work on self-care and personal development. If so, there are some great courses available from Skyros.
Skyros provide holidays which allow you to explore your potential and learn new skills, as well as relaxing and enjoying time with like-minded people. You can take part in art courses, singing holidays and writing retreats, plus much more.
Skyros holidays are not solely for solo travellers, but over 70% of their clients are travelling solo. They aim to pair people to share rooms where possible, to avoid single supplements.
And their centres in Greece and the Isle of Wight are perfect for a relaxing way to escape everyday life.
Put on your Walking Boots
Or you can lace up your walking shoes and take a hike in 2020. Walking is a great way to relax, get fit and meet new people along the way.
Ramblers Walking Holidays offer group trips across the UK from the Orkneys in the North of Scotland down to the Cornish peninsula in the South of England. You can explore the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, walk Offa’s Dyke, or step across the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
If you’re new to walking, you might like to try one of their 2 or 3 day holidays. And as a solo traveller, you can either pay a single supplement or ask to be paired with another single traveller to keep the costs down.
Give yourself an MOT
2020 could be your year to relax, unwind and give your mind and body a full MOT with one of the small luxury retreats offerd by in:spa retreats.
in:spa retreats have been providing these luxury holidays for over 10 years,. They combine healthy eating with intensive yoga, hiking, nutritional advice, personal training and massage
You can visit destinations like Marrakech, Tuscany and Ibiza. And the numbers on each retreat are strictly limited so everyone can take part in yoga classes in small ‘same level’ groups. You can also take part in guided hikes, and enjoy regular massages during your holiday.
And the one-to-one focus means that these holidays are perfect for beginners as well as more experienced travellers, and ideal for solo travellers.
Go on an adventure overland
Or go for the complete opposite with an overland adventure from Oasis Overland. They have over 20 years experience in providing adventure tours, so you’ll be in safe hands.
There’s no single supplement on Oasis Overland holidays. As a solo traveller you’ll be paired up with another traveller of the same sex for overnight accommodation.
You could climb Kilimanjaro on one of their 7 days Mini Adventures, explore South America, or take an overland truck tour through Central or South East Asia.
Whichever you choose, it’s sure to be an adventure to remember!
Take an Indulgent Luxury Tour for Solos
Maybe you don’t want to do anything other than indulge in pure luxury on your 2020 solo holiday. If that sounds like your ideal trip, then take a look at the range of luxury tours for solos from Cox & Kings.
Their small-group tours have been specifically tailored for single travellers who enjoy meeting like-minded solos.
You’ll travel with a small group of people, typically 8-15 passengers and no more than 25. And you’ll stay in good quality hotels with no single supplements.
There are three standards of Cox and Kings holidays and if you select a Superior tour, you’ll be staying in 4 and 5 star luxury hotels. Some organised meals are included, such as the welcome and farewell dinners, but you’ll also have the chance to explore local eateries alone or with fellow travellers.
The fabulous destinations on offer include Sri Lanka, China, Peru or the fascinating Galapagos Islands.
Tick something off your Bucket List
But why not take the opportunity to tick something big off your bucket list in 2020. One of those things that you’ve always dreamed of doing, or places that you’ve longed to visit. Perhaps you’d like to see the Northern Lights, visit Petra or go gorilla trekking in Uganda?
Rainbow Tours was established in 1997, born out of Roger Diski’s love of Africa and passion for responsible travel. They work with selected charities and NGOs to make sure that their tours support the areas they visit. And you can be assured that they never endorse captive wildlife tourism.
And fewer people tend to visit Uganda than neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania, so your bucket-list adventure will have a wonderful feeling of seclusion.