Travelling alone is most definitely not a young person’s game. Surveys show us that solo travellers are most likely to be 75 years and over. If you think about it, it’s easy to see why. It’s a time of our lives where we typically have fewer commitments and more disposable income.
Often, our 60s and beyond bring about significant life changes, too, from retirement to the kids leaving home. We may also find ourselves travelling or living alone for the first time in years, through choice or otherwise. Whatever your circumstances, it doesn’t mean your dreams to see the world should be put on hold.
So, in the spirit of adventure and individualism, let’s explore the best singles holidays for over 60s. Get ready to dive into the where and the how. But first, why should you consider a singles holiday in the first place?
What is a singles holiday?
A singles holiday is a holiday where you travel solo. That may be due to choice or circumstances beyond your control. The great thing about them is that they're organised so you can meet up with other single travellers. That means you'll be surrounded by people who have something in common, for starters.
You can also select the right type of holiday for you. More on that in a moment! In the meantime, it's worth noting that if you do this, you'll also be likely to have even more common ground with your fellow travellers. Perhaps this will be shared interests or experiences. This can be a boon for anyone looking to make friends or even find romance.
The best part is that this is a way to get out, see the world and do the things you want to do. This can make for an incredibly empowering, positive and freeing experience. Many singles choose to holiday like this year after year.
Finding the best singles holidays for over 60s
What matters to you? Is it hiking? Or wine tours? Beach holidays or coach trips? This is where you can start getting creative with your holiday planning, nailing down what you're most interested in and how you'd like to spend your time.
Here are our favourite picks to get you started. Just note that prices are of a guide only and may well change:
- Coach tours – let’s just say this is a safe, thrilling and traveller-friendly way of seeing the world's most incredible sights and exploring the furthest reaches of the globe. Some of our favourites include exotic places like Sri Lanka, which are available from around £800 without flights.
- River cruises – if water is more your thing than land, river cruises can be a languid way to spend a few days. Top destinations include the UK and Europe, drifting along famous waterways like the Danube and the Rhone. To give you a flavour of costs, prices can start from around £500 for a localised trip around a city like Paris.
- Walking tours – there’s more than one kind of walking tour! You may want to see some of the most iconic sights in cities across the world, or getting out into the wilderness and escaping the humdrum of city life could be more your thing. Visit places closer to home, or jet across to far-flung destinations like Australia for around £2,000.
- City breaks – it’s tempting to think that these kinds of holidays are best experienced with friends or family. But a singles holiday in a city can be a blast. Choose a tour operator that focuses on fun activities and experiences, and you’ll have a rip-roaring time. Top picks include St Petersburg, which you can book at around £1,000.
Where should I go on holiday if I’m single?
Where shouldn't you go! If you can find the right package that offers the right experiences, there's no limit to the places you can visit.
That said, some favourite destinations crop up again and again. This can be reassuring if this is your first singles holiday or if you'd prefer to go to a place that's known within the solo traveller circuit. The thought of turning up somewhere and being surrounded by couples and families may not be the best thing after all.
Here are a few ideas that may float your boat and help you along your way. Just remember that prices are subject to change*, and this is a guide only:
- Culture trips to Greece – yes, the Greek islands are often associated with romance, and they draw hordes of families every year. Still, there's more to these destinations than their beauty. If history and archaeology is your thing, you can swot up on this in the bucketload with a guided trip. Their beauty and well-developed tourist scene means that there are resorts and tours of every kind. The single traveller can easily book the right tour and feel at home while being a refreshing amount of actual miles away from it. Prices vary, but you can often book a two-week solo trip to Crete from around £4,000 to include food and accommodation,
- Spain – again, it may feel like an obvious choice. Still, it's incredible how much more you can get out of a popular destination with a new focus. Get away from the usual family holiday circuit, and you'll be immersed in a whole different side of the country. Rich in history, with beautiful and plentiful vistas, this is a place to unwind, recharge, and find adventure. You can mix up these three things as much as you like, depending on your appetite for energy versus downtime, but we especially love stays that offer the opportunity to pick and choose your day trips as you see fit. Check out the likes of Hotel Port Denia for Solo Travellers at around £700 for seven days to feel inspired.
