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After building up the courage to holiday alone, the punishing sting of a singles’ supplement often added to accommodation and tours is a feeling solo travellers know all too well. Thankfully, unique adventures in the UK and its islands don’t always have to come with a steep price increase when holidaying as a party of one, with perks including travelling light and squeezing into that last spot on the train thrown in for free.

Whether a social break to make new friends on escorted tours or heading out alone for a stay in solitude, there’s something for every single traveller on trips to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From solo sports to hiking holidays and skills retreats, from historic cities to literary and cultural domestic breaks, going it alone enables you to indulge in your passions – no compromise required.

Here’s  The Independent’s  selection of ideas to help inspire your next lone adventure.

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Best for: Golfers

Location: kent, england.

Solitary golfers can go at their own speed round the course

Golf is one of the UK’s most loved individual sports for good reason. Single players of all ages can focus on their swing without distractions, to take on – and hopefully beat – personal records on the course during weekend escapes across the UK.

Solos Holidays  offers a two-night UK golf getaway to the Kent countryside, just outside Maidstone, including two morning tee times for rounds on the 18-hole Garden of England course. Expect to stay and play in the comfort of Delta Hotels by Marriott Tudor Park Country Club’s on-site champion golf course (which also has spa facilities). Prices for the solo sports trip start from £539pp, half board, including a golf-tour leader and a course par of 70.

Best for: Surfing

Location: isle of wight, england.

Crashing waves at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Surfing , while a very sociable sport, takes individual effort and a laid-back lifestyle to master – ideal for beach bums who enjoy their own company.

Surfs up at Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight’s west coast, an exposed beach with reliable surf and breaks that peak in the winter. The popular spot gets winds from the southeast and northwest and surf schools including  Eddie’s Surf Academy  are on-hand to teach beginners how to get up on the board. In general, the island is well suited to single travellers; hop on the ferry from Yarmouth as a foot passenger for around £15.60.

Where to stay

Tom’s Eco Pods on Tapnell Farm feature a double bed, al-fresco dining and sunset views over West Wight ideal for a party of one after a long day of catching waves. Compton Bay is just a 10-minute drive from the site; Eco pods from £160 a night

Best for: Island hopping

Location: orkney islands, scotland.

The Stones of Stenness, part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site

Solo travellers to  Scotland  can immerse themselves in the wild solitude of the  Orkney Islands  – although the remarkable environment guarantees you’ll never be far from myriad species of birds and marine life. Sail across to this spectacular archipelago by hopping on the ferry at Aberdeen, Scrabster or Gills Bay.

Intrepid Travel  offers a five-day trip to experience the whisky and Neolithic history of the UK’s northern reaches from £1,450pp. As a group tour, single travellers will share a twin room with someone like-minded and of the same gender – a great opportunity to meet some new friendly faces. The Orkney Islands holiday includes all breakfasts, one lunch, transport, accommodation and activities packaged with a knowledgable local guide.

Best for: Learning a new skill

Location: east sussex, england.

There’s nothing quite like coming home from holiday with a tan, but with the UK’s predictably unpredictable weather, solo trips centred around self-development, learning new skills or mastering a craft can be a safer bet than heading to the beach.

Fire & Wild’s  “Cooking with Fire” experiences include a guided foraging walk, game butchery and a fire skills workshop in an outdoor forest kitchen. Guests are guided through the process of cooking with seasonal ingredients, such as venison and wild mushrooms, from the surrounding land. The five-hour experience in a private woodland in Ringmer costs £225pp and participants will leave familiar with new skills, including back-to-basics cooking over an open fire.

Tiny Cottage in Lewes offers a compact chalet fitted with quirky decor, one bedroom and a garden terrace perfect for relaxing after a day of foraging and fire skills.

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Health & wellbeing, best for: relaxation, location: newport, wales.

Celtic Manor Resort’s Forum Spa boasts 16 treatment rooms

The epitome of “me time”, a spa staycation is the perfect opportunity to lounge by the pool with a new book and start taking self-care seriously. Escape the stresses of everyday life at spas across the UK, from city sanctuaries to countryside retreats and holistic wellness resorts with trendy treatments.

A stay at  Celtic Manor Resort  in Newport lends itself to do-not-disturb mode thanks to its award-winning Forum Spa. Boasting 16 treatment rooms, the Welsh bolthole offers facial, body and sensory indulgence as part of the ultimate pamper experience for one, as well as a sauna, steam room, spa bath and 20-metre swimming pool. The “ Sunday Spa Stayover ” package from £154pp includes an overnight stay at Celtic Manor Resort, breakfast and a spa treatment.

Best for: Walking holidays

Location: hadrian’s wall, england.

Popular with walkers, the 85-mile trail takes almost a week to trek

Walking holidays in the UK are ideal for single travellers looking to explore the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and improve their health and fitness levels. Ramble through fields, castle ruins and ancient waterfalls, whether on a self-guided stroll or an escorted group tour.

Intrepid Travel  offers a seven-day hike of historic Hadrian’s Wall in the heart of the English countryside. Journey coast to coast from Carlisle to Hexham, stopping at Roman ruins and English villages dotted between a range of terrains. The holiday includes all breakfasts, six nights in twin-share accommodation and transport, from £1,130pp.

Best for: Photography

Location: cornwall, england.

Learn the tricks of the trade in Newquay, Cornwall

For those who love to view the world through a lens, UK photography workshops as a single traveller create the ideal conditions for the perfect shot. Free from distractions and chatter, get up close and personal with wildlife or patiently wait for the best light to pull off a long-exposure shot at your own pace.

Paul David Smith Photography  offers a three-day landscape photography holiday and workshop in Newquay, Cornwall for £495pp. The trip includes all transport, small groups of no more than four and one-to-one photography tuition. Gain experience snapping beaches and seascapes in England’s southernmost county and mine Paul’s advanced knowledge of composition, lighting and editing over a long weekend.

Trewinda Lodge  in Newquay is just a five-minute stroll from the seafront and features coastal decor and single rooms for solo travellers.

Best for: Literary indulgence

Location: lake district, england.

Meet like-minded book lovers on a holiday to the Lake District

The UK’s rich literary history makes it a hotspot for holidays inspired by the written word. Be it Harry Potter fans searching for platform nine and three-quarters in King’s Cross Station or Shakespeare lovers following his journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to London, stays in idyllic settings dedicated to reading and literature are on the rise.

HF Holidays  now hosts a crime and thrillers staycation in the northern Lake District. Think free-flowing discussions with like-minded readers and expert book club leaders. Spend four nights at Derwent Bank for £629pp, including en-suite accommodation, all meals and a cream tea on arrival day. Bookworms rejoice – book club just got an upgrade... 

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How to Make the Most of Solo Travel in the UK

Tips and Pointers if You're On Your Own in the United Kingdom

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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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10 best places for a solo UK holiday according to the travel insiders

By Dominic Oliver

Lover of literature and all things travel. Probably happiest sitting on a tiny plastic stool on the side of a bustling Vietnamese street. Head of Creative Communications for Contiki. 7 years in the travel industry. Currently based in London.

Published on Nov 23, 2023

Sure, planning a trip with your friends/partner/family is fun. But sometimes, the best tonic for the soul is a solo adventure. Maybe that’s why over 70% of Contiki travellers join trips solo …

And sometimes you needn’t look further than your own backyard. For a small country, the UK seriously packs a punch. Sweeping valleys. Sparkling lakes. Charming seaside towns. Quaint villages dotted with thatched cottages and ancient pubs. For all our complaints about the weather, we’ve gotta say – we kinda love it here!

And the best bit? The UK is easy-breezy to travel around, and a great starting point if you’re looking to get stuck into somewhere solo for the first time. That’s why we asked the Contiki Marketing team for their insider tips on the best places to take a solo UK holiday. They didn’t disappoint…

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1. brighton – dom, head of creative communications.

Once budget airlines started to pop-up British seaside towns became a bit wistful and nostalgic. You know: dilapidated buildings, empty arcades, amusement piers that once teemed with Victorian day-trippers populated by a lone seagull scowling and eating cold chips. But not Brighton.

With its riotous nightlife, thrumming live music scene and winding lanes with quirky shops selling all sorts of curiosities, it’s a bit of a rarity: a truly future-facing coastal town. Plus, the locals are so friendly, the culture so vibrant, that you’re bound to make some new pals when you’re exploring solo.

Getting there: 2-hour drive / 1-hour train ride from London. Why not pop into Brighton for the day before your Contiki departure?

Image source: Ben Guerin / unsplash

2. The Cotswolds – Lottie, Chief Marketing Officer

Picturesque pubs, amazing delis and epic dog walks (a trip with your pooch counts as a solo holiday, okay) – this cluster of villages is the English countryside at its best. From Burford to Bourton on Water, you can basically eat your way around the villages, drinking in the traditional honey-coloured stone houses along the way. There are so many local foods to try – from cheeses to pastries – and with plenty of cafes instead of posh restaurants, you might feel less intimidated when it comes to eating out. Don’t miss Daylesford’s organic farm shop.

Getting there: 2-hour drive / 2.5 hour train ride from London.

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3. the lake district – charlie, editorial & content executive.

If you’re a lover of thick forests, long walks or hikes, and, of course, lakes that span for miles and miles and miles, then you’ll be a big fan of the Lake District. On the North West side of England, tucked just under Scotland, is the Lake District and it’s one of the most picturesque places I’ve been with vibrant green hills and open skies.

My favourite place within the Lakes is Windermere – this little town is dotted with so many cosy shops and cafés to duck into on a particularly windy day. It’s on a hill, and as you walk down the slope you start to see the lakes in all their glittery glory. The weather isn’t always the best, but a little rain never hurt nobody, and it makes it all the more dramatic in my opinion!

Getting there: 6-hour drive / 3.5-hour train ride from London, OR you can visit on Contiki’s England and Scotland trip.

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4. Bristol – Liv, Email & CRM Manager

You just can’t get bored in Bristol. I’d recommend doing a fun street art walking tour where you can join and meet new people (and spot a few original Banksy works!). I love walking around Clifton as it’s such a cute area with beautiful houses, book shops and cafes. A great way to finish the day is by watching the sunset from the Clifton Suspension Bridge (if you’re lucky with the weather). If you’re there for a while, you could book a day trip to Bath, which is just 15 minutes away by train.

Getting there: 2.5-hour drive / 1.5-hour train ride from London. Bristol will make the perfect day trip before your Contiki if you’ve got time to kill.

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5. bath – jimmy, creative content lead.

And conveniently, Bath is the next favourite on the list! Bath is a really popular solo getaway in the UK because of the beautiful architecture and the iconic, you guessed it, baths. This town has been featured in many film and TV filming locations including Bridgerton and the soon-to-be-released Wonka , so you’re sure to recognise a few spots in this pretty and idyllic area. The Christmas Markets here aren’t too shabby either, a stop by is well-worth it!

Getting there: 2.5-hour drive / 1.5-hour train ride from London. Nothing to get a Contiki started off right with a quick day trip to Bath!

Image source: James Shaw / unsplash

6. Brownsea Island – Nick, Senior Content Marketing Manager

For an underrated but cute day trip to the South of England, head to Brownsea Island! This island is only a 1 and a half miles long and three quarters of a mile wide so you can walk the whole thing on a bright and sunny day for a wholesome activity. 

To get here you have to head to Poole and then catch a boat to the island. What’s great about this island is that it’s nearly entirely owned by the National Trust so all the beautiful nature and most of the buildings are owned and protected by them. What I especially love about Brownsea Island is that it’s home to lots of red squirrels, which are very rare in the UK, as well as peacocks, so that makes it extra special.

7. Rye – Rachel, Brand Director

Rye in Sussex is perfect for a solo getaway in the UK. This quaint English town is all cobbled streets and antique shops. I also love browsing the local charity shops. There’s a great independent local cinema plus heaps of good places to eat – from modern health food cafes to seafood and pub grub. And the bonus is you’re only 10 minutes from the stunning Camber Sands beaches which stretch for miles and miles.

Getting there: 2-hour drive / 1-hour train ride from London. If you’ve got some spare time before your Contiki departure, pop into Rye!

Image source: Zoltan Tasi / unsplash

8. York – Nico, Data Analyst

York has retained so much of its ancient and storied architecture: from medieval cathedrals, pubs dating back to the 1600s, and the Roman structures. The city is well preserved and holds so much history – the walk along the Roman walls is peaceful and a great way to see the city.

Getting there: 4.5-hour drive / 2-hour train ride from London, OR you can visit on Contiki’s England and Scotland trip.

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9. edinburgh – tammy, social media executive.

I love Edinburgh for lots of reasons, but a big one is because I’m a big Harry Potter nerd and Edinburgh is full of Harry Potter references. The cute and colourful Victoria street inspired Diagon Alley! The other reasons are that it’s really easy to navigate, and the old architecture is really nice and gives Edinburgh a great classic atmosphere.

There’s Edinburgh Castle, which is beautiful, right in the middle of the town, and you can also hike up to Arthur’s Seat which is a really chilled hike to do, especially on a sunny day (yes, they do happen)!

Getting there: 7.5-hour drive / 5.5-hour train ride from London, OR you can visit on Contiki’s England and Scotland trip.

10. Cornwall – Manasi, Product Copywriter

Sunny and serene, Cornwall is a gem amongst British regions. Boasting bright coasts and dramatic cliffs, it’s the perfect solo getaway in the UK for those that love long walks by the sea and getting cosy in that cottage-life. Fresh fish and chips, Cornish pasties filled with stewy goodness, sweet cream teas, and local ice cream – it’s a bit of a foodie haven to be honest!

