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10 December, 20202 minute read

Is 2021 the year for solo travel?

Absolutely yes! We’ve seen a trending rise in solo travel in recent years and even though travel has been put on hold, we see no signs of it abating as we move into 2021. The feedback we hear from our regular solo travellers is that they love the freedom of being in control of their own travel dreams – without having to wait for travelling companions. It's also the chance to meet interesting and like-minded people, and many of our solo customers have told us they have made lifelong friends on some of our solo holidays.

All our solo tours are exclusive to those travelling by themselves, with a drinks reception to get to know your fellow guests, as well as a dedicated tour manager to make sure you are getting the best out of your holiday. Some tours have even been adapted so that there are group activities so you can get to know one another, and optional excursions should you wish to join others in your own time. So even though you may be travelling by yourself, you’re not alone. Our solo tours provide the security of a group, companionship and support, should you need it.

Our solo tours are proving popular for 2021 and beyond illustrating that more intrepid travellers are choosing to travel by themselves. In fact, some of solo departures are seeing an 80% increase for 2021 already. So, if you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and wanting to travel on your own then why not see some of our best-selling solo tours below and be inspired by these incredible destinations.

Our Japan tours manage to fuse ancient traditions with modern living. You’ll discover breathtaking landscapes, buzzing cities shining bright, a fascinating culture and welcoming people. If you’re looking for a solo adventure of a lifetime then our Japan holidays have all the right ingredients. From wandering under a sky filled with bright pink cherry blossoms, to strolling serene gardens and gazing at views across the snow-capped peaks of Mount Fuji, to seeing the delicate art of tea making, timeless Japan is waiting to be discovered.

Our ship the MS Serenade sails down many wonderful waterways across Europe and also offers great value single supplements for solo travellers who would like to experience a leisurely way to travel. And river cruising really is fantastic – with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, lots of opportunities to mingle and make friends, as well as the space to enjoy your own company, should you wish, too. The Scenic Sights of the Moselle is one such river cruise. Experience the stunning scenery once you depart from Cologne and sail towards Beethoven’s birthplace of Bonn, passing Roman ruins, timber-framed houses and fairytale castles as you relax on the sun deck with a cool drink.

Lose yourself in the past and travel back in time to the Aztecs. Our solo Mexican holidays aren’t just warm lapping seas, steaming jungles and pristine white beaches, there is so much more to this vibrant and spirited destination. On this Mexico tour you’ll experience gorgeous landscapes and bustling cities and explore incredible Mayan sites including the spectacular Chichen Itza. Uncover a fascinating history of Mexico’s ancient people and also learn about the influence of Spanish settlers.

Our Greece holidays are soaring in popularity and we can see why. If you’ve also wanted to experience the thrill of island hopping then our Greek Island holidays will be the ideal choice. Staying in the luxury five-star all inclusive hotel in Rhodes, you can get to know your fellow travellers on arrival before hopping on catamarans between the stunning islands of Simi and Leros. This Greek island tour combines the Mediterranean’s warm hospitality, clear blue skies and sparkling sea with ancient towns, winding streets and great scenery and a wealth of interesting history.  Not to be missed.

From powdery white beaches to vibrant, colourful cities, Cuba is an island full of surprises. We’ve seen bookings for our Cuban Discovery tour skyrocket in recent months. A combination of Caribbean weather, revolutionary history, and welcoming people means Cuba makes for a wonderful solo holiday. See vintage cars roar past in buzzing Havana, discover Spanish colonial heritage and experience the diverse landscapes including tobacco plantations and rugged mountaintops as well as sweeping coastlines framed by palm trees. Cuba is waiting to be explored.

While the hotel is homely with plenty of communal spaces for solo travellers to mix and mingle, everyone will love the lakeside location and the wonderful scenery. This solo holiday to Italy also includes lots of leisure time to relax on the sun loungers or to wander by yourself. We explore local attractions on Lake Orta and nearby Lake Maggiore but also include a highlight train trip into Switzerland on the Gornergratup to the glacier for simple amazing views.

Located in the Indian Ocean, the tear-dropped island of Sri Lanka is home to verdant tea plantations, gorgeous beaches and impressive rock-carved temples. On our Sri Lanka solo holiday you’ll experience so much from spotting awe-inspiring wildlife including elephants and leopards, to exploring Buddhist temples and learning about tea making. Take a step back, be spiritually enlightened and come away feeling relaxed.

If you've been inspired by our solo tours, why not read our Solo brochure or speak to one of our travel advisors who can help find the perfect solo holiday for you

Image of blog author Ting Dalton

Ting has a serious case of wanderlust. Having travelled to over 40 countries, it’s her mission in life to make her way through her ever-growing list. Her two young sons have also caught the travel bug, and recent trips have seen them making snow angels in Iceland while watching the Northern Lights, as well as walking alongside elephants in South Africa.

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