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25 Fantastic Singles Travel Groups You’ll Love

By: Author Amanda OBrien

Posted on Last updated: 16/02/2024

A few years ago there were hardly any single travel groups that offered options for holidays for one – let alone companies who entirely focused on solo departures and looked at things like no single supplements etc and solo travel groups.

Thank goodness for the growth in singles travelling as now there is a good economic reason for companies to look at developing great offers for those looking for holidays for one.

There are now singles travel groups over 30s, single travel for over 50, singles travel getaways, luxury solo travel tours and singles travel getaways galore.

I will let you know which of these tour companies I have traveled with and which I haven’t – if you then go and do a tour on one of the ones I haven’t been on please do let me know what they are like – and I would love you to write a guest post if you’re up for it.

There are so many options for solo traveling today – here are some great trips for single travelers.

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BEST SOLO TOUR OPERATOR: Short on time? You can’t go wrong with Explore which has a section dedicated to solo travel on their website.

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Top 3 Companies for Organised Solo Travel Vacations

1. group tours for solo travellers, 2. solo female travelers club, 3. luxury single traveller vacations, 4. solo travel companies that are specifically for traveling alone, 5. companies that specialise in adventure, 6. cruises for solo travelers, 7. charity based solo travel companies, 8. passion-based solo travel tours, 9. something different for single travel groups, solo travel tips, 1. mix up your plans, 2. avoid school holidays, 3. fill up your kindle, frequently asked questions about solo travel, are there travel companies just for single people, what is the best holiday destination for singles, is solo travel lonely, how do i meet other female solo travelers, who paid for what with this singles travel groups post.

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Explore ✔️ Dedicated Solo Tours ✔️ Small Group Tours ✔️ No single supplement

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G Adventures ✔️ No single supplement ✔️ Free time in itineraries ✔️ Evening Group Meals

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Encounters Travel ✔️ Private & Small Group Focus ✔️ 20 Years Experience ✔️ Range of Tours

Explore is perhaps one of the best singles travel groups. It is also the company I have been a traveling single with the most so the best place to start! Explore has been running since 1981 so they have loads of experience with running tours.

Explore covers over 100 countries and has a maximum group size of 11 and there is no single supplement if you take a shared room. There is an option to have your own room but that does cost extra. They prioritize working with locals and do a great job finding expert guides.

Around 60% of people who go on Explore trips are traveling on their own and they break down solo vacations into age groups on their website which is really helpful.

My second recommendation for solo travel vacations is G Adventures . They have a wide range of small-group trips designed for the solo traveler. There is no single supplement as long as you are willing to share a room with someone of the same sex. G Adventures also offers single rooms at reasonable prices if that is your preference.

The itineraries for G Adventures trips tend to have more free time than some of the other tour companies in this article. This is great if you are someone that likes to have some time to yourself to relax or explore further but want the support and structure of an organised group trip.

One of the most difficult parts of solo travel can be dinner. Eating on your own can feel lonely and isolating. The tour leader organizes group meals most nights, so if you want company you will almost be able to find it.

If you are traveling alone one of the best ways not to feel like it is to join a group doing some challenge – when I summited Kilimanjaro on an organized solo tour. we were a team from almost the word go. More than half of the trip was traveling solo – some were single, some had partners who didn’t want to go, some like me had someone pull out last minute etc.

It didn’t matter who you had arrived with – what mattered was everyone wanted someone to talk to about whether or not to take Diamox, tips on altitude, share lollies, etc etc.

Check G Adventures Tours and Prices

Check Explore Tours and Prices

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I have done two travel solo tours with friends – North India and cycling Southern Iceland . Again an activity-based trip can be a great travel for singles option – particularly as you tend to be exhausted every night and eat and sleep.

⇒ Don’t miss my Complete Guides to Singles Holidays over 40s – and Vacations for over 50 singles – these thorough guides have all of the most commonly asked questions about Solo Travel – and everything I have learned.

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⇒ Still not sure about group travel for singles? Check out this great post on The Benefits of Solo Trave l .

Solo Female Travelers Club is a community of more than 90,000, run by the fantastic travel bloggers Meg and Mar. The heart of the community is their Facebook group, which has some great information and is the perfect way to meet other females interested in traveling solo.

Meg and Mar also run female-only small group tours that range from luxury retreats to adventurous expeditions in some awesome locations.

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One company I have been particularly keen to try but it just hasn’t worked out on timings and destinations is Flash Pack . I love the tone and feel of their website – it is very much about boutique adventures.

They focus on people in their 30s and 40s and seem to have some great travel groups for solo travelers.

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Australian based Travelling Divas also promises boutique hotels and customized trips. I have also been very keen to try Cox and Kings solo holidays .

Cox and Kings have a great reputation as a high-end travel specialist so I am highly confident that the thread count on their sheets will be up to my standards based on how fantastic their hotels look.

These trips though will, of course, be at a premium to some of the other options I have mentioned. But their group travel singles options look terrific.

⇒ Looking for some travel inspiration? Check out this post on The Best Adventure and Travel Quotes .

⇒ Spas and skiing are terrific options for solo travelers. Check out my posts on the best Singles Ski Holiday options and on 30 Fabulous Solo Spa Breaks.

I would highly recommend that you think beyond the country you live in when it comes to solo travel groups. For example, quite a few travel companies based in Australia now run specific holidays for solo travel groups.

Encounter Travels is all about solo travel but not traveling alone as they say.

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They also age match so if you are a 35-year-old solo traveler you won’t be in a group of people in their 70s. They do have quite a few trips to various parts of Australia but also a few trips to other places around the world.

Another solo travel company based in Australia is Twos a Crowd . Some UK based companies that specialize in solo travel groups are:

⇒ www.solosholidays.co.uk

⇒ www.justyou.co.uk

⇒ www.friendshiptravel.co.uk

For a more adventurous bent check out    8th-day adventures . They are a London based club that has lots of sporting events and other fun things that are a mix of social and activity.

They also run some group holidays which could be good for the more adventurous solo traveler eg Everest base camp

An interesting-sounding organization is Archaeo Adventures. This female-focused travel company looks at adventures in countries like Morocco and Jordan in small groups. They are about boutique hotels, working with locals, and off-the-beaten-track experiences.

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Female-focused hosted adventure trips are also the focus of Living Big which is US-based. Another company specializing in solo travel groups USA is Overseas Adventure Travel , which offers some fantastic-sounding trips for adventurous solo travelers.

Heading to Australia there are Adventurous Women and Another World Adventures.  Another World Adventures curates adventures from different providers. It is a very comprehensive site with loads of options that sound great.

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Even cruise ships have gotten on board with the growth in solo travel. Norwegian Cruise Line is the brand most commonly mentioned for having actually built single cabins and apparently there is a dedicated area for solo travelers.

They have several cruise brands – Norwegian Epic, Breakaway, Getaway, and Escape. But ensure you look closely as these can be more family-focused at certain times of the year – check out my top tip 2 below.

Encounter Travel also has loads of information on solo cruise options. They even have a “cabin mates wanted” section where you can potentially find another same-sex solo traveler with whom you can share a cabin.

There are a few organisations that run group tours that have some activity/challenge that supports a charity. These can be a great way to find others to travel with and the shared sense of purpose can surely add to the group bond.

Have a look at Global Adventure Challenges and Charity Challenge.

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An organized trip around an activity you love that is also about solo travel is a fantastic formula to follow. Even if you don’t really bond with anyone on the trip if you have learned more about Italian cooking or photographing sea life it is a well-spent holiday.

Quite a few organizations I have listed above offer planned trips around passions and hobbies. Here are a few others I’ve found:

Frui has some fantastic looking passion-based trips – from photography (a great one for solo travel) to painting to food in some lovely locations. I did a day class with them once in London in photography and they were great.

The Red Sea in Egypt appears to be a very popular solo travel spot – most likely driven by the amount of activity that can be done in the water. There are also numerous diving and/or underwater photography courses in the area.

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Skyros is a very famous spot in Greece for activity/passion-based trips. They used to have a bit of a self-help bent but now they are very focused on passions like painting, singing, yoga , and learning.

They have two locations in Greece and one on the Isle of Wight for taster weekends. According to their site, 70% of their travelers are between 40 and 60, and most travel solo. This is a great option if you’re looking for singles travel groups over 40.

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In August 2017, I spent a month living life Unsettled in Medellin Colombia, and loved it. Unsettled is a fantastic concept. Essentially it aims to give people the experience of living in a city for a month rather than being a tourist.

It does this because it has about 25-30 people sign up, organizes apartments and coworking space and sets up activities that you can participate in as much or as little as you like.

The other people on the trip are your community, the hosts act as your connection to local life and having an apartment and workspace means it feels more like living.

They choose brilliant locations from Buenos Aires to Cape Town to Barcelona . I highly recommend checking them out.

If you decide to live life Unsettled then use the code “FRIENDSOFUNSETTLED”  and tell them that the Boutique Adventurer sent you for a discount of USD$150 .

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A great way to travel solo is to mix things up. If you were heading to say Australia you could go and stay in a spa for a few days (a great way to meet people), head to say Sydney on your own and stay at a boutique hotel and use Tinder or join a meetup group.

You could then join an organized tour with someone like Explore, travel with them for a while, and then have some time solo again. Committing to a lengthy organized tour can be a bit much – plus it is hard to find one that covers everything that you want.

I find a mix is optimal – if you feel lonely it is only a few days till you have company, if you’re dying to be on your own again it’s only a few days till that happens. And you may very well meet others traveling alone on your organized section who are keen to have further adventures after the tour.

I have many friends I have met when traveling solo who become travel buddies and loads of other friends of mine are the same.

September is a great time to travel solo. Be careful of all organized tours/cruises etc during any school holiday time, particularly over the summer, as you may end up surrounded by families.

However, school has returned in September, and there are often many deals for solo travelers.

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There is nothing like a good book to keep you company when traveling solo! I keep adding to my list – please email me with more suggestions! [email protected] .

I keep them all in my Amazon shop. And I have just launched a range of e-books aimed at solo travelers! I have an ebook on Solo Travel, my trip to Colombia with Unsettled and Everest Base Camp .

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Yes! There are several travel companies just for single people as well as companies like G Adventures that offer trips designed for single travelers.

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In my opinion, rather than focusing on a particular destination singles should look at holidays with a focus or goal like a cycling trip or a trek. This is most likely to bring together like-minded people and provide a common purpose.

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It can be. The best way to avoid feeling lonely when traveling solo is to join an organised tour. Or if you are on your own look at staying in high-end hostels for some comfort and the chance to meet others. And a good book can transport you from any difficult situation! And don’t forget to check out things like the safest cities in the US to make sure you can relax during your trip.

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There are several facebook groups for female solo travelers such as Solo Female Travelers (who also organise group trips for solo female travelers). I have also found that going to a spa/yoga retreat can be a good way to meet other female solo travelers.

I paid for everything associated with this post. This was completely me travelling and not working with any tourism boards or hotels or tour groups. Much of what is in this post is stuff I learned before I started my blog – and probably a lot of what led me to start a travel blog.

However, this singles travel groups post does contain affiliate links. That means that if you click through on them and make a purchase I may well receive a small commission. I just wanted to make sure that you knew.

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Amanda O’Brien is the creator and editor of The Boutique Adventurer. She has visited 80 countries and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers as well as the IFTWTA. She is passionate about wine had has just completed Level 3 of the WSET. Born in Australia, she lives in London.

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Pratik Sharma

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Amazing article. Thank you for sharing this blog for single travel groups.

Christian Alcantara

Thursday 7th of May 2020

I've never done solo travel before, but if ever that I plan to do so I will definitely get back at this post.

Sarena Wilson

Friday 11th of August 2017

Wow! Incredible beautiful site with great informative content. thanks for sharing this............post........... Everest trekking

Monday 15th of May 2017

Great ideas. I have done a lot of solo tour travel as I like the security of a tour when I am on my own. Some other companies:

Contiki is great for the 18-35s, especially when you haven't travelled much before.

My favourite company is G Adventures, no single supplement, but you can pay for your own room and a huge range of tours world wide. They are Canadian based. All ages, very budget and affordable.

Another one very similar to G Adventures but Australian based is Intrepid tours. World wide, budget, no single supplement but also has own room option if you don't want to share.

I have made life long friends on these tours when I was travelling solo. Now we meet up all over the world and do tours together!

