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Going on holiday on your own can be liberating. Plan your entire trip just the way you like it, without worrying about anyone else's allergies or whether they snore. And you might well make some new friends while you're there. Here are some of the best countries for singles holidays:
A huge number of UK holidaymakers visit Spain every year. It's a holiday destination that really does cater to everyone. You're likely to see plenty of other people travelling solo, and arranging airport transfers from cities like Alicante, Barcelona and Madrid is simple. Places such as the Costa del Sol offer familiar sights, such as chip shops and British food in local supermarkets.
In Spain, you can have whatever type of holiday you like. Sign up for tours and excursions, have a go at watersports, diving and snorkelling, or spend every afternoon by the pool. It's up to you.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca's a hotspot for summer holidays and winter sun. An attractive variety of hotels and apartments on the island makes it simpler to book a single room. Taxis are generally easy to find and represent good value in comparison to average UK taxi prices.
Majorca's capital is Palma, which has a cathedral, castle and fortress to explore. Palma airport is around ten minutes away by bus. The city centre is easy to get around on foot, with cafés and restaurants to stop at along the way. It's the ideal destination for a European city break.
There are ruins and historic monuments throughout Greece, and being able to visit and explore them at your own pace is always a pleasure. The flexibility of singles holidays gives you the opportunity to hop around the Ionian and Aegean islands. In mainland Greece, hiring a car for sightseeing is another alternative.
Strike up a conversation at a traditional Greek taverna. You'll typically get a warm and friendly welcome wherever you go, from Athens to Kalamaria and Patras. The views from these little restaurants are often spectacular, especially at night.
Standards of dress and conduct are a little different in Turkey. Solo travellers in particular are advised to take note of the country's customs and act accordingly. As long as you're respectful of Turkish culture, holidays for one are exciting and enjoyable.
There are international airports in Dalaman, Antalya, Istanbul and Bodrum.
When shopping in Turkey's bazaars and street markets, haggling is the done thing. Barter to your heart's content without anyone pushing you to go higher.
With friendly backpacker hostels and small family-run hotels in places such as Santa Teresa, Puerto Viejo and La Fortuna, Costa Rica is perfect for solo travel especially if you're looking to enjoy the country's abundant coastline and diverse landscape. It's easy to get chatting to other solo adventurers and join up for a day's surfing or mountain hiking or you can simply enjoy the peace of sea kayaking or trekking well-marked forest trails on your own. Costa Rica is a particularly good destination for eco-minded solo travellers.
Hitting the waves with a surfboard is always a good way to break the ice and meet like-minded travellers, one reason why Portugal has become a popular sporting destination for solos. Hang out on the beaches of Nazare or Sagres to practise your surfing skills and enjoy the thrills of annual competitions. Solo holidays can also take in the beautiful scenery of Beiras or the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês while guided tours of the Douro region's vineyards are another great way of seeing Portugal as a solo traveller.
Canada is friendly, cosmopolitan and offers excellent transport links, some of the reasons it has increasingly become a destination for solo travellers. Visit on your own and enjoy not only the culture of its cities such as Toronto or Vancouver but also a vast unspoilt landscape. A landscape that offers everything from awesome mountains and isolated beaches to tundra-style countryside and lush rainforests. Contrast an exploration of Vancouver's history and nightlife by heading north to Dawson in the Yukon Territory for a taste of smalltown culture and winter sports. Solo travellers can also enjoy a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer Train or a visit to the Aboriginal villages of Haida Gwaii.
Thailand is not a new destination for solo travel and has always attracted backpackers on their gap year so wherever you go in the country, you're sure to meet other solo travellers. Lately, though, the country has become a destination for solo holidays where new skills can be learnt. Travelling solo in Thailand gives you the freedom to indulge and develop your passions whether they're for yoga and scuba-diving or Thai cookery and kite-boarding. Solo holidays can be also enjoyed while you take in the waterfalls and rainforests of northern Thailand or by visiting the traditional hippy hubs of Pai. Other reasons for solo travel to Thailand include a wide choice of high-quality yet affordable accommodation and a street food culture that is truly tasty.
Cleanliness, safety and plenty of efficient public transport make Switzerland perfect for taking a break as a solo traveller. Buy a Swiss Travel Pass and see the country by train with a journey that reveals a new landscape around every bend. Your journey will take you past mountain peaks, waterfalls, lush forests and blue lakes. Take breaks from the train to dip into towns with medieval centres such as Zurich and Lucerne or indulge yourself with wine-tasting tours, themed chocolate walks or visits to chocolate factories. In contrast, adventure junkies should head to Interlaken for adrenaline-inducing activities such as paragliding, canyoning, rafting and heli-sightseeing.
Start your Denmark visit as a solo traveller with a few days in Copenhagen. Enjoy walking alongside canals dotted with colourful townhouses before visiting the wooden ships so iconic of the city at Nyhavn. Spend a few hours taking in the flowers, fountains and fish in the Tivoli Gardens before heading to Kronborg Castle, Shakespeare's inspiration for Hamlet's castle of Elsinore. Get a different perspective on Denmark's capital by hopping on a boat at Gammel Strand and meandering along city canals taking in sights such as the Little Mermaid Statue, the Opera House and the Christianborg Palace.