It’s beautiful in Spring and what’s more is that you can spot dolphins leaping out of the ocean on a lucky day! St. Ives is the most popular town and for good reason as it’s filled with adorable shops and lots and lots and lots of art galleries where you can buy your very own painting of the regional cliffs, beaches, and coves.

Getting there: 5-hour drive / 4.5-hour train ride from London.

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15 brilliant autumn UK breaks for solo travellers, couples or small groups

Part one We pick trips that take in beautiful scenery, adventurous activities, fab food, stargazing, wellness and great places to stay.

Autumn breaks part two

Solo travellers: Chase the stars, Northumberland Unforeseen confinement this year has encouraged many of us to look to the skies for escapism, and stargazing has never seemed like a more appealing hobby. For night skies the colour of tar, there is no better place in the UK than Northumberland – home to Europe’s largest dark sky park, the Kielder Observatory and dark-sky-friendly accommodation options such as Beacon Hill Farm.

Beacon Hill Farm

Solo astro-fans can book one of its contemporary shepherd’s huts, with a woodburning stove, plus quick access to the farm’s spa and private observatory. There’s still some availability during October and more in November. Two-night stay from £ 268, beaconhill.co.uk

Couples: new spa hotel with the Peak District as your playground, Derbyshire

Buxton Crescent spa hotel

Known in antiquity as Aquae Arnemetiae, or the Spa of the Goddess of the Grove, Buxton’s natural warm springs have been attracting visitors since Roman times. Now the town is revitalising its reputation as a thermal spa destination with the opening of the Buxton Crescent. Set in a magnificent Georgian building the 81-room hotel opens on 1 October and will focus on water wellness with three pools – including a refurbished Victorian pool and eight treatment rooms. The town’s location on the edge of the Peak District means a stay here comes with adventure on the doorstep whether it’s a gentle stroll through the woods of the National Trust’s Longshaw estate or the more challenging hikes around Kinder Scout. Walking is just for starters, of course. Rock climbing, caving, abseiling, cycling and orienteering are among the many ways visitors can experience the moorlands, hills and valleys. From £125 B&B per night based on two people sharing an Attic Room on a B&B basis, ensanahotels.com/buxton/en

Small groups: Bike around a druid’s temple, Yorkshire Dales

Swinton Bivouac Holidays in Yorkshire

Right on the edge of Yorkshire’s ale-brewing heartland (Black Sheep and Theakston are just a country amble away in Masham), Swinton Park Estate has developed its 20,000 acres of hilly moorland and forest for the use of mountain bikers and road cyclists. The Tour de France passed through here in 2014, and the trails range from family-friendly green routes to black runs. Groups can stay in the country estate’s off-grid Bivouac site, which has bike storage and cleaning facilities close to the trails and a woodland druid’s temple. There’s still availability in the private loft bunkhouse or a comfy treehouse this October. Five-night treehouse stay for six from 4-9 October costs £645, swintonestate.com

Families: Dive wartime shipwrecks, Orkney

Shipwreck Photography, Scapa Flow

Even the most hard-to-please teen will appreciate the bragging rights of diving second world war shipwrecks in the North Sea. And it’s easier than you might think: the Padi Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Orkney’s Kraken Diving school offers a half-day of scuba activity around the wreck-littered natural harbour of Scapa Flow. It’s suitable for children over 10, and there’s an educational benefit too – the school works on marine conservation with Project AWARE . Autumn is also the time to spot seal pups and migrating birds around the wild shores of Orkney, and families visiting during Scotland’s mid-term break can catch the end of this year’s socially distanced Orkney Storytelling Festival (22-25 October). Essentials Discover Scuba Diving package costs £90 pp ; a week at Scapa Flow Lodges in a two-bed house from 24 October costs £520, scapaflow-lodges.co.uk

Foodie escapes

Solo travellers: Forage for truffles, Dorset

English black truffles

English truffles are the underdog of the European truffle scene, but in recent years there’s been renewed interest in these knobbly delicacies. September marks the start of the season, and the English Truffle Company will be taking small groups into woodland glades to find truffles with a hound, followed by a truffle-laced lunch. There’s just one space left on the first trip of the season on 26 September in Dorset – snap this up and you can stitch together a DIY solo foodie weekend around the Jurassic Coast. Walk the salt-white cliffs above Durdle Door, grab a locally sourced lunch at The Pig on the Beach and stay overnight at the Brewers Arms country pub (£90 a night). Truffle experience trips, including locations near Salisbury and Basingstoke, run until January. Truffle experience days cost £165, englishtruffles.co.uk

Couples: Dine on Michelin-starred grub, Yorkshire Dales

Angel Restaurant , Hetton, Yorkshire

When head chef Michael Wignall took over at the Angel in the Dales hamlet of Hetton in 2018, it was a sign of great things to come. The 15th-century inn was gutted to create a cool, contemporary dining space and within 18 months the chef, formerly of Michelin-starred Latymer Restaurant in Surrey and Gidleigh Park in Devon, among others, received his own star. There are 13 country-classic rooms surrounding the restaurant, some of which are housed in a barn overlooking Rylstone Fell, and there’s still some October dates if you’re flexible. Three-course dinner, bed & breakfast for two costs from £265, angelhetton.co.uk

Small groups: Wander greedily through Wordsworth country, Lake District

Forest Side Hotel, Keswick Road, Grasmere, Cumbria

Food is becoming as big a deal as the local daffodil-spotting poet in Cumbria’s Lake District. And right now it’s an ideal getaway for groups of food lovers, since it’s one area of the UK that still has good self-catering availability this autumn. After visiting Wordsworth’s newly reopened Dove Cottage (2020 marks the 250th anniversary of his birth), try the Michelin-starred Forest Side in Grasmere, where the kitchen specialises in foraged edibles. Then try foraging for yourselves on a private tour with Galloway Wild Foods ; autumn is funghi season. Finish up at Simon Rogan’s appealingly informal Henrock restaurant in Bowness, which opened last year as an adjunct to the chef’s Cartmel mini-empire. Seven-day stay at the four-bedroom cottage in Cartmel costs £710 , sykescottages.co.uk

Families: Take a wild food walk, Cornwall

The Rame peninsula.

When you book a trip with the Family Foraging Kitchen, a percentage of the profits goes towards providing wild food walks or cooking classes for locals living in food poverty. The company’s bespoke guided foraging walks lead families into south-east Cornwall’s woodlands, splashing into rock pools and rummaging through hedgerows. Walks take place on the Rame peninsula, as yet largely undiscovered by tourists, across the estuary from Plymouth. Nearby Whitsand Bay Fort has a three-bedroom, sea-view cottage with a hot tub (three nights for £585 in October half-term). Private foraging walks cost from £150 for six, familyforagingkitchen.co.uk Lorna Parkes

For a treat

Solo travellers: A belated festival, Brighton

Selina Hotel, Brighton

The Covid-19 crisis put paid to virtually all festivals this year but a scaled-down version of Brighton Fringe , which normally takes place in May, has been rescheduled for October. Expect a mix of outdoor events (including a Greek tragedy performed in an illuminated garden), exhibitions, comedy and some livestreamed events, including a charity quiz. On the seafront near the i360 tower and the remains of the West Pier, the new Selina Brighton travel hub has a chilled vibe and offers a variety of rooms suited to solo travellers (from £55 a night), as well as couples and families. Activities, including paddleboarding lessons and free yoga sessions, are posted daily while community-minded guests can join a Sunday morning beach clean. The hotel’s casual dining restaurant and bar The Old Pier does a fantastic brunch and hosts live acts, and The Lanes, North Laine and Royal Pavilion are all nearby. Various ticket prices (discounts and offers available), brightonfringe.org

Couples: Find your sparkle in a vineyard, East Sussex

Rathfinny Wine Estate

Occupying a plum spot in the rolling South Downs, Rathfinny Wine Estate, where vines were first planted in 2012, produces a fine sparkling wine. This year, as part of an overnight tasting and picking experience, guests can help out with the harvest while learning about the winemaking processes and the chalky terroir that give the fizz its unique flavour. The package includes a tour, tasting and picking experience with accommodation for two (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights) at the estate’s historic Flint Barn buildings, set in the Cradle Valley. Dinner takes the form of a harvest pop-up, with dishes including lemon sole cooked over last year’s vines on an open fire. Leave time to potter about the picture-postcard village of Alfriston, reached via the Rathfinny Trail. From £210 a night for two guests including a breakfast box, dinner and 90-minute grape picking tour with tasting (available from 13 October-5 November), rathfinnyestate.com

Families: Truly glam glamping, Herefordshire

The Wells Airstreams in Herefordshire. Glamping

How many children can return to school saying they spent half-term in a vintage Airstream? At The Wells Glamping in Herefordshire, parents will be impressed with the fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms, while the kids’ focus may be more on the digital TVs, USB-connected sound systems and six-person hot tubs for hire – and pack the marshmallows, because there are fire pits too. The Airstreams are located in a meadow 30 miles from the Welsh border, and within half an hour’s drive you can reach the Malvern Hills, the towns of Great Malvern and Ledbury, the neo-classical Berrington Hall, and Brockhampton – a traditionally farmed estate and medieval manor house. A week in a five-berth Airstream costs from £960 during half-term, or three nights from £480, coolcamping.com

Small groups: An indulgent base for exploring the valleys and uplands of mid-Wales

Ty Hedfan holiday rental in Pont-Faen, Brecon, Wales

Ty Hedfan (the hovering house) in the village of Pont-Faen is a Grand Designs-style property built as a family home but now available as a four-bedroom holiday rental. Perched above the River Ysgir, with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary styling and plenty of space for entertaining, it’s an indulgent space for exploring the surrounding valleys and ridges. To the south, parts of the Brecon Beacons national park such as Waterfall Country have become very busy since lockdown but there are many other routes to explore including the high ground of the less visited Mynydd Epynt area to the north and the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire and Powys. Owner Sarah – of architect firm Featherstone Young which designed the property – recommends a visit to Farmer’s Lavender farm – peak time for lavender is mid-summer but you can visit year round. The house is also within striking distance of some of Wale’s best gastro pubs such as The Griffin at FelinFach and the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny. Three nights mid-week, sleeping six, costs £900 , ty-hedfan.co.uk , (limited availability before Christmas). Teresa Machan

Solo travellers: Thatch and therapies, Dorset

Middle Piccadily healing retreat, Dorset

Based in a 17 th -century thatched farmhouse Middle Piccadilly is a family-run healing centre in Holwell in rural Dorset that’s particularly geared up for solo visitors. With no set retreat dates, stays are tailored to suit; simply choose a detox, vegetarian or raw food option and add treatments from seaweed soaks to Indian head massages, after a consultation with a therapist. There are all-inclusive packages too, from three to 14 nights, with the new three-night “emergence retreat” particularly popular. Designed to help bring people back to balance, it includes reiki energy healing, shamanic therapy and a mud bath. Owner and chef Dominic Harvey prepares nutritious meals (with lots of homegrown produce), and there’s a maximum of nine guests in five simple but comfortable rooms. From £490 for the three-night emergence retreat including vegetarian full-board and all treatments, middlepiccadilly.com

Couples: Privacy and pampering, Lake District

Take time to reconnect with nature and each other on a Couples Wellness Retreat in the Lake District. Accommodation is in a cosy barn – complete with beamed ceilings, woodburner and super-kingsize bed – on Sunny Brow Farm, a 13-hectare hideaway in Outgate, near Ambleside, in the national park. There are beautiful woodland grounds for wandering and plentiful walks on the doorstep. The weekend package (available until the end of December) includes two yoga classes, a couple’s massage, guided meditation and wholesome brunches and evening meals. Owned and run by Suzy Saunders, a holistic therapist, yoga teacher and chef, the retreat is carefully designed to offer a winning combination of privacy and pampering. Regular group yoga holidays are also held at the farm – or couples can tailor their own retreat by booking a barn and treatments separately. From £700 per couple for three nights with all food, therapies and classes, bookyogaretreats.com

Small groups: Holistic health but with cake, Peak District

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The UK is full of beautiful destinations waiting to be explored, and what better way to appreciate Great Britain’s astounding beauty than on a solo trip? We know travelling alone can be daunting, which is why we’ve devised a handy guide to help you prepare for your solo travels and embark on the greatest adventure of your life so far.

Staying safe while travelling alone

When you are travelling alone the first thing to prioritise is staying safe. Check out our safety tips for solo travel.

  • Make sure you let a trusted family member or friend know the places you are travelling to and check in with them frequently, so they know where you are and that you are safe. Note: A good idea is to print out emergency contact numbers so you have them accessible to you incase your phone loses battery.
  • Have an emergency plan for if things go drastically wrong. Make sure you know where the local hospitals or police stations nearby are.
  • Make sure to read reviews online beforehand if you are staying in hotels, Air bnb’s or hostels.
  • Contact your doctor before going away to ensure you have the right quantity of any necessary prescription medication.
  • Stay minimal. Don’t bring anything too valuable that isn’t necessary with you. If you are solo camping, you could leave valuables at the bottom of your sleeping bag while you’re sleeping.
  • Ensure you always have enough water on you.
  • When staying in a hotel, hostel or Airbnb, you can purchase a portable door lock for extra safety measures.
  • Don’t overpack. If you are cycling or hiking make sure to not bring anything too heavy, as this will tire you out and hinder your ability to travel.
  • If you are doing a long car journey, make sure to plan your journey beforehand and inspect your vehicle before going on the trip, including checking your car battery, topping up fluids and replacing filters, verifying lights, checking the brakes and inspecting tyres.
  • A whistle is always handy when travelling alone, as if you get lost while hiking it will carry sound further than your voice can if you need to call for help.
  • If you are camping alone in the summer, read our top summer camping tips.