Jocelyn Soltren

Friday 12th of May 2017

Awesome article thank you for sharing.

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Solo Breaks travellers join us from all walks of life, but there’s one thing we all have in common – a love for adventures. We make most of the good times, rather than being a slave to an itinerary. Your tour guide take care of all the planning, so you can concentrate on enjoying the experience!

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  • Before we travel, we’ll have an ice-breaker on Zoom so you can get to know the team. A couple of days before we leave, you’ll be invited to join a WhatsApp group so you can chat with fellow travellers.
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  • Every Solo Breaks trip will be an adventure to remember with fellow solo travellers who become lifelong friends.

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Take a break from the same old routine and escape to the stunning cornwall coast with likeminded solo travellers..

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Who will I be travelling with?

Mostly Manchester-based independent explorers who want to travel in the comfort of a group and make new friends along the way.

Whether it’s your first Solo Breaks trip, or you’ve travelled with us before, everyone is made to feel welcome.

Typically, our groups are made up of people between the ages of 30-50.

One of the best things about booking a trip through Solo Breaks is that you get to meet people from all  walks of life. However, there’s one thing we all have in common – a love for travel and adventures.

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Hi, I’m Steve.

After spending five years travelling the world, and over a decade organising trips across the UK and Europe, I found the biggest fear around travel was going alone. Booking a group tour with people you don’t know can also feel daunting and so that’s why at Solo Breaks, we organise small group trips so everyone can get to know each other and form life-long friendships.

As your host, I’ll be there on every trip to take care of the travel logistics, answer any of your questions, and most importantly, make sure you have an unforgettable experience! 

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Got the urge for adventure, but no one to do it with? Over 50% of travellers on our trips are travelling solo.

This is why travelling as part of our small group tours has its perks. We’ve got expert local leaders who can't wait to show you around, ready-made friends who are itching to explore (just like you), and optional single supplements if you want a room all to yourself. All you have to do is turn up with a smile and a passport: we’ll handle the rest.

Our most popular group trips for solo travellers

All our group trips are perfectly suited to those of you travelling solo, but here are a few favourites as rated by our previous solo travellers.

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The perks of solo travel on a group tour

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A local leader

When you’re all by yourself, it’s easy to fall into the typical tourist traps. You wander within a few blocks of your hotel, see a few of the big sights and that’s about it. But solo travel on a group tour isn’t like that. Each of our trips has an expert local leader who knows every backstreet bar, cool tapas joint and hidden gallery. They’ll give you tips for your free time exploring, and introduce you to locals.

Ready-made friends

Ready-made friends

Go solo, but not alone. That’s our motto. The average Intrepid Travel trip has about ten people on it – people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. It’s like a hostel dorm room that travels with you (minus the smell and the weird naked guy). You’ve got ready-made friends for a karaoke session in Vietnam, a canoeing adventure in New Zealand or a chat over chai at the breakfast table. For a solo traveller, it’s a nice perk to have.

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Logistics and convenience

We’ve spent the better part of 30 years honing our itineraries, getting rid of the dodgy hotels and keeping the good ones, picking the best restaurants to visit, and organising public transport and all the other logistics of travel so you don’t have to worry. Travelling alone can often be a) confusing and b) complicated. But with us, all you need is a good attitude – we’ll take care of the rest.

Feel safe as part of a group with a local leader

Our leaders know the areas of town to avoid after dark. They know how to haggle at markets, avoid pickpockets and scammers and generally have a good time without anything going wrong. And don’t forget, when you're a single traveller on a group tour, you’re in a group! You’ll have a bunch of new friends to watch your back (and your stuff). It’s all the flexibility and freedom of independent travel, but without the risks.

Solo travel FAQs

Will i have my own room.

It’s completely up to you. On our trips rooming is organised on a twin-share basis and we pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. But if you'd like your own room, an individual room is available on the majority of our trips (it’s just a small extra charge). Just mention this to our  customer service team  when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.

As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please  contact us  so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and travelling.

How does group time work?

Whether you’re travelling solo or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). The amount of free time depends on the travel style - you can ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

Do I have to pay for an individual room?

Not if you don’t want to. If you’re happy to bunk with a traveller of the same gender – paired up as per the gender marker on each of their passports – there’s nothing extra to pay on the vast majority of our trips. If you want your own room, just mention it to our customer service team when booking and they can organise an individual room for a small charge.

As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please  contact us  so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

I'm new to group travel, what will my group be like?

Intrepid travellers are connected more by attitude than age. They’re a friendly, open-minded and curious bunch, and a lot of them elect to travel alone (so no third-wheeling, we promise). Our trips attract a mix of genders and ages generally range from 25 to 65. It’s hard to know exactly who you’ll meet, but you can be assured you'll be a part of the fun.

Is it cheaper to travel in a group?

On average, solo travel on a group tour is way more cost-effective than heading out on your own as you're splitting the cost (we can also guarantee a lot more inclusions and extras than you’d usually get for your money).

Can I tailor the trip to me?

We have a range of trip styles – Basix, Original and Comfort – that offer different levels of flexibility and free time. While there’s always a set itinerary for the group, our Basix trips tend to have less included activities and more time to do your own thing, Original trips have a 50/50 balance, and our Comfort trips have more included activities. Lots of our travellers choose to travel on their own, so it’s common for people to want different things from their experience. Be sure to chat to your leader ; they can recommend places to explore during free time or things to try after the trip has finished. 

Tips for solo travellers

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Embrace local 

It pays to learn a little bit of the local language wherever you go and you should always consider the country’s dress code when picking out what to wear. In many places, you maybe be expected to dress modestly and cover up exposed skin so consider packing a sarong or light scarf to cover exposed shoulders, along with a long skirt or trousers. Whether you agree with it or not, it’s respectful (and smart) to follow the local style.

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When you’re out and about being all adventure-y, just keep an eye on the sunset. Try to avoid catching public transport after dark when you’re on your own, especially if you’re carrying your suitcase/backpack/fancy camera/map (it kind of screams ‘tourist’). Travelling with a  group  is a smart move for any traveller; it’s always good to have people around who’ve got your back.

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Social media may be the doom of mankind and rational thought as we know it, but it can be useful, even as a safety tool. Your friends and family are now privy to a minute-by-minute update of your whereabouts, regardless of where you are in the world. Before you leave home, give your friends/family a social media heads-up: ‘If I don’t post a sunset selfie for five days straight, get in touch and see if I’m okay.’

Our solo travel safety guide

Share your itinerary.

Good advice for us all, but particularly for people travelling solo. Make copies of your itinerary, contact details, passport and travel insurance, then email them to yourself and to one or two friends/family at home. Check-in on social media when you can so people can keep track of where you are. 

Remember the little things

If you’re arriving late in a city by yourself, book a hotel with a front desk or concierge service (many hotels also offer private transfers that don’t cost the earth from the airport or train station). If you're travelling with us, we can help you organise an arrival transfer. Read your maps  before  you head out for a walk (you can use a map app on your smartphone – or take screenshots of where you’re going if you don’t want to use up your precious data). If you need to check your map when you’re out and about, duck into a shop or café to do it. Leave the blingy jewellery, wedding rings and designer clothes at home, and aim to dress like the locals do – hit up the local markets if you haven’t packed the right outfits. Aim to keep track of travel times, so you’re not caught out after dark.

Roam if you want to

Most mobile/cell providers now offer travel passes to help manage your international roaming costs (which, let’s face it, are expensive!). For a few dollars a day, you’ll have access to data, which means you can log into your apps (like Skype, email and WhatsApp) when you’re out of WiFi zones and quickly get in touch with someone – a friend at home, someone in your group, or the police – if you need to. It might also be worth checking out the local cell/mobile providers as these can be quite cost effective. 

Fare's fair

Solo travellers are way more likely to be ‘taken for a ride’ at the airport by unscrupulous taxi drivers, so do your research before you arrive. Make sure you get a cab from the airport/station taxi rank – if you’re not sure where to go, just head to the information desk for help. Touts tend to hang out in the arrivals area and promise cheaper rates, but can often be dodgy. When you get to the cab rank, ask the driver to use the meter or request a cost estimate  before  you hop in the car – if it’s way higher than it should be, pick another vehicle. A lot of airports have train stations attached as well, so consider public transport if you want to save a dollar or two.

Stick together

It’s one of the advantages of travelling solo on a group tour: safety in numbers. The big, 50-person bus groups stand out on the road, but a small Intrepid group of eight or nine people, with a local leader showing the way – including areas to avoid and getting around safely – won’t draw much attention. Plus, it’s a great way to see parts of the world you may feel uncomfortable exploring on your own. If you want to do things on your own, consider a day tour to familiarise yourself with a city and get to know the local way of life. 

Trust your instincts

Solo travel is all about confidence. If you’re relaxed and self-assured on the street, you’re more likely to blend in. When you meet new people, don’t assume they’re all out to get you, but be sensible too and trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Remember: the popular tourist areas are often the most well-lit and secure, but they’re often a juicier target for pickpockets and scammers. Just use your common sense; half of travel safety is simply being aware of your surroundings.

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Group tours as a solo traveller.

Our small group tours are ideal for solo travellers who want to really explore, and who want some good company along the way. All of our tours are suitable for single travellers, no matter your age. In fact, around 60% of customers on our tours are travelling alone, so you're likely to have other solos in your group, meaning you'll instantly have something in common. The average group size on our tours is just 11, so you'll have the opportunity to meet new friends looking for the same experiences as you are, but not too many to disrupt your trip. And you'll be led by a local tour leader with expert knowledge about your destination, who will keep you safe and ensure you have the best experience possible.

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First time travelling alone on a group holiday? We've answered the top questions about travelling alone on an Explore tour:

No, there is no extra cost for travelling by yourself on our tours if you’re happy to share with another traveller. If you prefer a room of your own, there’ll be a single room supplement to pay. How much this is depends on the trip.

Yes, we build free time into our itineraries on the majority of our trips. Check the itinerary on the trip page where we detail the plan for each day, including available free time.

Our typical small group is 11 people, plus an Explore leader. Big enough to meet likeminded people, but small enough to get close to the destination you’re visiting. The exact size varies according to the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people or larger than 16. Usually around half of the travellers in each group are travelling solo.

Included in our trip price is a bed in a twin room, which you would share with another person in your group of the same sex. If you prefer a room of your own, you can choose to pay for our single room option (single supplement). This is available on most of our trips but may not apply to all nights - check the trip itinerary, where we state which nights have single room options. The single supplement cost varies according to the trip – see the trip pages for pricing.

Typically, we leave the evenings free on our tours, so you can enjoy free time to do whatever you choose. Your tour leader will be on hand to recommend local restaurants and things to do, and can organise bookings for you. It's up to you whether you eat with your whole group, in smaller groups or on your own. Some trips have evening activities, for example a meal with locals in a home stay or a sunset boat ride, but often these are optional. Check the trip page for a day-to-day breakdown of included meals and activities.

Of course! People travel alone with us for all sorts of reasons, not just because they're single. So if you're partner isn't able to join you on your trip, or isn't up for travelling, you'll still be in great company.

Yes, our customers' safety is our number one priority, so you'll be safe travelling with us. Being with a group is a sure way to stay safe, and our tour leader will also be with you to watch out for the whole group. As a local, your tour leader will be able to advise you on local customs and etiquette, common phrases and what to look out for. And in the unlikely event that something unexpected should happen before or during your trip, we pride ourselves on our swift and efficient response, so you can be assured that you’ll be well looked-after. Read more in our solo travel guide for women

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We offer solo holidays in a range of destinations – UK , Europe , and Worldwide – as well as both short breaks and longer holidays. Whatever you are looking for in a solo holiday, we have a handpicked range that caters to your needs.

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Here at Friendship Travel, we can arrange a wide variety of amazing holidays for singles . No matter what type of experience you are looking for, from a lazy week on the beach to a spectacular river cruise or fun on the ski slopes, it’s all possible.

Take a look below at the different types of ATOL protected solos holidays you can look forward to.

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Why choose Friendship Travel solo holidays?

  • As a specialist singles holiday company, we are experts in solo travel.
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  • Our solo holidays are ATOL-bonded – meaning your money is safe.
  • We love to build personal relationships with our guests.
  • We have previously been voted the ‘Best Small Singles Tour Operator’.
  • The Friendship Travel hosts are there to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.
  • We offer ‘houseparties’ where you can stay in your own villa with like-minded travellers.
  • You can travel from your local airport.

