What is a singles holiday? All your FAQs about travelling solo answered

Now more than ever people are making their own way on holiday and choosing ‘singles holidays‘ as a solution to travelling solo as they explore, cook, surf, and dance in amazing locations around the globe.

As well as getting out and trying something new and exciting, travelling solo is also a great chance to meet like-minded people who are just as curious as you are to try something new, in a relaxed and fun environment.

Learning holidays make ideal singles trips and in fact over 80% of all those taking a NotInTheGuidBooks.com holiday do so independently. In fact, most of those who go on a solo holiday wish they had done it earlier.

Related: 13 travel tips for the first time solo traveller

We know that travelling solo can seem daunting, so that’s why we thought we’d lend you a helping hand by answering those little questions you’ve all wondered before you travel…

So what really is a singles holiday?

It’s not a matchmaking holiday. Sorry if that’s what you’re looking for! Instead our singles holidays are for those who want to meet new like-minded people, those who have different interests to their friends, those who want to focus of discovering something new, those whose friends were all too busy to go away… we could go on.

Our singles holidays also mean you can travel solo without paying extra. That’s right – all our solos holidays give you the option to share room with another solo traveller for no extra cost and some will even give you your own private room!

woman looking out admiring the sea view

Marily admiring the sea view

GoLearnTo returning guest, Marily, told us why she went solo for the first time…

“I find it very difficult to find friends who want to do exactly what I want to do or the right corresponding holiday time off. I wish I had tried this type of holiday earlier. When you travel alone, you are open to new experiences and you speak to everybody – who love doing what they’re on the holiday to do – the same as you. Lesson learned.”

Read more: Marily’s experience travelling solo on a Pilates reformer holiday in Thailand

Do only solo travellers go on your singles holidays?

Not all all! Our singles holidays are for anyone and everyone. They are not exclusively for solo travellers, and friends and couples often join the holidays so you will have a great mixture of people to socialise with.

What will the other people be like?

They will be a mix of ages and nationalities (this usually depends on the location of the holiday) and from all walks of life. Our singles holidays are popular with other like-minded singles you’ll share a common interest in the activity you’re doing and will all be willing to take a risk and have fun!

Lisa, returning from her language holiday in France, told us who she met there…

“I was actually the only English person at the whole school – the other students were from all over the world, Korea, China, Germany, Turkey, Italy. This was great because it meant I had to communicate in French which was brilliant!”

Read more: Why Lisa choose French instead of yoga to emotionally recharge

language students have a picnic in park in Lyon

French language students have a picnic in the park in Lyon

What sort of singles holiday should I go on?

GoLearnTo.com offer a huge range of activities for singles to choose from – whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or hone an existing one, we’ll have something to suit you. Discover your inner chef on a cooking holiday, surf the waves on a surf and yoga break, relax and unwind on a yoga holiday, learn a new language, or unleash your creative side on a jewellery making holiday.

Solo traveller Chris told us what made her choose her holiday…

“I had done cooking and photography courses before, albeit in London, so this time I wanted to do something different. I’m interested in more unusual experiences and wanted more inspiration which is why I chose the mosaic making course as it stood out from the others.”

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What if I like spending time on my own sometimes?

That’s not a problem! The idea of our singles holidays is for solo travellers to meet great new friends, but of course it is still your holiday. You can enjoy a sociable week with plenty of time to do your own thing too so you get the best of both worlds.

Will I have to share a room?

We realise that everyone is different. That’s why we offer a mixture of room options to suit every solo traveller and every budget.

Our solos holidays offer two options*. Choose either a shared room where you will share with another solo traveller of the same gender. This is a fantastic way to ensure you meet lovely new friends during your holiday and really helps to make your holiday a social extravaganza. Or, for those who love to mingle but love their own space, choose to have your own private room for either an additional supplement or NO supplement at all!

*Please note: some holiday hosts will offer both options, some will offer one or the other – the beauty of working with independent sellers providing unique holidays ;-)

Now you’ve heard from us and you’ve heard from our travellers… what are you waiting for?!

Discover a world of fantastic singles learning holidays today. Feel free to browse our singles holiday collection here or get in touch with us at [email protected] – we’d be more than happy to help you plan your next adventure.