Essential equipment for solo travellers

  • Always have a first aid kit on you. Accidents and illness can happen at any time and first aid kits can help handle medical emergencies as quickly as possible.
  • If you are planning on doing a large amount of walking, you need to ensure you are kitted out with comfortable walking gear and hiking clothes. Check out our blog on best walking gear . We also have some great member-exclusive offers and discounts on clothing and equipment .
  • A good, sturdy backpack is vital for solo travelers to keep their kit safe and protected from the rain. See the best backpacks for travelling.
  • A portable power bank to ensure your phone is always charged.
  • A torch so you can see in the dark.
  • If you are solo camping, check out our  u ltimate camping essentials checklist  on things to bring.

The best destinations for solo travel in the UK

1. eryri (snowdonia).

Eryri (Snowdonia)

Snowdonia National Park boasts a range of beautiful natural features that a solo traveller can explore. The park also boasts a number of excellent walking trails up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England. However, you will need some good navigation skills when hiking the mountain solo, so make sure you have a map accessible to you at all times on the trail.

Nearest campsite: Bala Club Site

2. Lake District

Lake District

The Lake District is the perfect destination for a solo traveller wanting to explore the UK’s finest beauty. Browse the gorgeous town of Ambleside, great for walkers looking for stunning views. Challenge yourself to climbing Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Explore the gorgeous lake, reservoirs and bodies of water that make up the Lake District, including Derwentwater and Windermere.

Nearest campsite: Bowness-on-Windermere Club Site

3. Peak District

Peak District

With spectacular landscapes, the Peak District is the ideal destination for a solo traveller looking to find space, solitude and tranquillity. With hidden valleys, rounded hills, bracing moorland and long-distance trails, this is the ideal place to feel at one with nature. The Peak District also has a more social side, with thriving local stores and delightful teashops, making it a perfectly balanced holiday destination.

Nearest campsite: Bakewell Club Site

4. Scotland

Scotland

Scotland is home to some of the world’s greatest beauty and exploring it solo is the perfect way to truly appreciate it. Explore Cairngorms National Park , located in the heart of Scottish Highlands, home to native forests, moorlands, and the legendary tale of the Loch Ness Monster. Venture round the incredible cities of Scotland. Edinburgh is a vibrant city offering plenty to do, including climbing the extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat and stepping back in time at Edinburgh Castle , one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Scotland. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and has plenty of fun days out, including the impressive Glasgow Cathedral which reflects the gothic-style architecture of Scotland at the time and The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which has one of the best collections of art in Europe. 

Nearest Scottish campsites .

5. Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

If on your solo travels you are looking for a destination that is an ideal blend of a quintessentially English countryside mixed with a range of exciting attractions, Oxfordshire is the place for you. From historical attractions such as Blenheim Palace or University of Oxford Museum’s to plenty of walking opportunities, it is a fascinating place to travel around solo.

Nearest campsites: Chipping Norton Club Site

London

Art, history, museums and music - there is something for everyone in London, the UK’s bustling capital city, meaning it caters perfectly for solo travellers. Places to explore solo when in London include:

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Westminster Abbey
  • The British Museum
  • Tower of London
  • Madam Tussauds

Nearest London campsites .

7. The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are widely considered the prettiest destination in the UK, epitomising England’s enchanting beauty. It Is one of the most vacationed places in the UK and an idyllic destination for someone hoping to get away on a solo trip for some peace and quiet. As the Cotswolds and outdoors go hand in hand, there are plenty of trails for walkers to go on, including the Cotswolds Way and Batsford Arboretum. You can also visit ancient towns and villages, some which date back at least 500 years.

Nearest campsites: Chipping Norton Club Site  and Winchcombe Club Site .

Suffolk

Breathe in the fresh salt air and marvel at the beautiful unspoilt coastline in Suffolk, a great location with plenty to do at your own pace. Get outside and explore Suffolk’s outdoors, with a coast dotted with towns, villages and beautiful blue flag beaches. Discover Suffolk’s diverse history, rich in archaeology, with charming castles, ancient sites and churches to visit.

Nearest campsite: Kessingland Club Site

9. New Forest

New Forest

With some of the UK’s most beautiful woodland and wildlife, the New Forest is a magnificent place to explore solo. As walking is one of the best ways to see the New Forest, guided walks led by Forestry Commission rangers are a great way to see and learn more about the forest. Keep a lookout for wildlife in the forest, with ponies, deer, cattle, donkeys, sheep and pigs all roaming the forest at different times of the year. Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary allows you to see the deer up close and offers some incredible photo opportunities. There are also some charming nearby towns and villages in the New Forest, including Lymington, Brockenhurst, Ringwood and New Milton.

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You don’t have to fly too far to enjoy an exciting solo holiday . Solo travel in the UK allows you to explore at your own pace and visit the sights you want to see. The UK boasts some fantastic attractions, historical points of interest and iconic monuments. Whether you want to relax on some of the UK’s best beaches, have an adventurous hiking holiday through mountainous landscapes or experience UK solo breaks with a cultural flair, there’s something for you. Below, you’ll find your ideal solo travel experience in the UK.

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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?

  • To experience nature's natural beauty in all its glory, you’ll not want to miss our tours of Snowdonia
  • If you're travelling out of peak, in the cooler months, and want to experience the beauty of the UK, discover our winter tours available to book for 2023/2024
  • Been on a Rabbie’s small-group tour before and want to try something new? Explore our new tours and departure points to find a holiday to remember

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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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Travelling around the British Isles as a solo traveller can be relatively easy. With the vast array of public transport connections across the countries, or booking on a small-group tour, you can cover multiple destinations over a short period of time.

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For obvious reasons, the past year and a half has seen a huge rise in interest in staycations. UK-based vacation rental company Independent Cottages, for example, has experienced an increase of 300% in bookings , while the term “staycation” saw year-over-year growth of over 500% in 2020 , according to Statista. And even when some travel restrictions were lifted for a short period last year, the holiday destination with the highest year-on-year growth on Google was in still the UK . Brits are booking in their close-to-home holidays like never before, and as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe, perhaps this trend is here to stay(cation) (sorry).

Right now, group sizes for domestic holidays in England are limited to six people or two households. The same goes for Northern Ireland . In Scotland, the numbers are a little higher – depending on what “Level” your destination is in. Wales , on the other hand, has stated that “all holiday accommodation is now able to fully open” and it’s likely the other three nations will follow suit within the next few months. However, despite restrictions lifting, some people may still be nervous to travel in groups. Or perhaps after a year of getting used to our own company will see an increase in solo holidays. Either way, if you like the sound of a mini break that you can enjoy all to yourself, the UK is actually a great place to travel alone.

Some practical advice before you starting planning: UK holiday accommodation is booking up fast , even for 2022, so if you want to go anywhere anytime soon, I’d get booking. And planning ahead will also help lower the cost of train travel, which can be pretty extortionate at times. Make sure you look around lots of different trainline sites to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Plus – of course – always check the government website for COVID guidance and make sure your accommodation has a decent cancellation period.

All of this practical stuff aside, there are some really stunning areas of the UK that offer culture, amazing food, friendly locals, and unrivalled scenery. Here are a pick of the best.

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From a great food scene to some impressive street art, Bristol is a great alternative if you want a taste of vibrant city life without stepping foot in London. If you want to see something really special, check out the International Balloon Fiesta, which runs in August. Swing by in the summer months to embrace Bristol life and enjoy all the city has to offer.

Lake District

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The Lake District is a place I would recommend everybody to go, no matter your age, taste, or time limit. Not only does it offer the perfect sample of life in the English countryside, the scenery is amazing, and the people are super friendly, meaning going on your own is really no big deal. You can get some amazing Airbnbs in The Lake District in areas such as Cumbria.

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There are so many things to do and see in Bath. I'd recommend finding a cute little Airbnb just outside of town, booking in for an afternoon at the Thermae Spa ( they do some great packages ), taking the roman bath tour, and finishing the day with a meal and ale at The Chequers pub.

The Cotswolds

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Having recently visited The Cotswolds myself, I feel confident in recommending it for solo travellers. It's quintessentially British, and super safe. Hire yourself a car and book in at Mollie's Motel & Diner, just outside of Oxfordshire. The motel, which was created by the same minds behind Soho House, offers simple yet stylish rooms complete with Cowshed products. Eat breakfast at the diner before driving down the The Cotswolds (about a 40-minute drive) to explore little villages such as Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Bourton-on-the-Hill.

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Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales, is a cute little seaside town that has buckets of charm. Grab yourself an Airbnb on the seafront, take a coastal walk, and enjoy the best of British in terms of food, from ice cream aplenty to oodles of fish and chips. The people are super friendly here, meaning you can feel safe and at home, even if you’re on your ones.

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A short distance from London, Brighton is easy to travel to for a day trip, or as a longer stay. Get lost in The Lanes (a cute little shopping area) before heading down to the seaside and indulging in some local fish and chips. Brighton locals are very friendly, making it a great place to visit alone.

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Belfast has so much to offer, and history lovers will be especially impressed with the various Titanic monuments and museums around the city and the stunning architecture at every turn. Plus, if you’ve got the time, you could even take a little road trip to Derry and along to the Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and certified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Cornwall is a super chilled out place that will be perfect for the solo traveller looking for a little down time. With beautiful beaches, delicious Cornish ice cream, and friendly locals, you can't go wrong with a quick trip here. Go for a hike, and be sure to visit The Watering Hole, which is the only bar on a beach in the UK.

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Now I may be a little biased here (I went to The University Of Nottingham), but Nottingham is a great place to visit alone. There are tons of shops and places to eat, lots of pretty scenery, and an amazing main Uni campus, which is surrounded by lakes and impressive old buildings. Visit the vegetarian and vegan eatery Alley Cafe, and don't miss out on the night life, which is legendary.

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Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music , meaning it’s a must for music lovers, and is full of lively events. As well as great food too, there are plenty of gorgeous parks and botanical gardens, and if you fancy a long hike, Trossachs National Park is just an hour away.

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One of the most popular staycay spots, Devon has plenty of great options for some time on your own. Croyde is a beautiful village with sandy beaches (check out Putsborough) cute little pubs, too. Plus it’s just an hour’s drive to Dartmoor National Park, which is homes to river valleys, moorlands, and unique wildlife.

The Isle of Skye

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The Isle of Skye is another hugely popular British destination, and one look on Instagram will tell you why: this small isle connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge has some incredible landscapes and scenery. Portree looks like a lovely town to visit by yourself, and is full of harbourside pubs and shops to fill your time with. If you’re a big Airbnb person who always likes to find the most amazing destinations, the Isle Of Skye is the perfect place to look thanks to its many options. You may even get lucky and see the Northern Lights.

This article was originally published on March 27, 2019

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Planning a Trip to England

Think of England and you may conjure up images of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace but the country has so much more to offer than just the capital. Whether you choose to head north, south, east or west, you’ll find a new city within hours.

England is easy to navigate for a solo and you’ll find plenty to do here. If you are planning a solo trip to England, below are the best places to visit in England, where to stay and how to get around. 

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England is a really easy destination for solo females and the fact that it is an English speaking country makes it an attractive destination for visitors from Australia, the States, and many European countries.

There are good transport systems making it easy to get around the country regardless of which region you want to explore. England is divided into counties of which many have their own regional accents. Although Londoners do have a reputation for being a bit standoffish, if you do need any help, most people will stop and help you if you ask.

Venture outside of the main cities and you’ll be met by friendly locals, and warm open fires in traditional English pubs, a quintessential part of the British experience.

You’ll see other women solo in the cities and if you’re travelling solo in London, you’ll have no trouble meeting other travellers in hostels or on tours. But if you’re finding it hard to meet others, a Walkabout bar or Irish bar never fails.

London regularly hosts events that are ideal for those solo evenings. If you haven’t travelled solo before, England is a good destination to visit especially if you’re nervous about travelling alone.

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Places to Visit in England

London is the country’s cosmopolitan capital. It’s here that you can immerse yourself in Monarchy history, visit free museums to your heart’s content, and follow the footsteps of the city’s history.

There is so much to see and do in London, that I’ve written a whole guide to Solo Travel in London . But as a summary, the major sights include The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Museum and The Tate Modern.

You also shouldn't miss the British Museum and Buckingham Palace where you can watch the changing of the guard. Hyde Park is beautiful and a breath of fresh air from the city hustle and bustle.

Oxford Street is where to go for major shopping indulgence and attracts thousands of visitors to its shops every day. Bond Street, which connects to Oxford Street, has designer shops of the city. Harrods is iconic luxury London shopping, most of us can only browse but it is quite an experience. 

Each of London’s neighbourhoods has a unique ambience. Discover Shoreditch with its artsy, casual vibe. Mayfair is the posh end of the city with the most expensive and exclusive bars and restaurants.

High-end shopping is enjoyable in Chelsea. For live music and street art, head to Brixton. Theatre lovers should head to Soho to be close to the West End shows and trendy bars.

If you are on a budget, there are lots of things to do that are either free or are very cheap. London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world such The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and The Museum of London.

