Holiday types

Solo holidays

Take a journey of self-discovery

Explore the world on your own terms on a solo holiday. You can travel at your own pace, set your own agenda and call your own shots when it’s just you and the open road. Plus, there’s always a likeminded travel companion when you want one, thanks to our organised group tours.

Take our India Golden Triangle tours, for example. You can visit the iconic cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur on your own – with an expert guide to share insider insights, of course – or as part of a small group tour. Either way, you’ll marvel at the magnificence of royal palaces, tombs and temples, and the iconic Taj Mahal – the marble mausoleum that shines like a beacon on the banks of the Yamuna.

The same applies to so many of our solo holidays – you can opt to go it alone, or with a group of equally independent travellers to share the journey with. Make new friends as you scale part of China’s Great Wall and tiptoe through the Sacred Way on our Treasures of China tour. Or, go off the beaten track in Southeast Asia on a private Essential Philippines or Malaysia Explorer tour. Your adventure; your call.

Top Tips from our Experts

Karen

Destination Executive

In Bangkok, don't be afraid to use a tuk tuk. They may look chaotic, and a law unto themsleves, however they are also a super cheap way of getting around. They are more manoeuvrable than taxis, and culturally speaking, barring long-tail boats, there is no better way of seeing this amazing capital. 

Isla

Destination Executive

Avoid the touristy bustle of Bourbon Street and head for quieter spots, especially when hunger strikes. New Orleans is a haven for foodies, so iIndulge in some signature dishes like soft-shelled crab or a peanut butter and bacon burger, sip coffee with beignets for breakfast, and for lunch take out the city sandwich of choice: the Po'boy. 

Charlie

Destination Manager

In the Dominican Republic, the locals will use any excuse for a good party. Get into the spirit with a cuba libre servicio; a small bottle of rum, a coke and a cup of ice and dance the merengue in the clubs along Santo Domingo's boardwalk. 

Solo travel suggestions

Beautiful, fascinating and packed full of adventure - where will your next solo holiday take you?

Far East

Thailand

Thailand
The Taj Mahal

Indian Subcontinent

India

India

Far East

Vietnam

Vietnam
Sloth in trees in Costa Rica

Central America

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

A lifetime of travel

Amazing worldwide tours

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EagleRider Pacific Coast Guided Motorcycle Tour

Guide Price £4,909 pp  

Feel the wind in your hair and the ocean spray in your face as you take part in this fantastic 15 day Pacific Coast Escorted Motorcycle Tour. Start off in the arty city of Seattle before winding down the length...

Multi centre holidays

EagleRider Pacific Coast Guided Motorcycle Tour

Soft Inca Trail Tour

 

The most popular hike in South America, thousands of people every year take the challenge to walk this ancient trail set by the Incas. Trek during the day and enjoy evenings around the fire in the campsites along the way...

Cultural holidays

Soft Inca Trail Tour

Highlights of Costa Rica tour

Guide Price £1,959 pp  

Get under the skin of this fascinating country on our nine day adventure which takes in Costa Rica's diverse flora and fauna and stunning scenery, including the Tortuguero canals, active volcanoes of Arenal and the mysterious cloud forest of Monteverde...

Adventure holidays

Highlights of Costa Rica tour

Highlights of Japan Tour

Guide Price £3,579 pp  

Explore the unique culture of Japan on this nine day journey. Combine old and new, from bustling cities to authentic Ryokan stays and traditional tea ceremonies. With a combination of guided and self-guided days this is the perfect way to...

Escorted tours

Highlights of Japan Tour
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Classic Ceylon

Guide Price £1,599 pp  

Classic Ceylon is a popular comprehensive tour, taking in Sri Lanka's rich history, fascinating culture and beautiful scenery. From seeing the rolling tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya to the history ruins of Polonnoruwa and the cultural capital on Kandy, on...

Honeymoons

Classic Ceylon

Rocky Mountain Frontiers Tour

Guide Price £2,879 pp  

Enjoy the journey as much as the destinations on this fabulous Rocky Mountain Frontiers escorted tour.Begin in the mile high city of Denver where you will be taken on a tour of the city before hitting the open road to...

Escorted tours

Rocky Mountain Frontiers Tour

Frequently asked questions

Solo travel means exploring the world mostly by yourself. It does not mean you are constantly alone, you may well travel with others for large periods of time during your journey. You may meet up with friends or family along the way.  You may also make new friends and acquaintances on tours and excursions. However, a solo traveller is largely self-sufficient and independent, travelling at their own pace and leisure. This is one of the biggest draws of solo travel; it allows you to discover the world and re-discover yourself. 

Some places will be safer than others, and even safe countries require a level-headed approach to personal safety and travel. Canada and the USA, especially Hawaii, Dubai, China, Japan and Thailand are relatively easy places for solo female travel.  

Solo travel is safe if you stay within your limitations. The constant question posed by many solo travellers is whether the risk you take is worth the reward you’ll get in return. Don’t get into something you can’t get out of. If you’re not sure, stick to well-worn routes. Remember, the farther you venture off the beaten path, the further from communication you will be. Fellow travellers you meet in cafes and bars are a good source of up-to-date information. Check both Foreign Office and local weather reports. Notify friends or family back home of your intentions and, most importantly, when you do roam, always trust your instincts. If it looks risky, then it probably is.  

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Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for… Solo Holidays?

• No matter what your age our holidays will help you to explore the world on your terms • We’ll sweat the details, offer support and peace of mind, and be smart about your safety • We’ll ensure that you discover the world and rediscover yourself with our amazing solo trips • We offer adventures to suit your comfort zone with itineraries to match your travel wish-list.