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Friendship Travel solo holidays include

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  • An expert host sharing their knowledge
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Your holiday flight options

A solo holiday means flexibility . That’s why, when you travel solo with Friendship Travel , you’ll have a selection of airports and flights to choose from, even on trips that include the cost of the flight in the package.

Once you’re in the country, we pay for the cost of transfers between the airport and the hotel, and we try to be as flexible with these as possible. However, if your flight is too far outside the designated time slot for arrival, we may have to charge extra for the additional journey we’ll need to make.

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Your first solo holiday

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It can be difficult to know what to expect when you set off on any holiday, and if you’re a  first-timer on one of our solo holidays,  that’s especially true.

So, below you will find just a few of the many reasons why solo traveller holidays with the award-winning travel service Friendship Travel can offer you an amazing, stress-free experience:

  • You will be travelling with plenty of like-minded people to share your experience and memories with, whether you are hoping to enjoy one of our  cruises ,  walking holidays , city breaks,  ski holidays , or any other kind of getaway.
  • Your Friendship Travel host/tour manager will make you feel completely at ease on your first singles holiday, introducing you to your fellow solo travellers and being your point of contact if you need any travel advice or have any concerns.
  • We have tried and tested all of our hotels and resorts for your peace of mind.
  • The people you share your time with on our group holidays for solo travellers are just as keen as you are to meet others and experience new places.
  • Be your own tour guide! Choose what you do and who with, ensuring your holiday is entirely hassle-free. If you would prefer to spend some free time alone relaxing, that’s not a problem. Or if you want to enjoy a small group tour or shore excursions with others, that’s fine too.
  • As a solos holidays specialist, we only offer package holidays which do not include the single supplement that single people are often charged when booking places on family or couple-oriented breaks. With no supplement or extra cost to pay, this means you will have more to spend on the things that really matter – like great food and drink and fascinating escorted tours.
  • Even though you will be travelling solo, your accommodation will not be limited to small single rooms. On the majority of our single traveller holidays, guests are given the exclusive use of a spacious double or twin room, so you can be assured of having a comfortable and relaxing base from which to explore your destination of choice.

Your fellow single traveller holidays guests

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Just because you are travelling solo doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. Of course, it’s always comforting to have an idea of what to expect before you head off on solo holidays for the first time, so you should know that we have guests from all walks of life, between 25 and 65, from the UK and Ireland, women and men. Whether you are shopping for  singles holidays for over 60s  or looking for a solo trip to enjoy in your 20s, we think you’ll love the mixture of travellers on our solos holidays.

You can also meet your fellow travellers in  our Chat Room – a great place to get started once you’ve booked your solo holiday.

Early booking offers

We have a great selection of early booking offers available to a range of wonderful holiday destinations. So, if you are looking to book a singles holiday, take a look and grab yourself a deal, such as money off for early bookings and free room upgrades.

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Last minute breaks for solo travellers

If the desire to get away has suddenly hit and you are looking to book something soon, further savings can be found with our fantastic range of last-minute breaks. We have some great deals available on an array of wonderful holidays and locations.

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An amazing holiday in a spectacular destination is just a few steps away.

Whether it’s the sun-soaked shores of Southern Europe, an amazing cruise in the Caribbean, or pristine snowy slopes for an exciting ski break, it’s all possible.

So, what are you waiting for? Do some research into your dream  cheap singles holiday  destination and book your solo adventure with us today. Our Friendship Travel tour leaders can’t wait to welcome you.

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Solo holidays with wild frontiers.

Wild Frontiers’ holidays are ideally suited to solo travellers – you get all of the excitement of discovering new places combined with the security of travelling with an organised group, with like minded people.

Over 70% of passengers on our small group tours are solo adventurers. Unlike many tour operators, we don’t believe in charging solo travellers a premium, so if you are happy to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same sex, you will pay exactly the same as a couple. Occasionally you may even end up with your own room. You can travel as a single traveller on any of our holidays, from our escorted tours to our walking holiday.

Having been a bit apprehensive about joining a group as a single traveller, I found myself surrounded by interesting, friendly, helpful people who I hope to catch up with again on future trips.

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Personal service & expertise.

Our office is manned by experienced tour leaders and travel consultants and every trip we run stems from their first-hand knowledge.

SMALL GROUP SIZES

We believe it is imperative to keep the group sizes small. While our average group size is 9 and most of our trips have a maximum group size of 12.

AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES

Our unique, original itineraries allow you to take journeys that venture beneath the surface of the region.

We believe in an honest, upfront pricing structure so you know exactly what the tour will cost before you book. Our tours are provided on a predominantly full board basis, with drinking water, government permits, entrance fees and transport all included.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

On all of our holidays we aim to provide you with the best accommodation available. By "best" we do not necessarily mean most expensive but notably interesting, characterful and convenient.

YOUR TRANSPORT

Your transport is also an important part of your holiday experience and we offer a wide variety of transport options depending on the destination.

faqs for Solo travellers

When i travel solo, do i have to pay more.

There is no additional cost for single travellers on our tours if you share a room with another traveller of the same sex, with whom we can pair you up. If you would prefer your own room, then you will need to pay a single supplement, which varies depending on the tour.

Is there free time on a Wild Frontiers tour?

The majority of our tours include some free time built in. You can see how much free time is included by looking at the day-to-day itinerary but as a general rule we include almost all meals meaning that solo travellers will always have company when dining. 

How big are group sizes on Wild Frontiers tours?

The average Wild Frontiers group size on our solo holidays is between 9 and 12 clients. In our experience this is a perfect size, as the group is not too intimidating to locals, and it allows for those unplanned moments, like being invited into someone’s home for tea, or to share a picnic. It also means there are plenty of interesting, like-minded people to talk to over dinner. It is not unusual for more than half of the people in each group to be travelling solo. 

How does the rooming work on a solo traveller holiday?

In our tour price, unless otherwise stated you are guaranteed a bed in a twin room, which you will share with another person in your group of the same sex. However you can choose to pay a single supplement if you prefer a room of your own. This option is available on most of our tours and is usually available for all nights. If there are any nights of the tour where we cannot offer a single supplement (usually due to a limited number of rooms being available), this will be clearly detailed in the ‘Travelling Solo and Single Supplements’ section. The single supplement cost varies from trip to trip. 

Can I travel solo even if I’m not single?

There are many reasons why people travel solo with us and it’s absolutely not just because they're single. Regardless of whether your partner is able to travel with you or not, you are still in good company. 

As a female travelling solo, will I be safe on this trip?

Yes, the safety of our customers is our number one priority. Travelling with a group is a reassuring sure way to stay safe and you will have a tour-leader with you throughout who will look out for the whole group. In fact, many women choose to travel with us on our small group tours for precisely the added confidence that this way of travelling brings.

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Over half of our customers travel on their own and almost all our tours are geared up for solo travellers and solo adventure holidays. There are no better getaways than adventure holidays for singles and solo travellers

We have thousands of epic adventures that are perfect for solo travellers, including exploring Vietnam, kayaking through Croatia and trekking the Inca Trail. There’s no need to worry about convincing a friend to join you, you can head off and explore the world with The Adventure People instead! 

Hassle-free adventures

Our aim is to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to experience unique trips at the best price, no matter if you travel on your own or as part of a group. You will be able to socialise, meet new people but also have some time to yourself throughout the holiday.  

Accommodation made easy

We try to make this part as simple as possible. You will be paired with another traveller of the same sex to share a room during your adventures so you won’t have to pay anything extra. If you prefer your own room you can pay a little extra (we work hard to keep this as little we can) which we can arrange after making your booking, just let us know. 

Authentic and affordable trips

We try to work with as many local providers as possible. It means we can offer you the biggest range of adventures and it enables you to see countries in a more unique and authentic way. Plus, we can keep the cost of the trip down by cutting out the middle man! 

We work hard with our suppliers to minimize extra costs like single room supplements for solo travellers.

Like-minded travellers

Most trips are guided in small groups, usually made up of between 10 and 15 people. In these groups, half or more will be fellow solo travellers. You get to meet like-minded people who all have the same sense of adventure and thirst for exploring. You'll have a local tour leader to look after all of the group’s needs and logistics and ensure you have the best experience while you are away.

Independent travel

If you like to travel a bit more independently, we have a selection of tours that are self-guided. We will equip you with all the things you may need for your adventure and you can explore at your own pace. Again, we try to keep any single supplements as low as possible by working closely with our local partners.  

Adventure Holidays For Singles

If you're single this type of holiday is fantastic, we would say that but they really are. We have loads of trips for different age ranges and interests. The small group adventures offer a social holiday for singles which provide an immediate group (or squad) to explore with. You'll certainly make friends for life. 

How does room-sharing work?

If you are happy to share, the rooms will be allocated based on gender and age. So, you'd be paired with someone of the same gender and as close to your age as possible.

Now, you might be thinking, 'suppose I don't like my roomie?'. Well, although very rare, this does of course happen. This is a good example of why having a guide is a good idea. If you let your guide know they'll be able to find a solution which works and you can enjoy your holiday. We must stress, this situation is very rare!

If you would prefer your own room then in many cases you can pay a little extra during the checkout process to secure on your booking. Alternatively, we can request your own room from the operator and we try to keep the cost as low as possible for you.

What is the age of other travellers?

This can vary hugely depending on the trip. Take a look on our website for the age range of the tours you are interested in, some providers specialise in particular age groups and that will be listed here. Remember you can also ask our experts.

In general terms though the average age is around 39. However, we have some adventures with an age limit of 18-29 and the average age here is 24. Other adventures have an age range from 18-39 and the average age here is around 30. Then to consider are the tours themselves, some adventure tours just appeal more to a younger or older demographic.

We can always find out the mix of people booked onto any tour.

How social is it?

Most tours have a good mix of time as a group and time alone. In the evenings, for example, you may have dinner all together but you can choose not to join if you prefer to do your own thing. There will also be free time built into the itinerary for you to explore independently.  

You can make the holiday as sociable as you like and the choice is really yours.

Can I get my own room?

Yes, on most adventures you're able to pay a little extra for your own room.

Are other solo travellers on the trips?

Yes, typically each group is made up of around 50% solo travellers and the rest a mix of friends and couples.

How many people are in each group?

Groups sizes range from 1 or 2 up to typically 16 as a maximum but check the adventure details to be sure.

Solo Female Travel & Holidays

Small group travel is a great way not only to get to enjoy a holiday but to explore, meet others and have a great time. For anyone, safety in numbers is a good thing as is the back up of a good guide! We have quite a lot of people book with us for whom it is their first time travelling alone. 65% are people who book with us are female by the way!

To find out more about our tours and holidays please do speak to our team who can give far more information than you can find here!

We have some tours that are for females only and they are becoming more popular. These get booked up very quickly so best to plan ahead and speak to our team about what is available depending on when and where you are headed. 

Ask our Experts

If you have questions or are feeling unsure about travelling on your own we recommend speaking to our travel team in London. Our experts have all travelled on their own throughout the world so understand the challenges and apprehension you may have about booking a solo trip.

They can give you lots of information about the best tours for solo travellers, different destination ideas, suggest when to travel and share their tips and advice for travelling solo. 

We know that it can feel intimidating travelling solo, especially for the first time. Take look at this blog post where we answer some of our customers most commonly asked questions.  

Why book with The Adventure People?

You may be thinking ‘why should I book with The Adventure People?’. Here are just some of the reasons we stand out:

The Best Value

Not only are our prices usually the best in the market but our leading service coupled with the financial protections we offer mean you won’t find better value anywhere else.

Your Dedicated Travel Expert

Our travel team is the best in the business and we’re not just saying that. The moment you make an enquiry we’ll pair you with your own dedicated expert who is on hand to answer your questions, look after your booking and make sure you have a fantastic time.

No Waiting Times

We only have one phone number with no automated services. When you contact us you’re straight through to a member of our team and a human! 

Financial Protection

We are ATOL certified, members of ABTA and run a Trust account for our packages ensuring you’re fully financially protected. 

Flexible Payments

We offer low deposits and monthly payment plans at no extra cost. 

We can add flights to any trip you book with us and we’re happy to help with Round The World tickets!

Accommodation

We work with wonderful accommodation providers and our team can quote almost any hotel in the world at the best prices.

Transfers & Extras

We can easily add airport transfers or extras to any booking. Our team will always quote the best possible price and be able to update your booking.