There is also a fantastic selection of galleries to enjoy such as The National Portrait Gallery, The Tate and of course The National Gallery. Museums and galleries are the best places to visit if you are a solo traveller as you can immerse yourself in the fantastic exhibitions without being worried about visiting on your own.

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle 

Further out from the city centre is Windsor Castle, which is definitely worth a visit. It’s very accessible by train, about an hour outside London. Steeped in royal history dating back over 1,000 years, there is a museum and extensive grounds to see. This is where many of the royal weddings take place.

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Oxford 

Easily reachable on a day trip from London is Oxford . Home to England’s oldest university, Oxford is perfect for those who love architecture with 1,500 listed buildings within the county of Oxfordshire. Known as the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford inspired many writers included as J.R.R Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings.

This Southeastern city has stately homes and museums to explore and is a favourite for filmmakers. I stayed in Oxford for 3 days and really loved it. It's perfect for literary lovers. * Read: Literary Tour of England

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Brighton Pier

Head south from London to explore some of the country’s coastline. Brighton is a vibrant city and home to Pride. The seaside city of Brighton is one of the most popular, and the abundance of clubs and bars draws those seeking nightlife to the coastal city.

As well as a beautiful beach, there is the well-known pier and traditional Royal Pavilion to look around. Meander around the lanes and window shop in vintage shops or get a good view of the city from the new observation tower. * Related Post: Solo Travel in Brighton

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The sandy beach of Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Bournemouth is a haven for holidaymakers looking for the traditional British seaside experience. The sandy beach is a popular place for sun worshippers to soak up rays or try your hand at water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding. There’s even a surf school in Boscombe if you want to try surfing.

The laid-back atmosphere of the place is ideal for a weekend getaway with something to suit all types of solos. There's the Oceanarium for sea life lovers, Victorian architecture for history buffs, and the Bournemouth International Centre for culture vultures. Wander around the shops, spend hours on Bournemouth Pier and admire art at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

Take the boat to Brownsea Island, escape the crowds at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve, or just relax on Boscombe Beach. There’s also great nightlife here, and you’re not far away from Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, the largest natural harbour in the world.

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A beach in Devon

Head southwest from the capital for some traditional English food. Devon is home to cream teas and nice beaches such as Woolacombe Beach and South Milton Sands where you can even catch a glimpse of seals and dolphins.

Known as the English Riviera, you can visit castles, fishing villages and art galleries. You have to try a Cream Tea here too. There is so much you can do in Devon that you could easily spend a week here. Click here for a day out in Devon

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The Eden Project in Cornwall

Not far from Devon is  Cornwall , where you can experience a Cornish pasty and go surfing at the seaside town of Newquay. Cornwall is one of England’s most popular destinations so expect to see lots of families here especially if you go to the Toy Museum or Mosley Tramway.

If you’re a nature Girl about the Globe you’ll want to put this area on this travel wish list. You can transport yourself to somewhere hot and exotic at the famous Eden Project or lose yourself in the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Bodmin Jail.

If you spend time in Cornwall, you simply have to travel to Lands End, the most Southwesterly point in the UK and one of England’s most beautiful coastal landscapes.

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People flocking to Newquay beach

Situated in Cornwall, Newquay is often named one of the best seaside towns in the UK. It’s also one of the easiest areas to meet others, due to the big surfing and backpacking community you’ll find plenty of people from around the world surfing on one of the beaches.

In the evenings, the town comes alive with several clubs offering a wide array of music. There are also plenty of restaurants and chilled out pubs.

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A cruise ship docks in Southampton

Southampton

Coming from Hampshire, down the road from Southampton I may be slightly biased but if you like maritime history, England has plenty of it and Southampton is one of these places. Southampton is where the Titanic set sail and you can learn more about this famous ship at the SeaCity Museum. 

See vintage aircraft at the Solent Sky Museum, or go back to the times of the Tudors and see a penny-farthing bike at the Tudor House and Garden. West Quay is where it’s at, where modern bars and restaurants are designed around castle ruins.

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The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

Just down the road is Portsmouth , an old maritime city and one of the biggest ports in the UK. Walk along the cobbled streets in Old Portsmouth, stand on the glass floor of the Tall Spinnaker Tower or get some retail therapy at Gunwharf Quays, a waterfront shopping outlet where you can watch the boats coming into the harbour.

Maritime GatGs should head to the Historic Dockyard to learn more about historical ships such as the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior, and HMS Victory; Lord Nelson’s flagship.

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Osborne House in the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

If it’s island life that you’re after, you can hop across the Solent to the Isle of Wight .  Located just off the south coast of the UK, the Isle of Wight is just a 3-hour drive from London and can be reached from either Southampton or Portsmouth by car or passenger ferry.

The Isle of Wight is a destination for history enthusiasts, adventure lovers, sandy beach babes and nature admirers. Shanklin is one of the few seaside resorts on the island which has stood the test of time and is a contrast to Sandown, one of the most popular and recognised beaches.

If you love music, the Isle holds an annual IOW Festival featuring some of the biggest names in music. If you're not here for the festival there is still plenty to see on this island. I used to have annual holidays here as a child and loved it. 

You can get up close and personal with dinosaurs at Blackgang Chine, admire Queen Victoria's former residence at Osborne House, take the chairlift through the air at Needles, or get the adrenalin pumping with some zorbing and axe throwing in Freshwater. There’s plenty to see and do on this British Isle.

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The face of Brunel, who designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol

Bristol is known as the Capital of the South West. It is smaller than London but larger than nearby Bath. The city has a strong maritime history, art and plenty of live music and is a bustling city. 

With pop-up markets and galleries, you’ll always find something to do, especially if you visit in May when the festival season begins with music and food events. Spend time on the vibrant harbourside, and at night chill on one of the boats with a cider, or go clubbing on one!

Just a fifteen-minute bus journey away, you can be staring out over the Avon Gorge at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of Brunel’s masterpieces. There really is something for every type of traveller. Things to see here are the: Clifton Suspension Bridge, SS Great Britain, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol Cathedral, and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. * Related Post: Day Trip To Bristol

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The UNESCO city of Bath

Bath  

Bath is an easy day trip from London. You can also stop off at Stonehenge which is on the way to Bath and is often combined with a tour from London. Bath is a beautiful city and one that is rich in heritage and history.

Known for its Roman baths, and its limestone buildings, the city is easily one of the prettiest in England, hence why it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although you can’t bathe in the old Roman ones, (it is now a museum) you can pamper yourself at the Thermal Bath Spa and take in the panoramic views from the rooftop pool. For a different view of the city, climb the 200-plus steps to the top of the Bath Abbey Tower for breathtaking views.

Or hike along the Bath Skyline Walk past meadows and woods for a more active, view of Bath, as you immerse yourself in its nature.

If you love museums, visit the Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery, and the Holbourne Museum, or discover more about the life of Jane Austen, one of England’s most famous authors at The Jane Austen Centre.

Then there’s the Royal Crescent, a terrace of 30 Georgian houses, Royal Victoria Park with monuments to see, Pulteney Bridge, and the gorgeous Prior Park.

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An old house in Ludlow

You may not have heard of Ludlow but this quintessentially British town near the border of Wales is the unofficial gastronomic capital of England. Each year in September they hold a food festival, but visit at any time of the year to enjoy the thriving restaurant scene featuring local producers.

Stop in a cheese shop, browse around a food market, or just visit in May for the beer festival instead.

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A quaint village in the Cotsworlds

Is there anywhere more quaint than the Cotswolds with its cobbled streets, thatched cottages and cute tea rooms which make this area quintessentially English. Visit Blenheim Palace – the birthplace of Winston Churchill, or the spa town of Cheltenham for a truly authentic British experience.

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Situated on the River Cam, everyone has heard of Cambridge . Quintessentially English, this university city is one for the history and culture Girl about the Globe. Visit the buildings of its famous university which has produced some of England’s finest writers.

Punt on the river or just take a picnic and watch others do it instead. Discover Greek and Egyptian art at the Fitzwilliam Museum, vintage aircraft at the Imperial War Museum, or see the Round Church; a stone church that dates back to the year 1130.

You can’t miss King’s College Chapel either with its stained glass and Gothic architecture. Apparently, it has the world’s largest fan-vaulted ceiling.

If you’re looking to meet others, spend an evening at Cambridgeshire Wine School sampling some wine and mingling with your favourite tipple. Then immerse yourself amongst plants and nature at the Botanic Garden, or take a walk along The Backs for picturesque views of the River Cam and the city’s well-known university buildings.

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Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon is home to one of the most famous playwrights and poets, William Shakespeare. The town itself is steeped in history, its medieval streets retain much of the period charm and character that its name is now synonymous with. Stratford is on the British canal network, giving it a picture-postcard look.

From immaculate Tudor frontage to thatched cottages, the place really looks like you’ve stepped into a history book. Things to see and do: Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Butterfly Farm, and visit the Stratford Armouries.

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Chrome Hill in the Peak District

The Peak District

The Peak District is a stunning destination. From historic houses and castles to rugged valleys, you will come back feeling rested and rejuvenated. If you love hiking, The Pennies is one of the country’s best and longest walks, or trek the Leek to Peak trail in Dovedale instead.

The Pennine Way is the highest point in England and should definitely be on your itinerary. Cycle enthusiasts will love the Manifold Trail along the Manifold Valley and the steam railway. For the adventurous solo, there are plenty of activities to get your adrenalin rush. Head to Chesterfield to go caving or rock climbing.

Make your trip even more memorable with a stay in one of the Peak cottages. Things to see and do: Step back in time in Belper, go paragliding in Chesterfield, or just relax in the calmness of the Carsington Waters.

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Chester Cathedral

Chester 

Chester is the Capital of Cheshire. Being on the border of Wales and the massive harbour made Chester an important strategic outpost in Roman Britain, evidence of which can still be seen today. The main attractions can easily be discovered on foot and the city is an enjoyable place to walk around.

The main city is encircled by a two-mile ring of medieval and Roman walls. Inside these walls is a wealth of Tudor and Victorian buildings. Plus the unique “Rows” which are raised galleried shopping arcades. The walls can be accessed at several points and offer a lovely way to view the city.

You can walk past all the towers, turrets and gates, all of which have some history or story to tell. The Roman Gardens are well worth a good exploration and not far from here you come across the Roman Amphitheatre. Or you can discover the city’s art collection and history at The Grosvenor Museum. * Read more: Things To Do in Chester

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Liverpool is the perfect city for those interested in culture, history, sightseeing, shopping and nightlife. If you are a Beatles fan then the Albert Dock should be on the top of your bucket list. The Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool is so good that UNESCO classed it as one of its World Heritage sites and is home to the main exhibition of the Beatles Story.

Learn about Earth’s history at the World Museum. Not only can you see casts of dinosaur bones here but they have an Egyptian mummies collection too. If you love shopping get yourself down to Liverpool ONE.

This large complex has all the high street shops and designer names that you need in one area, including bars and restaurants. The Liverpool Cathedral is a stunning place to visit. Not only is it the biggest Cathedral in Britain but it is also the 5th largest in Europe. * Related Post: Solo Travel in Liverpool  

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Known for its nightlife and famous football clubs, Manchester isn’t just somewhere to shop and party. The nearby Pennine mountains are also a place to visit in England for nature, culture, and museums. But, if it is nightlife that you’re after, the Northern Quarter has plenty of bars to keep you entertained.

Discover the Manchester Museum with more than four million artefacts from fossils to mummies. There are even real reptiles to look at.

For the art lover, the Manchester Craft and Design Centre is the place to be. Find sculptures, prints and everything arty within this old Victorian fish market.

If you’re a football fan, take your football boots down to the National Football Museum where you can learn more about England’s most popular sport and can practise your skills too! Or take a stadium tour of Old Trafford.

If you prefer architecture, the Manchester Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest buildings. Learn more about its history and time your visit for when a performance is on. The city is also home to Victoria Baths which are open for tours, performances and festivals.

For the evenings, head to ‘HOME,’ the city’s centre of culture. Indulge in a theatre performance or just enjoy a cocktail or two. For a drink with a view, you may prefer an evening at Cloud 23, on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Hotel. Manchester has something for all types of solos.

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Blackpool Tower

Blackpool has been named the top seaside town in the UK for many years, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s got everything you need for traditional British seaside fun. As well as a beautiful sandy beach where you can catch some rays, you can also visit the famous Blackpool tower which stands pride of place.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is also a draw to the area with its abundance of thrilling rides. Adrenaline junkies will love trying out all the fantastic rides including the famous Big One. In the evening, you can find many shows and illuminations, which is one of the main reasons for Blackpool tourism being so popular.

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Birmingham, a vibrant city in the heart of England, offers a diverse range of activities. You can explore the iconic Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, showcasing art, history, and culture. Wander through the historic Jewellery Quarter, known for its unique boutiques and craftsmanship.

Indulge in retail therapy at the Bullring, a shopping destination with a mix of high-end and independent stores. Or immerse yourself in the city's industrial past at the Thinktank Science Museum. Don't miss a canal-side stroll in Brindleyplace where you can dine at one of the restaurants or enjoy a cultural evening at the Symphony Hall. There's also the Botanical Gardens to explore. * Read: Is Birmingham Worth Visiting?

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Derwent Water in the Lake District

The Lake District

If you like the great outdoors, then the Lake District is a fantastic place to visit and a walker’s paradise. The beautiful scenery and rich countryside are dotted with hidden streams, waterfalls, mountains and of course – lakes. Great for hiking, climbing and mountain biking there’s plenty to do here if you’re an active solo, or alternatively, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.

