A few years ago there were hardly any singles travel groups that offered options for holidays for one – let alone companies who completely 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.
30 Singles Travel Groups
Table of Contents
- 30 Singles Travel Groups
- 1. Groups Tours for Solo Travellers: Exodus
- 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
- Here are four travel companies that specialise in offering solo travel group tours:
- Frequently Asked Questions about Solo Travel
- Is there are travel company 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. Groups Tours for Solo Travellers: Exodus
Exodus is perhaps one of the best singles travel groups. It is also the company I have been a traveling single with the most, so they get their own heading.
Exodus is UK based and has been around for quite some time – it has also expanded into Australia and Canada and the US so you can get a real selection of different travelers.
I have done several travel tours for singles with Exodus – on my own and with friends. I went to Costa Rica on traveling alone which was fine. I also summited Kilimanjaro as one of my solo travel trips – which I would highly recommend.
If you are travelling alone one of the best ways not to feel like it is to join a group doing some challenge – with Kilimanjaro 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 really 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.
I also traveled with Exodus to Everest Base Camp which was quite the experience. They tend to be my preferred singles travel company.
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.
Exodus now does lots of what they call Solo Departure trips. This doesn’t mean that everyone on the trip is traveling alone – it just means they recommend these trips for those traveling alone.
And you do normally end up with the majority of people traveling alone – or the ones traveling with someone tend to be quite friendly and up for a chat.
I think Exodus is one of the best single travel companies – I love how they use locals and treat them well and they pack their trips for singles full of great activities and experiences.
They are also great value for money – but personally, I would prefer to spend a bit more and have a higher thread count on my sheets. Oh well, you can’t have everything!
And you can have a single supplement with most of their singles trips if you want your own room – however, make sure you book early if this is what you’re after as they tend to go quite quickly.
⇒ 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.
If Exodus and its travel groups for singles interest you also check out Explore and The Imaginative Traveller. I have done an Explore trip before and they are one of the best solo travel companies.
Explore has a specific section of its website devoted to solo tours with recommendations for different age groups, specific trips, and tips.
If you are looking at a big overseas trip and watching costs several friends have recommended G Adventures.
⇒ Still not sure about group travel for singles? Check out this great post on The Benefits of Solo Travel.
2. Solo Female Travelers Club
Solo Female Travelers Club is a community of more than 90,000 that is 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.
3. Luxury Single Traveller Vacations
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.
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 travellers. Check out my posts on the best Singles Ski Holiday options and on 30 Fabulous Solo Spa Breaks.
4. Solo Travel Companies that are specifically for traveling alone
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.
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:
5. Companies that specialise in Adventure
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 is a female-focused travel company that 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.
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 quite a few in this group:
Another one on my list is Another World Adventures. The site curate adventures from different providers. It is a very comprehensive site with loads of options that sound great.
6. Cruises for Solo Travelers
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 different 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.
7. Charity Based Solo Travel Companies
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.
8. Passion-based Solo Travel Tours
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 holiday well spent.
Quite a few of the organisations 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. A friend stayed at the Alaska Camp and loved it.
There are also numerous diving and/or underwater photography courses in the area.
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 and loads more.
They have two locations in Greece and a place on the Isle of Wight for taster weekends. According to their site, 70% of their travelers are between 40 and 60 and the large majority do travel solo. This is a great option if you’re looking for singles travel groups over 40.
For a slightly different type of passion, the Australian dating website RSVP also runs group tours for singles in Australia and across the world.
Go Learn To is all about holidays based on learning – from languages to art to yoga. They have an entire section for solo holidays.
9. Something Different for Single Travel Groups
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.
The way it does this is that 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.
Solo Travel Tips
1. Mix Up Your Plans
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 Encounter Travels and 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 then become travel buddies and loads of other friends of mine are the same.
2. Avoid School Holidays
September is a great time to travel solo. Be careful of all organized tours/cruises etc during any school holiday time and 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.
3. Fill Up your Kindle
Nothing like a good book keeps you company when travelling 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 Ebooks that are aimed at solo travelers! I have an ebook on Solo Travel, my trip to Colombia with Unsettled and my trip to Everest Base Camp with Exodus.
⇒ Check our my Solo Travel Ebook Range
⇒ Travel Zoo has a great area for single travel
⇒ The Telegraph’s Guide to single travel
Here are four travel companies that specialise in offering solo travel group tours:
Frequently Asked Questions about Solo Travel
Is there are travel company just for single people?
Yes! There are several travel companies just for single people as well as companies like Exodus that offer trips designed for single travelers.
What is the best holiday destination for singles?
In my opinion, rather than focussing on a particular destination singles should look at holidays that have a focus or goal like a cycling trip or a trek. This is most likely to bring together like minded people and also provides a common purpose.
Is solo travel lonely?
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!
How do I meet other female solo travelers?
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.
Who Paid for What with this Singles Travel Groups Post
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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Thursday 6th of August 2020
Amazing article. Thank you for sharing this blog for single travel groups.
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.
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!
Friday 12th of May 2017
Awesome article thank you for sharing.