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The tour that I booked with The Adventure People met all my expectations. The local agent in Vietnam kept in regular contact with me during my trip. All of the connections worked perfectly. The hotels were all of a good standard and comfortable as well as being in a good location. Would definitely use them again

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10 of the best tour companies for solo travellers

Discover the best tour companies for solo travellers, from luxury flashpacking to holidays for single parents.

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S ingle supplements, hidden extra charges, being made to share a room — sometimes solo travellers feel as if they’re being penalised. Not any more. We’ve put together a list of the top tour operators that offer solo traveller holidays and have adventurous trips ideal for meeting new people and immersing travellers in local culture, no matter their age. And solo doesn’t always have to mean single. Perhaps your partner is unable to travel at the same time or has different interests, perhaps you’re a single parent, or a teenager looking for life-defining experiences. Heck, even if you do have a travel buddy, the trips offered by these tour companies make solo travel look so good you’ll be tempted to leave them at home.

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1. G Adventures

Best for local culture Founded in 1990 by Bruce Poon Tip when he was just 22, G Adventures connects travellers with local people in the countries they visit and is now the world’s largest small-group adventure travel company. Tours are hosted in over 100 countries and run the gamut from classic and 18–30 tours to wellness, rail and local living tours that base travellers with a host family. Most of the trips do not have a single supplement and accommodation is based on a twin-share basis with another traveller of the same sex. What sets G Adventures apart is its focus on putting money back into local communities and supporting indigenous peoples, women and youth through its non-profit partner, Planeterra Foundation. It supports more than 80 community development projects globally and 90 per cent of travellers visit a social enterprise project on their tour.

2. Intrepid

Best for sustainability Carbon neutral since 2010, an early adopter of carbon offsets, and with its own not-for-profit foundation, Intrepid was started in 1989 by two Australian friends, Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester. Thirty years on, 50 per cent of its customers are single travellers and it lives up to its name by heading particularly far-flung areas of the globe, including Samoa, Papua New Guinea and the tiny African country of Djibouti. Intrepid also ventures into the Polar regions too, including voyages on the ice-strengthened Ocean Endeavour, which takes 200 passengers.

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Best for travellers short on time When the 1970s hippie trail across Asia was in its heyday, John Gillies and David Burlinson drove an overland truck into the Hindu Kush — word spread and they built three more trucks to take groups from London to Kathmandu. That spirit of adventure still informs Exodus trips and solo travellers are eligible to join, with the most popular destinations for singles including Vietnam , Sri Lanka and Costa Rica . They also provide Exodus Edits — bite-size, adventure-packed trips for people in their thirties and forties that are designed to eat into annual leave as little as possible and allow travellers to take multiple shorter trips in a year.

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4. explore.

Best for adventure Explore! is a trusted adventure travel company with tours in all seven continents spanning everything from cycling the Amalfi coast to jungle hikes in Jamaica . Roughly half of its customers travel solo, alongside a mix of couples or friends travelling together. The average group size is 12 and trips are graded from “relaxed”, with more free time, to “full on”, with less downtime. While solo travellers can join all tours, Explore! also provides exclusively solo traveller tours that are broken down into categories for those in their thirties, forties, fifties and sixties, as well as self-guided walking and cycling holidays that solos can undertake.

Best for 18-35s In the summer of 1962 New Zealander John Anderson began to organise tours of Europe out of his minivan and Contiki was born. The backpacking spirit is still alive and strong, with the company catering exclusively to 18 to 35-year-olds and visiting a list of destinations that spans six continents. Seventy per cent of their travellers join trips solo and there’s a strong emphasis on “social travel” — group sizes can range from anywhere between 12 and 52 people — to help people forge lasting friendships. As an added bonus, trips can be paid for in instalments and cancelled free of charge.

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6. One Traveller

Best for mature travellers One Traveller is a family-run company that hosts holidays exclusively for mature single travellers, ranging in age from 50 to fit 80-year-olds. Group sizes are larger (on average around 25) and the company provides strong European and Asian offerings, as well as a handful of destinations further afield such as Japan , Chile and Morocco , plus ocean cruises and UK holidays. “Scenic” and “Relaxed” tours cater to those with lower fitness levels and most tours include Vox audio guides for those with a hearing impairment.

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7. Solos Holidays

Best for private rooms What started as golfing holidays for players whose partners didn’t want to join them has grown into tours for solo travellers on six continents. Holidays are organised by activity: from golf, skiing, tennis and treks to city breaks and cultural “discovery” tours that range from two nights to two weeks and are aimed mainly at travellers aged 40 and above. Unlike many operators, Solos ensure travellers always have sole use of either a single or double/twin room with no extra fees; there is no sharing of twins or single supplements.

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8. Flashpack

Best for posh backpacking Married couple Radha Vyas and Lee Thompson founded Flashpack in 2014 after seeing a gap in the market between off-the-rack tours for single 20-year-olds and those aged 50-plus — they designed adventurous tours with a touch of luxury for travellers in their thirties and forties. Trips are classic itineraries interspersed with “can’t-do-it-by-yourself” experiences such as learning to make pastel de nata in Lisbon or canyoning through hidden caves in Slovenia . And with 80 per cent of “Flashpackers” keeping in touch after the trip, it’s great for making lasting friends.

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9. Rabbie’s

Best for the UK Although Rabbie’s has now started trips within Europe, Robin Worsnopp started his company in Scotland in 1993 with a single Sherpa van. Some trips — especially in the UK — are day trips but increasingly there are also longer versions. Most prices in the UK don’t include accommodation (although Rabbie’s can book hotels for their guests) and welcome children, while European overnight tours include hotels. What’s universal is Rabbie’s fleet of driver-guides and 16-seater minibuses that can head into offbeat and single-track territory with ease. The London to Edinburgh Adventure winds its way through Stratford-upon-Avon, Conwy in Wales , Whitby, the Lake District and the borderlands of Cumbria and Scotland .

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10. We Road

Best for budget For those in their twenties, thirties and forties, you’ll start getting to know your fellow travellers via WhatsApp two weeks before. Trips are divided into specific themes, including beaches, speedy trips and trekking — all with co-ordinators that you can message directly. At between eight and 15 people, group sizes are small. The “360” holidays aim to cover as much ground as possible (backpacks rather than suitcases are recommended). The Japan 360 trip ticks off all the main cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka plus bamboo forests, bullet trains and the Buddhist temples of Kamakura.

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It was a great adventure and experience, especially due to our excellent director Helen, an extremely cultured and warmhearted woman with a lot of historical and literary knowledge, not to forget her humour. Very intense six days with a full but balanced programme, including nature, culture and good food and fellowship. Thank you!
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This is a MUST if you want to see Cornwall and especially a fan of the tv show Doc. Martin. I loved the fact every day of the tour was planned, all I had to do was show up and enjoy! I was a single traveler and felt very safe with Daceys Tours. David was very friendly, full of information/tips on how to enjoy Cornwall. I liked that the tour was limited on travelers. A smaller group make it feel very comfortable and made life longs friends.

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5-Day Devon & Cornwall Small Group from London

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This tour was excellent. Derek was a very entertaining tour guide & our driver had a great sense of humour. I highly recommend travelling with Tour Rad.
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A Guide to Travelling the UK Solo

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UK solo travel can be the starting point for many to dip their toes into the waters of adventure. While the climate is cooler, the landscapes are to be admired and the locals are on hand to direct the way when you lose your bearings. But where do you start? With four countries making up Great Britain, it can be a lot of ground to cover for a solo traveller. Our guide to solo travelling the British Isles dives into what you need to know before booking your place on the plane. Coming up in this guide:

Why Travel Solo in the UK?

  • UK Destinations to Visit When Travelling Alone
  • Top Tips for Solo Travelling to the UK

How to Travel Solo Around the UK

The UK, with its diverse cultural landscapes, serves as the perfect canvas for touring as solo adventurers . Here, you can wander at your own pace, set your itinerary, and delve into the depths of your curiosity, all the while enjoying an array of experiences. Whether it's diving into the landscape's history, savouring the local cuisine, or engaging with the locals. Solo travel in the UK is more than just a journey, it's a chance to reconnect with yourself while discovering the world outside. But we understand that the idea of travelling alone for the first time can sometimes feel overwhelming. Which is why, once you take the plunge, you realise it’s a beautiful symphony of freedom and self-discovery. We like to think you’re never truly alone. There are so many people following the same path that you walk, which can be reassuring in small moments of doubt. Sharing our experiences through our solo travel guides can be the perfect starting point to helping you figure out your first steps. From booking your first trip, to combining a holiday with a small-group tour , we can help navigate the way.

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Which UK Destinations are Best for Solo Travellers?

Knowing the best solo travel destinations to visit while in the UK can make planning your holiday a lot easier.

Touring around Scotland on your UK solo travels feels like stepping into an enchanting storybook. It's where the misty highlands meet the majestic castles, and the city's heartbeat synchronises with folk tales. Whether you let the wild and untouched Isle of Skye unfold its beauty before your eyes, or you delve into the age-old mysteries of Loch Ness , Scotland's sheer natural beauty, blended with its rich history, makes it a paradise for solo travellers when visiting the UK. Be sure to check out our Scottish solo travel guide for a more in-depth view into the locations you can visit.

  • To experience the wild and mystical mountain location of Scotland, book a tour of the Scottish Highlands
  • Love Outlander ? Pretend to be your favourite character on one of our Outlander tours
  • Tempted to try the finest whisky in the world? We may be biassed, but you’ll only know if you book onto one of our whisky tours  

When travelling solo in the UK, an England tour is a must. A location where past meets present, cities hum with vibrant energy, and tranquillity finds a home in the countryside. From the pulsating heart of the capital, London, to the serene idyll of The Lake District , England showcases a delightful contrast no matter where your internal compass directs you. Explore the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon , wander through the architecturally stunning lanes of Oxford and Cambridge, or immerse yourself in the timeless charm of York. Travelling the UK solo, you can take a step back in time as you stroll through the cobblestone streets of Bath on a tour , where an age-old charm has been beautifully preserved in the face of modernity. Here in England, each winding alley, every bustling town square and quiet hamlet unfold like pages from a riveting novel, captivating the solo traveller's heart and feeding their curiosity.

  • For nature photography lovers, booking a trip to The Lake District will leave you stunned by the quantity of gorgeous views
  • If you like to incorporate the golden sand and rocky coves on your holidays, look to book a tour of Devon and Cornwall
  • For charming hamlets and country pubs, you’d enjoy a tour of The Cotswolds  

Northern Ireland

Be captivated by tours of Northern Ireland . Where culture springs from every corner, natural beauty abounds, and the urban landscapes echo stories of resilience. Explore the hallowed walls of Derry, feel the myths come alive at the Giant's Causeway, or tour Belfast’s dynamic cityscape . This corner of the world is a journey through time, a place where stories are written into the land, welcoming the UK solo traveller with a pint of Guinness and a tale to tell. If you have time, why not explore more of what Ireland can offer when travelling the UK solo? Our tours from Dublin and Belfast allow you access to the history soaked streets, the pub-ridden alleys, and all the beauty of the authentic emerald isle. Ready to go?

  • If you’re looking to explore the West Coast of Ireland, our Wild Atlantic Way tours can be the perfect experience
  • For Irish trips including heritage, beautiful beaches, and local stories, look no further than our Dingle Peninsula tours
  • If you want to experience a must-see Irish landmark, with the addition of seabirds and spectacular views, book one of our Cliffs of Moher tours  

Tour Wales when you take part in a British solo travel adventure. A land where legends are born, heroes are long remembered, and the landscapes sing of centuries past. Roam the electric streets of Cardiff with its perfect blend of history and modernity, witness the all encompassing view of Snowdonia National Park, or fade into the history of ruined castles on a castle tour . Unfold Wales like a storybook on your UK solo travels, each page more captivating than the last. Ready to write your own story?

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5 Top Tips for Solo Travelling to the UK

Embarking on a solo adventure in the British Isles can be an exhilarating experience, offering a sense of freedom that is rarely matched. But it also invites its own unique set of challenges. To help you navigate this exciting journey, here are some solo travel tips designed to enhance your UK adventure, keeping it as smooth as it is memorable.