It’s also a place to visit for Star Wars fans, with the lake featuring as a backdrop to several scenes in Force Awakens. Areas such as Derwentwater and Catbells Lakeland Walk are two of the best places to hike in the region.

Things to see and do: Take a cruise on Windermere Lake, visit the Lakes Aquarium, Get crafty at the Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, or take a tour of Beatrix Potter country.  * Related Post: Solo Travel in The Lake District

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Over the course of the last two decades, Newcastle has invested hundreds of millions into its culture and is now considered one of England’s top cultural cities. The Quayside is one of the most popular spots in Newcastle for both tourists and locals, and it is considered one of the top ten attractions in Newcastle.

One of the most unique places to see in all of Newcastle is Victoria Tunnel, which runs underneath the city all the way from the Town Moor to the Tyne. This tunnel was constructed way back in 1842 in order to transport coal to riverside jetties from Leazes Main Colliery. It has now been converted into a shelter to protect citizens during the war. 

Things to see and do: Escape in nature at Jesmond Dene Park, walk along the Quayside, or step inside the Victoria Tunnel. Newcastle will definitely surprise you. 

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Guernsey in the Channel Islands

England's Islands

Then there are the islands, some of which are shared with Wales and Scotland; the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Isles of Scilly. Further south in the British Channel are a group of islands that form the UK Channel Islands. But with so much to see and do in Jersey and Guernsey, this group of islands deserve a guide all to their own. * Read Solo Travel in the Channel Islands

Whether you choose to hike along the Jurassic Coast, enjoy fresh oysters in the fishing village of Whitstable, or just relax on the beach at West Wittering, you can find it in England.

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Alnwick Castle

Explore offers every kind of trip for solos for all ages, especially if you’re 40 plus. You can take a short break, a trip that specialises in food and drink and you also have the option of private or self-guided tours too.  

They have several trips to England whether you are looking to walk the South Downs or explore the Northumberland coast and castles for 6 days. Cycle coast to coast or walk the Lake District or Pembrokeshire coast in a week. Group sizes are between 12 to 18 and you share a room with another member of the group or can upgrade to a single room. Prices exclude flights. * Check rates and availability for Explore tours

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Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including England. Choose from a Harry Potter guided walking tour in London, a university and city walking tour in Oxford, or entry to Stonehenge.

Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo whether you choose to visit Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Cambridge or York, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check rates and availability for England day tours

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England has all types of accommodation whether you’re searching for a friendly B&B, a guest house in the country, a budget hostel or any star hotel. Stay in one of the Peak cottages or rent your own apartment in one of England's many cities. There are also many campsites in England where you can stay in a caravan or mobile home or even take your own tent.

Plus there’s Airbnb which offers rental accommodation in England on a short-term basis and rooms with a local. You can stay in a private room in a local's house or rent their whole apartment. If you're staying longer than short term, consider renting an apartment when you're here. 

If you’re unsure of where to stay in England, all of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement. I've included the most popular destinations in England. For all other accommodations,  check rates and availability for all accommodation in England

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Brighton   – Sea Spray

Seaspray is one of the theme hotels in Brighton. This luxury boutique hotel has 15 different themed rooms from Elvis to Venice. It is close to the attractions and the Pier and also offers an insider’s guide to Brighton once you have made a booking. A good breakfast is included in the room rate. * Check rates and availability: Sea Spray

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Lake District – New Ing Lodge

This independent lodge is a welcoming bed and breakfast in the Lake District. The staff are warm and friendly and the rooms are equally as comfortable. The lodge is an old farmhouse and has a relaxed vibe with a shared lounge where you can meet others. If you are visiting in the winter months, they have heating in the rooms. They even provide a vegetarian or vegan breakfast. * Check rates and availability: New Ing Lodge

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London – K West Hotel & Spa

Close to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, this vibrant hotel was formerly the BBC office and recording studios. There are 219 guest rooms here with a Rock ’n’ Roll influence as well as a spa complete with a sauna, steam room, foot bath and a Hydrotherapy pool. Plus there’s a restaurant on-site too. * C heck rates and availabiliy: K West Hotel & Spa

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Liverpool – Tune Hotel Liverpool

All the major attractions are within walking distance and the hotel is just a short walk to Liverpool Central (the train station), which is ideal if you are arriving or departing by train. The rooms are clean and there is a 24-hour desk so you can check in late, and also store your luggage if you're not leaving until after check out.

There are restaurants nearby too. Choose from a twin or double room with or without a window (to keep the costs down). * C heck rates and availability: Tune Hotel Liverpool

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There are so many different itineraries that you can do in England, depending on what your interest is. You could create your own fictional tour seeing all of the places that inspire some of England’s most famous writers, or follow the Jurassic Coastline if you like to hike in nature.

One place that should definitely be on your solo itinerary is London, and even three nights here just scrapes the surface of the capital. Below is our recommended itinerary for a two-week trip to England.

For a first-time itinerary, I would visit London and spend five or six days here. During that time, you could visit some popular attractions and spend some time just getting to know the city. My favourite ‘must-dos’ are a walk along the Southbank to Tower Bridge, afternoon tea in a fancy hotel or restaurant, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

For something a bit different you could spend an afternoon or evening in off-beat Camden, visit a food market like Broadway or Borough, pub-hop in Shoreditch or take a boat to Greenwich to visit several royal museums and stand on the Prime Meridian.

After that, take a train to Bath and spend a couple of days in this beautiful Georgian town visiting the Roman Baths, the Abbey, and perhaps getting a spa treatment or sampling some local Somerset cider. 

From Bath, rent a car and set out for Cornwall. Stop in the artist colony of St. Ives for cliff-backed surf beaches and great seafood. Work your way around the coast before returning to Bath, perhaps via hippy Glastonbury or the ornate cathedral in Wells. Then head back to London for onward travel.

Travelling around England

It is very easy to get around England. In the capital, London’s public transport network includes the Tube (the metro), trains, buses and the DLR. You can just use your debit card. A great way to see lots of famous landmarks without spending a fortune is to buy The London Pass .

The pass has a choice of 1, 2, 3, 6, or 10 consecutive days and includes skip-the-line entry too. Most attractions are within the city centre and are easily accessible by Tube and on foot.

For the rest of the country, National Express runs frequent services to hundreds of cities and towns including airports, making it easy to get around. National Express coaches are comfortable with toilet facilities and you can travel up and down the country for low prices.

The train lines are privatised so costs can vary depending on where you are travelling to, but the network covers the whole country so you can travel from London to practically anywhere in England. The train is the fastest way to get around. If you are planning on using the train more than once, it may be worth looking into a BritRail Pass .

For a fixed price you can take unlimited journeys around a specific region or the whole country. To get the best train fare, it’s worth pre-booking your ticket in advance but check your route in case it has a limited special offer.

Hiring a car is also easy. You just need a driving licence with an international driving permit. Most cars now come with a GPS. The road infrastructure in England is good and driving is on the left. Tourist attractions are well-signposted and distances are marked in miles not kilometres.

For parking, you usually need coins for parking meters although some now take cards. You can hire a car straight from the airport to collect as you arrive or from a city instead. * Check prices and availability for car hire

If you prefer the freedom of the open road consider hiring a motorhome and driving yourself around the UK. As a solo traveller, you’ll have plenty of space for your accommodation as well as cooking gear and a fridge/freezer to prepare your meals. Spaceship Rentals offers a Voyager campervan from £50 per day. * Book a campervan with Spaceship Rentals

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If you're seeking places to visit alone while on your England trip , our solo travel packages offer the perfect opportunity. Take a solo trip to Cambridge , a charming university city, where you can wander through the prestigious colleges and immerse yourself in the intellectual atmosphere while enjoying the freedom of venturing off on your own. Take a leisurely stroll along the Royal Crescent, immerse yourself in the history of the Roman Baths, and indulge in a spa experience for ultimate relaxation. Hike along scenic trails of the Lake District, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and capture postcard-worthy views, experiencing the serenity and solitude. For those planning to travel solo to England, joining like-minded travelers on an England group tour to the more rural areas of the country is an ideal choice. Listed below are some options for your England solo travel. Take a look.

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These Are The Best Destinations In The U.K. For Solo Travelers

The U.K. is one of the best places for beginners to travel solo, and these destinations have plenty to offer an individual.

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Traveling solo can be truly liberating . The adventures of doing everything alone are the best tonic for the soul. When searching for places to travel solo, look no further than the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has so much to offer to solo travelers. Despite travel restrictions, it still received the highest number of tourists compared to the rest of Europe. Some of the safest cities in the world can be found here, as well as an extremely low crime rate that is perfect for solo travelers.

From quaint buildings to modern shopping centers, the U.K. offers stunning places . It might be a tiny island, but it is packed with history, culture, local delicacies, and scenic views. Here are some of the best destinations in the U.K. for solo travelers.

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The U.K. is one of the best countries for solo travelers. An extensive railway network connects one part of the country to the other, making it incredibly easy for lone travelers to visit England's quaint countryside, its buzzing cities, historic towns, and sprawling seaside villages. This list was updated to include some more destinations that visitors should add to their U.K. solo trip bucket list.

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13 Cambridge

Cambridge is a dreamy destination for solo travelers. The university town welcomes lone visitors with warmth and there are plenty of safe lodging options and youth hostels next to the university campus. Days in Cambridge are spent visiting renowned bookshops and strolling through picturesque gardens in the morning, indulging in lavish afternoon teas -- an affair that Cambridge is particularly famous for -- during midday, going punting on the River Cam in the evenings, and heading to a historic pub at night.

12 Mersea Island

Britain is famous for its quaint seaside towns, some of which are a secret to outside tourists. Sure, there are cities like Brighton, Blackpool, and Devon that are famous countrywide for their beaches, but they also attract throngs of visitors each day. For solo travelers hoping to catch a bit of peace and quiet by the sea, Mersea Island is an excellent place to be. Connected to the nearest town of Colchester via a narrow road, Mersea is an enchanting little island that can be explored on foot in under five hours. Even better, the beach on Meresea Island is filled with little beach huts that can be booked by the night and they are just the right size for solo travelers.

Mersea Island is connected to the mainland via a very narrow road called the Strood. The island is susceptible to high tides which can occur at least twice every day during which the Strood can completely submerge underwater, cutting access to the island temporarily. Always check high tide times before planning a trip to Mersea Island.

11 The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds isn't just one of the best places in the U.K. for solo travel, it's one of the best destinations to visit in the U.K. period . The charming 800-square-mile region is everything that one would expect a quintessentially British town to be: there are rolling green hills, grand castles, stunning woodland, little cottages built in stone, bridges that connect narrow streams, and miles and miles of open countryside to walk in.

10 Isle Of Skye

Hoping to hole up in a remote Airbnb with no contact with civilization and only medieval castles, rugged coastline, towering sea cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and crashing waves for company? Isle of Sky may be just the destination for such a solo trip in the U.K. Connected to Scotland's northern coast through a bridge, the Isle of Skye is a breathtaking destination for solo travelers who want to spend a few days soaking in the exceptional natural beauty of one of U.K's most remote and beautiful regions.

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Cornwall is a huge picturesque beach with a coastline of over 400 miles. It offers watersports lessons that will keep tourists active throughout their stay. It is simply the best solo travel destination in the UK for those who need a mental recharge and some relaxing time at the beach. It has beautiful tourist attractions and adventurous caves that tourists can explore. Cornwall’s cozy cafes also offer local produce, the best seafood, and a taste of Cornwall’s wine.

Norfolk is also a city almost surrounded by water, and it is a no-brainer seafood haven. But that is not the only thing to see here; it is known for its Chrysler Museum of Art and Glass Studio where it showcases robust European painting collections and thousands of glasses that span nearly three thousand years. Indoor activity is not the only activity available. Tourists can also hop on a bike or walk along the 10.5-mile Elizabeth River Trail. The historic Freemason District and nearby neighborhoods are tourist-friendly areas too.

Known for its impressive street art, Briston offers a taste of a vibrant city that is perfect for a solo stroll. Eat some and feel good because this city is also home to a number of vegetarian restaurants. Aside from veggie food , tourists should not miss the taste of Asian foods that are particularly comforting to many locals in the city. If tourists simply want a quiet place to relax, there are various coffee shops in the city that provide that atmosphere.

6 Edinburgh

With its low crime rate, Edinburgh is the best place to begin a solo adventure. In fact, it’s one of the safest cities in the UK. There are many things to explore in Scotland’s capital, from its popular museums to historic castles, tourists won’t have time to see everything. As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, its infrastructures are filled with the history of some towns dating back to Medieval times. Tourists don’t have to go far to get immersed in Edinburgh’s natural attractions, especially because Holyrood Park is only a walk away!

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True to its name, this city is known for its natural hot spring waters that were converted into baths by the Romans. These Roman Baths date back to 2,000 years ago and are some of the most popular sites to be visited in the city. Bath’s gardens have the best views that are perfect spots for a lovely walk or alone time. Tourists can even choose to extend their tours from the Bath City Farm where animals can be seen up close. Tourists can also take a boat ride along the canals where champagne or afternoon tea can be enjoyed during the ride.

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This city might seem impossible to explore alone, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy solo. A stop by at London’s pastry shops is one of the favorite things tourists enjoy. The sugar rush from these treats can definitely help boost one’s energy! After a quick stop at a pastry shop, tourists will have enough energy to explore all of the city’s popular destinations, which include several Harry Potter locations, museums that are completely free to visit, and cruises along the River Thames. London also has impressive infrastructures like the Tower Bridge and the Shard. There, tourists can get an amazing view at its peak.

