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My Top Ten Solo Holidays


From guided group tours to independent solo trips, luxury wellness breaks to lively hostel holidays, check out my top ten solo holidays.

See yourself as a bit of Shirley Valentine? Or maybe you are more a Motorcycle Diaries kind of guy? Regardless of your motives or desires for travel, solo holidays help you to leap beyond your comfort zone and discover things about yourself and your surroundings, that you may never have discovered if travelling with a partner.

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I have been fortunate to holiday in many far flung destinations with my family, but there is something liberating about travelling alone.

The thrills start at the airport for me. I love being able to wander around Duty Free without kids in tow, and then watch all the movies I never get to see at home, while enjoying a few glasses of wine.


Once you get to your destination, you don’t have to have the Spanish inquisition about where you want to go for dinner – you can dine where you want, when you want. Want to spend two hours shopping in your favourite department store? Go for it!


Maybe there is a long hike you want to try, or a spa day is badly needed  – you don’t need to consult with anyone, you can just go on your own. You will be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, and how more independent you will become when you travel solo.

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There are many different ways to enjoy solo travel, and hopefully my list of top ten solo holidays will inspire you to plan your next trip away. Prefer to stay closer to home? Check out this post on solo holidays in Ireland






1. City breaks: Toulouse

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City breaks are a good choice if you fancy a short break. If it is your first solo holiday and you are a little anxious, go to a city that you have been to before. You will feel comfortable and safe wandering around on your own.

Alternatively choose somewhere that is compact and easy to navigate, like Porto, or Toulouse. Once you get used to solo holidays you will be surprised how much easier it becomes. You will then happily hop on a plane to a new city for your next solo holiday.


Despite being France’s fourth largest city, Toulouse feels like a small town. It is just a short distance from the airport and very easy to navigate on foot. I loved wandering around its colourful streets and ancient centre.

The Victor Hugo market is a food lovers paradise and I really enjoyed seeing Concorde at the Aeroscopia Aeronautical Museum.  You can also take a tour of the Airbus factory, although you need to pre-book the tour. Toulouse is a university town and is vibrant and uplifting – it is a great choice for a solo holiday.


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I really enjoyed strolling around #Toulouse on my own, I think I’m ready for some #solotravel 🤔 I even managed to take this pic with a selfie stick 🙌 Toulouse is a great city if you do want to try it solo. It’s only 2 hours flight with @aerlingus and a 15 minute taxi ride to the centre of town. The city is really easy to navigate and feels really safe walking alone. Anyone else like to travel solo? . . . . . . . . #visiteztoulouse @atout_france #lavillerose #igerstoulouse #presstrip @VisitToulouse #toulousemaville #visitfrance #oldtown #beautifuldestinations #citiesofeurope #beautifulcities #travelblogger #travelgram #wearetravelgirls #irishtravelblogger #viewsofinstagram #cityscape #sheisnotlost #dametraveller #citybreak #travelbloggerlife #riverwalk #garonne #selfiestick #travellingsolo

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Read: Toulouse travel blog – why you should visit and what to do when you get there.

Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

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2. Wellness holidays: The Body Holiday, St. Lucia


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Wellness holidays are becoming more and more popular for solo holidays. Julia Roberts in the movie Eat Pray Love, had us all wishing to go to on a retreat in Bali, while fitness boot-camps and wellness weekends are now the norm. 

There are many ways to book a wellness break. You can opt for a familiar beach resort and book a flight and hotel with a spa, or opt for on retreat. Wellness breaks are ideal for solo travellers, and it can be a good place to meet like minded travellers.


The Body Holiday is the ultimate wellness all-inclusive resort and it dedicates the month of September to solo travellers. Caribtours, the Caribbean specialists, have secured a massive saving for their September Solo’s campaign – you can enjoy this luxury 5-star resort with no single supplement.


You will enjoy a personalised schedule of spa treatments, fitness classes and water sports with celebrity fitness trainers and dancers, as well as meals and premium drinks – all included in the cost of your holiday.


The Body Holiday can be whatever you want it to be. You can abseil down a river gorge in the morning, enjoy a spa treatment in the afternoon, and sip champagne at sunset. Where else would you find all this included in the cost of your stay?

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3. Cruises: 


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I have arrived in Germany for the launch of the #cruise ship #NorwegianEncore – she is a beauty! I can’t believe I was the first person to use the race track – the largest race track af sea! I actually got in the first car on the first run out – I just wish I had a photo to prove it 😉 -this one will have to do though! A massive thanks to @sunway_holidays for inviting me – they are Ireland’s top selling cruise specialists for @cruise_norwegian so I guess they got plenty of invites 😉 See all the highlights on my stories. . . . . . . #cruise #cruiselife #cruiseship #norwegiancruise #cruiselaunch #travelbloggerlife #travelblogger #irishtravelblogger #cruiseblogger #racetrack #formula1 #cruisetravel #cruisenorwegian #instacruise

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Cruises are surprisingly good for solo travellers. There are so many dining options and meals are included in the cost of your cruise. In many cases food is available 24/7, so it is not unusual to see people popping down to the buffet alone for something to eat.