  • Bring a jacket no matter the season - Solo travellers visiting the UK for the first time should understand from the offset that the weather can be… unpredictable. Whether you tour in autumn , the summer, or in time for the Spring equinox , a jacket can help to brave off the rain or provide light protection from the warming sun.
  • Connect with locals - You’ll discover that travelling solo in Great Britain doesn't mean travelling alone. Quite the contrary. This land thrives on a sense of community, enveloping even the lone traveller in its warm embrace. While in the country, connect with cheery locals who love to share tales and laughter over a pint at the local pub. And remember, an open ear is the key to this companionship.
  • Prioritise safety - Safety can be one of the most important aspects of UK solo travel, especially true for solo female travellers. Stay in well-trafficked and well-lit areas, especially at night. Share your itinerary with someone you trust, and keep emergency contacts handy. It’s not about painting a picture of fear, it’s about smart and safe travels.
  • UK currency - The UK uses great British pounds with the addition of Euros in Ireland (GBP / EURO). You can exchange money before arriving, if flying from overseas, and be sure to look around for the best exchange rate. Currency converter tools can be helpful to shop around for the best deal before your holiday.
  • Best time to visit - The best time to visit Great Britain on a solo trip can be in the summer season. The weather is warm and inviting and many outdoor attractions can stay open for longer due to natural lighting. However, Spring (late March to early June) or Autumn (September to November) can also be an ideal time to visit if you want a more peaceful experience. The weather can be dry and as it's out of peak season it may not be as crowded at tourist hotspots.

Remember, travelling solo in the UK is all about pushing boundaries, challenging norms, and embracing new perspectives. You have the power to script your own journey and the thrill lies in finding your own path. So why wait?

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Put yourself first: the top 15 solo trips in the UK

T here’s something wonderfully liberating about travelling alone and the following trips fulfil all the best aspects of being solo. No compromises to be made, no itineraries discussed; get up when you want, eat what you fancy, do nothing or everything, talk to the friendly person next to you at breakfast, or pop in your headphones and ignore them completely. When I’m travelling alone, I become the best version of myself; the most decisive, the most charming, the most curious. I see more, go further, strike up conversations with people I’ll never meet again, yet always remember. And even after 25 years of travelling, I still get the same feeling of satisfaction when I’m home – a quiet sense of pleasure that I did it all on my own.

1. Brixham, Devon

The Berryhead Hotel – surrounded by six acres of gardens with lovely views across Torbay – is a rare find: a hotel with single rooms that are actually half the price of doubles ( from £88 B&B, berryheadhotel.com ). It’s an easy walk into picturesque Brixham, where the town’s fishing fleet fuels a clutch of excellent restaurants; pull up a seat at the counter at Simply Fish, a family-owned restaurant where diners pick their choice of seafood from the fresh fish counter ( simplyfishrestaurant.co.uk ).

2. Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk

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Vast skies, tranquil beaches and a delightfully slow pace; the Norfolk coast is a great choice for a solo trip. Book a Cosy Room at the charming Crown Hotel ( from £180 B&B, crownhotelnorfolk.co.uk ), where a complimentary cream tea is the perfect excuse for a lazy afternoon with a book in the comfortable lounge. On a non-cream tea day, book one of the 11 tables at the Wells Crab House, where the friendly team serve delicious seafood, including single oysters and taster portions of everything from crayfish tails to cockles and rollmops ( wellscrabhouse.co.uk ).

3. Camber Sands, East Sussex

Morning yoga classes come free at the lovely Gallivant ( from £215, thegallivant.co.uk ) – a great way to meet fellow guests – along with a weekly programme of classes, encompassing everything from wine-tasting to garden tours. Combine sociability with solo walks along the great swathe of sandy beach at Camber Sands and pop up to the historic town of Rye for supper at the Fig ( thefigrye.com ), with super-friendly staff and a menu of Ottolenghi-esque small plates.

4. Tenby, South Wales

Pack walking boots for a stay in Tenby, where the Pembrokeshire Coast Path leads out on to spectacular clifftop scenery, with the town itself – famous for its picturesque harbour with pastel-hued houses – a lovely friendly spot to return to and ideal for a solo foray. Stay at Trefloyne Manor ( trefloyne.com ), five minutes’ drive out of town and pop in for a spa treatment at the cute Dovecote spa. Pull up a bar stool at Twelve ( twelvetenby.co.uk ), where the friendly bar staff can advise on the ideal glass to match a trio of tapas-style plates – the perfect amount for one.

5. Bude, Cornwall

Get chatting to locals with a kayaking, paddleboarding or surfing class with Free Wave Surf Academy ( freewavesurfacademy.co.uk ), or mix solo strolls along Summerleaze Beach with a dip into the town’s artisan market (Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-3pm). Settle in for a supper of small plates ideally suited for one at Temple (the roof terrace, overlooking Summerleaze, is a dream on warm evenings) and stay at the Beach at Bude ( from £195 B&B, thebeachatbude.co.uk ), a charming Victorian house with rooms decked out in a New England seaside style – with self-catering apartments also available.

6. Buxton, Derbyshire

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Fancy a solo spa treat, but don’t want to be marooned in a secluded hotel? The Buxton Crescent Spa ( from £193 B&B, ensanahotels.com ) lies at the heart of the Peak District’s most vibrant town, combining thermal pools – including on the rooftop – with a wide programme of treatments. Beyond the hotel, Buxton is an easily navigable, friendly place; spend an hour browsing the 40,000 secondhand titles in Scrivener’s Books ( scrivenersbooks.co.uk ) before lunch at Noonology, where hearty brunch dishes sit alongside vegan poke bowls and pleasingly indulgent cocktails ( noonology.co.uk ).

7. Hay-on-Wye, Powys

Bookish Hay is ideal for solo travellers; bookshops come with armchairs and assistants who are happy to chat and recommend, there are great walks from the centre of town, and the Granary ( thegranaryhay.co.uk ) is a convivial place for lunch, offering homemade pies, veggie dishes and inventive salads (strawberry and goat’s cheese is particularly good). Atelier Hay is a tranquil bolthole above an art gallery ( from £170, three-night minimum, atelierhay.co.uk ) and if you run out of something to read, the 24-hour open-air Hay Castle Honesty Bookshop ensures you never go to bed without a good book.

8. Ludlow, Shropshire

Surrounded by the rolling hills, Ludlow’s high street is dotted with boutiques, delicatessens and cafés – perfect for a spot of people-watching. A walk along the River Teme gives wonderful views of Ludlow Castle; finish up at the Green Café ( thegreencafe.co.uk ) where small plates of broccoli with melting cheese and orange spice or Ludlow farm steak with green harissa mean you can try two or three dishes without feeling you’ve over ordered. The Cliffe at Dinham ( from £120 B&B, thecliffeatdinham.co.uk ) is a charming restaurant with rooms, 10 minutes’ walk from the centre.

9. Keswick, Cumbria

Who says shepherd’s huts are only for couples? The Mount B&B has a beautiful hut for singles only ( three-night break £240 B&B, themountkeswick.co.uk ), with a woodburning stove and lovely garden views, with the chance to join other guests for breakfasts around the communal dining table in the main house. This is serious walking country, with footpaths from the front door; reward yourself with Mexican-inspired tapas at Es Bar ( esbarltd.co.uk ), with bar seating, dogs welcome and a breezy, chatty atmosphere.

10. Lavenham, Suffolk

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The most picturesque of Suffolk’s historic wool towns, Lavenham has a slow-paced arty feel, with a number of art galleries and boutiques that offer an excellent afternoon’s browsing. Number Ten Wine Bar & Kitchen ( ten-lavenham.co.uk ) is a convivial place for lunch or supper, with giant barrels providing great tables for one, while the Swan at Lavenham has a cocoon-like warmth, with cosy bedrooms beneath original 15th-century beams ( Lavenham rooms are ideal for singles, from £171 room-only, theswanatlavenham.co.uk ), and a boutique spa. Dogs are welcome at both places.

11. Canterbury

Set within the Cathedral grounds, the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a unique place to stay, with single, en suite rooms ( from £92 B&B, canterburycathedrallodge.org ), with views straight across to the 1,400-year-old church. The rate includes free entry to the cathedral (usually £15), with the city’s historic streets just outside the door. Don’t miss lunch (or just a shopping spree) at the Goods Shed, a daily farmer’s market and restaurant, serving produce from each of the stalls; two starters (maybe octopus, clams and ’nduja or cheddar and truffle beignets) make a perfect meal for one ( thegoodsshed.co.uk ).

Perfect for a solo jaunt, Citizen M has four breezily hip outposts, where the pod-sized rooms are ideal for one ( from £155, citizenm.com ), and the open-plan bar/lounge/restaurant downstairs is a comfortable place to hang out. Borough Market has a great range of places that offer counter dining; Arabica ( arabicalondon.com ) offers lip-smacking Middle Eastern small plates and super-friendly staff, while Wright Brothers ( thewrightbrothers.co.uk ) is so compact it’s almost rude not to start chatting to the person next to you.

The ShamblesRecently voted as the most picturesque street in Britain, 'The Shambles' is a centre piece of historic York.

With an easily walkable historic centre, boasting both York Minster and a picturesque tangle of pedestrianised streets, York is ideal for a solo weekend break. Book a counter seat at Skosh ( skoshyork.co.uk ), to watch small plates of Orkney crab papads, paratha with whipped aubergine brinjal and Peruvian chocolate tart roll out, and stay at No 1 Guesthouse ( from £138 room-only, guesthousehotels.co.uk ), where the well-stocked pantry means there’s always something to nibble on if you fancy a break from eating alone.

14. Edinburgh

Plan a packed itinerary for a trip to Edinburgh with the Kimpton’s Stay Human concierge, which offers a variety of curated experiences – from city walking tours to coffee tasting or personal shopping – all bookable before you arrive. Book a City Single ( from £252, ihg.com ) and spend an evening at Eleanore, where high stools at communal tables encourage chat between locals and visitors, and the pared-down menu of artfully presented dishes is ideal for a solo dinner ( eleanore.uk ).

15. Bristol

Buzzy and bohemian, Bristol combines West Country warmth with a hip urban feel and a clutch of excellent galleries – from contemporary artworks at the Arnolfini to more than 70 artists, makers and designers at Spike Island ( spikeisland.org.uk ). Book a Broom Cupboard or Shoe Box at the hip Artist’s Residence (from £185, artistresidence.co.uk ) – small rooms with striking artworks that are perfect for one – and bag a seat at the bar at Marmo ( marmo.restaurant ) for their excellent value set lunch (two/three courses £22/25) or a dinner of Italian small plates.

Book yourself into a retreat that’s perfect for pampering solo guests

1. homefield grange, northamptonshire.

Offering tailor-made programmes for everything from weight loss to detox or simple rest and rejuvenation, Homefield Grange offers the chance to restore internal balance with a focus on self-care ( homefieldgrangeretreat.co.uk ).

2. The Glasshouse, Essex

The UK’s first purpose-built wellness retreat, The Glasshouse in Bulphan, Essex, offers a daily programme of wellness activities – from hiking and mindfulness to plant-based cooking – set in seven acres of countryside ( glasshouseretreat.co.uk ).

3. Gaia House, Devon

For those looking for a more spiritual retreat, Gaia offers silent meditation retreats from various Buddhist traditions, led by experienced Dharma teachers. Group retreats last from two to 10 days ( gaiahouse.co.uk ).

4. Glen Dye, Aberdeenshire

Making the most of the spectacular surroundings, Glen Dye offers a wellness programme of foraging walks, forest bathing, wild swimming and Vinyasa yoga, with breathing workshops and a wood-fired sauna to relax in ( glendyecabinsandcottages.com ).

5. The Detox Barn, Suffolk

Book a weekend retreat, courtesy of the dynamic Gavin sisters, who offer yoga classes, guided walks and meditation, vegan suppers and an “intention- setting” session around an open fire ( gavinsisters.co.uk ).

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ULTIMATE Guide to Solo Travel in the UK | Destinations & Tips for 2024

Oh, the lands of endless rain and dark humour. Honey, I’m home – and I’m alone.

As far back as history dates, the UK has attracted all kinds of lonely travellers to its shores. Some get to London and call it a day. But those who venture out into the wilderness are greeted with an unlikely, magnificent adventure.

As a British native, my solo female travels started in the UK, with a train ticket and a place on someone’s couch. And it hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years.

Between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, you find a vastly varied culture, deeply ingrained history, rolling countryside, and maybe a bit of a drinking problem too. And only a handful of lucky travellers really get to delve into it. 