- South America – if big views and a whole different way of life is just the kind of tonic you need, a guided tour around South America will undoubtedly deliver the dose you need. Culturally diverse, beautiful from corner to corner, and full of thrills. Some of the best countries to visit include Argentina, where you can book a two week guided tour for around £4,500.
- India – lush, green and exotic, India's rural side is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of its cities. Head out to locales like Kerala, and you'll be immersed in a wonderland of lush vistas and open roads. For pure excitement with a laidback feel, take a look at guided tours from around £2,000 for two weeks.
*Prices correct at time of writing; Pension Times is not responsible for content on external websites.
How to travel alone as a woman
It’s natural to feel a little daunted at the thought of travelling alone as a woman. Rest assured, though, there are ways to do it safely and with plenty of fun along the way. If you are in this category, start by researching your options and getting a feel for what you're comfortable with, what kinds of holidays and trips feel suitable, and how adventurous you want to go. And remember, adventurous doesn’t have to been hiking up a mountain! For some, booking a beach holiday solo could be a big thing. It’s all about you and your choices here.
Here are a few things to consider so you can make the most of your trip:
- Protect your belongings – simple actions like keeping your valuables locked away or concealed on your person are a must for any traveller. If you're travelling solo, it's essential as you're the sole source of finances and other valuables. So be sensible and follow the same safety tips you would at home.
- Look for reputable tour operators – looking after your safety is much easier if you trust the company you’re travelling with. This will give you all-important peace of mind before you leave and throughout the trip.
- Consider your health – perhaps a hard hiking tour isn’t for you or your health, and that’s ok. Or maybe you need to think about things like regular medication and other health management strategies throughout your trip. Allow for these and prioritise your physical needs.
- Keep in touch with loved ones – this will not only reassure you but them as well. Regular check-ins with the people you love at home will enable you to embrace your adventure without going off-grid.
- Don’t promote where you’re staying – if a nosy stranger wants to know details of your accommodation or even your room number, don't feel embarrassed to keep it vague or simply not answer the question.
Which is the best singles holiday company?
By this stage, you won't be surprised to hear that the market for singles travel for people in the 60s is huge. That means there are lots of different tour operators and companies to choose from. You’ll feel more secure if the company has a good reputation whether you're keen to protect your investment, your person, or both!
Here are a few great singles holiday operators for people in their 60s and beyond:
- Saga Holidays – perhaps one of the best-known holiday companies, they also have a cruise line and a huge variety of destinations and holiday types to choose from, so you can take your pick depending on your preferences and budget.
- Just You – see the world and enjoy guided tours to some of the best destinations. These holidays are designed for singles, with no singles supplement. There is also a wide range of destinations to choose from.
- Inghams – also designed for single travellers with no singles supplement, these tours are set in prized locations across Europe and the UK. Some of the UK tours, in particular, are not to be missed.
- Titan – these award-winning tours are filled with detailed itineraries and set to amazing backdrops in some of the world’s best destinations. Just check out the solo traveller packages when browsing.
- Jules Verne – not strictly speaking a single’s tour operator, but they offer a single's supplement on many of their trips to world-class destinations. Expect exceptionally planned tours and plenty of other singles along for the ride.
- Ramblers Cruise and Walk Holidays – for those who like to keep things uncomplicated, this holiday company offer stellar walking holidays that make you feel in safe hands from beginning to end. Plus, you’ll get the chance to get a lungful of fresh air and truly get away from it all.
FAQs – Best singles holidays for over 60s
Is it weird to travel alone?
If you’ve always travelled with friends or family, you may be daunted by the idea of travelling alone. But it’s a sizable holiday market, and many solo travellers are in their 60-s and above. So, it’s relatively commonplace as opposed to weird.
Where is safe for solo female travellers?
It’s not just about the destination, but the holiday company you choose and the safety tips you practise along the way. Be aware of top tips and choosing a holiday that’s recommended and assured are great places to start.
What is the best singles travel company?
Many single’s holiday companies specialise in over 60s travel. Popular and reliable companies include Saga, Titan, Just You and Inghams. The key is to research any holiday company and check out reviews before you book.
Is a solo trip a good idea?
Travelling solo can open up a new world of possibilities, not only in terms of sights and destinations but with new friendships and even romantic relationships. They also give you a safe, reliable way to explore new places while you’re travelling solo.