I have spent a lot of my travelling days alone, but sometimes that’s the best way to experience a place. You get to doing things you wouldn’t usually do and speaking to locals and other travellers and this often leads to the most exciting experiences! I made a list of my personal top 10 places to visit if you are travelling alone, I strongly recommend them!
1 Twin-city trip in Russia
Get a great overview of Russia on this twin-city holiday to Moscow and St Petersburg with Explore. The seven-night trip for groups of 12 to 18 includes visits to the main sights in each city, including Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, and the Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace in St Petersburg. Travel between the two cities is on the Red Arrow, a train that once carried the Communist Party elite. It started operating in 1931 and has been kept in its original style.
2 Photography in Morocco
Morocco’s busy souks, Berber communities and vibrant fishing enclaves provide endless photo opportunities. This seven-night photography holiday to the port city of Essaouira includes five hours of tuition a day. Sessions include sunset photography, souk tours, and people and portraits, while accommodation is in the Maison du Sud, a traditional riad. The maximum group size is six.
3 Paddleboarding in Slovenia
Swap the boardroom for a paddleboard while on this short break on Slovenia’s Lake Bled with Flashpack. Guests stay in glamping huts on the edge of the lake, and there’s the chance to go canyoning through the twists and turns of the Bohinj Valley, take lakeside walks around Lake Bohinj and enjoy a city tour of the capital, Ljubljana. The company also organises optional supper clubs in London to let guests get to know each other before travelling. The maximum group size is 12.
4 Explore North Cyprus
Learn to make olive and halloumi bread and visit sites such as the Roman city of Lambousa, the crusader castle of St Hilarion and the gothic abbey of Bellapais on this seven-night holiday with Travel One. Everyone has their own room at the family-run Lapida Hotel; a welcome meeting allows travellers to get to know each other, and communal evening meals are perfect for swapping notes and making plans for the next day. The maximum group size is 20.
5 Walk and talk in Spain
The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in a country’s culture. This Learn Spanish and Walking holiday from Responsible Travel heads to the Spanish Pyrenees for seven nights in a converted 17th-century farmhouse in the hamlet of Albella. Rooms are furnished with antiques and all have luxury bathrooms. There’s also a classroom for Spanish lessons, plus beautiful walks in this unspoilt corner of the mountains.
6 House party in Zante
If a house party on a Greek island fills you with images of skimpy clothes and fishbowl cocktails, think again. Aimed at the 25-plus market, Friendship Travel books small hotels for singles and arranges activities for which you can opt in or out. This seven-night option is based at the Ionian Hill Hotel, which overlooks Porto Davia. Optional excursions include 4×4 safaris and visits to Olympia on the mainland.
7 Discover Uzbekistan
Marvel at a world of mosques and madrassas, tombs and tales of Tamerlane on Steppes Travel’s ten-night Uzbekistan: Beyond the Oxus holiday. The group trip, which visits Samarkand’s Registan Square, Bukhara market and Khiva’s Silk Road citadel, includes two places for singles with no additional supplement. Accommodation is in small local hotels, with an accompanying guide. The maximum group size is 15.
8 Huskies in Lapland
Mush your way around Swedish Lapland with your own team of huskies for seven days. You will need to look after the dogs throughout the trip, including feeding them, settling them overnight and harnessing them in the mornings. Accommodation includes two nights at the rustic Musher’s Lodge and four nights at Wilderness Lodge, with dogsledding in the surrounding wilderness and lunches over campfires. On day six you can tour the famous Ice Hotel and Sami museum or take snowmobile tours. The maximum group size is six.
9 Climbing in the Dolomite
The Cortina region of the Italian Dolomites is a great place to hang around, literally. In this small-group adventure, guests try their hand at a different via ferrata (the iron walkways along the sides of mountains) every day. Accommodation is in a traditional mountain refuge.
10 Sail the Danube
Enjoy the romantic Danube on Riviera Travel’s MS Oscar Wilde and visit Budapest, Esztergom, Bratislava, Durnstein, Linz, Salzburg and Vienna. Cabins have the feel of a boutique hotel and all have river views.
Have you experienced any of this? Do you need a bit more information on a certain topic or what to find out more incredible places to visit? Then please ask through the contact page! Gracias amigo!