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  • alibongo54
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 6:49 AM
    Single Holidays
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 6:49 AM
    I have just come back from Turkey - Dalyan with Travel One - excellant holiday. The hotel had 31 bungalows and on arrival the rep introduced us to one another and then its up to you if you wish to go out and about with other people or spend time on your own. Every Breakfast and evening the group met up for meals.
    I would say to anyone who has never travelled alone before that is slightly apprehensive - dont be you will meet some nice people, some will be like you on their first holiday abroad some will have done it for years.
    I would highly recommend this company.
    Another company is Friendship Travel but I have not travelled with them so I am unable to comment.

    Alison
  • alibongo54
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 6:50 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 6:50 AM
    The cost for 1 week was £550 Halfboard - the cheapest holiday I could find for the week I wanted to travel.
    Alison
    • MM30
    • By MM30 2nd Jun 10, 8:46 AM
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    MM30
    • #4
    • 2nd Jun 10, 8:46 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 8:46 AM
    When I have been to Arion Bay Hotel Santorini there have always been quite a few singles there of all age groups. Cheaper earlier in the year. Very friendly place on the beach.

    Last edited by MM30; 28-06-2010 at 4:28 PM. Reason: Photo added
  • newjustine
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:40 AM
    Working in a change of scene is as good as a rest
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:40 AM
    Several years ago, I was a singleton in search of a holiday, but was really annoyed by the Single Person Supplement I kept coming across. So I took a different tack, and took part in my first National Trust Working Holiday - a week (or a weekend) of working outdoors somewhere in the UK, usually on conservation projects. I spent a week with a bunch of like-minded people on Orford Ness, one of the most beautiful places on the English coast. It was less than 100 quid for the week, and great fun. There's no chance to be lonely. The next year, I spent a week - in fantastic weather - marooned on Lundy Island in the Bristol channel, again, working outdoors and with a great bunch of people. Both holidays left me feeling invigorated, fit and happy - and not out of pocket. I've done several working holidays since. One of the most rewarding aspects is that you're putting something back into the country's heritage. For me, it added to my professional development too - I've used the practical skills I learned in lots of ways.
    There's a selection of levels to work at, and a huge variety places you can go, all over the country. The working holiday projects run throughout the year - I did a project one January as a 'beat the post-Christmas-slump', and it worked!
    The working holiday brochure can be found on the National Trust website.
  • meltheoriginal
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:42 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:42 AM
    If you're between 18 and 39 Topdeck Travel is a European tour company that doesn't charge singles supplements. They also have a link on their webbsite (www [dot] topdeck [dot] travel) where they list all their current specials, so you can even SAVE when you book a holiday. And if you book direct then you don't have to go through the middle person of a travel agent, which is great as their Reservations staff are super friendly and helpful.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 2nd Jun 10, 9:49 AM
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    worried jim
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:49 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:49 AM
    I've been with Neilson-
    http://www.neilson.co.uk/Beach-Solo.aspx
    This was my first package trip alone, I have travelled independently on my own previously to the middle east and had a great time but thought I would try a package. Neilson specialise in activity holidays so there is a lot included in the price, you can sit on the beach or join in, no hassles what ever you choose. I learnt to dive and windsurf and by the end of the first day you know everyone. There was an unwritten rule at 4pm everyone would met up for tea and cakes when the activities had finished to discuss the coming evenings activities and to make arrangements.
    I called them to direct to book and I have been to the head office to recruit staff for them and their set up is fantastic from office staff to resort staff. I just called and discussed the type of holiday that I wanted and they arranged and recommended everything for me.
    Last edited by worried jim; 02-06-2010 at 9:56 AM.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 2nd Jun 10, 9:51 AM
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    worried jim
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:51 AM
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 9:51 AM
    If you're between 18 and 39 Topdeck Travel is a European tour company that doesn't charge singles supplements. They also have a link on their webbsite (www [dot] topdeck [dot] travel) where they list all their current specials, so you can even SAVE when you book a holiday. And if you book direct then you don't have to go through the middle person of a travel agent, which is great as their Reservations staff are super friendly and helpful.
    Originally posted by meltheoriginal
    http://topdecktours.co.uk/content.asp?Document_ID=16
  • jeannie459
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 10:05 AM
    Same sex share room option
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    • 2nd Jun 10, 10:05 AM
    I have travelled with Archers Holidays who have an option to book a male/female share. This does away with single supplement.
    I took the option on a tour of the West Coast of the USA and shared with a female who I got along with very well. Of course its the luck of the draw who you get to share with, but it does save a lot of money.
  • Robt72
    Solos Holidays
    I went on holiday for a week with a company called Solo's Holidays. I had a great week in Rhodes and would definitely recommend them if you are alone and wish to travel on holiday. They look after you and its great fun.
  • Steve10001
    I have been on a couple of holidays with Explore! And have enjoyed them thoroughly. They specialise in small group holidays. The holidays are aimed at a mixture of couples and singles. You can choose to pay the single suppliment or share a room with someone of the same sex. Its luck of the draw who you share with, but these are specialist holidays so are frequented by like minded people generally. Put Explore! into google to find the site.