Though the transport systems only get you so far and solo travel in the UK isn’t always a cheap affair. With no one to split the costs with, and the hostel scene being somewhat non-existent, costs can rack up fast.

But that’s why I’m here, love. I’m going to give YOU some of my very best, heartfelt advice – for a country I know a little too well. I’ll share some of my favourite places to travel on my tod, the best things to do, and some top solo travel tips for the UK.

Grab your umbrella, you’ll probably need it.

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Things to Do in the UK When Travelling Solo 

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Let’s start at the very beginning. What should you be doing when you’re travelling the UK solo? Easy peasy…

1. Go to the Pub

Obviously, it’s the first thing I do when I get home. Public houses are an ingrained part of British culture. It’s one of our favourite places to gather and enjoy the ramblings of our society with a lukewarm pint of below-par lager. 

And the best bit is how friendly people generally are here. It’s the finest place to strike up a conversation with the bartender or the 80-something-year-old dude who’s been coming here every day since World War II ended. 

two women laughing with two pints of beer on the table.

Okay, not ideal if you’re not a drinker, but you don’t need to drink…

If you’re stopping for a spot of lunch, you’re going to find a bunch of classic British dishes: fish and chips, pie and peas, toad in the hole, and the British number one… curry. It’s a UK masterpiece: an action-packed activity day ended at a Red Lion that smells like 20-year-old ale. 

2. Take the train to nowhere

Woman stood smiling next to Hogwarts Express train

If you’re travelling alone in the UK, it’s far from cost-effective to drive. Plus, with one of the most extensive train systems in the world, you can get to most corners of the country this way.

As well as being pretty smooth and comfortable, it’s one of the cheapest ways to get around (bar the bus, which is dreadfully slow and annoying). 

If you’re travelling across Scotland , you really can’t beat train travel: the views are beyond spectacular.

If you love slow travel, engineering history, or even just the idea of taking a route that most backpackers won’t see, the steam train rides through the UK are one of the best things to do as a solo traveller in the UK.

Yeah, you know, Harry Potter’s magical mystery tours train rides. Wait, I’m getting mixed up with some icons here…

3. Museum hop

With all of its many flaws and dark, colonial history, the UK does have one redeeming feature: FREE museums. Yes, you read that correctly – completely free of charge. Just walk straight in, no questions asked.

And I’m not talking a crappy display of replicas and billboards. I’m talking world-renowned museums and galleries. There’s nothing I love more than jumping into a museum filled with insane artefacts and archives, without paying a penny.

Here are some of my favourites:

  • Museum of Science – Manchester 
  • World Museum – Liverpool 
  • National Museum of Scotland – Edinburgh
  • Natural History Museum – London 
  • National Gallery – London 

Blue whale skeleton in the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London

4. Heading out for a hike

While many people don’t necessarily think about coming to the UK for trekking, it is certainly one of the best things to do. Whether you venture out completely alone or decide to join a group, it’s the only way you can really see the UK. One that I recommend to newbies is the sunset hike up Snowdon in Wales.

A person on Striding edge on Helvellyn in the Lake District in England.

You’ll need a solid pair of hiking boots and a raincoat that you can trust with your life (literally). But you’ll be rewarded with the view that very few of the “yes, I’ve been to the UK – I went to London once” tourists won’t ever imagine in their wildest daydreams. 

And yes, going to the pub after it is the best feeling ever.

As a disclaimer: I do recommend that most treks are better done with a buddy on a safety aspect. Especially if the UK decides to display it’s famously brilliant weather, if things go wrong, you do not want to be stuck in the unknown alone. Experienced hikers in the UK know that you must always  check walking conditions before any hike: the weather sour can turn very fast here.

5. Stay for Christmas

Outside of the USA, the UK has one of the most spectacular Christmas periods. Temperatures drop to snuggly weather, the twinkly lights look lovely, and everyone is happy to ignore the misery of winter for the next 4 weeks. 

Christmas markets in the UK are great for flinging you into the Christmas spirit. They’ll be kicking off in any and every city, so it really doesn’t matter where you are.

Huge wooden state of a man holding a bird overlooking busy christmas markets

In some places, you might catch some snow if you’re lucky. If you can grab an invite for Christmas dinner, you’ll be treated to more food than you can put away. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Yorkshire puddings and pig in blankets (yes, pig in blankets – I’m a veggie, but I make an exception for these little suckers for Jesus’s bday). 

6. Go to a footy match

Okay, this one’s gonna divide some people. Either you couldn’t give less of a shit about football (in which case, skip my 6th recommendation for things to do in the UK as a solo traveller) or I’ve got your full attention. 

The Emirates Stadium in London during an Arsenal game

Of course, football culture is hardly a joke in England (sorry Scotland, Ireland, and Wales). We have some of the oldest teams, some of the best stadiums in the world , and a whole heap of hooligan supporters.

If you’re a football fanatic, this is somewhat of a pilgrimage.  It’s one of the best solo UK travel adventures you can add to your list.

Because there is such a lack of good backpacker hostels in the UK , it kind of limits you as a solo traveller – unless you’re camping. So one of the best solo travel tips I can give you is starting in a place that offers good places to stay, loads of cool things to do, and a shedload of cool people to meet.

So that’s why we have to commence with…

Okay, this is obvious, but let’s get it out of the way. London isn’t just a haven for solo travellers in the UK but for anyone from any walk of life. 

Even the most experienced London backpackers know you can spend a lifetime in this city, and you won’t see it all. But without anyone to hold you back, you get a unique perspective into this infamous city. 

An underground sign with Big Ben in the background in London

That’s the wonder about London Town: the biggest parties are always the most intimate. 

Stay in London’s finest neighbourhoods and discover all those hidden gems that most travellers will never see. I love spending time in Soho and Camden . Albeit expensive, I’ve had some of the most memorable nights watching London life pass me by.

Arguably the most beautiful places in the UK for solo travellers, no one does hospitality like the Scottish. Travelling to Edinburgh is an honour: anyone who enters this majestic city is heavily rewarded.

It took me 25 years until I managed to get to Edinburgh. I was nagged and nagged by my friends who had been and spoke so highly of the city.

It’s not cheap, and finding that budget accommodation was tough. But when I finally got a gap in my calendar that suited an invite off Couchsurfing, I jumped at the chance. I’m now one of those people that nags all my friends that haven’t been to Edinburgh too.

woman wearing a big winter coat and thick gloves outside Edinburgh Castle on a sunny day

I mean, Harry Potter’s world was heavily inspired by this city, so that can start to paint a picture in your mind of what to expect. As you can see, I’m standing in front of Hogwarts. Edinburgh Castle entry and tour is a little expensive to get in but it’s so worth it if you can swing it.

Manchester has been one of the world’s most influential cities of modern times . As well as being at the forefront of the industrial revolution, they have also influenced music, football, and technology around the world. And these are all things that I have to recommend you see if you’re travelling to the UK alone.

Tramlines at sunset in Manchester

Of course, many football fanatics dream of watching a Manchester United or Manchester City game (or both, but don’t divulge that information while you’re there). Let me warn you, tickets are damn expensive. But if it’s the dream then it’s the dream. 

Not to be mistaken with Londonderry (yes, it’s the same place, but you’d best not be calling it “Londonderry” while you’re there) is a gem in Northern Ireland. With Irish pub culture being that of a global icon, you’ll bet your arse this is where you’re going to find the best pints and conversations in the UK as a solo traveller.

Londonderry Peace Bridge

John, George, Paul, Ringo, yes Liverpool, we know: you made The Beatles. 

You couldn’t possibly step foot here without having it rammed down your throat. With everything Beatles could possibly cram into one city. If you’re a music fanatic, it’s pretty much an essential visit. The motherland of 4 of the most monumental figures in music history. 

A person stood in front of a statue of The Beatles in Liverpool

But besides excessive amounts of tourists based around a band, Liverpool is a groundbreaking city. And actually, they have one of the most friendly and welcoming communities for solo travellers in the UK . Even though it’s close to home, I still love staying at The Pod Hostel here to meet amazing travellers.

Even being the cultural capital of Europe, Liverpool is one of those magical cities that accepts people from all walks of life. Scousers (people from Liverpool) are extremely affectionate. 

Look, I’m not going to say that it’s easy getting yourself over to Wales a on a travel route alone around the UK. The public transport service is pretty limited, which makes things a bit complicated.

But I tell you know, it’s by far my favourite solo escape in the UK. Endless peace, kind people, tasty food, and hills lined with history – actually, I’d go as far it’s one of my absolute favourite places to travel alone .

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When you’re trotting around England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, it will make a difference if you’ve got access to the internet. Having these essential travel apps to hand changes the experience for solo travellers in the UK so much. It’s like having an external brain in your hand.

  • Booking.com and Hostelworld – Make sure you’re scouting both of these platforms for the best prices. However, I’ve found Booking.com to be considerably better in recent months.
  • Trainline – Best train travel app with updated timetables and to purchase cheap tickets.
  • Railcard – 1/3 off train tickets? Yes mate, I’m in. I’m sorry if you’ve had your 31st birthday, you can’t get a solo railcard again until you’re a senior. But this sucker has saved me an absolute fortune on public transport in the UK.
  • Holafly – Getting around the UK is much easier with a SIM card. An e-SIM like Holafly means you can download a data-only SIM card without installing a physical card.
  • Tinder – It’s not all hook-ups and bad dates. It can also be making friends and even scoring some weed. And hey, my best friend just bagged herself a Tinder husband, soooo…
  • Uber – Look, I’m not particularly happy about adding this one to the list but they’re generally better than taxi drivers – especially in London. If you miss the last bus and you’re up shit creek without a paddle, Uber is generally cheaper and much, much safer than normal taxis.
  • The National Trust – Find the closest place to see the gorgeous countryside, no matter where you are on the map. Just pop in your postcode and head on out.

While the UK is a safe place for solo travellers, like anywhere, it’s not 100% safe. That doesn’t mean you have anything to worry about, but you do have some things that you should bear in mind. 

Particularly in big cities (London is especially bad) crime is present. Be aware that the VAST majority of visitors never encounter any issues – because there are plenty of ways to avoid them. 

Man stood on limestone pavement in the Yorkshire Dales

Surprisingly, most people I know who have had issues with theft and robbery are men. This is usually because they think they are safe to walk home from the pub or club at night – when in fact they aren’t. 

From experience, trains and buses can be cancelled last minute. So it’s never a good idea to rely on the last train. There’s always a chance that you’ll be left stranded on a train platform. 

Do not carry weapons. As well as many being illegal, most injuries caused by weapons are actually people who have their own used back on themselves.

A person sat by the beach in the UK with boats in the background

  • Couchsurf – this is one of the best tips for solo budget travellers. You’ll meet a local who knows a bunch of cool, hidden spots that tourists don’t usually get to see AND save yourself a full night’s accommodation in a usually expensive place. 
  • Plan your own trip – Hey, recommendations from people are great. But the world is your oyster! Don’t live someone else’s oyster. If it doesn’t sound like your thing, you don’t have to do it.
  • Plan some booked adventures – Look, I wouldn’t always recommend this, but the UK isn’t exactly a backpacker haven. Find some cool UK tours to uncover the beauty and history of this diverse country and also meet like-minded travellers.
  • Keep your itinerary flexible – the last thing you want is to fall in love and then have to leave. 
  • But contradictory to that… Book ahead – if you know the days and destinations in advance, you’ll save a tonne of money by booking in advance.
  • Stay in a hostel – Look, there isn’t much of a hostel scene in the UK outside of the main cities. But it’s worth targeting them, even if it’s just to try to meet some like-minded friends.
  • Get good travel insurance – Slip-ups happen when you’re travelling. And in an expensive destination like the UK, this isn’t what you need.

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

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Look, I can shit-talk the UK all day long. But, unless you’re also from the UK, you definitely can’t. Truth is, I love this damn country, warts an’ all.

The humour will always tickle me better than anywhere else, I’ll always be starstruck by the history these little islands have gone through, and I even miss the grey days and rain when I’m away.

Writing this post about solo travel in the UK makes my heart melt. I want everyone in the world to see why we have so much to complain about.

The summers are insanely good: the days are long, the weather is better, and everyone is in good spirits. Truth be told, I can’t think of many places I’d rather be in summer. But just as the law of polarity dictates: the winters are proper shite. If October is creeping in, I wouldn’t bother until March, mate.

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More and more people are choosing to travel on their own these days. If you're thinking of going it alone for the first time, the United Kingdom is an excellent solo travel choice. Read on to find out why.