Scotland’s largest city possesses a long history and offers many fun things to do that are best enjoyed alone. Glasgow is known for its gothic architecture, Medieval and Victorian buildings and their lively lifestyles made evident through sports and music. Exquisite tours around Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove museum provide a glimpse of the city’s history. Harry Potter fans should definitely check out Glasgow University, the popular wizard school, where the legendary movie was filmed. Offering a wide range of fashion styles, Buchanan Street is the shopping go-to in Glasgow that tourists definitely enjoy.

2 Lake District

Lake District is popularly known for its outdoor activities that most solo travelers will definitely enjoy. Most tourists visit the region to explore its biggest attractions, the 16 lakes with Lake Windermere being the most popular. In addition, there are the adventure activities like hiking, climbing, and mountain biking to the spectacular views of the lakes. And for soloists who want to experience the lively nightlife, they can visit local English pubs and get a taste of the popular local beer.

The city is home to quaint attractions and filled with historic sites, thanks to the Vikings who founded Dublin in the 9th century. From countless museums to various libraries, solo tourists will be short of things to do. It is also very easy to get acquainted in Dublin, as it is known to have the friendliest locals. Get a taste of a classic pub meal from traditional pubs such as steak and Guinness pie. And of course, a visit to an Irish city would not be complete without a taste of Irish ale!

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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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Snowdonia Walking Weekend

Enjoy guided hikes in the mountains and hills of snowdonia’s national park, visit neighbouring villages and soak up historical sights., snowdonia summer walking weekend, snowdon summit sunrise adventure, make new friends on this weekend escape to wales - the perfect blend of adventure and tranquillity..

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Cotswolds Spa Retreat with meals

Explore honey-coloured villages and magnificent english countryside with likeminded solo travellers..

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National 3 Peaks Challenge All Inclusive Weekend

Make new friends as you dare yourself to climb the three highest peaks of scotland, england and wales..

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Culture and world-changing Discoveries in Cambridge

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Stratford-upon-Avon with meals & cocktails

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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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Solo Travel in the UK: Why the UK should be your First Solo Trip

When I decided to solo travel in the UK, I did it as part of a larger trip where I was not alone for the first part. That gave me the confidence to travel by myself for the first time.

I was nervous, but as I had been to the UK before – I felt comfortable enough to branch out and explore further. Another benefit of choosing the UK for your first trip is the small size of the country, making it easier to see the it more thoroughly. After an amazing experience there, I can happily say I have solo traveled multiple times.

Here are a few things that drew me to the UK:

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Solo Travel un the UK: Ease of Arrival

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When I was contemplating a solo trip, I was immediately attracted to the small country of Wales. I had visited the U.K before – but never alone, so it seemed like a good place to start my solo travel adventures. It wasn’t difficult to find a flight from Lisbon (my previous destination) to a close and affordable airport – Bristol. In general, flights are frequently available to major cities in the U.K from all over the world. Wherever you are coming from, you can be sure to find a flight that suits your needs.

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Transportation

Along with the multiple ways into the country, the U.K offers a wide range of transportation, making it easy to move around the country. For solo travelers, the most convenient option is the trains. Train stations are normally well marked, and easy to navigate. While train travel can be a bit pricey, there are promotion tickets that allow you to travel for discounted prices.

I did this when I needed to travel from Bath to London . A word of advice though, arrive with plenty of time to the station when traveling on these types of tickets. On the way to London, I had to run with three pieces of luggage from my hostel to the station to avoid missing my train. Another ticket would have cost £100. The frequency of the trains also allows you to stay in one location, usually a major city, and take day trips – resulting in travel flexibility.

Another, more affordable option for solo travel in the UK is the bus. The drawback of buses is that they are not as frequent, but if you don’t have a tight schedule – then they are your best bet. For accessing more rural areas – if you can drive, car rental is another option.

However, if you can’t drive, such as myself, taking a day trip with a tour company may suit your needs. I did this when I wanted to see Stonehenge. Along the way was taken to small, beautiful villages I would never have stopped in because I didn’t know they existed.

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Solo Travel: Friendly Locals

The lack of language barrier was another reason I settled on visiting the UK. If you don’t speak English this might not be true for you. However, as English is a major international language – it makes it easy to communicate. This led me to the ability to make local connections.

Dinner with Locals

The first encounter occurred when I was trying to find a place for dinner in the beautiful city of Bath. My hostel had no kitchen and I was traveling on a budget. I had been wandering around for a while when I spotted a delicious – looking Indian restaurant. Eyeing the massive line for takeout, I asked if I could dine in. The reply was “Sorry, no room.” I shrugged and turned to leave, hoping the grocery store was still open.

That’s when someone tapped my shoulder. “Do you want to eat with us?” Two middle-aged couples stood there, waiting for my reply. I hesitated. I was tired and didn’t really feel like socializing. But did I really want to keep walking in an attempt to find food? No.

They were curious about what had possessed someone to travel alone – as most people are. The usual questions ensued. How was I funding my trip? Why was I alone? What did my parents think of it?

Though the couples insisted I was probably bored,  I was comfortable with them – more so than I would have been with a big group my own age. When they weren’t talking to me I eavesdropped on their conversation, enjoyed some curry, and then handed over cash for my portion at the end of the meal.

Riding the Tube

The second experience happened while doing a normal thing – trying to take the Tube in London. One of my favorite parts of traveling in London is taking the tube. While I know locals may wonder why this is – I found it quite fun as there is not a sophisticated metro system where I am from.

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I was thankful for these experiences and it showed me that tales of meeting people when solo traveling wasn’t just talk, it really does happen!

UK Solo Travel: Wide Range of Attractions and Budget Experiences

The UK holds something for every visitor. If you are a nature lover, you won’t leave disappointed. If you love history, even better! The bigger cities, such as London and Edinburgh, also have amazing shopping, nightlife, and food.

My favorite things to visit in the UK were all of the castles and ruined churches. The ones set among nature are an amazing, photogenic combination. Castles are a popular attraction, and there is a diverse range of them. Two of my favorites on this trip were Castell Coch and Blenheim Palace, accessible as day trips from London and Cardiff respectively.

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Though your budget in the UK will depend on what country you are coming from, most cities and towns have some free and affordable attractions to enjoy. Churches and ruins tend to be free. Each town normally has a free history museum, with the ones in big cities such as London and Edinburgh containing amazing collections. It’s a perfect way to get an overview of the country’s history without breaking the bank.

One of my favorite free attractions during my solo trip to the UK was the ruins of a church atop Glastonbury Tor It’s a small ‘mountain’ (it’s more like a hill) said to be where the legendary King Arthur was buried. It was a great way to get exercise in, enjoy the scenery, and feel immersed in history all at once.

Whichever destination in the UK you decide on, and regardless of your travel interests, the UK will provide an easy and fun introduction to solo travel.

About the Author

Rebecca Heggs is a part-time English teacher currently living in Spain, who has been to over 20 countries. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her new home city of Madrid and writing about her travel experiences around Europe. You can follow her adventures at: introvertadventuress.com

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Travelling alone often equates to unforgettable adventures, alternative takes and new friends gathered along the way. So who wouldn’t want to go on holiday  toute seule  in 2023? The joys are clear for all to see: breathless discovery of a far-flung land, doing exactly what you want to do every day and leaving all hassle and responsibility behind the moment the wheels are up. Sounds glorious, doesn’t it? Here are the best ways to do it.

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Valletta City Gate walkway in Malta, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

1. Go hiking in Malta

Best for springtime Mediterranean hikes Malta is an island made for walking, from the cart-wide alleys of Valletta to the magnificent cliff paths from Marsaskala to Birzebbuga in the southeast. This eight-day group hiking holiday covers the best of all routes. It begins with two nights exploring Gozo before crossing back to Malta and setting off on five days of hikes of up to ten miles a day, combining the island’s outstanding natural beauty with its mysterious history.

Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

2. Rediscover New Zealand

Best for intrepid types New Zealand is open again for tourism and operators say that demand is huge — not only with new bookings, but with those who deferred during the two years when the country was effectively closed to visitors. This group tour from Wendy Wu offers 50 per cent off the flight price for solo travellers but also forces you to make difficult decisions: do you go for the 13-day North Island tour, including Wellington, Auckland and the volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park; the 13-day South Island tour, featuring Christchurch, Dunedin and the Fjordlands; or the 23-day option that does it all?

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Lake Moraine, south-east of the hamlet of Lake Louise in Banff National Park Canada, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

3. Explore the Canadian Rockies

Best for active travellers Look north from Waterton Lakes on the second day of this eight-day hiking and camping trip to the Canadian Rockies and spare a thought for Alexander Mackenzie, the explorer who made the first east-to-west crossing of America in 1793 and who headed into these great mountains with no clue of what lay ahead. You’ll be following in his footsteps with a bit more information as part of a small-group adventure in Canada that takes you from Calgary to Lake Louise and the Iceline Trail. It’s a demanding itinerary requiring a decent level of fitness and includes hiking, rafting and camping under a billion stars.

The Douro river in Portugal, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

4. Cruise the Douro river

Best for romantic pottering Solo tours aren’t necessarily quests for love, but let’s face it, a slow cruise up the Douro river fuelled by red wine and the warm Portuguese sun is going to be achingly, unavoidably romantic. The itinerary lists eight guided visits and excursions, including a flamenco tour over the border in Salamanca, on-board fado music and lots of time to sit and watch the vineyards and hill villages slide by.

Havana, Cuba, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

5. Combine culture and chilling in Cuba

Best for a Caribbean classic Part culture trip, part beach holiday, this ten-night Cuban trip for solos combines all the important stuff — Oldsmobiles, cigars, salsa and mojitos — with the self-indulgence of a seaside break on the island of Cayo Ensenachos. Arguably two days on the white sands isn’t enough, but there’s so much more to see: pretty Trinidad, the grand port of Cienfuegos, then back to Havana . You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your home, and travel in Cuba by coach.

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Uzbekistan, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

6. Take the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

Best for a road less travelled Want to explore some of the world’s least-travelled destinations but feel too nervous to go it alone? Wild Frontiers has original itineraries in some of the world’s most extraordinary destinations. Over 70 per cent of guests on its small-group tours are solo adventurers. On its ten-day  Uzbekistan  trip, you’ll visit destinations along the Silk Road whose very names evoke camel trains and spice merchants: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent. You’ll also spend time up in the mountains, staying in a small family guesthouse and hiking between remote villages, and in the process learning something of the traditional way of life far from the cities.

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7. Bask in the beauty of Bali

Best for an island odyssey Intrepid has been opening up the world to single travellers for over 30 years, winning a host of prestigious travel awards along the way. On its group trips, the travel style is very much focused on local immersion; on the nine-day Beautiful Bali tour, that means plentiful opportunities to learn about Balinese culture with access to local guides, home visits and family meals throughout. These form part of a packed  Bali  itinerary that’ll have you climbing a volcano for sunrise, cycling past paddy fields and through small villages, snorkelling over coral reefs, roaming spice plantations and soaking in a natural hot spring.

The Erg Chebbi desert in Morocco, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

8. Tour the cities and the sands of Morocco

Best for culture, cuisine — and camels Many of your fellow travellers will also be on a solo trip, making this eight-day tour through northern  Morocco  a great way to make new friends, as well as have an adventure. You’ll start in the city of Casablanca before continuing to the ancient walled town of Fez, no doubt getting lost in the winding lanes of its Unesco-listed medina. Friendships will be cemented with camel rides in the desert and hikes through the Todra Gorge, with opportunities to take tagine-cooking classes and enjoy a Berber feast. The trip ends in  Marrakesh , and you’ll celebrate your last evening with your travel companions in the incredible cultural spectacle that is Djemaa el Fna Square.

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9. Get close to nature in Costa Rica

Best for rainforest wildlife You’ll be in good company on this trip — approximately half the people booked on to Exodus’s itineraries are solo travellers. You’ll bond over the incredible wildlife encounters you’ll share on the eight-day tour of  Costa Rica , watching turtles nest on the beach, taking boat trips through the jungle to spot caimans, visiting nature reserves in search of sloths and looking for rare bird species in the cloud forest. Most meals are included, and accommodation is in comfortable hotels. Note you’ll share a room with someone of the same sex; there’s an extra charge if you wish to have your own room.

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A visitor at the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, a great destination for a solo holiday

10. Learn about history in Egypt

Best for younger travellers A traditional Nile cruise is a wonderful way to see Egypt ’s historic sights, but it might be a touch sedate for younger travellers. Join a youth-targeted adventure tour — such as this one from Intrepid Travel’s 18-to-29 range — and you get the great guiding and safety of being in a group without losing out on a lively atmosphere. Costs are kept low with comfortable but basic accommodation, including overnights on sleeper trains and on a traditional felucca ship. You’ll visit the pyramids and the Great Sphinx in Cairo and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. You’ll also kayak at Aswan, with other activities optional. 

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Preparing food alfresco in Umbria, where solo travellers can go take a culinary tour

11. Cook in Umbria

Best for foodies You’ll share food, anecdotes and experiences with the new friends you make on this cooking-focused group holiday in Italy — but not bedrooms. No single supplement means that an en suite room in a beautiful stone farmstead set in olive groves is all yours for no extra cost. Alongside laid-back cooking classes using organic produce from the garden with your hosts, Gianluca  and Marina, you’ll go truffle hunting, visit wineries and nearby hilltop towns, and laze around the pool, gazing out at the gently undulating Umbrian landscape. Courses run from April to October.  