    The holidays are not cheap, but do include for all of the activities you do.
    The Adventure Company do vey similar holidays, but I have no personal experience of this company.
    • sloppychops
    • By sloppychops 2nd Jun 10, 11:44 AM
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    sloppychops


    Mercury Direct offer a range of holidays for single travellers without supplements.
    http://www.mercury-direct.co.uk/single-travellers.php
    "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
  • crafty carrot
    companions???
    Hi all,

    as a single + slightly disabled holidaymaker I find it really difficult (double trouble!!). does anyone know of any websites that match holiday companions? or even where you can find a 'friend' to share?
    crafty carrot (who is def in need of a holiday!!)
    • Mich81
    • By Mich81 2nd Jun 10, 12:47 PM
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    Mich81
    I've been away with (and am booked to go again with) Trek America - camping or lodging options, and most people travel alone - company are quite budget minded with a food kitty on the camping holidays to keep the costs down.
  • jan1355
    Solo trips
    I have been on several single holidays over the last 6 years. I have met some lovely people who I am still in touch with. I've been on 2 Just You holidays which were brilliant. One trip was the California coast trip and ending up in Vegas. The other was the Canadian Rockie trip. I've recently discovered cruising which I love. If you registar as a single cruiser with web sites such as Iglu cruises and Gills cruises you get sent special deals. I found this is a great way of seeing lots of places. You are asked what type of seating you want for dinner. I always go for a large table of singles. You would be surprised how many are single travellers although I've found there are more women than men on all my single trips.
  • robwal1969
    solo holidays
    many years ago i made it to ibiza,san an,thomson, first choice,airtours,and god knows who else.wanted over £7OO FOR A 1 WEEK STAY HALF BOARD.
    so looked on internet at the hotel they all offered,and found it on the web,got a price with a company called alpharooms.co.uk for £300.at the same hotel for the same week.got a online quote from a online low cost airline(£78 rtn)same week as the travel companys.taxi rtn from airport to san an rtn £55. .....you do the maths......
    also the low cost airline had a dam better time of flight than thomson.
    a good time away is in the winter.weather is a lot cooler but still hot.
    managed to get 11 adults from boh - girona for £15 rtn stayed in lorret del mar hb for 3nights for £45 each in twin room if wanted,and got 3 hire cars for £150 all in less than £12 each rtn and we had the cars if we wanted them too run around in them if we wanted........
  • Old Fashioned
    Just got back from two weeks in Turkey with Solos Holidays (£600 for B&B and 2 dinners each week, 2Star but excellent, clean hotel). Been travellling with them for the last 10 years - various locations - even when I have a partner I like to take some holidays alone - met lots of great people - some weirdos. Very few companies allow online booking for 1 person but have travelled to Antigua many times with Virgin Holidays on my own - you do pay single supplement but join their Virgin Holiday club and you get free parking or hotel at airport, free Vroom Lounge at Gatwick, get their credit card and you also get 10% off their holidays, and if you telephone them and ask really nicely you can get room upgrades etc, etc. I go to Jolly Beach in Antigua as there are always lots of sole travellers there and the staff, etc seem to be really used to seating people at dinner alone, and you dont get funny looks. Big tip, have a book and camera with you wherever you go - nothing worse than sightseeing and having no-one to say "ooh look at that" to - a camera sorts this out for you and having a book makes eating out much easier.
  • k50haw
    Highly Recommend Trek America!!
    I too travelled with Trek America last year, a 4 week adventure tour from New York across to LA staying in budget accommodation (motels and hostels) along the way. Very daunting before you go (especially if you've not done anything like it before), but I met an amazing bunch of people, most of whom I'm still in touch with. It was honestly the best holiday I've ever had. Constantly on the go so no time really to get lonely, though you can have evenings on your own if you prefer not to be with the full group (12 of us in total). It's not exactly cheap though, I paid £1,200 for the tour and then flights on top of that (£360 return with BA), plus additional hotel stays at start and finish, and then you have spending money (spent about £3k altogether). But it's well worth it. I would definitely consider doing another, would just hope I had another excellent group!
    I'm off to Turkey in 3 weeks time, a normal package deal booked through Thomson. Paid £700 for 1 week all inclusive. Obviously had the single supplement to pay but just need a luxury break in the sun with fab food and drink on tap
    I've also combined working and holidays, having done a week voluntary work on an organic farm in Ireland, and working in a seal pup hospital in Thurso, Scotland over the summer. I'll be staying in a hostel on my own for 2 weeks, which is kinda scary, but its all about getting yourself out there and doing something different, for YOU. Plus you never know where (or what) these things can lead too
    I guess you do need to like your own company if going away solo, but sometimes thats better than having to constantly consider someone else...you can do what you want when you want...I can't wait
    Last edited by k50haw; 02-06-2010 at 3:35 PM.
  • Andy_S_1972
    If you don't mind sharing a room with someone you may have never met then try Spice UK.

    I have been on quite a few of their ski trips which I have to say have always been excellent fun.

    Also highly recommend Exodus and Trek America but not always the cheapest of companies.
  • egglie
    I went with Adventura - same deal as most of the other companies mentioned here, you can pay a single supplement or share with someone else of the same sex. They do activity holidays so there is normally plenty to do if you don't fancy spending much time with your room mate.

    I mention it here specifically because I did a learn to Scuba dive package, it was £595 for a week, half board in Sharm el sheik including the course and all equipment hire which is a good deal - I have trouble booking a diving holiday for that kind of price as a qualified diver.

    Of course, taking up scuba diving is hardly a way to save money...
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