According to the MMGYGlobal , an international network of travel, tourism and hospitality companies, an international survey in 2018 found that one in four travelers planning trips in the coming year plan to travel solo. TrekSoft , an online booking and software provider for the tour and activites market reports that searches for female solo travel grew by 52% between 2016 and 2017. And VISA's Travel Intentions Study for 2018 found that 23% of travelers site "treating myself" as their reason for travel - a solo motivation if ever there was one.

Don't confuse solo travel with singles travel. Today's solo travelers are not all singles looking to hook up on a sun, sex and sangria holiday - or super fit adventurous young men and women out exploring the lesser known corners of the world. Travel guru Marybeth Bond, who blogs at The Gutsy Traveler , points out that the average adventure traveler these days is a 47-year-old woman who wears a size 12 (also pretty average). She also reported that between 2010 and 2016, the number of women-only travel companies increased by 230% as more and more women traveled solo.

So Who Travels Solo?

Once you get past the obvious - the aforementioned young singles - there's a remarkably wide spectrum of people vacationing and traveling on their own. Sometimes it's because of life circumstances - divorce, separation, job relocations disrupting friendships. Sometimes it's just a practical choice - it may not be possible to link up with friends who can travel when you can, want to see what you want to see and can afford the same vacations that you can. And more and more these days it's a matter of choice with happily coupled-up people choosing to take their own solo trips. 

In the past, unattached adults would pass up an opportunity to travel or compromise on destinations while waiting for a traveling companion to become available. Today, they are more likely to go it alone than ever before. And with a little advanced planning , it is possible to travel completely independently without spending a fortune on single-supplements or feeling out of place in the midst of families and couples.

Why the UK is a Great Solo Travel Destination

Lots of factors make the UK a good choice for first time solo travelers - especially women traveling on their own.

  • It's comparatively safe - No place in the world is absolutely, completely safe anymore. But as international destinations go, the UK is among the safest because of its rule of law
  • decent police and public safety services
  • good fire and safety inspections and practices for hotels, train, roads and public buildings.
  • Like most cities, London now as Uber and Lyft drivers as well as lots of mini-cab companies. But as a stranger in town, if you are on your own it's probably best to rely on traditional licensed London black cabs or have your hotel suggest a mini-cab company. 

      And if you get in trouble, emergency medical care is free (but only emergency care).

  • There's plenty to do without a partner - On a singles cruise, or in a resort you can find yourself the odd one out among loved-up couples or families. Whether you choose to explore castles and museums, go to the theater, enjoy some shopping or take in amazing scenery, once you start planning your UK vacation, you'll find a lot to do on your own.
  • You don't have to worry about single-supplements - In the UK, rooms are charged on a per room per night (prpn) basis rather than by per person per night (pppn). In many situations, if a room is offered as bed & breakfast accommodations, you may actually save a little money since, if there's only one for breakfast, room rates can be reduced.
  • The British are very cosmopolitan - People come to the UK from all over the world, for business and for pleasure. Local people are accustomed to visitors, proud of their communities and usually willing to be helpful if approached politely. (Of course, there are always exceptions, so use some common sense when approaching strangers.)

Some Tips About Traveling on Your Own in the UK

  • Small is friendlier - Choose small hotels and b&bs with just a few rooms. The owners of such places often enjoy meeting their guests and chatting with them. If you are on your own, they'll want to ensure you feel comfortable. They'll also be good sources of local information - best things to see, best places to visit in the area - and can usually give you accurate up-to-date information on restaurant food and prices. When I stayed at the Avalon in Brighton the owners even invited me to join them at a local pub for a drink. Do be cautious about Airbnb arrangements if you are female and traveling alone. Use your common sense and aim for accommodations offered by women, by couples or by families.
  • Don't believe everything you've heard about pubs - Despite the best efforts of the British tourism authorities, lots of pubs are not the friendly welcoming places you might imagine. They don't call them "locals" for nothing. If you want a drink or an inexpensive meal on your own, a pub can be a great place for for a quick, cheap bite to eat. But if you are hoping to meet and talk with local people, you'll probably be disappointed unless the landlord is feeling talkative. Read more about how to cope in a British Pub.
  • Be open to encounters - Just because you are traveling on your own, doesn't mean you need to be alone all the time. If people make friendly overtures to you and your common sense tells you it's safe to respond (and you are in the mood) by all means do so. Once, while reviewing a very smart restaurant outside Edinburgh, I struck up a conversation with a group of businessmen from California while enjoying a drink in the restaurant's living room-style bar. A few minutes after we were seated at our separate tables in the dining room, the men sent word inviting me to join them for dinner. I did, had a really nice evening and they even paid the bill! I've met an Aussie backpacker in a B&B who shared her world tour adventures with me; a National Park Warden in a small town cafe who went home and then returned laden with helpful brochures. Once, when I was the only American who had visited a small Welsh town in years, one of the hotel owner's friends (who had worked in the USA) took me home to have tea with his Mum in a cottage by the River Usk.
  • In restaurants:
  • Don't accept a table hidden away in a dark corner, too close to the kitchen and the toilets. If they can't seat you comfortably, go somewhere else.
  • Don't bury your nose in a book, a tablet or a laptop. Bring a notebook or journal and make the occasional note. It makes you look interesting and mysterious rather than lonely and pathetic.
  • If you want to try a famous restaurant or Michelin-starred establishment but you're nervous about being on your own, either go early when there will be fewer romantic couples around, or try lunch there instead. Lunch is likely to be a bargain compared to dinner prices as well.
  • If you're hungry for some company , join a group activity. Take a city walking tour - Try Joanna Moncrief at Westminster Walks . Her London walking tour groups are small, friendly and full of information. They usually end at a historic or particularly interesting pub. Wherever you are in the UK, the local tourist information office usually runs walking tours - often free - or can introduce you to local guides. Another group tour I recently discovered, Eat London , offers excellent daytime and evening tours exploring some of the capital's best foodie neighborhoods in small, friendly groups. 
  • Sign up for a one day course in cookery or some kind of craft. There's nothing like a bit of messy group work to get the cameraderie going. The National Trust often runs workshops and courses at its properties around the country. Just look under the events listing on the specific property website. In London, you can take cooking classes at Books for Cooks , Atelier des Chefs and The Billingsgate Seafood School at Billingsgate Market. In Birmingham, you can learn Michelin level skills at Saturday classes at Simpsons . You could also sign up for a short break with cookery classes at a luxury country house hotel, or check out Nick Wyke's website Looking to Cook for loads more cooking classes.
  • Know when it's safe to be alone and when it's not . A daytime walk around historic sites in a city center is fine to do alone. A pub crawl to historic and unusual pubs at night is best done with a group (Check out Westminster Walks, link above, for occasional pub walks). Out in the countryside, walking or cycling on level routes and marked paths between villages and towns is usually safe enough. But if you're thinking of going off piste in the Highlands, the Peak District, the Lake District or Snowdonia, go with someone who knows the territory and the weather conditions.

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Parents of young children can get a certain amount of government-backed free childcare per week to help them return to work.

The schemes differ across the devolved nations.

It is about to be extended to younger children - those aged two - in England.

Here's a breakdown of what's on offer across the UK:

Three and four year olds

In England, all parents of children aged three and four in England can claim 15 hours of free childcare per week, for 1,140 hours (38 weeks) a year, at an approved provider.

This is a universal offer open to all.

It can be extended to 30 hours where both parents (or the sole parent) are in work, earn the weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at the national minimum or living wage, and have an income of less than £100,000 per year.

Two year olds

Previously, only parents in receipt of certain benefits were eligible for 15 hours of free childcare.

But, as of April 2024, this is being extended to working parents.

This is not a universal offer, however.

A working parent must earn more than £8,670 but less than £100,000 per year. For couples, the rule applies to both parents.

Applications for the new 15-hour offer have been open since January, and the 31 March deadline is fast approaching.

Nine months old

In September 2024, this same 15-hour offer will be extended to working parents of children aged from nine months. From 12 May, those whose children will be at least nine months old on 31 August can apply to received the 15 hours of care from September.

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The final change to the childcare offer in England will be rolled out in September 2025, when eligible working parents of all children under the age of five will be able to claim 30 hours of free childcare a week.

In some areas of Wales, the Flying Start early years programme offers 12.5 hours of free childcare for 39 weeks, for eligible children aged two to three. The scheme is based on your postcode area, though it is currently being expanded.

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to free early education of 10 hours per week in approved settings during term time under the Welsh government's childcare offer.

Some children of this age are entitled to up to 30 hours per week of free early education and childcare over 48 weeks of the year. The hours can be split - but at least 10 need to be used on early education.

To qualify for this, each parent must earn less than £100,000 per year, be employed and earn at least the equivalent of working 16 hours a week at the national minimum wage, or be enrolled on an undergraduate, postgraduate or further education course that is at least 10 weeks in length.

All three and four-year-olds living in Scotland are entitled to at least 1,140 hours per year of free childcare, with no work or earnings requirements for parents. 

This is usually taken as 30 hours per week over term time (38 weeks), though each provider will have their own approach.

Some households can claim free childcare for two-year-olds. To be eligible you have to be claiming certain benefits such as Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit, or have a child that is in the care of their local council or living with you under a guardianship order or kinship care order.

Northern Ireland

There is no scheme for free childcare in Northern Ireland. Some other limited support is available.

Working parents can access support from UK-wide schemes such as tax credits, Universal Credit, childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare.

Aside from this, all parents of children aged three or four can apply for at least 12.5 hours a week of funded pre-school education during term time. But over 90% of three-year-olds have a funded pre-school place - and of course this is different to childcare.

What other help could I be eligible for?

Tax-free childcare  - Working parents in the UK can claim up to £500 every three months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of their children to help with childcare costs. 

If the child is disabled, the amount goes up to £1,000 every three months (up to £4,000 a year).

To claim the benefit, parents will need to open a tax-free childcare account online. For every 80p paid into the account, the government will top it up by 20p.

The scheme is available until the September after the child turns 11.

Universal credit - Working families on universal credit can claim back up to 85% of their monthly childcare costs, as long as the care is paid for upfront. The most you can claim per month is £951 for one child or £1,630 for two or more children.

Tax credits - People claiming working tax credit can get up to 70% of what they pay for childcare if their costs are no more than £175 per week for one child or £300 per work for multiple children.

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"My boss makes me use my annual leave for days when I am ill and unable to work. Is this legal?"

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Having to take time off because you are ill is never a pleasant experience, let alone the added stress of your employer trying to make you take it as annual leave. The good news is the law is there to protect you.

Under UK law, all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days of paid holiday a year. The purpose of paid annual leave rights is to allow workers to have periods of rest and relaxation away from work, safe in the knowledge that they will be paid for it.  

It is unlawful for your employer to force you to take annual leave against your wishes if you are off sick and such treatment could amount to a breach of your employment contract. If you are disabled, it may also result in disability discrimination.

As a worker, you are also entitled to carry over your holiday allowance to the next leave year if you have been sick and unable take it for the use it is intended for, so you should not be compelled to take holiday by your employer in that scenario either.

In terms of resolving this issue, it may be worth having an initial conversation with your employer to informally raise your concerns and request that the annual leave days are returned to you, also asking that this treatment does not continue in future. 

This does not necessarily have to be with your boss if you do not feel comfortable discussing with them – depending on the size of your organisation, you could raise with HR or other senior members of staff.

If a resolution cannot be reached informally, your employer should have a grievance process to enable you to raise a formal complaint about your treatment. 

There is also an independent conciliation process that you can use, managed by a body called Acas, which seeks to resolve disputes between employers and workers before they reach an employment tribunal. 

Presenting a legal claim in an employment tribunal might be your final option if a satisfactory outcome cannot be reached before then.

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"Coffee could be destined to disappear."

That's the alarming warning from farmers in Colombia, who are facing an existential crisis.

Warming temperatures are forcing producers in the South American country's Sierra Nevada mountain range to plant on higher ground.

Meanwhile, increasingly unpredictable rainfall cycles are affecting growth and harvesting logistics.

A third danger from climate change is that the plants are increasingly vulnerable to rust, brown eye spot or borer insects.

And this isn't just a theoretical warning. Production in the area has already shrunk by 35% in the last five years, according to the Latin American and Caribbean Fairtrade Network (CLAC).