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Samurai training in Japan, a great destination for a solo tour holiday

12. Have a samurai sword lesson in Japan

Best for some real solitude Why is it widely assumed that all solo travellers are on the constant hunt for company? If you’re seeking solitude, Japan is a brilliant option for going it alone. It’s very safe, dining solo is commonplace and  — though there’s a strong sense of hospitality — politeness is ingrained, so locals will offer help but no hassle. InsideJapan has created a trip specifically for solos, with a handful of sociable group experiences. Its Japan Solo itinerary includes a street food tour in Osaka , a samurai sword lesson in Kyoto and a cooking class in Tokyo — and some private guiding — but plenty of independent exploration too, from a mountain hike on Miyajima island to contemplation at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

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Practising yoga in Greece, a great place for a solo holiday

13. Try yoga in Greece

Best for concentrated contemplation When your focus is self-nurturing, travelling alone is an advantage — there’s no call to compromise your needs. Nefeli Nine’s signature wellness retreat, hosted in a secluded villa on a rugged stretch of coastline near Athens , brings guests together for twice-daily yoga sessions, relaxed rural hikes and three gourmet Greek meals a day, but leaves plenty of time free for them to do their own thing — whether that’s meditation, reading or taking a nap by the pool. It’s based around the traditional balanced lifestyle and mainly plant-based diet found in Blue Zones, where residents often live beyond 100 years old. Most guests at this retreat are travelling solo, with single rooms available on dates in April, September and October. 

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Pouring wine in Bordeaux, a great place or a solo holiday

14. Go wine-tasting in Bordeaux

Best for adventurous oenophiles River cruises can be less daunting for solos than ocean voyages — the ships are smaller, so if you gel with a fellow passenger you can expect to bump into them again, and ports tend to be close to town centres, so if you don’t want to join an organised excursion it’s simple to strike out alone. Uniworld’s Brilliant Bordeaux itinerary is a wine and culture-focused sailing on the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde. Food, wine, tips and wi-fi are included, plus there are a host of excursions, from wine and oyster tasting trips to cycling tours and scenic drives around this beautiful area of southwest France . Departures available from April 2023.

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The Brecon Beacons in Wales, a great place for a solo holiday

15. Walk in Wales

Best for a good wander Unless you’re a confident map reader, striking out for the hills alone can feel perilous — hence a proliferation of group walking holidays dedicated to solo travellers. You could climb the Matterhorn or walk the Camino de Santiago, but if you’re after something more moderate, HF Holidays runs single-supplement-free guided walking trips from its country houses across the UK. In the Brecon Beacons in Wales , you’ll stay in a handsome grade II listed house, and can choose from three accompanied walks of varying length each day, wandering among waterfalls, hiking up Pen y Fan and following Offa’s Dyke to Hay-on-Wye.

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The Capitol in Washington DC, USA, a great place for a solo holiday

16. Explore museums in Washington DC

Best for monuments, museums and more Washington DC is a city suited to solo exploration. At its heart is the leafy National Mall, where alongside the monuments and memorials is a dense concentration of world-class museums in which you can lose yourself in learning. The best news? Many of the museums are free, including all 17 Smithsonian museums and galleries. Use the money saved on sightseeing to take advantage of the city’s dining scene — eating solo, you can slide into spots at the bar of in-demand restaurants such as Copycat Co for Chinese street food, Tail Up Goat for Michelin-starred Mediterranean fare, or 2Amys Pizza. Base yourself at the Hyatt Place Washington DC, where the rooftop bar has superb city views.

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An iguana in Galapagos, a great place for a solo holiday

17. Sail round the Galapagos

Best for awesome animals The Galapagos is best visited by ship. An expedition cruise allows you to hop between the islands, each unique in character and with its own wildlife, encountering lumbering giant tortoises, dragon-like marine iguanas and curious sea lions. Days are packed with activities, with small groups led by erudite guides. Hurtigruten Expeditions has a rolling programme of no-single-supplement offers, including on its Galapagos Islands Wildlife Expedition Cruise. MS Santa Cruz II sails with kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddleboards — even wetsuit hire is included.

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Cross-country skiing in Austria, a great destination for a solo holiday

18. Cross-country ski in Austria

Best for learning new skiing skills There’s no quicker way to bond with someone than by learning a new skill together, so this beginner’s cross-country skiing trip is perfect for solos, particularly as single supplements are low in Austria . Based in pretty Pertisau — on the shores of Lake Achensee, at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains — the package includes cross-country ski lessons, a snowshoeing excursion and accommodation at a four-star spa hotel.

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Monte Fitz Roy in Patagonia, Argentina, a great place for a solo holiday

19. Blend wine in Argentina

Best for a sociable solo spectacular Targeted at travellers in their thirties and forties who are less budget-starved and more experience-hungry, Flash Pack holidays are focused on the sociable side of solo group travel. Trips are loaded with activities, and stays are often in four-star or five-star hotels. The operator’s Ultimate Argentina trip takes in Buenos Aires, the Patagonian wilderness and the Mendoza wine region, and features a host of experiences, from dinner in a cave with prehistoric art on the walls and hiking on a glacier to blending your own wine at a vineyard.

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Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations for solo travellers

20. See the splendours of Sri Lanka

Best for culture and beach Nervous about travelling alone? Visit somewhere so dazzling you’ll soon forget your fears. This two-week Splendours of Sri Lanka tour follows the classic circuit from Colombo to Wilpattu National Park in search of elephants and leopards before heading through the island’s green heart via the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle, the tea country and the beach. There’s a bit of climbing and the odd hike involved, so you do need to be mobile.

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Hotel Meganisi in Greece, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

21. Relax in a Greek hideaway

Best for regaining your sanity If you have ever fantasised about loafing in the sunshine at a small, family-run Greek hotel, Hotel Meganisi might provide the reality. Standing on the outskirts of the village of Katomeri on the eponymous Ionian island and a 15-minute walk from the beach at Mikro Limonari, the 35-room property is run by the lovely Dimi and Christina Politis, assisted by their various offspring. There are footpaths radiating over Meganisi from Katomeri for the curious, and a pool terrace for the idle.

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Amber Fort in Rajasthan, India, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

22. Take in India by train

Best for a grand tour Dozens of books have been written about Indian rail, but perhaps only Arup K Chatterjee’s The Great Indian Railways captures the wonder of a behemoth made of 42,226 miles of track, 108,000 daily services to 7,325 stations and 1.2 million employees. Yes, the stations are chaotic, the booking byzantine and the third-class carriages only a little more comfortable than a low-cost airline, but think of the views. This unforgettable 15-night solo departure includes a VIP pick-up from home, airport lounges and a tour of India ’ s Golden Triangle by first-class train, stopping at Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Amritsar, Chandigarh and Shimla.

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The Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz in the Fethiye district of Turkey, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

23. Sail Turkey by gulet

Best for rest and relaxation afloat A gulet is a hand-built, two or three-masted wooden sailing ship, often made in the shipyards of Bodrum or Marmaris. It offers the most luxurious way to explore Turkey’ s Turquoise Coast — dining on fresh fish and raki, dropping anchor in hidden coves, swimming off empty beaches and, on deck or in your private cabin, enjoying perhaps the most restful sleep you’ll experience. The only thing wrong with this solo-only seven-night cruise aboard the nine-cabin Beyzade from Fethiye to Batikkaya Bay is that it’s too short.

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Observation platform on the Stubnerkogel, Austria, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

24. Hike the Austrian Alps

Best for summer in the mountains In winter it’s a glitzy ski resort in the High Tauern range, but in summer Bad Hofgastein is transformed into a hiker’s paradise of Alpine meadows, cool pine woods and crystal lakes — all connected by Austria ’s excellent Post Bus network, which seems to have a stop at the end of every walk. On this eight-day holiday you’ll follow your guide up peaks including the Huttenkogel and Stubnerkogel, explore the valley’s goldmining history, and soak away the pain in Bad Gastein’s fabulous outdoor thermal baths. How much pain? Well, it’s rated moderate, which means you need to be up for tackling full-day walks with long ascents and steep descents.

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Assisi, Italy, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

25. Get to the heart of Italy

Best for hassle-free exploring The escorted tour operator Leger has thought of everything for an eight-night Treasures of Tuscany , Rome and the Green Heart of Italy tour for solos: pick-up from your home if you want it; no flights; one base — Hotel Astra in the spa town of Chianciano Terme — for the entire trip, so you don’t have to pack up every day; your own room; and an itinerary that does what it says on the tin, visiting Florence , Assisi, Rome, San Gimignano, Siena and Montepulciano.

Alta Badia in the Dolomites, Italy, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

26. Ski in the Dolomites

Best for discovering the Dolomites Lizzie Russell sells women-only ski weeks in the Dolomites — the Italian mountain paradise that offers 700 miles of prepared pistes in a dozen areas all covered by one £233 lift pass. Steering clear of the weekend-warrior crowd, you’ll spend your time with a guide who will take you on a different tour each day to Alta Badia, Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Hidden Valley, tailoring every outing to the abilities of the group. Accommodation is in private rooms in hotels with no single supplements.

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A lioness in Botswana, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

27. Safari in Botswana

Best for wildlife encounters Baboon burglary and elephant trespass are manageable irritants in the bush, but the biggest deterrent to solo travellers remains the single supplement, which can force you to pay up to 50 per cent extra for sole use of a tent. Lebala Lodge and Lagoon Camp in the Linyati and the newly refurbished Kwara Lodge in the Okavango Delta have done away with the supplements for green-season travel between November and March. “Green” is a euphemism for rainy, but don’t be put off: this is the time when wildlife activity is at its most frenetic and the rainfall is limited to short, dramatic thunderstorms. This bargain trip is spread between the three camps and you won’t be short of company because the game drives are in shared vehicles.

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Borgo Egnazia spa resort in Italy, one of the best destinations for a solo holiday

28. Be happy ever after in Italy

Best for eternal luxury in Puglia It’s easy to find happiness on holiday, but like an impulsively purchased bottle of limoncello, the feeling can be hard to recreate at home. Borgo Egnazia, a spa resort in the Puglian countryside, believes that true and lasting happiness can be attained by a mind, body and soul approach that begins, rather unromantically, with a questionnaire but advances through a six-day programme of group and individual classes designed to help you to forge lasting relationships with others and to understand your inner self. Access to the spa and to Borgo’s private beach is also included.

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29. Encounter Antarctica

Best for the ultimate bucket-list trip For the solo traveller  Antarctica  is the bucket-list destination to top all bucket-list destinations and is within reach as part of andBeyond’s epic 11-night tour. You’ll join fellow adventurers on an expedition ship to the South Shetland Islands, cruising past icebergs and glaciers, watching whales breach, and stepping ashore to get up close to penguin colonies. At the end of the voyage, you’ll head to the luxurious Vira Vira Lodge in  Chile ’s Lake District. Here, you can recover by enjoying the hot tub and fine farm-to-table cuisine, or head out on any number of activities, from riding to whitewater rafting.

Price  £££

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30. Experience South Africa

Best for an all-round African tour Trailfinders runs a number of group tours for solo travellers — meaning everyone else on the trip is there on their own, too, and you get your own room at no additional cost. Its Experience  South Africa  itinerary takes you to the country’s most famous sights, with  Cape Town , the Garden Route,  Johannesburg  and Kruger National Park all included on the 11-night tour. There’s a whole raft of experiences covered (cultural, historical, oenological), but the ones that are most likely to linger in the memory are the wildlife encounters you’ll have, whether that’s watching penguins along the coast or spotting the big five on a game drive.

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Visiting the Lycian Way in Turkey is one of the best solo travel ideas

31. Take the Lycian Way in Turkey

Best for archeological action If you view holidays as an opportunity to expand the mind, Andante Travels will have a trip for you. It specialises in tours focused on archaeology, history and culture — on its Lycian Way trip, you can combine this with walking. You’ll be led by a lecturer with a background in classical civilisation and stroll sections of the ancient coastal trail along the southern  Turkish  coast, stopping for talks at significant historical sites, some of which are only accessible on foot. You’ll also take a boat trip to the sunken city ruins of Simena, which partly lie beneath the Mediterranean. Andante releases a number of tours each year with no single supplement — check the website for details.

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Reporting by Chris Haslam, Amanda Canning and Jo Booth .

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8 best solo trips in the US

Posted: May 4, 2023 | Last updated: July 3, 2023

Once I learned how to travel solo , I felt comfortable and confident being on my own in a new place. Now, I relish the opportunity to take a solo trip. I love traveling with my friends and family, but when you travel on your own, your time belongs only to you.

To that end, TPG rounded up some of the best solo travel destinations to help you step out of your comfort zone and experience travel in a new way.

Boston, Massachusetts

Good for: History buffs.

From its crucial role in the Revolutionary War to longstanding icons like Fenway Park, Quincy Market and its many museums, Boston plays host to a wealth of attractions for solo travelers who fancy themselves history buffs. For a firsthand look at Boston’s early days, step onto The Freedom Trail , a walking tour of 16 sites that played integral roles in the birth of our nation. You can continue your exploration in some of Boston’s historic neighborhoods, including Beacon Hill and the North End (Boson’s Little Italy).

If you plan to spend an evening cheering on The Boston Red Sox, a stay at The Verb Hotel (starting at $240 per night) will put you within walking distance of Fenway. Or, for a points-friendly option, book a room at The Liberty, A Luxury Collection Hotel (starting at $313 or 53,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night) The building once served as the home of Boston’s Charles Street Jail and you can dine among the preserved jail cell facades at the hotel’s restaurant, Clink.

