Great 'Singles' Holidays' Hunt

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  • sloppychops
    sloppychops Posts: 6,742 Forumite
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    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."
  • 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
    Mich81 Posts: 314 Forumite
    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
    jan1355 Posts: 1 Newbie
    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
    robwal1969 Posts: 8 Forumite
    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........
  • 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
    k50haw Posts: 5 Forumite
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    edited 2 June 2010 at 3:35PM
    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 :D
  • 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
    egglie Posts: 3 Newbie
    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...
  • Lolstoo
    Lolstoo Posts: 11 Forumite
    Egglie - Adventura sadly went bump about 2 months ago with a lot of disappointed customers who had paid them lots of money I understand.
    I can personally recommend SPICE UK who I have holidayed with quite a few times. You can pay the single supplement with them or alternatively they match you up on a twin share basis with same sex roomies - I have met some fabulous people and made some great friends taking this option.
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