Coffee workers wore coats in the afternoons 30 years ago, according to Sierra Nevada farmer Javier Ardila, 44 - but he says now it's 28C.

Arabica coffee can tolerate mean annual temperatures of up to 24C.

While this is going on, global coffee prices are dropping - from nearly £4 in 2022 to £2.38 currently - and soaring fertiliser and labour costs are meaning farmers are having to turn to products such as cocoa and honey to make ends meet.

Mr Ardila said: "Coffee could be destined to disappear. If the prices are not good, then we have to change to other crops.

"If after harvesting, you sell everything and you're still in the same place, it's very hard for you to continue in the business."

Another farmer, Jaime Garcia Florez, 59, from Siberia township, said producing coffee is going to be "very hard" in the future.

"We're in danger because of climate change," he said. "We used to think it was something existential and far away, but now we see it is really here."

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An estimated 10 million people across Latin America, Africa and Asia have benefited from Fairtrade terms since its launch 30 years ago in 1994.

Mr Garcia Florez says that without Fairtrade many Sierra Nevada farmers would lose a lot of money.

"Behind every cup of coffee is a family that depends on it, who has dreams and wants to move forward," he said.

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"As an international movement and in partnership with two million farmers and workers, Fairtrade has a vision of a world in which all producers enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential, and decide on their future.

"Fairtrade works with farmers and workers in more than 1,900 producer organisations, across 70 countries, so they can improve their living standards, invest in their communities and businesses, and protect our shared environment.

"We achieve this by rallying a global community of millions – farmers and workers, supply chain partners, brands, retailers, shoppers, schools, government – to pay fair prices and uphold fair production standards and practices.

"Fair prices provide an immediate lifeline for farmers and workers struggling with low incomes and disadvantaged by global trade."

Where can you buy it?

Asda, Tesco, Joe and the Juice, Sainsbury's, Co-op, Greggs, Fullers, Lidl, Leon, M&S, Waitrose, Nando's, Morrisons and Nisa are some of the UK retailers that stock Fairtrade coffee.

For a full list, click here .

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has defended comments he made last week that £100,000 "isn't a huge salary", telling Sky News it "doesn't go as far as you might think" in his Surrey constituency.

On Thursday Mr Hunt  posted on social media about a call he had received  from a female constituent in Godalming with the title "constituency calls".

He wrote: "I spoke to a lady from Godalming about eligibility for the government's childcare offer which is not available if one parent is earning over £100k.

"That is an issue I would really like to sort out after the next election as I am aware that it is not [a] huge salary in our area if you have a mortgage to pay."

He was later criticised by opposition MPs and commentators, who pointed out that the average UK full-time salary was last estimated by the Office for National Statistics at £34,963.

Asked whether the comments "sounded right" by Trevor Phillips on Sunday,  Mr Hunt  said he was talking to a constituent who said what "sounds like a large salary" doesn't go as far as many people think when average local house prices are £670,000.

He added: "If you've got a mortgage and if you've got childcare costs, it doesn't go as far as you might think. And she's right."

We're back for another week of consumer news, personal finance tips and all the latest on the economy.

This is how the week in the Money blog is shaping up...

Today : Every week we ask industry experts to answer your money problems. Today, a Money blog reader says their boss is making them use annual leave when they're sick. We find out their rights from an employment lawyer.

Tuesday : This week's  Basically...  explains everything you need to know about recession (the UK is currently in one).

Wednesday : Cheap Eats is with a TWO Michelin-starred chef from Lancashire this week - he picks a well-known high street chain and a chippy in Merseyside.

Thursday :  Savings Champion  founder Anna Bowes will be back examining the pros and cons of another type of savings account, and the best rates currently available - this week she's focusing on easy access accounts.

Friday : We answer another Myth or Must and once again venture down the supermarket aisle with Sunna van Kampen to help you bag a healthier weekly shop for less.

Running every weekday, Money features a morning markets round-up from the  Sky News business team  and regular updates and analysis from our business, City and economic correspondents, editors and presenters -  Ed Conway ,  Mark Kleinman ,  Ian King ,  Paul Kelso  and  Adele Robinson .

You'll also be able to stream  Business Live with Ian King  weekdays at 11.30am and 4.30pm.

Bookmark  news.sky.com/money  and check back from 8am, and through the day, each weekday.

The Money team is Emily Mee, Bhvishya Patel, Jess Sharp, Katie Williams, Brad Young and Ollie Cooper, with sub-editing by Isobel Souster. The blog is edited by Jimmy Rice.

By Emily Mee, Money team

Heather-Anne Horton was having recurring nightmares before her big wedding. 

She and her fiance Josh had booked a manor house in the UK for their wedding, along with a band, caterers, florist and cake. 

Although she knew she wanted to marry Josh, in her nightmares it would get to the big day and she would realise she'd forgotten to write her vows in all the stress of planning everything, financial worries and pressure from some family members. 

So when Josh told her he was feeling anxious about standing up in front of 70 people to read their vows, they agreed: "What are we doing? Let's just not do this. This is crazy." 

They cancelled their big wedding (losing a few deposits in the process) and decided on exactly what they wanted: a beach wedding, just the two of them, in Mauritius. 

It seems they are part of a growing trend. 

Data shared with the Money blog shows Pinterest searches for elopement inspiration and small budget weddings have been "soaring" over recent months. 

Aside from saving money, Heather-Anne says choosing to elope has taken the pressure off - and now she feels "100% relief".

The couple will be getting married barefoot in the sand with a treehouse dinner by candlelight afterwards, and after that they will be spending 10 days on safari in South Africa for their honeymoon. 

And despite the fact they're staying in five-star resorts and haven't "skimped out", they're spending half as much money - £15,000 instead of £30,000. 

Wedding planner Georgie Mitchell from Georgina Rose Events  says she is seeing more and more couples opting for "low-key" weddings, whether it's to save money or just because they have different priorities. 

"There are huge pressures to spend lots of money on one day, but unfortunately the tradition of parents paying is definitely decreasing and therefore couples have to foot the bill – and not many young couples have £30,000 lying around!" she says. 

She doesn't think big weddings will die out - "I think for every couple opting for a smaller wedding, you'll have one that will be even bigger and more expensive" - but there is a trend towards couples doing their big day "how they want".

This was the case for Zoe Ashbridge-Law and her husband Stew, who had always known they didn't want a traditional wedding. 

Zoe says she hated the thought of doing a first dance, while Stew is "quite introverted" so found the thought of doing a speech "nerve-wracking". 

"We were trying to avoid paying for a day that actually wouldn't bring us any joy," Zoe says. 

They've been cycling around the world since 2019, writing for their blog Road to Frame  - and it was during their trip around New Zealand that they decided to get married.

Their wedding day in October 2023 cost them £2,226.

"I was worried about it maybe feeling a bit soulless without family being there, but the opposite was true. It was really meaningful," says Zoe. 

The couple told their families the weekend after the wedding, and although they had felt "waves of guilt" at the time they were "shocked at just how happy everyone was". 

Overall, they say it was well worth it to do what they wanted - and it saved them a lot of money in the process. 

Eloping for your wedding doesn't have to mean going abroad - it can also just be about having a very select few people at the ceremony.

For Chris and Becky Lockyer, their decision to keep their wedding small was down to finances. 

"We originally were planning on having the traditional wedding and having the big ceremony and the big party. We even picked our venue and everything and we were dead set," says Becky. 

"Then the more we looked into it and the more we priced it up, we were like 'this is crazy, it's so, so expensive'." 

They decided to have a two-witness wedding in the local council office on a Wednesday morning, followed by a three-course meal at the pub with their two families. 

All in all, the day cost them less than £500 - a far cry from the £13,000 budget they were originally looking at. 

"I think more and more people are going our route because everything is more expensive now, and I think young people are more interested in putting down roots and buying houses and travelling and setting down those more long-term goals," says Becky. 

"The reason we got married is because we love each other and you don't have to spend thousands of pounds to do that."

The deadline for using your annual ISA allowance is 5 April.

Here's a breakdown of what you need to know...

What is an ISA and how do they work?

An ISA, or individual savings accounts, allows you to save money without having to pay tax on any interest gained.

Every tax year you can put up to £20,000 into your ISA or ISAs.

The tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April.

So, if you want to maximise your tax-free savings and you have the money, make sure you've deposited your full £20,000 by 5 April before we start all over again on 6 April.

What types of ISAs are there?

Just like any savings account, you put money into a cash ISA and let it accrue tax-free interest.

Some are instant access while others require you to lock money in for a certain period of time in order to get higher interest rates on your savings.

Stocks and Shares ISA

These allow people to invest in funds (shares or bonds) from companies.

With this one, you need to look at it as a medium to long-term commitment and experts suggest you should put money away for a minimum of five years to reap the benefits.

It is important to note there is always an element of risk when it comes to investing in stocks and shares.

Innovative finance ISA

This involves investing your money through an online portal and loaning this money to borrowers or businesses.

The interest rates on these types of ISAs are higher but your money is at risk because it is not protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Lifetime ISA

The LISA is a good option for anyone aged between 18 and 39, as you can deposit up to £4,000 a year and you'll receive a government bonus of 25% on each deposit, which you can keep as long as you use the proceeds to buy your first house – or until you are aged at least 60 as a retirement pot.

What do you need to do now?

If you are unsure about whether you have any ISA allowance left for this tax year, check with your provider.

The deadline for using your allowance this year is midnight on 5 April and after that you will get a new allowance for the next tax-year (2024-2025).

You cannot roll over any unused allowance so it is important to utilise your full £20,000 yearly allowance if you can.

Almost all landlords who sell up from April will pay more capital gains tax, research by Hamptons International suggests - despite a cut revealed by the chancellor earlier this month.

That's because the cut is outweighed by the shrinking of the "tax free allowance" rate, announced by Jeremy Hunt last year.

Back then, the chancellor more than halved this allowance to £6,000 - and it's falling again to £3,000 from 6 April, dragging more sellers into paying capital gains.

It's a similar story to the national insurance cut - which for many has been outweighed by the freezing of personal tax allowances (the amount you can earn before paying income tax or the higher rate of income tax).

All lower-rate sellers and 89% belonging in a higher tax-rate group will see their capital gains tax bill rise from 2022 levels, it is claimed.

"The chancellor made it clear he was hoping to encourage landlords to sell up and add new housing supply into the market," said Aneisha Beveridge from Hamptons. 

But "most landlords leaving the market this year will end up paying more tax than two years ago, not less".

A big week of financial news is over - so let's take stock.

On Wednesday we learned that inflation dropped more than expected, from 4% to 3.4%, in February.

The reduction in the energy price cap in April is likely to see another big drop then - but the Bank of England is concerned price rises could accelerate again later this year.

On Thursday, it said it wanted to see more evidence inflation could get to, and stick around, the 2% target - and so it held the base interest rate at its 16-year high of 5.25% for another six weeks at least.

Markets are still expecting a first cut - one of perhaps three this year - in June. No big changes there.

The cautious tone from BoE governor Andrew Bailey was maintained - but he let slip under questioning that market expectations were "reasonable".

For now, though, mortgage rates remain fairly static. As of Thursday, the average two-year fixed was 5.81% and for five years 5.39%, according to Moneyfacts. These are averages, so many buyers and those remortgaging will be able to secure lower rates  - in the 4-5% range.

Savers , meanwhile, have been urged to act now while rates remain high.

Adam Thrower, head of savings at Shawbrook Bank, said: "Another unchanged base rate means savers can continue to benefit, but only if they take advantage of the higher rates still on offer. 

"Many are still potentially missing out by not knowing what interest, if anything, they are being paid on their savings. 

"Our research found that two in five (40%) savers don't know how much money from interest they're earning each year on their savings. It is vital savers know this so they can see if there are better options elsewhere."

Here's some of the best savings rates available...

On the wider economy, Andrew Bailey said the technical recession seen at the end of 2023 appeared to be "subsiding". 

We also got official data on the UK housing market this week.

Office for National Statistics figures showed the average UK house price fell by an estimated 0.6% in the year to January 2024, taking the average price of a home in the UK to £282,000.

The average private rent was £1,238 in February - £102 higher than 12 months earlier.

The average monthly private rent was highest in Kensington and Chelsea (£3,248) and lowest in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (£472).

Excluding London, the local area with the highest average private rent in February was the city of Bristol (£1,734).

Separate, and slightly more current, figures from Rightmove - which focus on asking price rather than sale price - paint the picture in March like this...

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