Asheville, North Carolina

Good for: Hiking, biking and beer.

Asheville truly has it all for outdoor enthusiasts — hiking and mountain biking trails through the hazy vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains (the city provides a “ hike finder ” to help you find the perfect trail), paddling down the French Broad River or simply checking out Asheville’s outdoor shopping districts like the River Arts District or Biltmore Park by foot (shopping counts as cardio in my book).

When it’s time for some apres-hike brews and bites, head to one of Asheville’s breweries. There’s plenty to choose from, but Wicked Weed and Hi-Wire top the list for spots to satisfy your thirst and hunger in a fun setting.

For an upscale boutique stay in downtown Asheville, check in to The Foundry Hotel (starting at $265 or 76,000 Hilton Honors points per night), a Curio Collection by Hilton property or the budget-friendly Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown (starting at $136 or 27,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Good for: Live music and livelier crowds.

Even if you visit The Big Easy alone, you are never truly on your own. Whether it’s vibing with the throngs of tourists on Bourbon Street, standing in line for beignets at Cafe du Monde or learning about the city’s rich history on a group walking tour, you’re likely to be surrounded by friendly faces with similar interests (and a taste for powdered-sugar-covered fried dough).

If you’ve never been to New Orleans , make time to hit up hot spots like Pat O’Briens for a rum-soaked hurricane, Central Grocery, where the famous muffuletta sandwich was invented and Preservation Jazz Hall for live jazz. If you still have time during your trip, venture farther from the French Quarter to City Park and Mardi Gras World or take a guided tour of New Orleans’ hauntingly beautiful mausoleums.

For a hotel that’s “close but not too close” to the French Quarter, stay at The Eliza Jane (starting at $150 or 28,000 IHG One Rewards points per night) or the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot (starting at $150 or 17,000 World of Hyatt points per night), two of New Orleans’ many points-friendly hotels .

Austin, Texas

Good for: Music-lovers and foodies.

The Texas state capital is known for many things — delicious barbecue, a stellar music scene, gorgeous green spaces and lakes where you can stay active and the world’s largest urban colony of bats, to name a few. What’s great about visiting Austin as a solo traveler are the various neighborhoods you can visit to enjoy dining, drinks and entertainment all in one place.

Sixth Street closes down to traffic on weekends and is a great spot for creative cocktails and neon-lit music venues. For something a little more laid back, head to Rainey Street. Also, South Congress, with its unique boutiques and variety of dining options, is a must-visit for both locals and tourists.

Zilker Park puts more than 350 acres of outdoor fun at your fingertips. You can swim in the spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, explore on a rented bike or canoe or time your visit to annual events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival or the Austin Kite Festival.

Some of the best points hotels in Austin are close to downtown, including The Driskill (starting at $215 or 21,000 World of Hyatt points per night) , a World of Hyatt property, and the Austin Proper Hotel (starting at $400 or 42,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night).

Portland, Oregon

Good for: Exploring the unique landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

Portland is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides. Though the city lies in a valley, you can often see Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and the towering green firs and pines that surround it. To best enjoy these natural wonders, visit Powell Butte for panoramic mountain views or the outlook behind Pittock Mansion for city views with Mount Hood looking in the background.

I’d be remiss to leave out all the weird and wonderful within Portland’s city limits. Voracious readers could spend hours in Powell’s City of Books, the country’s largest independent bookstore, and the outdoor Portland Saturday Market is considered to be the largest continually operating arts-and-crafts market in the country. The city has so many food carts they’ve created a handy guide to help you find exactly what you’re hungry for.

Many of Portland’s hotels reflect the city’s unique style, like the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland (starting at $170 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards points per night) and The Nines Hotel Portland  (starting at $230 or 43,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night), both located downtown.

San Diego, California

Good for: A mix of beach days and California history.

San Diego is home to many beautiful beaches, but there’s more to San Diego than just lazy days in the sand (though I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t leave the beach during your visit). Many of San Diego’s best-known attractions are in Balboa Park, including the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum and many splendid gardens and recreational areas.

About two miles west of Balboa Park on San Diego Bay, stop by the USS Midway Museum to learn about historic naval aircraft and helicopters on board the USS Midway aircraft carrier. Old Town San Diego — the first European settlement in California — and the Gaslamp Quarter are also worth peeling yourself away from the beach for.

Related: The best hotels in San Diego

If you prefer to stay close to downtown and the bay, reserve a room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown (starting at $210 or 67,000 Hilton Honors points per night). If you want to be closer to the beach, head for the famed Hotel del Coronado (starting at $400 or 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night).

Nashville, Tennessee

Good for: Legendary country music.

From the 4,000-seat Grand Ole Opry to the rows of bars with live music along Lower Broadway, you are never too far from legendary country stars and up-and-coming crooners when you visit Nashville.

However, Nashville isn’t only a hotbed of honky tonk. It’s also where music fans go to immerse themselves in the history of country music. You can pay homage to the greats like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash at the Country Music Hall of Fame or visit RCA Studio B, where perma-stars like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded country classics.

Nashville is also well known for its shopping scene. Visit The District in downtown Nashville for everything from record albums to cowboy boots, and head to the shops in Hillsboro Village or Gulch for local and nationally-known fashion and accessory brands.

Related: The best hotels to book in Nashville for the full Music City experience

The Embassy Suites Downtown Nashville (starting at $160 or 47,000 Hilton Honors points per night) offers spacious rooms and a rooftop indoor pool, but for a true Nashville experience you’ll never forget, go for the Dolly Parton suite at the Graduate Nashville hotel (starting at $300 per night).

Sedona, Arizona

Good for: Reconnecting with nature.

There are few places in the U.S. with more spectacular scenery than Sedona, Arizona . Surrounded by striking red-rock buttes and majestic canyons, this desert destination is an ideal spot for communing with nature. For some, that could mean a solitary day of hiking at the picturesque Bell Rock, while others may prefer a more spiritual experience like a yoga hiking tour of Sedona .

Sedona’s art scene is as vibrant as its landscape. Peruse shops and galleries in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village or the Sedona Artist Market. On the first Friday of every month , many galleries stay open into the evening hours and have special artist receptions and other events.

The Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock (starting at $250 or 53,000 Hilton Honors points per night) is about as close as you can get to Sedona’s best hiking trails. For a serene retreat experience, stay at the L’Auberge de Sedona (starting at $250 or 53,000 Hilton Honors points per night) or The Wilde Resort & Spa (starting at $450 per night).

Bottom line

When you take a solo trip, you have the freedom and independence to go where you want and do what you want whenever you want.

Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, foodie heaven or big-city excitement, these eight destinations are among the best cities in the U.S. for solo travelers.

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Slipping a hibiscus flower behind my ear, I take a sip of champagne and snap another selfie.

For this one, I am standing in a pool with my floating breakfast and it fits perfectly in my growing collection: me in a heart-shaped swing at water’s edge; my single set of footprints in white sand, me, myself and I reclining in a hammock at sunset.

I’m holidaying alone in a honeymooners’ paradise. And it’s bliss.

‘You’re going to the Maldives on your own?!’ came the shocked response when I told friends I was jetting off solo to the world’s number one honeymoon destination.

Because the Maldives, an idyllic archipelago of more than 1,000 coral islands across 26 atolls, some 600 miles south-west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, really is the world’s honeymoon hotspot.

Deborah Arthurs Maldives, Sun Siyam resort

Just take TikTok, where the Maldives is the most popular honeymoon destination on the platform, with over 3.5million views on the hashtag # maldiveshoneymoon .

But if you don’t have a partner – or you fancy leaving one behind – the Maldives still has an abundance to offer. It was serendipitous timing that Virgin Atlantic had just launched a new route into the Maldives, flying to Malé three times a week.

A civilised departure time, a speedy flight of under ten hours and a well-timed seaplane taking just 45 minutes meant jetting out of gloomy Heathrow at 6.20pm and taking my first dip by 11am next day.

Virgin has teamed up with Maldivian-owned Sun Siyam resorts – ideal for solo travellers thanks to its diverse portfolio and famously friendly staff.

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I stayed at three Sun Siyam islands: Iru Fushi for five-star luxury, sensational sundowners, 15 bars and restaurants and fine dining; Siyam World Maldives, an action-packed, family-friendly resort with personal water slides on villas and activities including the breacher – a dolphin-shaped semi-submersible that dives and barrel-rolls – and Iru Veli , a low-key couples’ favourite with some of the best house reefs plus snorkelling with giant manta rays, nurse sharks and whale sharks.

Here’s how I made the most of my me-me-me moon …

Discover an underwater world

Deborah Arthurs Maldives, Sun Siyam resort

The Maldives, of course, has exceptional diving but just snorkelling here beats diving in most of the rest of the world.

On a reef just a few metres from the beach is a kaleidoscope of colour, with coral, sea anemones, giant clams and sea cucumbers. Thousands of tropical fish include yellow and blue sweetlips, spiny lionfish, pufferfish, parrot fish pecking at coral, and white- and black-tip reef sharks.

Guide Ammaday had briefed us – don’t touch the poisonous lionfish, but don’t fear 
the sharks, as they’re vegetarian and toothless.

Night snorkeling

night dive with nurse shark in maldives

I find it a little intimidating slipping into inky black waters at Iru Veli dive centre with blue lights and torches strapped to my wrists, especially as we are in search of sharks. But there’s no time for nerves as I am faced immediately with some of the key nocturnal players.

Dozens of nurse sharks, up to 
six feet long, circle me just off shore. Lobsters and giant crabs dance on the seabed. My torchlight 
lends impossibly bright neon hues to coral, feather stars and jellyfish. An experience not to be missed.

Coral planting

Deborah Arthurs Maldives

The environmental challenges faced by the Maldives are well documented,not least the threat to the 189 types of coral that make up its reefs.

Coral is essential to the survival of thousands of species as it provides physical protection against island attrition. The local response to global warming is conservation, restoration and education.

All Sun Siyam’s resorts have trained marine biologists, with the goal to increase biodiversity around the islands and educate tourists.

I spent a satisfying morning tying fragments of salvaged coral, taken from partially bleached reefs or found unattached on the seabed, to frames. The frames are then returned to a safe place on the seabed where the coral can regenerate.

At Iru Fushi, frames show signs of healthy growth, one highlight being the ‘Nemo garden’, an area covered in sea anemones and home to countless clownfish.

Whale Shark excursion

Manta in the blue background

An hour from Iru Veli by speedboat, we reach a whale shark feeding ground and our best chance of meeting this gentle fish, which can grow up to 60ft in length.

Dropping into the depths of the Indian Ocean, I am confronted by a set of ten-foot-wide gaping jaws, moving steadily towards me. This is not a whale shark, but a giant manta ray. Four more giant manta join and
 I find myself in a circle of the enormous, graceful creatures. Magical.

Treatment time

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Maldivian spas are world class, and those to be found at Siyam resorts are no exception. Iru Fushi boasts 20 treatment rooms and 160 treatments, while Siyam World has a beautiful reflexology garden and at Iru Veli, there’s an over-water spa where you can watch eagle rays glide past as you’re pummelled by your massage therapist.

Prices start at $180 (£140) for 60 minutes, with guests receiving $100 (£80) spa credit to use during 
the week. 


Deborah Arthurs Maldives

If watersports are your jam, you’ve come to the right place.

Siyam World in particular is set up for the adrenaline addict, with wakeboarding, jet boots, sea bob, inflatable obstacle course, aquatic E-bikes and more on offer.

You get a session of paddleboarding or kayaking on the house every day and snorkel gear is always free to use.

Explore local islands

Kudafari island in the Maldives (Picture: Bloo man/Wikimedia Commons)

Most resorts can arrange local island visits, offering insight into the Maldivian way of life.

I visit Kudafari, a 20-minute boat ride from Siyam World and home to 900 people, where 31-year-old councillor Ahmed Mahfooz describes the work being done to protect traditional industries and provide opportunities that will keep people from leaving the island.

Environmental projects – chiefly recycling and clean energy – are a focus, with plans to be powered by renewable energy by next year.

Sunset dolphin tour

Deborah Arthurs Maldives

If anything would highlight my 
single status, surely it would be a sunset cruise?

In reality, couples and singles alike had eyes only for the mesmerising scenes that met us moments into our cruise: hundreds of dolphins, leaping out of the water alongside our boat as we sailed towards the blazing orange horizon.

What my me-me-me moon left me with – aside from the suntan and selfies – was perspective.
 I had been burning out back home, and hadn’t taken a moment just for me in years.

But I came back recharged… and I plan to renew my vows to myself and go solo again as soon as I can.

Deborah Arthurs Maldives

Getting to the Maldives

Experience the beautiful Maldives from £3,449 per person.

Virgin Atlantic has launched flights between London Heathrow and the Maldives with a new winter thrice-weekly service. The new service is operating on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. In October the service will increase to operating daily.

Enjoy seven nights in the Maldives with Virgin Atlantic Holidays , including flights from London Heathrow, with accommodation at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and Siyam World Maldives .

Spend four nights with bed and breakfast at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi staying in a Deluxe Beach Villa, before enjoying three nights all-inclusive at Siyam World Maldives in a Water Villa with a pool and slide.

Price is per person based on two adults travelling and sharing a room, including sea plane transfers throughout, plus all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges, which are subject to change. Price is based 
on a March 3 departure.

To book, 
see virginholidays.co.uk or call 
0344 557 3859

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