There are theatre shows on every evening as well as live music in the bars, so there are plenty of options to keep you entertained. The fact that you stop off in many different ports also allows for lots of different experiences – it is virtually impossible to get bored on a cruise!


Many cruise lines have dedicated areas for solo travellers but I was really impressed with the studio cabins on Norwegian Encore. They are all located in one designated area on the ship and have a private bar and lounge area. This is an ideal place to meet people and plan activities.  I would quite happily spend a week or two travelling solo on a cruise.

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Read: My review of Norwegian Encore

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4. Fully Guided Group Tours: 


Many like to travel as part of a group tour for their first solo trip. This is particularly handy if there is a bucket list trip you want to take, but don’t necessarily feel comfortable travelling alone. South America, India and China are ideal destinations for solo group tours, but there are also plenty of group tours in European destinations too.


Irish company TD Active offer guided tours for groups and solo travellers. I love that their website shows the single supplement clearly for each departure date.

Price for a 7-night fully guided trip on the Camino is €1488 including flights, transfers, and hotels on a half board basis. A 15 night fully guided tour of Vietnam, including flights, transfers and hotel accommodation is available from €2348.

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5.Beach holidays in the Algarve


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Sometimes a few days away is all you need to re-charge the batteries. A short flight and a nice hotel is just what’s required for some ‘Me Time’. The Algarve is the ideal choice for solo holidays. It is full of long sandy beaches, superb restaurants and plenty of old towns to explore.

Whether you are looking for a three-star apartment or a five-star luxury hotel, both are relatively easy to find. Luxury hotels are extremely good value during the winter time and most have indoor pools with Spas.


Cassidy Travel have dedicated section on their website for solo holidays, where prices quoted include any single supplements. Prices for a seven-night trip to the Algarve with flights included are available from €310 in October.

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6.  The ultimate retreat – Ubud, Bali.

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Yoga, pilates and meditation gave Ubud its global status as one of the world’s best wellness locations, so if you are looking for the ultimate retreat, Ubud is the place to go. You will certainly be wowed by its beauty, you may possibly be taken in by its spirituality, and who knows you might even meet the love of your life, like Julia Roberts did in Eat Pray Love.

There are numerous ways to experience Ubud. Many choose to combine it with some beach time in Bali or the Gili Islands, but for the ultimate in relaxation, book a spa hotel or retreat. Your local travel agency will be able to organise this for you, or search independently below.

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7. A touch of luxury in Greece 


There is something about Greece that conjures up images of solo travel. I recall Shirley Valentine going to Mykonos in 1989 (seriously feeling old now), and how I couldn’t wait to visit. The constant images on Instagram of Santorini’s white-washed towns and Zakynthos’ famous Shipwreck Beach are persuading everyone to pack their bags and travel to Greece.


However, I chose the road less travelled last year and stayed in a luxury resort on the island of Crete. Anemos Luxury Grand Resort is located near Chania and Rethymno – two beautiful towns with Venetian ports. They are full of narrow side streets, waterfront cafés and colourful buildings. I explored Chania on my own and loved it.


There is a super bus service that goes to both towns every hour, and the bus stop is right outside the hotel. You can also enjoy a 30 minute stroll along the beach into the town of Georgioupolos – home to this delightful church. 


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The hotel has great restaurants on site, an indoor pool and spa and has yoga classes every morning on the beach. If you are looking for a luxury beach hotel with plenty to do in the surrounding area, this is perfect!

Read: My review of Anemos Luxury Grand Resort

Read: Top Things to do near Chania


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8. Independent long haul trips with Hostelworld 

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Hostelworld is a great choice for solo holidays. Not only are staying in hostels more affordable, but you are bound to meet lots of solo travellers on your journey, and who knows you you may end up changing your plans and travelling with them instead.


Many hostels are like hotels now, with private rooms en-suite being the norm – you don’t have to stay in a dormitory. Hostelworld have a great app with a chat function, so you can chat to fellow travellers who are staying in your hostel, or in another hostel nearby, before you travel and while you are there. 


Hostels usually organise group event too, often city tours and pub crawls, so you don’t have to go out alone. These are a great option if you happen to be travelling solo for a long duration.

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9. Road Trip: It has to be Route 66 

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Maybe you turned 50 and bought yourself a motor bike, or maybe you just like road trips…. If you want to take off on your own, it doesn’t get much better than driving two thousand miles, across eight US states. Driving Route 66 is arguably the most iconic road trip in the world, and one that is sure to be full of soul searching, joy and adrenaline.


Drive through Grand Canyon National Park, stand on a corner in Winslow Arizona, and finish off your trip on Santa Monica pier – this is an adventure like no other, and a solo trip you will never forget. 

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10. Nature Lovers: Iceland


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Iceland is one the world’s safest countries, so if you are worried about travelling solo, this is a great place to start. There is so much to do in Iceland especially if you like nature and the elements.



You can travel during the summer time and experience the midnight sun, or wait until winter time and chase the Northern Lights. Regardless of when you travel, take a trip around the Golden Circle and book a swim in the Blue Lagoon. 

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Read: Top things to do in Iceland



Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

I hope this post on solo holidays will inspire you to travel solo this year. Let me know if you have any favourite solo holidays, but commenting below.


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