5 Best places to stay for single travellers
If you’re a lone traveller, you may find more places catering for couples and families than you would like. We reveal the best places to go when going solo.
Many classic holiday destinations are aimed squarely at the couples market - from romantically folded towels to single room supplements, they're the places you want to avoid as a solo traveller. It's possible to have a lot of fun travelling alone, as the opportunities to meet new people are greater and you won't have someone else's needs to take into consideration.
That means you're free to do exactly as you please - whether that's lazing around on the beach all day every day, undertaking some thrill-seeking adventure or exploring every nook and cranny of a new city. We've got five suggestions for the best places for single travellers to visit.
1. Cities of Love
You might think avoiding the city of love as a single traveller would be a smart move, but you'd miss out on so much if you did. With museums, monuments and architecture galore there's plenty to keep you occupied in Paris - and dining out alone in France is very much the done thing.
To make some friends (or at least drinking-buddies) why not stay in a hostel? They're much cleaner and better maintained than in the bad old days, and when they're cheap and companionable, they make the perfect accommodation for solos. You can find the best Paris youth hostels on many comparison sites like Party hostel Guru.
2. Peaceful Thailand
If peace and solitude is what you're after, make tracks for Thailand. It's a country with more beautiful beaches than you can shake a stick at, meaning you'll always be able to find a beach that feels like a desert island.
Avoid the tourist hotspots of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi and head instead for less developed islands like Koh Lipe and Koh Tarutao and go off exploring on your own to find a true island paradise.
3. Take a Course
Continuing the theme of peace and relaxation, courses are often a great way for single travellers to get the perfect balance of blissful solitude and human contact. Sign up for an ashram in India, an Italian cookery school or a yoga retreat in St Lucia - you'll have people to chat to while classes are going on, and the option of sloping off on your own afterwards. It's the best of both worlds!
4. ‘Young’ Destinations
To stay sociable on your solo adventure, why not head for a more typically 'young' destination? Europe's party islands are the perfect place to meet new people, from Split in Croatia to Ibiza off the coast of Spain.
If the party scene isn't your bag, book a villa outside of the main tourist area - that way you can head into town if you fancy some company but avoid the debauchery if that's not your cup of tea!
5. Guided trip
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Morocco is a country full of intense colours, tastes and smells. It's also the perfect place to jump on a guided trip, whether to a Berber camp or the Atlas mountains. Many Marrakesh hotels will offer excursions that vary in length from one to more than ten days.
Like classes, guided tours can be a great place to meet people - and as you've both chosen the same one, you probably have a fair amount in common!