If you are thinking of taking a solo holiday this Christmas, here are some ideas to inspire you!
As Christmas approaches, it can often be more fraught than festive if you’re single. So it’s no surprise that solo breaks that run over 25th December are growing ever more popular.
From group tours around the world to singles-only short breaks at home, there’s even more choice than ever for fun ways to escape Santa (and your relatives) this year.
Looking for inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Christmas in Africa
Discover four different countries and indulge in some December sun with an African adventure from Oasis Overland.
The 22-day Nairobi to Harare Savanna Dawn trip travels through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The tour runs from 14 December 2019 to 4 January 2020, so covers New Year too.
You can spot big game as well as travelling to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll spend Christmas on the spice island of Zanzibar and welcome in 2020 on the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi.
And there’s no single supplement – Oasis Overland includes shared accommodation for solo travellers.
Festive fire and ice
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you’ll find snow and more in the land of fire and ice on a short group trip to Iceland.
The five-day Land of the Northern Lights tour from Regent Holidays departs from the UK on 23 December. So you can spend your Christmas bathing in geothermal pools and exploring the volcanic landscape.
You’ll stay in a traditional cabin in the Icelandic countryside, with trips to look for the Northern Lights from the ridges of a volcano and black sand beaches.
It’s sure to be a magical experience!
Christmas on the slopes
Singles specialists Friendship Travel are known for their house-party style breaks, with special Christmas escapes in the UK as well as ski trips.
From 21 December, there’s a seven-night Ski House Party in the French resort of Alpe d’Huez. You’ll have your own room with no single supplements plus six mornings of lessons to improve your ski skills.
There are chalet hosts to look after the small group of around eight to 10 guests, providing food and wine as well as helping everyone to enjoy this fabulous break
Discover the coast of Peru
Celebrate Christmas in the spectacular setting of Peru on a small group tour with Tucan Travel.
Travelling overland along the coast, this holiday includes a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands to encounter sea lions. You’ll also go sand-boarding in the dunes of the Huacachina Desert, and take in the better-known sights of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
This tour runs from 16-27 December 2019.
A Venetian Christmas
Discover the beauty of Venice in midwinter, with a solos-only Christmas break to Italy from Solos Holidays.
The week-long city break runs from 22 December 2019, and you’ll stay in a three-star hotel. Your holiday includes a special Christmas Day lunch and Christmas Eve dinner, as well as trips to Padua and Verona.
You can also take guided visits to some of Venice’s main attractions, and explore the city’s famous canals and bridges.
Why not escape to Egypt on the Festive King Tut group tour from On The Go Tours? There are three different departures covering the Christmas period, including a tour which runs over New Year as well.
Sunshine is all but guaranteed, as you marvel at the Pyramids and see the treasures of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian museum.
You’ll also sail along the Nile to discover the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Karnak at Luxor, Aswan and Kom Ombo.
If you prefer not to travel far, there’s a UK break with a difference on the Isle of Wight from Skyros.
Set in The Grange, a Georgian country house in pretty Shanklin Old Village, the Christmas Celebration runs from 24-27 December 2019.
The three-night escape promises a creative and active Christmas, including singing and crafts, plus wild yoga and dance as well as walks around the island. Accommodation is in a shared room and the price includes all meals, including a traditional Christmas dinner.
But if you’d prefer to celebrate in the sunshine, why not head to the Mediterranean island of Malta?
Singles singles specialist Travel One will be running a house party holiday over Christmas. The special 10-night escape runs from 23 December 2019, and you’ll stay at the four-star Seashell Resort at Qawra.
You’ll be able to explore the capital Valletta, the ancient walled city of Mdina and ancient sites including Hagar Qim.
South East Asia celebration
Swap tinsel and jingle bells for the more exotic sights of South East Asia with a small group tour.
Tropical Sky has several Christmas tours with no single supplement for solo travellers if they share a room. There’s also an option to upgrade if you prefer your own space.
The Classic Cambodia and Vietnam tour whisks you away from 16 December to 4 January. You’ll visit Ha Long Bay and the temples of Angkor, try snorkelling in Vietnam and have chance to stay with locals.
If you’re travelling solo with kids, Christmas really isn’t complete without Santa. And there are few places better than Lapland to find him.
The specialists, Single With Kids , are a good choice if Christmas is a particularly difficult time due to divorce or bereavement. Their Lapland Magic short break departs on 23 December 2019 to the winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland between Ruka and Kuusamo.
Various excursions, exclusively for the group, are included for a more magical and less commercial experience. These include reindeer safaris, husky sleigh rides, tobogganing and a meeting with Father Christmas in his home. It all sounds absolutely amazing!