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Great 'Singles' Holidays' Hunt

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Former_MSE_PenelopeFormer_MSE_Penelope Former Editorial Assistant
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Great 'Singles' Holidays' Hunt

Holidaying alone isn't cheap, so we wanted to tap MoneySavers knowledge on what tips 'n' tricks they've picked up on their travels to cut down costs.

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  • alibongo54alibongo54 Forumite
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    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
  • alibongo54alibongo54 Forumite
    45 posts
    The cost for 1 week was £550 Halfboard - the cheapest holiday I could find for the week I wanted to travel.
    Alison
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    MM30_2MM30_2 Forumite
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    edited 28 June 2010 at 4:28PM
    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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • edited 2 June 2010 at 9:56AM
    worried_jimworried_jim PPR
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    edited 2 June 2010 at 9:56AM
    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.
  • worried_jimworried_jim PPR
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    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.

    http://topdecktours.co.uk/content.asp?Document_ID=16
  • 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.
  • Robt72Robt72 Forumite
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    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.
  • 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.
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